WFP Philippines – Typhoon Odette – Situation report #6 (19 January 2022) – Philippines


In numbers

8 million people affected

11 regions concerned

530,000 people in need of assistance

198,652 people still displaced

Strong points

  • WFP is preparing to provide food assistance to 115,000 people in Dinagat and Siargao islands, in cooperation with the regional Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

  • The Global Emergency Telecommunications (ETC) Cluster has deployed four IT experts to support shared telecommunications services in the cities of Surigao, Maasin and Bohol.

Status Update

  • A month has passed since Typhoon Odette hit 11 of the country’s 17 regions in the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands of people still urgently need food, clean water, shelter and protection (OCHA). The government is leading the global response.

  • A total of 8 million people were affected. The Humanitarian Needs and Priorities Plan requires $107.2 million to respond to 530,000 people in two of the most affected regions (Caraga and Eastern Visayas), and only 39% of this plan is currently funded.

  • More than three quarters of the 198,652 displaced people remain in evacuation centres. Damages include; 1.4 million houses were destroyed or damaged, 514 towns and villages suffered damage to infrastructure (i.e. power outages, water and sanitation systems, roads and damaged bridges and clinics) and 8,700 localities were cut off from the water supply.

  • Odette’s impact is comparable to that of Super Typhoon Haiyan (the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines), but with a significantly lower death toll at 405 compared to Haiyan’s 6,300 deaths in 2013.
    This is due to the precautionary evacuation of people by the government and the local community before landing, saving countless lives.

WFP response

  • WFP is stepping up direct assistance to the affected population and facilitating the work of the government and humanitarian organizations through telecommunications and logistical support.

  • WFP’s December 2021 response plan, worth US$25.8 million, aimed to 1) provide a combination of food and cash assistance to complement the government’s distribution of food parcels, 2) increase the transport of relief items and bridge telecommunication breakdowns in the affected areas.

  • Assessments conducted in early January prompted WFP to revise its plan to include areas beyond the Caraga region. WFP has identified southern Leyte and Bohol as the two hardest hit areas outside of Caraga, with 80 and 71 percent of the total population (about 1.3 million people) seriously affected, respectively.
    Food aid/cash

  • WFP is preparing to distribute 1,150 tonnes of rice to 23,000 families (115,000 people) on Dinagat Island and Siargao Island in Caraga. WFP has already purchased 650 tons of rice to be delivered to Dinagat and Siargao islands in the coming days. WFP and the Regional Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have signed a data sharing agreement for the targeting and prioritization of beneficiary households based on Listahanan (the government’s national household targeting system for the reduction of poverty). The non-governmental organization (NGO) CARE will carry out the distribution.

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