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EMBARGOED TO THE MEDIA UNTIL TUESDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2003, 1100 HRS NEW YORK TIME
The United Nations Flash Appeal seeks US$ 6.4 million to meet the relief and emergency rehabilitation needs of those affected by four consecutive typhoons and tropical storms.
In a span of three weeks in November and December 2004 landslides and flash floods resulting from these typhoons and storms caused widespread destruction, particularly on the Eastern coast of the main island of Luzon. As of 13 December, the Government reported 1,060 dead, 1,023 injured and 559 missing. Houses, infrastructure, and agricultural crops were wiped out and replaced by a thick layer of mud, fallen trees, and logs.
The Government of the Philippines, with the assistance of the international community and nongovernmental organizations, mounted an immediate relief operation. Helicopters and boats are being utilized to shuttle in food, drinking water and relief supplies and to evacuate the injured in those areas where road access is still impossible. Continued relief assistance is needed, particularly in these remote and inaccessible areas. Emergency rehabilitation activities require immediate support in order to restore provision of life-sustaining services.
The United Nations system in the Philippines responded instantly, with the United Nations Disaster Management Team (UNDMT) meeting with the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC). The NDCC quickly indicated the urgent relief requirements and requested the United Nations Resident Coordinator to mobilize international assistance. The Resident Coordinator alerted bilateral and multilateral donors. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) (pre-positioned funds from Ireland and Norway) provided emergency grants. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) responded with emergency programmes. The United Nations system in total has contributed US$ 1 million (including rapid emergency grants from Australia and New Zealand). In addition, international donors have contributed US$ 12 million bilaterally or through relief agencies, including US$ 7 million for significant airlift and logistics operations.
With the full agreement of the Government,
the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva
dispatched a UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team. The role
of the UNDAC team was to support the response of the Government and the
UNDMT. The in-country UN agencies, UNDAC, and a World Food Programme (WFP)
expert conducted rapid assessments of the relief and emergency
rehabilitation requirements in the disaster areas.
Priority sectors addressed in this Flash Appeal are: • Food for Recovery The members of the UNDMT which hereby appeal for funds are
UNDP, UNICEF, WHO, UN-Habitat and FAO, with the support of OCHA. As the
majority of the items requested are available in the country, donors are
kindly invited to respond with cash contributions.
Priority sectors addressed in this Flash Appeal are:
• Food for Recovery
The members of the UNDMT which hereby appeal for funds are UNDP, UNICEF, WHO, UN-Habitat and FAO, with the support of OCHA. As the majority of the items requested are available in the country, donors are kindly invited to respond with cash contributions.
Summary of Requirements By Appealing Organization
Requirements by Sector