Philippines: Typhoon Fengshen Emergency appeal No. MDRPH004 Operations update No. 3


Period covered by this Operations Update: 28 July - 12 September 2008

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

Appeal coverage: To date, the appeal is 19 per cent 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 onslaught of typhoon Fengshen which hit the Philippines on 18 June 2008, followed by floods and landslides, has left in its wake urgent needs among poverty-stricken communities.

According to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), approximately four million people have been affected through out the country by typhoon Fengshen. More than 81,000 houses were totally destroyed and a further 326,321 seriously damaged. NDCC statistics indicated around two million people were affected on Panay Island, the area worst hit by the typhoon.

To date, teams composed of 12 Southeast Asia regional disaster response team (RDRT) members and eight Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) RDRT-trained members conducted assessments in the typhoonaffected areas and identified the needs of those affected. In support of these four teams, two water and sanitation engineers from the American and German Red Cross Societies, accompanied by PNRC water and sanitation-trained staff, were also deployed. Detailed assessments of drinking water needs in the provinces of Aklan and Iloilo, where the typhoon triggered large-scale flooding, were conducted.

Four mobile water treatment units have been providing water in these two provinces while a Swedish Red Cross mass water treatment emergency response unit (ERU) with a production capacity of 600,000 litres per day was deployed in Iloilo municipality and provided potable water to affected barangays (villages) until the end of August.

Logistics preparations are now well under way with a logistics delegate in place and another arriving soon to support the operation in the reconstruction of at least 1,000 homes in the provinces of Iloilo and Aklan. The number of reconstructed transitional homes has been revised down to reflect current funding available.

By combining the provision of clean water, sanitation facilities, hygiene education, preventive heath care and emergency relief, the Red Cross Red Crescent is working to ensure that families stay healthy as they work to rebuild their lives.

Partner national societies which have made contributions to the appeal include: the American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross, Hong Kong branch of the Red Cross Society of China, Japanese Red Cross, Monaco Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross, New Zealand Red Cross and Swedish 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.