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20 Jan 2018 description
  • 16 December 2017: Tropical Storm Kai-Tak makes landfall over San Policarpio. Eastern Samar. PRC mounts a response to deliver immediate assistance to affected people.

  • 16-20 December: As PRC continues to deliver immediate assistance to people affected by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak, a new Low-Pressure Area (LPA) forms, gains strength and turns into a tropical depression (TD) and later becomes Tropical Storm Tembin.

28 Dec 2017 description


Tropical Storm Tembin smashed into the east coast of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on 22-23 December. It then made its way across the island, causing damage and triggering floods and landslides.

At least 170 people are believed to have been killed, with more than 500,000 people in 23 provinces affected The Philippine Red Cross and IFRC response will target 20,000 of the worst affected people, with an emphasis on health services, water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihoods (including cash) and shelter support.

26 Dec 2017 description

Manila/Kuala Lumpur 26 December —Four days after tropical storm Tembin made landfall in Mindanao, thousands of survivors are still in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

“Our teams in Mindanao are doing all they can to reach everyone who needs them. But the work is difficult and often slow,” says Philippine Red Cross Chairman Gordon. “Around the world, people are spending this time period with their families. For people affected by Tembin, what should be a peaceful time is instead full of uncertainty and fear. We need to help them.”

26 Dec 2017 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks 2,836,944 Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to deliver assistance and support to 20,000 people affected by Tropical Storm Tembin. The operation will focus on the following sectors: health (including psychosocial support and nutrition); water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); livelihoods (including cash); shelter (including non-food items); disaster risk reduction, protection, gender and inclusion (PGI); and National Society capacity enhancement.

25 Dec 2017 description

As flashfloods and landslides brought by tropical storm Tembin (known locally as “Vinta”) left one hundred dead and over 70,000 people displaced in southern Philippines, continued rain could cause further suffering for survivors over the coming days.

23 Dec 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

As Tropical Storm Tembin (local name: Vinta), aims to exits Philippine landmass, the trail of destruction it has left is emerging. Latest information indicates that Tembin has caused dozens – potentially hundreds – of fatalities, damaged thousands of houses, washed away vast amounts of livelihoods and disrupted the lives of people mainly in northern and central parts of Mindanao Island in the Philippines.

22 Dec 2017 description


Description of the disaster

There have been two significant weather systems to enter the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) since 12 December 2017.

19 Dec 2017 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Philippine Red Cross, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has determined that external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time, but will continue to monitor the evolving situation

31 Oct 2017 description

Appeal history:

17 October 2016 - Haima develops in the Pacific as a Severe Tropical Storm.

18 October - Government enforces pre-emptive evacuations in areas likely to be severely affected by the typhoon.

19 October - Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) number 5 – the highest – is declared over Cagayan province.

05 Oct 2017 description

Appeal history

  • 8 November 2013: Typhoon Haiyan strikes central Philippines; IFRC allocates CHF 475,495 from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in delivering immediate assistance and in undertaking initial needs assessments.

07 Aug 2017 description

This Revised Emergency Appeal is seeking 982,098 Swiss francs (reduced from 1,600,392 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in delivering assistance and support to 7,315 people (reduced from 20,000 people) affected by Typhoon NockTen over 12 months (extended from nine months). The operation will focus on health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); shelter; livelihoods; disaster risk reduction(DRR) and National Society capacity building.

15 Jun 2017 description

DREF update n° 1: 15 June 2017

Timeframe covered by this update: 31 March 2017 – 25 May 2017

This Operation Update informs the extension of the operation’s timeframe by two months (until 31 August 2017). The extension allows the chapter in providing support to the individuals who are not able to return within the initial timeframe of the operation due to issues on documentation and transportation.

A. Situation analysis

Description of the situation

17 Apr 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

10 February 2017 – A magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes off the coast of north-eastern Mindanao

11 February – Surigao City is placed under state of calamity

16 February – IFRC approved a https://reliefweb.int/node/DREF allocation worth CHF 127,672

5 March – a magnitude 5.9 aftershock strikes the area. Since the M 6.7 earthquake, almost 300 aftershocks have been reported

25 Mar 2017 description

Appeal history

14 December 2015: Typhoon Melor makes landfall in Batag Island, Northern Samar, and moves westward.

16 December 2015: Typhoon Melor exits to the west of the Philippines. Information bulletin no. 1 issued.

17 December 2015: The President of the Philippines declares a state of national calamity following the devastation caused by Typhoon Melor.

18 December 2015: Tropical Depression Twenty-Three makes landfall in Davao Oriental province, eastern Mindanao. Information bulletin no. 2 issued.

17 Mar 2017 description

The situation

Since 15 February 2017, there has been a rapid increase in the number of Filipino returnees – from the state of Sabah in Malaysia – arriving in Zamboanga City, Mindanao. While repatriations are common, the sinking of a vessel that was previously used for the same prompted suspension of repatriations in September 2016.

The suspension led to a backlog of approximately 7,000 undocumented Filipino migrants in Sabah.