WHO Situation Report No. 3 - Cyclone Washi, Philippines

Situation Report
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B. Humanitarian needs

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

· As of 17:00, the total population affected by Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong) was 65 067 families (348 749 persons) in 319 barangays (villages) across eight cities and 31 municipalities in 13 provinces of seven regions.

· 10 039 families (44 213 persons) sought refuge in 60 ECs (Evacuation Camps), 19 evacuation camps are located in Cagayayan de Oro (CDO) and 16 evacuation camps in Iligan, and 5 evacuation camps in Negros Oriental.

· The death toll has risen to 976 while 46 persons remain missing. An undetermined number of families whose homes were completely damaged have chosen to stay with friends and relatives.

· Thirty-one health facilities have been damaged.

· Provision of essential health services is affected due to inadequate water availability.

· So far, no outbreaks of communicable diseases have been noted. But the continuing lack of potable water and sanitation facilities exposes affected populations to the risk of diarrhea.

· Aside from wounds, the most common morbidities still include upper respiratory infections and dermatologic problems.

· Those who have lost or missing family members and relatives or have lost their belongings are still in need of psychosocial support services.