Philippines

Philippines Super Typhoon Mangkhut
USAID is providing blankets, sleeping mats, and hygiene supplies to people affected by Super Typhoon Mangkhut.
Noel Celis, AFP

Key Developments

On September 15, Super Typhoon Mangkhut—locally known as Typhoon Ompong—made landfall over the Philippines’ Cagayan Province, Luzon Island, with winds of approximately 125 miles per hour. The super typhoon triggered flooding and landslides that resulted in at least 66 deaths and affected nearly 665,800 people. The Government of the Philippines (GPH) reports that approximately 245,800 people sought shelter in more than 1,900 evacuation centers, and approximately 49,700 individuals sought shelter in host communities. The GPH conducted assessments, responded to immediate humanitarian needs, cleared debris, and restored power and water services in storm-affected areas.

On September 17, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim declared a disaster due to the effects of Super Typhoon Mangkhut. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance provided $100,000 to support relief efforts by providing basic shelter assistance, relief supplies, and water, sanitation, and hygiene support to people affected by the storm.

In addition, USAID continues to respond to the Marawi crisis. The conflict between the GPH and armed groups displaced more than 350,000 people, but as of the end of May, more than 208,800 people had returned to their homes in Marawi and the surrounding areas. To date, USAID has contributed $11.5 million in humanitarian assistance to support people affected by the Marawi crisis.

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: September 19, 2018

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