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Typhoon Ruby: GOAL’s Response

Typhoon Ruby: GOAL’s Response

Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) made its first landfall in the Philippines' Eastern Samar province at 9:15 p.m. on 6 Dec 2014. With winds of up to 175 km/h, over 5000 people were forced to seek refuge in evacuation centres. GOAL immediately deployed an emergency response team who were already in country working on projects being undertaken following Typhoon Haiyan, which hit in late 2013.

"During their journey, the team observed damage to houses and infrastructure along the whole of the East Coast, with roads covered with debris such as coconut trees, banana trees, electric pylons and cables."

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GOAL has worked closely with national and local authorities, UN agencies, international and local non-profits, as well as community leaders to determine the most pressing needs and to identify where our work will have the biggest impact.

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Some of the most badly affected communities are located in hard-to-reach locations and the team travelled by boat to reach them. Many houses have been completely destroyed, and families were left homeless without personal possessions, blankets or food. Rice paddies have been flooded and mudslides remain a serious concern.

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GOAL’s response to date has focused on distribution of shelter and essential hygiene items.

Goal team members are continuing to assess the situation and plan to continue emergency response.

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