• Nearly 159,200 people return to Marawi, while 305,600 people remain displaced
• Typhoon Tembin generates additional displacement, humanitarian need
• USAID provides $8.5 million to support conflict-affected IDPs and returnees
• Nearly 159,200 people have returned to areas of origin in Marawi—the capital city of Lanao del Sur Province in the Philippines’ Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao—and surrounding areas following the conclusion of conflict between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and armed groups in October 2017. However, severely damaged infrastructure, limited income-generating opportunities, and insufficient public services in the city continue to hinder returns, the UN reports.
• Typhoon Tembin, known locally as Vinta, made landfall over Mindanao Island as a tropical storm on December 22, causing widespread flooding and landslides and triggering additional displacement and humanitarian need among conflict-affected populations in Marawi and surrounding areas, the GPH reports.
• To date, USAID has provided $8.5 million in humanitarian assistance to support vulnerable populations in Marawi, including $6.5 million from USAID/OFDA to support the distribution of emergency relief commodities and humanitarian coordination, livelihoods, protection, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activities and $2 million from USAID/FFP to facilitate the delivery of emergency food assistance for approximately 45,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees.