Philippines Typhoon Bopha
On 4 Dec 2012, Mindanao suffered a calamity in the form of Typhoon Bopha. It was the 16th typhoon to slam into Philippines in 2012 and the biggest and strongest typhoon experienced this year.
|Typhoon Bopha also known as Pablo was the 16th and strongest typhoon ever to hit southern Philippines island of Mindanao with winds up to 160 mph. It made landfall on 4 Dec 2012 at south east Mindanao, travelled to the centre of the island and exited at Cagayan de Oro in the north, cutting power supply and triggering landslides. South eastern and central Mindanao was the worst hit and sustained the most damages.||
The storm caused widespread destruction, over 1000 deaths, 800 missing, hundreds injured and thousands displaced after their houses were destroyed. More than 300,000 people were forced into evacuation centres. Food and water is in short supply.
NASSA (National Secretariat for Social Action - Justice & Peace) or Caritas Philippines has, to date, provided three situation reports. These three situation reports are appended and can be downloaded from the following links:
Caritas Philippines conducted preliminary needs assessment and identified the need to provide basic essentials to survivors whom they had registered. This urgent need was communicated to CHARIS, which promptly disbursed S$50,000 to provide Basic Survival Kits to approximately 1000 families. Each kit will contain :
Rice 7. Canned fish or meat
Cooking oil 8. Coffee
Kitchen items 9. Sleeping mat
Blanket 10. Bath soap
Laundry soap 11. Sanitary napkin
Toothpaste 12. Tooth brush
Caritas Philippines will be distributing the Basic Survival Kits to 1000 families in the Diocese of Tagum in Compostela Valley, which is the hardest hit area in Mindanao.
On 14 Jan 2013, Caritas Philippines shifted their focus to the Provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental which were not given sufficient emergency relief assistance. According to an UN OCHA report, more than 400,000 people are in critical need of sustained food aid while the need for shelter remains a concern after the significant increase in the figures of totally damaged houses particularly in the two provinces.