Philippines 2011

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.

As of 20 December, the Government reported 957 people killed, 49 missing and 1,582 injured with an estimated 470,000 persons affected. Approximately 3,127 houses have been destroyed and a further 7,218 damaged, displacing 284,610 people. Of the displaced, 42,733 have sought refuge in 63 evacuation centres while the remaining displaced - numbering almost a quarter of a million people - have sought temporary shelter with relatives or in makeshift structures. The storm disrupted essential services including power, communications and transportation. There has also been extensive damage to local staple crops of rice and corn.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund allocated $2.9 million to two United Nations agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Philippines to respond to the emergency. The World Food Programme (WFP) received more than $1 million for emergency food assistance and support logistical operations in the aftermath of the storm. IOM received more than $1 million to provide emergency shelter assistance and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received $980,000 to provide water and sanitation services to households and communities affected by the storm.

Philippines flood response boosted with $4.9 million from the CERF

15 July 2011: Severe flooding in the Philippines led the Emergency Relief Coordinator to allocate $4.9 million from the CERF’s rapid response window to address the most urgent life-saving humanitarian needs. The southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines experienced extraordinary rainfall and flooding in May and July. At least 900,000 people were affected and more than 70,000 were displaced from their homes. Many among Mindanao’s population are already vulnerable due to ongoing conflict, while a series of earlier storms had already weakened the Government’s capacity to respond.

The World Food Programme (WFP) was provided with $1.5 million, allowing it to provide emergency food for nearly 500,000 flood-affected people. WFP received a further $200,000 to provide logistics support, including transportation and warehousing, to humanitarian agencies involved with the response. Almost $1.5 million was allocated to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), allowing it to deploy teams to monitor the humanitarian needs of those displaced by the flooding, distribute non-food items (including shelter materials, cooking equipment and mosquito nets), and repair and install water and sanitation facilities.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) used $1.4 million of CERF funding to screen children in flood-affected communities for malnutrition and carry out therapeutic feeding for children with severe acute malnutrition, as well as pregnant women and mothers with babies. CERF funding also enabled UNICEF to distribute safe water, install and repair water supplies, and provide adequate sanitation in areas where the displaced population were sheltering.

CERF in Action - Rapid Response