This is our advocacy track to generate solidarity support and humanitarian action for the survivors of the recent natural disasters that affected several parts of Visayas and Mindanao, Philippines – specifically the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol and Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Leyte and Samar.
- Yolanda, a Category 5 super typhoon, is considered one of the strongest in history plowed across Eastern Visayas and made landfall early on November 8 in Guiuan municipality, Eastern Samar province, Eastern Visayas region. The storm hit with 150mph winds and gusts up to 170mph.
- Claimed as a Grade 3 in terms of disaster by the World Health Organization (WHO), Typhoon Yolanda’s fury brought resulted to [Source : DSWD, as of November 14, 2013]:
- affected population : 2.66 million families or 12.30 million persons
- 9,821 barangays, 560 towns, 55 cities, 43 provinces in 9 regions of the Philippines
- 1,591,651 or 1.6 million evacuees (inside evacuation centers and home-based) staying in 1,022 evacuation centers
- with casualties [as of November 16, Official Gazette, Office of the President] : 3,633 dead, 12,487 injured and 1,179 missing
- Relief operations are in place, but access to the most affected areas remains a major challenge. Many roads are impassable due to fallen trees and the amount of debris. Also, assets to deliver relief goods are limited. Immediate needs are shelter, food and water and sanitation. [Sources : OCHA, Humanity Road 2013]
- A severe earthquake with a 7.2 magnitude devastated the central Philippines island of Bohol on the morning of October 15, 2013. The earthquake triggered landslides engulfing entire homes, severely damaging bridges, and tearing down homes and centuries-old churches. It affected the whole Central Visayas region, particularly Bohol and Cebu.
- Casualty : 222 were reported dead, 8 were missing, and 976 people were injured. More than 73,000 structures were damaged (more than 14,500 were totally destroyed). [Source : National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)]
- Most casualties and damages occurred in Bohol. A total of 1,255,128 people (the province’s entire population) were affected by the quake with the towns of Loon, Tubigon, Carmen, and Calape among the worst affected.
- It was the deadliest earthquake in the Philippines in 23 years. The energy of the quake released was equivalent to 32 Hiroshima bombs.
HOW TO HELP? Kindly check the link below pertaining to the “Bohol Earthquake Action Plan (October 2013-April 2014) compiled by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) of the United Nations Secretariat on the basis of information provided by donors and appealing organizations.