Hurricane season has intensified into September and in the face of a considerable number of storms spinning up worldwide, Team Rubicon UK stands ready – as well as running Operation Haitian Rocket, a Disaster Management Programme project in Haiti.
The mission hub is monitoring several “persons of interest” in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Super-typhoon Mankhut is bearing down on the Philippines. The biggest typhoon of the year so far, it is packing winds of up to 255km/h (160mph) and is due to make landfall on the northern tip of the main island of Luzon by 14 September.
Florence’s winds may have dropped to 110mph (175km/h) but its slow-moving nature could mean it lingers for days, bringing catastrophic flooding. Our colleagues in Team Rubicon US are ready to respond when it makes landfall. You can find out more about their planning here.
A weakening Tropical Storm Isaac will bring gusty winds and heavy rain to some of the Leeward Islands this week as it tracks into the Caribbean. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.
Hurricane Helene is currently forming in the Atlantic Ocean, following the trail of Florence. Some atmospheric projections see it spinning up towards the English Channel – but it’s too early to say with any great accuracy.
We are working in partnership with Feed The Hungry and alongside local skilled workforces to construct kitchens in up to 10 schools and orphanages in Pignon, northern Haiti. There’s no risk from Florence or Isaac and this development project is continuing.
Find out more here.
N.B: Our reconnaissance team has now withdrawn from the Indonesian island of Lombok after several weeks working with local partners on damage assessments in the aftermath of two large earthquakes there.