Philippines: Typhoon Sarika - DREF (MDRPH021) final report

CHF 169,011 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 16 October 2016 to support Philippines Red Cross in delivering immediate humanitarian assistance to the populations affected by Typhoon Sarika in provinces of Aurora, Catanduanes and Nueva Vizcaya of which CHF 151,678 was utilized. The balance of CHF 17,333 will be returned to DREF. Click here for the final financial report. On behalf of the Philippine Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies would like to thank Netherlands Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross and European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) for their generous contribution to the replenishment of this DREF.

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 16 October 2016, at 2:30 AM, Typhoon Sarika (locally known as Karen) made landfall over Baler, Aurora with maximum sustained winds of 150 km per hour and gustiness of up to 210 km per hour, and moved west across the Luzon mainland before heading out to the sea west of the Philippines. By morning of 17 October, Typhoon Sarika had exited the PAR, according to PAGASA. At Sarika’s peak, Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) number 3 was raised in 11 provinces, TCWS number 2 in 10 provinces and Metro Manila, and TCWS number 1 raised in 12 provinces.

According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) report a total of 73,617 families (329,468 person) were affected in 1,491 barangays in Regions I, II, III, CALABARZON, V and CAR.

According to government data, 12,777 houses were damaged, of which, 11,356 are partially damaged and 1,421 are destroyed. Furthermore, damage to agriculture sector amounted to PHP 3.6 billion (approximately CHF 74 million) while damage to infrastructure stands at around PHP 226 million (approximately CHF 4.6 million).