CERF gives more than US$8 million to protect typhoon victims in the Philippines
27 December 2012: On 4 December 2012, Typhoon Bopha hit the east coast of Mindanao in southern Philippines. The typhoon was the sixteenth storm to hit the Philippines in 2012 and the most powerful in decades. More than 6.2 million people have been affected and over 987,000 people have been displaced. More than 158,600 houses were damaged or destroyed in the typhoon, and vast tracts of agricultural land were ruined.
Sixty-five evacuation centres have been established to shelter the high number of displaced people. In addition to the need for shelter, prolonged displacement poses great health and protections risks, especially to the most vulnerable people such as women, children, the elderly and those with disabilities.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$8,255,259 to five UN agencies.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received $2,412,669 to protect children through life-saving nutrition interventions for children aged between 0 and 59 months. Through an allocation of $821,400, the World Food Programme (WFP) will seek to prevent and treat acute malnutrition among children aged between 6 and 59 months in priority areas. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has received $3,000,828 to provide emergency shelter and camp coordination.
With an allocation of $212,918, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) will prevent and respond to gender-based violence in the affected areas. By facilitating the debris-management process, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will support national and local authorities through an allocation of $1,807,444. UNDP will implement cash-for-work activities through labour-intensive debris collection to support operations at the local levels.
It is expected that the allocation will benefit 855,000 people.
CERF allocates $2.9 million to help victims of tropical storm Washi in the Philippines
24 January 2012: Tropical Storm Washi made landfall on 16 December 2011 on 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 2011, 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.
CERF in Action - Rapid Response
CERF allocates $3.9 for humanitarian relief to Mindanao
CERF provides $3.9 million been in a state of low-intensity conflict since 1968. The conflict, combined with the impact of clan feuds and natural disasters, has resulted in cycles of displacement.
Populations in remote areas are increasingly susceptible to chronic poverty and experience multiple vulnerabilities, such as lack of access to clean water, malnutrition and access to livelihoods, all of which are exacerbated by the impact of conflict and recurrent natural disasters.
As of January 2012, an estimated 698,000 people are in need of humanitarian relief, protection and livelihood support in Mindanao. In addition, there has been an increase in the number of people affected by emergencies as a result of the July 2011 floods and Tropical Storm Washi, which struck the Philippines in December 2011.