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Philippines: Typhoon Nock-Ten Emergency appeal operation update n° 1 (MDRPH023)

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Reporting period: 25 Dec 2016 to 13 Jan 2017

Operation timeframe: 29 Dec 2016 to 30 Sep 2017

Appeal budget: CHF 1,600,392

N° of people targeted: 20,000 (4,000 families)

N° of people assisted: 6,200 (1,400 families)

Appeal History

  • 25 December 2016: Typhoon Nock-Ten makes landfall in Catanduanes with 185 kph winds and gustiness of up to 255 kph.

  • 26 December: PRC deploys teams and drones to the affected areas for rapid assessment. Nock-Ten moved southwest and traversed across the Bicol Region before passing southern Luzon.

  • 28 December: IFRC approves a DREF allocation of 249,803 Swiss francs to enable PRC to launch a timely response in the aftermath of Typhoon Nock-Ten.

  • 29 December: IFRC launces an Emergency Appeal for 1,600,392 Swiss francs to support 20,000 people over 9 months.

The Situation

Typhoon Nock-Ten (locally known as Nina) made landfall in the island province of Catanduanes on the evening of 25 December 2016 as a Category 3 typhoon with winds of 185 kph and gustiness of up to 255 kph. After making a total of eight landfalls it left the Philippines land mass from Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro on 26 Dec.

The Philippine government ordered the evacuation of residents living in the coast and landslide-prone areas prior to Nock- Ten’s landfall. Almost 500,000 people were evacuated in Bicol (Region V) and MIMAROPA (Region IV-B).

Nock-Ten brought extensive damage to the regions of Bicol (Region V) and MIMAROPA (Region IV-B). According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Nock-Ten affected more than 2 million people from almost 2,000 barangays in 15 provinces.

The typhoon also damaged more than 300,000 houses – most of which were located in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Quezon and Marinduque. Additionally, widespread damage to the agricultural sector and infrastructure was reported.

Initial assessments by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) indicate that immediate needs for food, non-food items, safe drinking water and emergency shelter materials were essential to provide relief to the affected households during the emergency phase, while shelter, livelihoods and risk reduction are top priorities for recovery.