A year ago, on 15 October 2013, a deadly earthquake struck the island province of Bohol in the Philippines. With quick support from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the World Health Organization (WHO) got to work immediately to restore a shattered health system.
18 November 2013: On 8 November Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit the Philippines. The humanitarian situation in the areas devastated by the typhoon is catastrophic. An estimated 13 million people have been affected, including 5 million children. Close to 2 million people have been displaced and are now in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
In response, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, released US$25 million to seven United Nations agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on 11 November.
14 November 2013: On 15 October, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Bohol province in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. Numerous buildings, roads and bridges were heavily damaged or destroyed, while 218 people were killed and another 768 injured. Eight people remain missing.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines, 47 municipalities and one city in Bohol have been affected by the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. More than 1.2 million people have been evacuated.
10 October 2013: Since early September, fighting between the Moro National Liberation Front and the Armed Forces of the Philippines has claimed the lives of at least 130 people and destroyed more than 10,000 houses in the Santa Catalina district of Zamboanga City.
An estimated 170,000 Filipinos have been affected in the two districts Zamboanga and Basilan, including 131,400 internally displaced persons (IDPs). The sudden wave of new IDPs poses a devastating challenge to a country that is already burdened by chronic poverty.
CERF in Action - Rapid Response
CERF allocates $2.9 million to help victims of tropical storm Washi in the Philippines
Tropical Storm Washi made landfall on 16 December 2011on the north-eastern coast of Mindanao, Philippines. The storm affected 190 barangays (villages or wards), eight cities and 30 municipalities in thirteen Provinces across six Regions. The biggest impact was seen in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in Region X in Northern Mindanao.