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ERC Griffiths allocates $12M from UN CERF to support typhoon response in the Philippines

23 Dec 2021

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Typhoon Rai (local name Odette) made its first landfall in Eastern Visayas, the Philippines on 16 December 2021. The devastating aftermath is seen in Cebu City on 17 December after the typhoon's extremely strong winds uprooted trees and electrical posts, and damaged buildings and infrastructure across the city. © UNICEF/Retz Pol Pacalioga

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths today announced a US$12 million rapid response allocation from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund to support the response to Typhoon Rai in the Philippines.  

The allocation will help 220,000 vulnerable people through interventions in food security, protection, water and sanitation hygiene, camp management, shelter and logistics, as well as telecommunication in the hardest-hit Caraga region and Region VIII. 

The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines, Gustavo Gonzalez, will speak with the media shortly about the humanitarian situation in the country. He will also announce a coordinated plan to respond to the most urgent needs following Typhoon Rai.