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"Habitat for Humanity Philippines Stresses its Appeal to Assist Affected Families by Typhoon Hagupit"

Habitat for Humanity Philippines again stressed its appeal for funds launched last 6 December to assist families affected by Typhoon Hagupit (called Ruby in the Philippines). The storm, as reports have indicated, made first landfall on Samar, an island in the Visayas, Philippines, late in the evening of Saturday 6 December.

The latest reports coming from the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, have estimated that there are now more than 230,000 families evacuated and now housed in evacuation centers in more than six regions in the Philippines, including the Bicol and Samar.

“Habitat for Humanity have started its initial assessments on the island of Leyte in Eastern Visayas - specifically Ormoc, Kananga, Tacloban, Burauen – and in Guiuan, in Eastern Samar. Further assessments will begin with other areas as the situation allows. Habitat will assess the situation and coordinate with government agencies on disaster response operations. We are also still sheltering evacuated families in Leyte, Cebu and Surigao del Sur provinces of the Philippines. We will begin to support affected families to repair their homes. The more funds we raise, the more families we can help,” said Charlie Ayco, Habitat for Humanity CEO and Managing Director.

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Habitat for Humanity is appealing for funds for its disaster response efforts and help them rebuild their lives to build back better and gain access to decent shelter.  Typhoon Hagupit comes just 13 months after Typhoon Haiyan killed 6,300 people and damaged or destroyed more than one million homes, according to government figures. To date, Habitat for Humanity Philippines has supported nearly 28,000 Haiyan-affected families with emergency shelter kit and shelter repair kits and begun construction of core houses at ten sites in Cebu and Leyte provinces.

Typhoon Hagupit is expected to continue moving across the Philippines including the Philippine capital of Manila later today.