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Super Typhoon Rai, locally known as Typhoon Odette, made landfall on December 16 and 17, 2021. USAID is providing emergency assistance to support response efforts.
Super Typhoon Rai, locally known as Typhoon Odette, made landfall on December 16 and 17, 2021. USAID is providing emergency assistance to support response efforts.
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Key Developments

The Government of the Philippines and relief actors continue to conduct damage assessments and debris clearance operations to access and deliver life-saving assistance to populations affected by Super Typhoon Rai.

Health officials record a significant increase in cases of acute gastroenteritis following Super Typhoon Rai, raising concerns over the quality and availability of water, sanitation and hygiene services and access to safe drinking water among affected populations.

Super Typhoon Rai caused severe damage to agricultural lands and fisheries, affecting the food security and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people.

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 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.

On May 23, 2017, the GPH launched a military and law enforcement operation against elements of ISIS-affiliated armed groups in Marawi. The ensuing conflict generated significant population displacement from Marawi and related humanitarian needs.  Although displaced families began returning to areas of origin in Marawi following the government's declaration of the end of combat operations on October 23, 2017, damage and destruction of houses and infrastructure, unexploded ordnance contamination, and humanitarian needs persist.  USAID/BHA has been supporting affected communities in and around Marawi since 2017 to meet their basic needs through food, protection, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, and other emergency assistance.

 

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Last updated: January 18, 2022

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