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As Mt. Mayon continues to rumble, nearly 88,500 people are still unable to return to their homes.
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Key Developments

Nearly 159,200 people have returned to areas of origin in Marawi—the capital city of Lanao del Sur Province in the Philippines’ Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao—and surrounding areas following the conclusion of conflict between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and armed groups in October 2017. However, severely damaged infrastructure, limited income-generating opportunities, and insufficient public services in the city continue to hinder returns, the UN reports.

Typhoon Tembin, known locally as Vinta, made landfall over Mindanao Island as a tropical storm on December 22, causing widespread flooding and landslides and triggering additional displacement and humanitarian need among conflict-affected populations in Marawi and surrounding areas, the GPH reports.

To date, USAID has provided $8.5 million in humanitarian assistance to support vulnerable populations in Marawi, including $6.5 million from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance to support the distribution of emergency relief commodities and humanitarian coordination, livelihoods, protection, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene activities and $2 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace to facilitate the delivery of emergency food assistance for approximately 45,000 internally displaced persons and returnees.

Background

Situated on the Western Pacific typhoon belt and the fringes of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is regularly affected by natural 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 supporting 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 $143 million U.S. government (USG) contribution to support 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: May 04, 2018

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