Philippines - Manila Fire Incident (MDRPH017): DREF Operation n° 1, Issued 27 April 2015

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 2 March 2015, a fire broke out in the densely-populated Parola Compound of Tondo district, Manila, totally destroying some 800 houses and severely damaging 200 more. The Social Welfare Department of Manila City estimated that almost 10,000 households (50,000 people) were affected, with some 5,000 households (25,000 people) seeking accommodation in evacuation centres in the aftermath of the fire.

Following needs assessments, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) allocated CHF 119,798 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to enable the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to deliver immediate relief assistance to affected households, including food and non-food items such as blankets, mosquito nets, sleeping mats and jerry cans as well as hygiene kits. Provision of safe water was also carried out to the affected households.