Philippines: Typhoons and floods 2013 Emergency appeal n° MDRPH012 - Operation update n°2

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Period covered: 19 September to 6 October 2013
Appeal target (current): CHF 1,856,354
Appeal coverage: The appeal is 30 per cent covered in hard and soft pledges, with more pledges in the pipeline. Additional donations are needed to deliver timely assistance to affected families.

Appeal history:

  • This operations update focuses on the relief phase.

  • An emergency appeal was issued on 19 September 2013 for CHF 1,856,354 to deliver assistance to 15,000 families (75,000 people) in eight months.

  • Initially, a preliminary emergency appeal was launched on 26 August 2013 for CHF 1,681,554 to deliver assistance to 15,000 families (75,000 people) in eight months.

  • CHF 319,766 was advanced from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to initiate distributions and to support detailed assessments.

Summary: The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues its response to humanitarian needs wrought by a series of severe tropical weather systems that have caused severe flooding across Luzon Island since August. The response started when Typhoon Utor impacted the north eastern part of Luzon Island on 12 August 2013, followed two weeks later by monsoon rains enhanced by Tropical Storm Trami, which passed by the Philippines out at sea. Almost a month after Tropical Storm Trami, a powerful storm – Typhoon Usagi – entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), making landfall in the Batanes group of islands on 21 September 2013. Even though it moved away and dissipated on 22 September, Usagi exacerbated the southwest monsoon that brought continuous rain until 24 September. As Typhoon Usagi dissipated, a new system – Tropical Storm Wutip – further enhanced the southwest monsoon, bringing rains and thunderstorms over the western sections of Central and Southern Luzon from 26 to 27 September.

The last two severe weather events caused flash floods and landslides, with the greatest impact felt in the province of Zambales. In all, the combined effects of the severe weather events that have affected the Philippines since mid-August 2013 has left at least 73 people dead, damaged some 23,500 homes, and affected a total of 4.1 million people.

PRC has been responding at scale since August, and its staff and volunteers continue to work tirelessly in ensuring that assistance reaches the people in need. After delivering on emergency interventions, including search and rescue, first aid and providing specific services in evacuation centres, the National Society embarked on distributing food, water and relief items and unconditional cash to affected families. To support PRC intervention, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an emergency appeal seeking CHF 1,856,354 for the delivery of assistance to 75,000 people. Specifically relating to the plan outlined in the IFRC emergency appeal operation, PRC has provided hot meals to the targeted 25,000 people, two-day food rations to the targeted 10,000 families, non-food packages to 3,000 of the targeted 5,000 families, hygiene kits to 4,000 of the targeted 6,500 families, distributed un-conditional cash grants to 1,500 of the targeted 5,000 families and organized hygiene promotion sessions for 5,400 of the targeted 15,000 families.

Distribution of remaining non-food items (NFI) and hygiene kits as well as provision of health and hygiene education in affected communities is underway. As the IFRC emergency appeal covers the entire 2013 typhoon season, some of the resources mobilized thus far have been shifted towards delivering immediate relief assistance in the province of Zambales. The shift has neither had impact on the overall number of beneficiaries targeted under the appeal nor the budget, as PRC has directed nationally-mobilized resources to balance the operations.

Partners who have so far contributed to this appeal are the American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government, Danish Red Cross/Danish government, Japanese Red Cross Society, Swedish Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross/Swiss government and World Health Organization Voluntary Emergency Relief Fund (WHO/VERF). On behalf of the Philippine Red Cross, IFRC would like to thank all partners who have so far contributed their generous donations to this appeal.

The allocation of resources mobilized under the IFRC appeal has been made in line with the funding received to date, with priority on relief interventions. Based on the income, the operation is only able cover hot meals for 25,000 people, two-day food rations for 10,000 families, non-food packages for 5,000 families, hygiene kits for 6,500 families, un-conditional cash grants for 3,500 families, hygiene promotion sessions for 15,000 families and shelter repair assistance for 500 families. Additional and timely support from partners is of essence to enable timely implementation of activities relating to rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities in schools, provision of livelihoods assistance, preparedness for response, national society service delivery capacity development, and community risk reduction.