WFP Philippines – Typhoon Odette – Situation Report No. 6 (19 January 2022) – Philippines

In numbers

8 million people affected

11 regions affected

530,000 people in need

198,652 people are still on the run

highlights

  • WFP, in collaboration with the Regional Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), is preparing food aid for 115,000 people on the islands of Dinagat and Siargao.

  • The Global Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) deployed four IT professionals to support shared telecom services in Surigao City, Maasin City and Bohol.

situation update

  • A month has passed since Typhoon Odette devastated 11 of the country’s 17 regions in the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands of people are still in dire need of food, clean water, shelter and Conservation Assistance (OCHA). The government is leading the overall response.

  • A total of 8 million people were affected. The Humanitarian Needs and Priorities Plan requires $107.2 million to help 530,000 people in two of the hardest-hit regions (Caraga and Eastern Visayas), and only 39 percent of that plan is currently funded.

  • More than three quarters of the 198,652 displaced people remain in evacuation centers. Damage includes; 1.4 million homes were destroyed or damaged, 514 cities suffered infrastructure damage (ie power outages, water and sewerage systems, damaged roads and bridges and clinics) and 8,700 towns lost water supplies.

  • Odette’s impact is comparable to Super Typhoon Haiyan (the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines) but with a significantly lower death toll of 405 compared to Haiyan’s 6,300 deaths in 2013.
    This is due to the preemptive evacuation of people by the government and local community prior to landing, saving countless lives.

WFP response

  • WFP increases direct aid to the affected population and facilitates the work of governments and humanitarian organizations through telecommunications and logistical support.

  • WFP’s $25.8 million December 2021 relief plan aimed to provide 1) a combination of food and cash assistance to complement the government’s distribution of food parcels, 2) transporting supplies to improve and bridge telecommunications failures in affected areas.

  • Assessments conducted in early January prompted WFP to revise its plan to include areas outside of the Caraga region. WFP has identified Southern Leyte and Bohol as the two most affected areas outside of Caraga, with 80 and 71 per cent of the total population (approximately 1.3 million people) severely affected respectively.
    Grocery/Cash Assistance

  • WFP is preparing to distribute 1,150 tons of rice to 23,000 families (115,000 people) on the islands of Dinagat and Siargao in Caraga. WFP has already procured 650 tonnes of rice to be shipped to Dinagat and Siargao islands in the coming days. WFP and the Regional Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) signed a data sharing agreement for targeting and prioritizing benefit households based on the Listahanan (government’s national household targeting system for poverty alleviation). The distribution is carried out by the non-governmental organization (NGO) CARE.

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