ACT Appeal: Assistance to Typhoon-affected - PHL112

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Appeal Target: US$ 667,288 Balance Requested: US$ 637,788

Geneva, 17 January 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Barely recovering from the devastation of super Typhoon Mina, occurred in August 2011, followed by back to back super typhoons and Nalgae in September 2011, the Philippines was again battered by typhoon Washi on December 16, 2011.

On this fateful day, typhoon Washi with a strength range of 55 to 65 kph and gustiness of up to 80 kph entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility and affected many areas in north-eastern Mindanao and Eastern Visayas. The typhoon moved out of the Philippine on December 18 but left behind severe devastation on thousands of lives, property and livelihoods of thousands of people.

Heavily devastated is Region X, which is basically hilly and mountainous, surrounded by three river systems. The water level rapidly rose in the surrounding communities causing flash flood after midnight when people were still sleeping.

The death toll has reached 1,257, according to the NDRRMC. In addition, more than 4,600 people are injured and 85 people remain missing. The number of people affected in these areas is more than 700,000, of which roughly 83,000 people are living in 53 evacuation centres and more than 440,000 people are staying with relatives or in makeshift structures. Philippines media quoted NDRRMC announcing that maritime search could continue for two more weeks. The storm damaged more than 42,000 homes, and more than 12,800 of those were totally destroyed. Damages to infrastructure such as roads, bridges, health facilities and schools have been estimated at Philippine peso 1.1 billion (US$24.8 million).

This full appeal elaborates the response proposed by NCCP in the preliminary appeal issued on 23 December 2011. The full appeal also includes the shelter component of LWR. NCCP plans to provide food, NFI, livelihood, shelter and psychosocial health care support to the affected population.