The Typhoon Fengshen is the sixth typhoon to hit the Philippines, followed by floods and landslides, and has left in its wake urgent needs among poverty-stricken communities.
The most hit provinces are lloilo, Capiz, Aklan and Antique on Panay Island.
According to the National Disaster Coordinating Council, approximately four million people have been affected, with more than 407,000 houses having been completely destroyed or seriously damaged.
Up to date, there were 557 reported deaths (excluding the casualties of the MV Princess of the Stars); 87 missing and 826 injured.
Of the 866 people on board of the MV Princess of the Stars Ferry which capsized and sank at Claveria on 21 June, 51 survived while another 318 bodies were recovered from the wreckage and others were recovered from surrounding coastal areas.
Red Cross Actions
A preliminary emergency appeal was launched on 24 June 2008 by the International Red Cross for about HK$62.4 million to support the Philippines National Red Cross (PNRC) relief efforts to 6,000 families for 12 months.
To date, the PNRC has supported some 69,000 people in the evacuation centres that provided emergency shelter.
Four mobile potable water plants were deployed from the PNRCS headquarters to lloilo and Aklan, each producing up to 15,000 litres of water per day for distribution. Two 10,000 litre and several 5,000 litre bladder tanks have also been sent to these areas for water storage.
In early July, the Swedish Red Cross Emergency Response Unit (ERU) mass water treatment unit, in collaboration with PNRC, was deployed to lloilo to produce up to 600,000 litres of safe drinking water per day.
Base on the needs of mosquito nets, the International Red Cross supported the purchase of 12,000 treated mosquito nets for distribution to typhoon affected families who are living in malaria-prone areas.
Health campaign promoting the use of safe water and application of hygiene practices is being conducted in four targeted provinces. A total of 334 volunteers in four provinces will be trained with skills and knowledge to educate the community on health and hygiene promotion and disease prevention.
The Hong Kong Red Cross has donated HKD 87,800 in support the distribution of clean drinking water, basic household kits, prevention of diarrhoeal diseases, building of typhoon-resistant transitional shelters with latrines, as well as development of minimal early warning system, etc. No appeal has been launched for this operation in Hong Kong at the moment.
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