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Angelina, 10, and her family sought shelter at Tacloban's Astrodome, where USAID and its partners assisted those displaced by Su
Angelina, 10, and her family sought shelter at Tacloban's Astrodome, where USAID and its partners assisted those displaced by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
Joe Lowry, IOM

Key Developments

Between December 6 and 9, Typhoon Hagupit—locally known as Ruby—made initial landfall in the Philippines’ Eastern Samar Province, Eastern Visayas Region, and traveled westward across the country, affecting more than 2.9 million people in the Bicol, CALABARZON, CARAGA, Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, MIMIROPA, National Capital, and Western Visayas regions, according to the Government of the Philippines (GPH). As of December 10, the typhoon had resulted in at least 11 deaths and damaged or destroyed more than 43,300 houses, as well as public infrastructure and agricultural land.

On December 10, U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg declared a disaster in the Philippines due to the effects of Typhoon Hagupit. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) provided $750,000 to relief agencies for emergency relief supplies and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) support for vulnerable families affected by the typhoon. In addition, USAID/OFDA deployed a regional advisor, military liaison officers, a program officer, an information officer, and logistics personnel to the Philippines to assess the humanitarian situation, liaise with other humanitarian and government actors, and coordinate the U.S. government (USG) humanitarian response.

Background

Situated on the Western Pacific typhoon belt and the fringes of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is regularly affected by a number of disasters that result in the loss of lives, homes, and livelihoods. Since 1990, USAID/OFDA has responded to more than 40 disasters in the Philippines while also working through a variety of disaster risk reduction programs to build the capacity of the GPH and communities to prepare for and respond to the impacts of natural disasters.

When Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda—one of the most powerful storms on record—struck the Philippines in November 2013, resulting in 6,300 deaths and affecting more than 16 million people, USAID provided more than $56 million of the $90 million USG contribution to support the GPH response efforts. USAID/OFDA deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) which conducted assessments in affected areas of the Philippines, liaised with other humanitarian and government actors in the country, and recommended appropriate response options. USAID/OFDA simultaneously activated a D.C.-based Response Management Team to coordinate the USG humanitarian response, program relief activities, and provide support for the DART.

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Last updated: December 16, 2014

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