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On Saturday, December 6, the Category 5 Super Typhoon Hagupit is set to make landfall in the province Eastern Samar, Philippines, and will pass through Manila by Tuesday, December 9. The typhoon’s maximum sustained wind speed is 180 mph, making it one of the most powerful typhoons of 2014, and only slightly less powerful than Typhoon Haiyan just one year ago.
Airlink immediately received requests to support relief workers and aid to the affected communities from our NGO partners, and we helped move nine relief workers into place from All Hands Volunteers, Mammoth Medical Missions, Rescue Global, and Team Rubicon in order to perform reconnaissance and damage assessments.
All Hands Volunteers staff from Project Leyte (the sole remaining project following 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan) lent a hand in surrounding regions, organizing local volunteers, working with the city to help clear debris from damaged homes and businesses as well as packaging and distributing rice and canned goods to those in need. Throughout January 2015, All Hands committed a team of volunteers with the assistance of two staff members to help the western coast village of Calampong, in the municipality of Pinabacdao, recover from the natural disaster. Main jobs included repairing damaged boats, clearing debris, bringing down unsafe structures, chainsawing fallen trees to open access roads and fishing net repair.