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06 Jul 2018 description

By Husni and Mary Joy Evalarosa, IFRC

Rita Balaguna, 48, was preparing breakfast for her family when the deadly Tropical Storm Tembin struck her hometown in Halapitan Barangay, municipality of San Fernando, Bukidnon province, a few days before Christmas Day in 2017. Within just a short time, Tembin, intensified by heavy rainfall, formed severe floods that damaged Balaguna’s home and many other Barangays in the Southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

24 Apr 2018 description

This Revised Emergency Appeal is seeking 1,274,468 Swiss francs (reduced from 2,836,944 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in delivering assistance and support to 25,000 people affected by Tropical Storm Tembin over 12 months. The revised operation focuses on shelter, livelihoods, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), protection, gender and inclusion (PGI), disaster risk reduction (DRR) and National Society capacity building.

20 Jan 2018 description
  • 16 December 2017: Tropical Storm Kai-Tak makes landfall over San Policarpio. Eastern Samar. PRC mounts a response to deliver immediate assistance to affected people.

  • 16-20 December: As PRC continues to deliver immediate assistance to people affected by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak, a new Low-Pressure Area (LPA) forms, gains strength and turns into a tropical depression (TD) and later becomes Tropical Storm Tembin.

28 Dec 2017 description


Tropical Storm Tembin smashed into the east coast of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on 22-23 December. It then made its way across the island, causing damage and triggering floods and landslides.

At least 170 people are believed to have been killed, with more than 500,000 people in 23 provinces affected The Philippine Red Cross and IFRC response will target 20,000 of the worst affected people, with an emphasis on health services, water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihoods (including cash) and shelter support.

26 Dec 2017 description

Manila/Kuala Lumpur 26 December —Four days after tropical storm Tembin made landfall in Mindanao, thousands of survivors are still in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

“Our teams in Mindanao are doing all they can to reach everyone who needs them. But the work is difficult and often slow,” says Philippine Red Cross Chairman Gordon. “Around the world, people are spending this time period with their families. For people affected by Tembin, what should be a peaceful time is instead full of uncertainty and fear. We need to help them.”

26 Dec 2017 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks 2,836,944 Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to deliver assistance and support to 20,000 people affected by Tropical Storm Tembin. The operation will focus on the following sectors: health (including psychosocial support and nutrition); water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); livelihoods (including cash); shelter (including non-food items); disaster risk reduction, protection, gender and inclusion (PGI); and National Society capacity enhancement.

25 Dec 2017 description

As flashfloods and landslides brought by tropical storm Tembin (known locally as “Vinta”) left one hundred dead and over 70,000 people displaced in southern Philippines, continued rain could cause further suffering for survivors over the coming days.

23 Dec 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

As Tropical Storm Tembin (local name: Vinta), aims to exits Philippine landmass, the trail of destruction it has left is emerging. Latest information indicates that Tembin has caused dozens – potentially hundreds – of fatalities, damaged thousands of houses, washed away vast amounts of livelihoods and disrupted the lives of people mainly in northern and central parts of Mindanao Island in the Philippines.

22 Dec 2017 description


Description of the disaster

There have been two significant weather systems to enter the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) since 12 December 2017.