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Assistance to Flood Affected in the Philippines – PHL121
Appeal Target: US$680,226
Balance Requested: US$613,110
Geneva, 20 September 2012
Barely recovering from the devastation of Typhoon Saola in July this year, the Philippines was again battered by “Habagat’ or the Southwest Monsoon enhanced by a separate Tropical Storm “Haikui” off eastern China. On 6–7 August 2012 the southwest monsoon brought heavy rains and flooded 2,498 villages in 173 municipalities and 36 cities in the 16 provinces of the National Capital Region. Incessant rains that started in the evening of 6 August 2012 submerged many parts of Luzon Island particularly Metro Manila and Pampanga. This phase of the emergency resulted in periodic flooding in low-lying areas, resulting in 50 deaths and the evacuation of over 50 affected communities.
Afterwards slow movement of the monsoon led to the very slow movement of a heavy rain band, which led to the second and more severe phase of the emergency, causing massive flooding in more than 50% of Metro Manila and all its surrounding provinces and cities. The rains did not stop for 2 ½ days. This phase of the emergency led to the massive evacuation of hundreds of thousands of communities, the destruction of vast agricultural lands in Central Luzon, and the death of at least 66 individuals.
The last update from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) estimates 934,285 families (4,236,151 individuals) directly affected by this emergency across 17 provinces, 36 cities, 175 municipalities, and 2,634 barangays/villages. A total of 656 evacuation centres were set up for 48,784 families while most of the affected families opted to stay in their flooded homes to protect their belongings. Several roads and bridges were damaged, dams and waterways spilled over, a total of 12,962 houses were destroyed, and estimated total cost of damages to agriculture amounted to at least PhP2.4 billion ($53 million).
The ACT Members in the Philippines include Christian Aid (CA), Lutheran World Relief (LWR), United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP). CA and NCCP decided to jointly issue the appeal in response to the needs identified during the rapid assessments done by both organizations through their own respective partners. UMCOR is responding to the disaster through its own resources and networks, outside the appeal. NCCP and UMCOR jointly delivered relief goods in Binan, Laguna.
This appeal replaces the Preliminary Appeal issued on 17th August 2012.
For the full appeal document, please click here.