BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
Note: The last fact sheet was dated October 14, 2009.
- On October 20, the U.N. issued a flash appeal requesting more than $10 million in support of Government of Laos (GoL), non-governmental organization (NGO), and U.N. operations in Laos following Typhoon Ketsana, with priority areas in health, shelter, food provision, road clearance, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions. According to the U.N., the six-month appeal seeks to address the immediate needs of the approximately 178,000 affected individuals. U.N. agencies and partners plan to revise the appeal following the expected late October release of joint needs assessment results.
- On October 16, a USAID/OFDA WASH advisor arrived in the Philippines to evaluate WASH conditions at evacuation centers and in affected areas and monitor progress of U.S. Government (USG)-funded WASH emergency interventions.
- A third Pacific typhoon is moving toward northern Luzon island. As of October 20 at 1100 hours Eastern Daylight Time, the center of Typhoon Lupit (Ramil) was located approximately 644 miles northeast of Manila, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). According to the JTWC forecast, the typhoon will strengthen while moving over open water in coming days, before making landfall on northern Luzon on October 22.
- The Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GoRP) has ordered the evacuation of thousands of people in northern coastal and mountain areas and organized the pre-positioning of nearly 100 tons of relief items, food, and medical supplies in provinces vulnerable to the potential effects of Lupit. The U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) also has pre-positioned medicine, sleeping mats, and purification tablets for approximately 8,000 families in four locations in Luzon.