Philippines: Central Visayas Earthquake - Emergency appeal n° MDRPH013

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This preliminary emergency appeal seeks CHF 5,463,495 in cash, kind, or services to support the Philippine Red Cross in delivering humanitarian assistance to 10,000 families (50,000 people) over eight months. The operation will be completed by end June 2014; a final report will be made available by 30 September 2014, three months after the end of the operation.

Appeal history:

CHF 499,911 was allocated from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 20 October 2013 to support the National Society in undertaking needs assessments and delivering immediate relief assistance. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.


Following a deadly magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Central Visayas islands, with its epicentre in Bohol, Philippines on the morning of 15 October 2013, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is delivering assistance to the affected communities. The quake, which has been described as the strongest to hit the region in more than 20 years, has left at least 195 people dead, 651 injured and 12 missing. With a week already having elapsed from the time the disaster struck, emergency search and rescue operations have now moved into the retrieval phase.

According to national disaster authorities, the most affected province is Bohol itself where a total of 66,717 families (344,347 persons) have been displaced. Of these, 12,989 families (71,387 persons) are currently in evacuation centres and are in need of relief as well as emergency shelter. The authorities in Bohol and neighbouring Cebu have declared a state of calamity, and the government has indicated that it will accept international assistance. In response, several humanitarian actors have begun interventions. PRC volunteers and staff were mobilized immediately after the earthquake struck, and have been providing assistance tirelessly since. To expedite the delivery of humanitarian assistance, PRC deployed experienced teams from chapters in Luzon to Bohol within 48 hours after the disaster struck, to conduct first rapid assessments. The assessments – supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and a number of partner national societies (PNS) – have helped in providing a clearer picture of the quake’s impact. On the basis of the rapid assessment findings, PRC has sought international support to address the needs of those affected.

This appeal is being launched on a preliminary basis and adjustments to the plan and budget will be done within two weeks in line with detailed assessments. In the meantime, this operation aims to deliver immediate assistance to affected families in the province of Bohol, focusing on providing non-food relief to 10,000 families, emergency shelter assistance for 10,000 families, psychosocial support to 5,000 individuals, health, water and sanitation interventions for 10,000 families and essential household item replacement assistance for 5,000 families.

IFRC will support PRC interventions in the sectors outlined in this preliminary emergency appeal, with some partner national societies providing additional assistance through bilateral arrangements to complement these and PRC’s own interventions. Besides the IFRC country office team, this operation will also be supported by an experienced team at the IFRC’s Asia Pacific zone office in Kuala Lumpur (in particular, the areas of disaster management coordination and support, shelter, early recovery and longer-term recovery, health, water and sanitation, communications, beneficiary communications, logistics, reporting, and resource mobilization). Short, medium and long term capacity building and organizational development support will continue to be provided by the IFRC’s Southeast Asia regional office in Bangkok.