Philippines: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 4

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA -2004/183
OCHA Situation Report No. 4
This situation report is based on information provided from the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team in Manila.


1. The waters are receding in most affected areas. However, it continues to rain in some of the affected areas. Flooding still persists in Cagayan Province in the northeast of the Philippines.

2. The latest figures on the impact of the successive typhoons and tropical depressions, provided by the National Disaster Coordination Council (NDCC), are as follows.

  • Dead: 637
  • Injured: 255
  • Missing: 630
  • People affected: approximately, 650,000
  • Houses damaged or destroyed: 2,000
  • Schools destroyed or damaged: 26
  • Estimated Damage: more than PHP 3.25 billion (USD 58 million)
3. Most affected areas include Infanta, General Nakar and Real in Quezon Province, Dingalan and Baler in Aurora Province, and Gabaldon in Nueva Ecija Province. These areas are accessible only by sea or air. It is estimated that it may take up to 2 weeks to restore road access to Infanta, General Nakar and Real. The road to Real is blocked due to 5 collapsed bridges. This hampers both the distribution of relief supplies and proper assessment of needs in the affected areas.

4. In addition, the provinces of Isabela, La Union, Quirino, Nueva Viskaya and Cagayan have declared their respective areas under a State of Calamity.

5. WHO expressed concern about possible outbreaks of malaria in the coming six to eight weeks in the affected regions.

Urgent Needs and further assessments

6. The NDCC has indicated the following list of urgent needs:

  • Basic relief items (blankets, sleeping mats, cooking utensils, clothing, basic personal hygiene)
  • Medicines, medical supplies/equipment
  • Restoration of water facilities
  • Food
  • Clearing/repair of roads and bridges.
  • Petroleum, oil and lubricants for land, air and water transportation.
  • Restoration of communications facilities.
7. According to a rapid assessment by ECHO, water and sanitation is one of the most critical issues in the affected areas, which are inundated by debris. Affected people from Infanta were moving to Real in order to secure access to communications and relief supplies.

8. Cash contributions are needed rather than in-kind contributions.

9. The UNDAC team had coordination meetings with the United Nations Disaster Management Team, NDCC, donors and NGOs today to plan forthcoming assessments.

National Response

10. The Government through NDCC and its affiliated partners, as well as the National Red Cross, Armed Forces, NGOs and Private Sector Organizations, are delivering and distributing relief goods and supplies.

11. NDCC facilitated the release of 12,865 sacks of rice amounting to PHP 10,292,000 (USD 183,621) from the National Food Authority for the local disaster coordinating councils. The Department of Health (DOH) and NGOs are providing medical and health services.

12. Regional and Provincial Engineering Offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Engineering Brigades of the Armed Forces are conducting clearing operations and immediate repairs of major roads and bridges.

13. To date, the Government has provided approximately PHP 35 million (approximately USD 624,000) worth of assistance to the affected population.

International response

14. UNDP has started the provision of family packages for approximately 10,000 families to be distributed by NDCC. The first boat carrying 2,000 family packages is leaving for the affected areas today.

15. UNICEF provided, through the Government, family packages containing food, water purification tablets, utensils, clothing. Relief items were delivered by UNICEF yesterday morning in several government evacuation centers in Camarines Norte province, southeastern part of Luzon. UNICEF also provided 4,000 cans of sardines, 5,000 packs of noodles, 300 packs of water purification tablets, and 10 cartons of assorted medicines.

16. WHO is coordinating with the Department of Health to provide water purification tablets and safe water sources. Gastro-enteritis outbreak is still a major concern, especially among the young children without proper nutrition in the past weeks. WHO is getting prepared for a possible outbreak of malaria through rehabilitation of health facilities and resumption of the of health services to the population.

17. WFP is dispatching personnel from Bangkok to assist in the assessment of food needs.

18. Telecoms Sans Frontières has established satellite phone communication in Real and Infanta.

19. Donor contributions amount to USD 3.5 million as of today. An update can be found on the OCHA Internet Website at OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions to be used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination with the UN Resident Coordinator's office. For banking details please contact the desk officers indicated below. OCHA provides donor governments with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilization of the funds contributed.

20. OCHA is in close contact with the United Nations Resident Coordinator's office in Manila through the UNDAC team and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

21. This situation report, together with further information on other ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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