Residents ride a military truck as they evacuate to safer grounds in preparation for the coming of Typhoon Kammuri in Legazpi, Albay province, southeast of Manila, Philippines on Monday Dec. 2, 2109. (AP Photo)
DECEMBER 3, 2019 | 1:45 P.M.
SPRINGFIELD, MO Convoy of Hope has staff in the Philippines coordinating the distribution of relief supplies in response to Cyclone Kammuri, which struck the islands earlier today. The Category 4 storm packed maximum sustained winds of more than 130 miles per hour and has caused severe damage across the affected area.
We are deploying relief supplies from our warehouse in the Philippines to help those affected. Prior to the storm, more than 225,000 people evacuated high-threat areas. Initial reports state the storm destroyed many homes and knocked out power and communication across the islands.
As the storm continues to move, the areas of Mindoro and Calabarzon are still under heavy threat of damage. The government has issued extreme flood warnings for Bicol and Eastern Visayas, areas that are susceptible to flooding and landslides. Heavy rains, strong winds, and storm surge are still forecasted for the impacted areas.
At least two fatalities have been confirmed.