Philippines: Typhoon Fengshen Emergency appeal No. MDRPH003 Operations update No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published


Period covered by this Operations Update: 5-27 July 2008

Appeal target (current): CHF 8,310,213 (USD 8 million or EUR 5.1 million)

Appeal coverage: To date, the appeal is only 17 per cent1 covered. Funds are urgently needed to enable the Philippines National Red Cross to provide assistance to those affected by the typhoon.

Appeal history:

- A preliminary emergency appeal was launched on 24 June 2008 for CHF 8,310,213 (USD 8 million or EUR 5.1 million) for twelve months to assist 6,000 families.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 200,000 was allocated from the International Federation's DREF.


The PNRC estimates at least 2.5 million people have been affected by typhoon Fengshen which hit the Philippines on 18 June 2008. The national disaster coordinating council (NDCC) estimates this figure to be four million people. More than 75,000 houses are totally destroyed and a further 200,000 seriously damaged.

To date, assessment teams composed of 12 Southeast Asia regional disaster response team (RDRT) members and eight Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) RDRT-trained members have conducted assessments in typhoon-affected areas and identified needs of those affected. In support of these four teams, two water and sanitation engineers from American Red Cross and German Red Cross accompanied by PNRC water and sanitation-trained staff have also been deployed. Detailed assessments of emergency water provision in the two worst affected provinces of Aklan and Iloilo were conducted. As of now, four water treatment units are providing safe water in these two provinces while the emergency response unit (ERU) water treatment unit (with a production capacity of 600,000 litres per day) is in place in Iloilo municipality and provides potable water to those barangays affected by the typhoon.

Partner national societies which have made contributions to the appeal include: Danish Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross, Monaco Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross and New Zealand Red Cross. A contribution has also been received from the Australian government.

The International Federation, on behalf of the Philippines National Red Cross society, would like to thank all partners who have so far contributed to this appeal.