Philippines

Marawi
USAID is providing emergency shelter, handwashing facilities, and other critical aid to people affected by conflict in Marawi.
Catholic Relief Services Philippines

Key Developments

Internally displaced person returns to areas of origin continue, following conflict between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and armed groups that displaced more than 350,000 people from May–October 2017, according to the UN. More than 208,800 people had 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 as of May 30, the UN reports.

Mid-June clashes between the GPH and armed groups in Lanao del Sur’s Tubaran municipality displaced nearly 14,900 people, according to the GPH Department of Social Welfare and Development. Of the total, more than 11,300 people were sheltering with host communities, while approximately 3,500 people were sheltering at 17 evacuation shelters in Lanao del Sur as of June 22.

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance recently provided an additional $3 million to Action Against Hunger/Spain and Catholic Relief Services to bolster ongoing emergency protection and water, sanitation, and hygiene activities and launch early recovery livelihoods and shelter interventions in Lanao del Sur. To date, USAID has contributed $11.5 million in humanitarian assistance to support vulnerable populations 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: July 20, 2018

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