PHILIPPINES: ADRA continues in relief and recovery from Tropical Storm Bopha
By ADRA International
On December 4, 2012, Tropical Storm Bopha (local name Pablo) swept across the Southern part of the Philippines in Mindanao pounding the hardest-hit provinces of Davao Oriental, Surigao del Sur, and Compostela Valley.
Following initial emergency assessments, ADRA responded by providing food kits (rice, beans, noodles, fruits, oil, sugar, salt, milk, sardines) to 1400 families in Davao and Butuan within three days of the disaster.
In a region heavily dependent on the banana-growing industry, the area plantations have been devastated by overly-saturated soil which led to mud- and landslides. Most establishments such as gas stations, stores, and public facilities have collapsed or are not operational with no electricity. The local people immediately began to pick through the rubble and gather up leftover materials from damaged houses to create makeshift shelters.
In addition to the destruction of homes, the lack of drinkable water has also become a large problem. With the most urgent and immediate need being for potable water, within days ADRA launched the second phase of the response with a purified water provision project. This included two teams operating heavy-duty water purification units is benefiting over 6,000 families. To ensure that the families can transport and safely store water, ADRA has delivered over 3000 jerry cans and plans to double the size of this intervention with another 3000 jerry cans reaching over 6000 families.
Today, a month later, it has been assessed that more than five million people were affected in 30 provinces; displacing nearly 1 million people from their homes. Reportedly more than 114,583 houses are damage (38% totally damaged), 714 dead, 890 missing and 1,906 injured as published by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. The estimated total cost of damages is more than US$ 100 million (84% agriculture and 16% infrastructure and private properties). Thousands of families have nowhere to evacuate to because even many of the public facilities have been damage or have collapsed.
ADRAs current work in the region continues by providing food aid to an additional 3200 families. ADRA continues to assess the needs of the affected populations and areas and remains committed to the rebuilding of lives.