2018 Typhoon Mangkhut Response

Give2Asia is now mobilizing funds to support the local response to Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines, which made landfall on September 15th, 2018 at 2:30am (local time). It is a category 5 storm (highest possible) and considered the strongest typhoon of 2018, with more than four million people directly in its path. Give2Asia is following the typhoon as it progresses into Hong Kong and China.



Situation Overview

Updated on September 17th, 2018


  • Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall on Luzon island in the northern Philippines at 2:30 am local time on September 15th, 2018.

  • Current fatalities are 64, with at least 45 more missing though the final toll is still unknown. The death toll is expected to rise as rescue workers continue digging into areas buried by mud, especially in mountainous parts of Benguet Province in the northern island of Luzon. Many of those missing have been affected by over 42 landslides and extensive flooding that continue to impact communities. Sewage systems across the province are overwhelmed by the water levels. Local officials are still assessing the extent of the damage.

  • Tens of thousands are without electricity, and many are still in evacuation centers.

Hong Kong

  • Following the Philippines, the typhoon directly hit Hong Kong on September 16 with 250kph winds and 11-foot storm surges and flood waters purportedly reaching their highest levels in a century.

  • Over 1,500 trees have been uprooted, and local officials are citing “severe and extensive” damage across the city that could take years to rehabilitate.

  • Hundreds of injuries have been recorded, and thousands are without electricity.

Typhoon Mangkhut has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it hits southern China.

Current Response & Partners

Give2Asia is working with our local partners in affected communities of the Philippines and the surrounding areas to assess needs and develop a response plan. We have already spoken with three of our local partners who have informed us of their plans to help affected communities once the extent of damage is fully know.  As the typhoon moves through other parts of Asia, we will be assessing respective needs in other countries. For now, efforts are focused on the first landfall in Philippines. 


Shontoug is an NGO with over 25 years of local experience in disaster relief and rehabilitation through community-based efforts. They are based in the northern Philippines province of Benguet and work in the surrounding communities of the northern Cordillera Region – all in the direct path of Typhoon Manghkut. They will be focusing response efforts on farming communities which are poised to receive significant damage, through rehabilitation and livelihood support.


Caritas Manila is a non-profit organization that serves as the lead social service and development ministry of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. Their Disaster Management Program addresses all stages of the disaster life-cycle and promotes activities around emergency response and food security and nutrition. Caritas has put in place a system that enables emergency health response and relief operations for immediate crisis intervention. They work closely with a network of Social Action Centers and Catholic Dioceses that provide on-the-ground information on the needs of communities post disaster. For Typhoon Mangkhut, Caritas Manila is directly in touch with the social action centers. Financial assistance from Caritas will support several communities through the provision of food and medicine for immediate relief.

9/21 Update on Caritas Manila’s response needs: Immediate Food Aid for 2,000 households (US$20,000) and medium-term transitional shelter assistance and livelihood protection for 1200 families ($110,375).


Established in 1970, PBSP is the largest business-led social development organization in the country committed to poverty reduction.  Give2Asia previously partnered with PBSP during Typhoon Haiyan response through housing assistance and livelihood rehabilitation in 2013.

PBSP plans to respond to affected communities of Typhoon Mangkhut, with focus on affected farming communities in the province of Isabela and will update their specific relief activities as the situation unfolds.

9/21 Update on PBSP’s response needs: Family Food buckets to reach 2,000 families in Baggao (US$80,000).

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To date, Give2Asia has swiftly and thoughtfully responded to over 40 natural disasters in Asia and rebuilt local communities with $50 million in funding. Let us be a part of your disaster preparedness and response efforts. 

For more information, contact Sheena Agarwal, Development Manager of Disaster Programs at +1 415 967 7378 or sagarwal@give2asia.org