Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan Emergency appeal operation update n° 17 (MDRPH014)


Period covered by this operation update: 8 November 2013 to 30 November 2016
Appeal target (current): CHF 94.53 million
Appeal coverage: 96 per cent

Appeal history:

  • 18 August 2015: The budget was adjusted downwards by 5 per cent, from CHF 99.88 million to CHF 94.53 million via Operations Update 13.

  • 30 July 2014: A further revision of the emergency appeal was launched, seeking CHF 99.88 million to support 100,000 households (500,000 people) through December 2016.

  • 16 January 2014: A revision of this emergency appeal was launched for CHF 126.2 million to support 100,000 families (500,000 people) over 24 months.

  • 12 November 2013: An emergency appeal was launched on a preliminary basis for CHF 72.3 million to support 100,000 families (500,000 people) over 18 months.

  • 8 November 2013: CHF 475,495 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in delivering immediate assistance and undertaking initial needs.

The situation

Identified as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to make landfall, Typhoon Haiyan struck Central Philippines on 8 November 2013. It killed at least 6,300 people and caused massive damage to more than 1.14 million houses, displacing an estimated 4.1 million people and affecting more than 16 million individuals.

The emergency relief operation was launched immediately to provide assistance to the people affected across the Central Visayas region. Food, water, and emergency shelter materials were dispatched and more than 8,000 volunteers were mobilized. The recovery of households entailed support for shelter repair and reconstruction, recovery of livelihoods and income generation activities, construction of water and sanitation facilities, rehabilitation of health infrastructure and health promotion initiatives, and improved educational facilities. Awareness raising sessions were also carried out with the communities to improve their knowledge of disaster preparedness.

Three years on, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), together with its Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement) partners, are close to completing their support to longer-term recovery of communities. PRC and most of its Movement partners – including IFRC, with an Emergency Appeal operation of CHF 94.53 million in budget – are now working on their exit strategies and transitioning from recovery to development.

Meantime, as the Typhoon Haiyan operation winds up, IFRC continues to support PRC in responding to Typhoon Sarika (DREF operation MDRPH021) and Typhoon Haima (Emergency Appeal operation MDRPH022).