Philippines: Typhoon Haima Emergency appeal operation update n°2 (MDRPH022)

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This update reduces the appeal budget from CHF 2,007,914 to CHF 1,818,879 to align the plan with financial resources anticipated to be mobilized, agreed implementation approaches and activities achievable within the timeframe. In view of the reduction in budget, corresponding revisions have been made to the Emergency Plan of Action.

Appeal History

  • 13 September 2016: Typhoon Meranti (local name Ferdie) batters Batanes, in northern Philippines.

  • 16 October: Typhoon Sarika (local name Karen) makes landfall over Baler, Aurora, packing winds of 150 km per hour and gusts of up to 210 kph. It traverses North Luzon with some destruction.

  • 17 October Haima brews in the Pacific as a Severe Tropical Storm.

  • 18 October: PRC deploys advance teams to Nueva Viscaya and Tuguegarao City prior to the Typhoon Haima’s landfall, with additional teams placed on high alert at the headquarters.

  • Philippines: Typhoon Haima 19 October: IFRC approves a 48,659 Swiss franc DREF allocation for an imminent crisis to enable PRClaunch a timely response in the aftermath of Typhoon Haima.

  • Typhoon Haima makes landfall over municipality of Peñablanca in Cagayan Province, packing strong winds of up to 225 kph near its centre and gusts of up to 315kph. Typhoon Haima leaves a substantial humanitarian impact.

  • 20 October: Volunteers and staff in affected areas start to assess the extent of the damage. They also serve hot meals and provided psychosocial support in evacuation centres.

  • 21 October: IFRC launches and Emergency Appeal, at the request of PRC, seeking 2,994,770 Swiss francs to deliver assistance to 20,000 people affected by Typhoon Haima.

  • 20 December: Emergency Appeal revision is issued, with the budget reduced to 2,007,914 Swiss francs.

The situation

On 19 October 2016, Typhoon Haima (locally known as Lawin) made landfall in Peñablanca, Cagayan province (north east coast of Luzon) as a super typhoon with winds of up to 225 kilometres per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 315 kph.

The typhoon moved west across the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) before exiting to the sea west of the Philippines. In its wake, 14 people were dead while 4 were injured. Almost 540,000 households or more than 2.4 million people were also affected in 4,500 communities across 5 regions.
Most affected were the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela, in the east coast of the Philippines. Provinces in CAR were also severely affected. According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), more than 270,000 houses were damaged, of which 42,324 (16 per cent) were totally destroyed. Of the damaged houses, more than 73 per cent was concentrated in Cagayan and Isabela. The typhoon also damaged agriculture assets, amounting to more than 200 million Swiss francs.