According to state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration in its latest advisory, Typhoon Nock-ten has maximum sustained winds of up to 185 kph and gusts of up to 255 kph.
The typhoon crosses highly-populated provinces and may trigger landslides, flash floods, and storm surges from strong winds and heavy rains.
“We are monitoring the typhoon and are coordinating with government agencies, in-country humanitarian organizations, and local partners who are operational in areas likely to be affected by the typhoon,” Plan International Deputy Country Director Patrick Kirwan says.
Plan International has teams on standby and have pre-positioned life-saving kits that can be distributed to affected communities, if required.
“We have urged our partner communities including sponsored families and children to take necessary measures to secure their safety in the event of a disaster,” he adds.
Mr. Kirwan adds that this typhoon comes at an unfortunate time when Filipinos are celebrating the festive season: “Instead of spending the day with their families and loved ones, communities are having toevacuate from their homes and seek safety and shelter.”
Plan International staff in the Philippines are available for interviews. To arrange, contact:
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Plan International Headquarters (London): Kirsty Cameron, Global Press Officer; Email: Kirsty.Cameron@plan-international.org Mobile: + 44 (0) 7885807503
This release was first published on Thomson Reuters.