Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin No. 07, 7 July - 6 August 2012
More than 519,000 people affected by Tropical Storm Saola.
Lack of available land continues to delay construction of permanent houses for Washi survivors.
16,408 people remain displaced due to armed clashes in Central and Western Mindanao.
Tropical Storm Saola affects 519,000 people
231,000 people displaced due to continuous heavy rains and floods
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Tropical Storm Saola, locally known as Gener, has affected more than 110,000 families (519,000 people) in 32 provinces across the Philippines as of 3 August (see map on the right). Flooding and landslides as a result of heavy rains have left 37 dead, 33 injured, 4 missing and displaced about 231,000 people (17,500 are residing in 81 evacuation centres and 213,500 are with relatives and friends).
Government agencies have conducted search and rescue operations in sea mishap incidents, prepositioned relief supplies along the storm’s path including medicines, and distributed food packages to people in evacuation centres. The Philippine Red Cross provided additional food relief assistance in some areas. As of 2 August, 16 cities and municipalities have declared a state of calamity. It is expected that Gener will enhance the Southwest Monsoon and will bring rains over Southern Luzon, Visayas, and the western part of Mindanao. To date, the government has not requested any international assistance.
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.