Tropical Storm Washi, known locally as Sendong, swept across the Mindanao region from 16 to 18 Dec 2011, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that caused massive flooding, flash floods and landslides.
As of 16 Jan, more than 1,250 people had been killed, over 6,000 had been injured and almost 432,000 were served inside and outside 56 evacuation centers (NDRRMC, 16 Jan 2012).
Two months on, around 4,800 families (approximately 21,400 persons) remained sheltered in 22 evacuation centres that were still operational – 11 in Cagayan de Oro and 11 in Iligan – while some 46,100 others (approximately 262,800 persons) had opted to stay with host families. Meanwhile, in the second week of February 2012, a low-pressure area brought moderate to heavy rains over parts of Mindanao and Visayas islands; in some cases, triggering flooding and landslides. Although no flooding was reported in Cagayan de Oro or Iligan, sustained rains worsened the condition of families in temporary shelters. (IFRC, 6 Mar 2012)
Six months on, the humanitarian assistance delivered has contributed to improving conditions of affected populations. Nevertheless, thousands of people remain displaced, with hundreds of families sheltered in some evacuation centres that are still operational in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities, and many more living with host families or in makeshift shelters. (IFRC, 17 Jul 2012)
A map visual/infographic highlighting the tracks of destructive tropical cyclones, historical strong earthquakes, location of active volcanoes, active faultlines and trenches.
‘When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life a thousand reasons to smile.’ That’s the motto 25-year-old Marietes Dayaguit lives by after she was forced from her home when Tropical Storm Washi swept through Mindanao in 2011 causing massive flooding and destruction.
NATURAL DISASTERS IN 2012
After an intense year of natural disasters in 2011, countries in the Asia-Pacific region welcomed a reduction in the number of events in 2012. OCHA and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters recorded 93 natural disaster events in 2012, in which over 3,200 people were killed and more than 75 million people were affected. China and the Philippines experienced the most disasters in 2012.
Typhoon Bopha moving towards the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao island provinces develop a multihazard contingency plan.
OCHA Geneva Director Rashid Khalikov visits the Philippines to take stock of national and sub-national emergency preparedness.
No tropical cyclones entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) for the month of November, but due to Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITZC) there were ﬂooding in Zamboanga del Norte, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental where 2,799 families (13,533 persons) were aﬀected, of which 900 families (3,557 persons) were displaced.
2013 is a time of immense opportunity and change in Mindanao. After four decades of conflict, a Framework Agreement has been reached between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) placing Mindanao on the path to sustainable peace.
(Manila/Bangkok/Geneva, 12 November 2012): Director of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Rashid Khalikov concluded his visit to the Philippines today calling on continued efforts to advance emergency preparedness.
Philippines ranked third among countries most at risk of natural hazards.
16 million people undernourished in the Philippines.
Majority of IDPs from the August BIFF-AFP conflict have returned home; about 3,700 remain in evacuation centres.
Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front agree on framework towards a new Bangsamoro political entity.
367,000 people still displaced by monsoon floods in Luzon.
New United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines assumes post.
The Philippines (Mindanao) Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) has been the main tool for humanitarian strategic planning and programming in the Philippines since 2010. As a planning mechanism, the HAP has fostered closer cooperation between the government and humanitarian partners through the cluster system and improved the strategic approach to the provision of humanitarian assistance to vulnerable conflict and natural disaster affected communities in Mindanao.
The Philippines (Mindanao) Humanitarian Action Plan for 2012 was launched just days before the most devastating natural disaster of Mindanao in 2011. In the six months that followed (December 2011 to May 2012), the Humanitarian Country Team has focused on supporting the Government in responding to the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Washi (locally known as Sendong).