Manila/Kuala Lumpur, 22 December 2015: Today, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an emergency appeal to support the Philippine Red Cross in providing emergency assistance to thousands of people affected by successive typhoons and tropical storms that have struck the Philippines.
Since mid-December around 1.7 million people have been temporarily displaced as a result of the combined impacts of Typhoon Melor followed by Tropical Depression Twenty Three. Typhoon Melor, made landfall on 14 December, causing 40 deaths and damage to over 168,400 houses. Over 40,000 houses were completely destroyed, mostly in the provinces of Oriental Mindoro and Northern Samar and the estimated damage to agriculture and infrastructure amounts to 3 billion Philippine pesos (99 million US dollars).
As Typhoon Melor dissipated, Tropical Depression Twenty Three made landfall in Manay in eastern Mindanao, and now much of the Philippines is experiencing continuous rains exacerbated by the tropical storms, which have caused flooding and landslides in some provinces. As of 20 December, nearly 98,000 people remained in 364 evacuation centres.
“These multiple disaster events have made life extremely difficult for communities, some of whom have been hit by repeated waves of flooding,” said Kari Isomaa, Head of the IFRC’s Philippines office. “Many families in these same areas are still struggling to recover after the devastation wrought by Typhoon Koppu struck last October.”
The IFRC’s 3.7 million Swiss franc emergency appeal (3.6 million US dollars/ 3.4 million euros), aims to help the Philippine Red Cross reach 45,000 people with humanitarian assistance across the islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The focus will be on providing essential household items, emergency shelter, and multi-purpose cash grants to the worst-affected communities, as well as psychosocial support and awareness campaigns around the prevention of water and vector-borne diseases. Households will also be helped to repair their homes and financial support will be given to boost people’s livelihoods. Support will also be provided for the rehabilitation of schools’ water and sanitation facilities.
For further information, please contact:
- Patrick Elliot, Operations Manager,
- Kari Isomaa, Head of Delegation,
+63-928-559-7071 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Skype: kari.isomaa
- Mary Joy Evalarosa, Communications Officer,
Tel: (+63) 0998 960 6291 | Email: email@example.com | Twitter: @MJEvalarosa
In Kuala Lumpur
- Patrick Fuller, IFRC Asia Pacific communications manager
+60122308451 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @pat_fuller
- Reeni Amin Chua, IFRC senior communications officer
Tel: +41 79 708 6273
+41 79 708 6273 | Email: email@example.com | Twitter: @reeniac
For the latest updates on the emergency response in the Philippines, follow @IFRCAsiaPacific and @philredcross