In the wake of Super Typhoon Koppu (Lando) tearing through the Philippines in mid-October 2015 – Heart to Heart International provided relief aid and supplies to those who weathered the storm. These pre-positioned supplies ensured a quick response in the hours after the storm had done its worst.
Typhoon Koppu, called Lando in the Phillipines, came ashore on the northern island of Luzon, October 18, 2015, packing winds of 115 miles per hour. The storm dropped torrential rain as it slowed and lingered over Luzon causing mudslides and flash floods, washing away crops and overflowing rivers. Thousands were forced to flee to shelter, and lingering problems due to flooding remain.
The Philippines are one of the most natural disaster-prone locations on the planet. Each year, dozens of tropical systems, including several typhoons (hurricanes), strike the Pacific island nation. Some of these storms are devastating, like Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in late 2013 which prompted HHI’s largest disaster response to date.
During times of disaster, through generous support from FedEx, HHI is able to mobilize disaster response teams with the equipment they need for providing aid in crisis zones. This longterm partnership allows for HHI to ship tons of aid directly to those who need it most. It’s critical to HHI’s ability to respond to help people in crisis.
The HHI Care Kits seen in these photos are in the hands of children due to a combination of support and partnership. Working with FedEx, HHI prepositioned 5,000 Care Kits in the Philippines with our partner Convoy of Hope, a humanitarian organization. Following the storm, these kits were then distributed by their disaster teams to children, families, and indviduals in several communities affected by Typhoon Koppu (Lando).
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