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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

On July 15 and 16, Typhoon Rammasun, locally known as Glenda, made landfall three times as it crossed over the Philippines’ Luzon Island, affecting more than 1.6 million people in the Bicol, CALABARZON, Central Luzon, Eastern Visayas, Ilocos, MIMAROPA, and National Capital regions, according to the Government of the Philippines (GPH) National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center. The typhoon resulted in at least 97 deaths, displaced nearly 519,000 people to temporary evacuation centers, and damaged or destroyed more than 118,000 houses.

Typhoon Rammasun also caused nearly $172 million in damages to public infrastructure and agricultural land. To prepare for the typhoon and mitigate its impacts, the GPH evacuated residents to temporary shelters, pre-positioned food and emergency relief supplies, and deployed quick response teams to assess the humanitarian impact and support local government responses.

On July 17, U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg declared a disaster in the Philippines due to the effects of Typhoon Rammasun. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) provided $150,000 through USAID/Philippines to World Vision to support the return of vulnerable families to their homes in typhoon-affected areas. In addition, USAID/OFDA deployed a principal regional advisor, a military liaison officer, and an information officer to the Philippines to assess the humanitarian situation, liaise with other humanitarian and government actors, and coordinate the USG humanitarian response.

Background

On November 8, Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan made landfall in the central Philippines, primarily affecting East Samar, Samar, and Leyte provinces.

On November 9, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Brian L. Goldbeck declared a disaster in the Philippines due to the effects of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.

USAID/OFDA activated a field-based Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and corresponding Washington, D.C.-based Response Management Team (RMT) on November 9. The DART conducted assessments in affected areas of the Philippines, liaised with other humanitarian and government actors in the country, and recommended appropriate response options. The RMT served a focal point to coordinate the USG humanitarian response, program relief activities, and provide support for the DART. On December 18, the DART and RMT demobilized.

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