Philippines: Tropical Storm Tembin Emergency appeal operation update n° 3 (MDRPH026)

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Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

The Emergency Appeal is being extended from 12 months timeframe to 15 months (closing 31 March 2019).

The extension in time frame is requested to accommodate the following:

• The operational area in Bukidnon is particularly challenging in terms of the logistics needed to support volunteers, staff and deliver materials needed for the recovery activities. Some of the areas are far off main roads and need access by foot. Volunteers need to cross shallow rivers to get to the community.

• There are limited communications in the response area with no cellular coverage.

• The extension will cover an appropriate transition and capacity building period for the Chapter. This is particularly the case for longer term recovery interventions that need follow up after the Appeal is closed for WASH, Livelihoods and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

• The community dynamics are such that extended time has been taken to make sure we have full participation, community engagement and accountability – this is particularly the case for the Shelter, WASH, Livelihoods and DRR activities.

Appeal History

16 December 2017: Tropical Storm Kai-Tak makes landfall over San Policarpio. Eastern Samar. PRC mounts a response to deliver immediate assistance to affected people.

16 to 20 December 2017: As PRC continues to deliver immediate assistance to people affected by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak, a new Low-Pressure Area (LPA) forms, gains strength and turns into a tropical depression (TD) and later becomes Tropical Storm Tembin.

21 December 2017: PRC enhances its preparedness measures for approaching Tropical Storm Tembin, and dispatches non-food items for 1,000 families from its Cebu regional warehouse to Mindanao. IFRC allocates CHF 31,764 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society’s readiness measures.

22 to 23 December 2017: Tropical Storm Tembin makes landfall in Cateel, Davao Oriental, then tracks west over the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental and Zamboanga del Norte.

25 December 2017: IFRC launches an Emergency Appeal for CHF 2,836,944, including a DREF start-up loan of CHF 313,498, to support the PRC in meeting the humanitarian needs of 20,000 people.

20 January 2018: Operation Update no.1 is published.

24 April 2018: IFRC issues a revised Emergency Appeal for CHF 1,274,468 to assist 25,000 people over 12 months. Based on the validated financial report, the EA is currently seeking CHF 1,194,765 to assist 26,069 people over 12 months.

18 July 2018: Operation Update no.2 is published.


Description of the disaster

On 22 December 2017, Tropical Storm Tembin (locally known as Vinta) hit Mindanao island in the Philippines, before making a second landfall on 23 December on Palawan island. The tropical storm exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility on 24 December. The storm brought heavy rainfall that caused widespread flooding as major rivers breached their banks. The heavy rain also caused flash floods and landslides in high lands and mountain sides across northern Mindanao and southern Palawan. Northern Mindanao is particularly prone to flash floods and landslides.

According to DSWD Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center, an estimated 871,757 people (184,278 families) were affected in 1,215 barangays across eight regions and 24 provinces. Also reported were 44 confirmed deaths (129 more pending validation) and 155 people missing. In addition to causing the loss of human lives, Tembin substantially impacted shelter, livelihoods, WASH facilities and caused damage to critical infrastructure including roads, bridges and power transmission lines. Damages to agriculture and infrastructure were calculated at 2.1 billion Philippine pesos (PHP) or around CHF 38.9 million.