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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 September 15, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology increased the alert for Mayon Volcano to Level 3, indicating the potential for a hazardous eruption within weeks. The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA), with the support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and local authorities, began evacuating nearby residents and, by September 30, nearly 12,500 families—or 56,200 people—residing within the 6 kilometer danger zone of the volcano had relocated to one of 46 evacuation centers. Staff from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID/Philippines traveled to Albay Province on September 22 and visited several evacuation centers. While the PGA, with the assistance of local authorities and the Government of the Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development, provided shelter, food assistance, and medical treatment to displaced persons, USAID/OFDA and USAID/Philippines staff noted a need for additional shelter space, emergency relief commodities, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) support.

On October 6, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Brian L. Goldbeck declared a disaster due to humanitarian needs resulting from the Mayon Volcano displacement. In response, USAID/OFDA provided $100,000 through USAID/Philippines to World Vision International for the procurement and distribution of relief commodities and WASH assistance to displaced families.

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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Last updated: October 16, 2014

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