11 November 2013: On 8 November, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, devastating portions of 36 provinces. More than 11 million people were directly affected by the extreme winds and flooding, including an estimated 673,000 people left without shelter. In response to the devastation, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos released US$25 million on 11 November 2013 through the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to allow international humanitarian aid organizations to rapidly scale up operations and provide immediate assistance to the millions of people in desperate need. This immediate injection of funding would not be possible without the generous support of CERF’s donors.
Recipient humanitarian agencies will use the funds for the most immediate needs, including shelter and relief supplies, water and sanitation services and food. The affected people also urgently need emergency health care, protection assistance, nutrition support and emergency education. To help humanitarian partners reach the remote islands affected by the storm, the funds will also support logistics services and debris removal.
More information on the grants will be available in the coming days.
In the last year, the people of the Philippines have suffered multiple humanitarian emergencies, including Typhoon Bopha in December 2012 and insecurity and displacement in Zamboanga City. Most recently, an earthquake in Bohol Province left thousands without shelter, water, food and electricity. In response to these multiple crises, CERF has already provided some $21 million for life-saving assistance through its humanitarian partners in 2013. This additional allocation of $25 million brings the total CERF funding for humanitarian assistance in the Philippines to $46 million in the last 12 months.