24 October 2013 to 23 April 2014. This update represents a six-month summary of the operation (cumulative narrative and financial).
Appeal target (current):
The appeal is 40 per cent covered in hard pledges, with more contributions in the pipeline. Additional donations are urgently needed to enable Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to meet the recovery needs of affected families.
This emergency appeal was launched on a preliminary basis on 24 October 2013 for CHF 5,463,496 to assist 10,000 families (50,000 persons) over eight months.
CHF 499,911 was allocated from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 19 October 2013 to support the National Society in undertaking needs assessments and delivering immediate relief assistance.
On 15 October 2013, Central Visayas experienced the strongest recorded earthquake in the region within the last 20 years. The deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake left vast destruction in infrastructure (e,g,, roads, bridges, flood control facilities, school buildings, hospitals, and other public buildings) amounting to CHF 44,912,300 (2.2 billion Philippine pesos (PHP)). According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), continued shaking was felt with more than 4,000 aftershocks recorded.
As the epicentre, Bohol Island, was the strongest hit by the earthquake with CHF 26,539,100 (PHP 1.3 billion) worth of damaged infrastructure. According to the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), 370,000 homes were damaged or destroyed during the earthquake which left 222 people dead and 976 injured.
To date, the need for decent shelter prevails. PRC, through the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), scaled up its emergency appeal to CHF 7.7 million. The relief phase was completed in February with 12,000 families assisted. The operation has since shifted to early recovery where progressive core shelter and shelter repair assistance will be provided to the most vulnerable families whose houses were damaged or destroyed. Moreover, with enough funding, the National Society will also support rehabilitation of damaged community health facilities, water and sanitation facilities in schools and provide livelihood assistance for earthquake victims.
Unfortunately the extensive damage of Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), one of the strongest typhoons on record to ever make land fall, has diminished the humanitarian interventions for those affected by the Central Visayas Earthquake. With more people in need, the National Society would like to emphasise the need for donations in order to meet the emergency appeal’s target. At the moment, only 2,150 families can be provided with shelter assistance, i.e., 1,700 with shelter repair assistance and 450 with core progressive shelter. This is far below the target of 6,000 families.