Chaos Following Tropical Storm Tempin
Action Against Hunger leading emergency response to landslides and flooding
Jan 4 2018
An emergency response is underway in the Philippines to get life-saving equipment to people affected by the tropical storm Tempin which killed more than 200 people and left 70,000 displaced on Mindanao island in December.
More than 555,000 people has been affected in the storms, known locally as Typhoon Vinta, due to severe landslides and flash flooding. As well as the loss of life and internal displacement, the storm has severely impacted livelihoods and caused substantial damage to crops and critical infrastructure including roads, bridges and power transmission lines.
Many of those affected by the storms had already been displaced by the Marawi crisis after Islamist fighters attacked the city in May last year leading to thousands of people being forced to flee. Action Against Hunger teams were in place responding to this crisis when the storm struck.
Our teams on the ground made an immediate assessment of the damage and then responded rapidly by providing access to clean water and by distributing plastic tarpaulins, hygiene kits, blankets and mattresses.
Juliet Parker, Director of Opperations at Action Against Hunger said: “We have been working to ensure that affected communities have immediate access to essential items and services to protect them from the harsh weather conditions and ensure the basic needs for living are available.
“In addition to the damage to infrastructure, our teams have observed huge losses caused by the storm to the crops. Whole fields of maize, rice and coconut have been lost, directly affecting not only farmers, but also displaced people who work in the fields daily.”
Action Against Hunger, along with a consortium of international agencies, including ACTED and Relief International, have secured £140,644 from the Start Fund to assist with the life-saving operation. With over 50 years of experience of working in the country between them, the consortium will deploy a holistic and flexible approach to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable group of people affected by the storm, especially pregnant and lactating women, children, disabled people and the elderly.
In order to deliver life-saving care and reduce the risk of a water borne disease outbreak, the funding will help provide personal hygiene items. Emergency shelter needs will also be addressed and, to fulfil the desperate need for non-food items (NFI), a total of 2,100 NFI kits will be provided to displaced people that are currently staying in emergency centres and host communities.
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