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WHO Situation Report No. 2 - Cyclone Washi, Philippines

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B. Humanitarian needs

Description of total beneficiary needs, including needs the cluster is currently addressing

· As of 18:00, the total population affected by Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong) was 34 298 families (167 460 persons) in 196 barangays (villages) across eight cities and 25 municipalities in 13 provinces of seven regions. Some 17 461 families (88,053 persons) sought refuge in evacuation camps.

· Number of evacuation centres is 48 which are mostly (92%) located in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City (NDRRMC Sitrep No. 10).

· The death toll has risen to 662 while 82 persons remain missing. An undetermined number of families whose homes were completely damaged have chosen to stay with friends and relatives.

· In Cagayan de Oro City, five barangay health centres which have served as 24/7 lying-in clinics were rendered non-functional by the tropical cyclone.

· The general lack of water in functioning health facilities negatively affected the provision of essential public health services, specifically minor surgeries in the management of wounds which is the most common morbidity.

· In Iligan City, 14 evacuation centres were visited. The lack of safe water for drinking and washing as well as sanitary facilities increases the risks for waterborne diseases and some cases of diarrhoea are already being noted in the evacuation centres and affected communities.

· Aside from wounds, the most common morbidities include upper respiratory infections and dermatologic problems. Those who have lost or missing family members and relatives or have lost their belongings will need psychosocial support services.