Philippines Humanitarian Country Team - Humanitarian Response and Resources Overview for Northern Philippines 2018 typhoons

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Key Figures As of 08 November (DSWD DROMIC)

3.8M people affected
294,000 people in need
989 schools damaged
$551M agricultural losses
165,000 people targeted
165,000 people targeted


Two successive typhoons hit the Northern Philippines in September and October 2018. Typhoon Yutu (locally known as Rosita) made landfall in Dinapigue, Isabela on 30 October (with peak wind intensity of 150 km/h), six weeks after Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) made landfall in Baggao, Cagayan on 15 September (with a peak wind intensity of 200 km/h).

Mangkhut and Yutu were categorized as strong typhoons that caused heavy rains, widespread flooding and multiple landslides in regions I, II, III, CAR and VIII. The combined impact of the two typhoons affected a total of 51 provinces and resulted in widespread damage to agriculture and houses. In terms of agriculture, the total losses caused by Yutu on rice and high value crops now totals to Php 2.89 billion (USD55 million), adding to the Php 26.7 billion ($496 million) total agricultural losses caused by Manghkut. Mangkhut affected a total of 171,932 farmers while Yutu directly affected an additional 30,810 farmers in 12 provinces. As of 6 November, Mangkhut reportedly damaged 318,184 houses while Yutu damaged 24,000 houses, mostly made of light materials. For other facilities, at least 989 schools were also damaged.

Local communities of Abra, Cagayan, Ifugao, Isabela, Kalinga and Mountain province were affected by repeated displacement within the combined 100 km-radius along the paths of Mangkhut and Yutu. As of 6 November, Mangkhut displaced 1.57 million people while Yutu displaced 203,000 people. 93 deaths were confirmed due to the two typhoons.

The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), in close coordination with the national and local government, conducted an interagency rapid needs assessment for typhoon Mangkhut on 17-18 September. While for typhoon Yutu, the HCT, with support from 10 international non-government organizations and local partners working as part of the response efforts or doing early recovery works for typhoon Mangkhut, conducted a virtual assessment on 31 October-01 November. Drawing from their direct observations, local NGOs and partners assessed how typhoon Yutu’s impact further exacerbated the identified needs of the affected communities on shelter, food security and agriculture, WASH, health, education and the early recovery and livelihoods. Part of the assessment looked into the increased protection risks to the most vulnerable and marginalized, including women, children, elderly, persons with disabilities, social ethnic and other minorities as well those considered as living in the geographically isolated and depressed areas, mostly local residents from coastal areas.

This Humanitarian Response and Resources Overview for Northern Luzon typhoons is intended as a targeted contribution towards the Government response, and has been revised by the Philippines HCT to reflect current needs and priorities based on the assessed impact of typhoons Mangkhut and Yutu. The coverage period has been extended from three to six months to capture early recovery priorities.


  1. To augment national efforts to restore the livelihoods and promote the rapid recovery of the most vulnerable households through the provision of cash assistance, and rehabilitation of livelihoods and damaged infrastructure;

  2. To restore the safety and dignity of the most vulnerable populations by ensuring they have access to safe housing and basic services, and regained food security.