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StatusCrisis Alert DateDecember 16, 2021 Region Philippines

Super Typhoon Rai

Americares relief workers in the Philippines are working to assist communities impacted by Super Typhoon Rai (locally known as Odette), which made landfall Dec. 16, bringing devastating winds, torrential rain and massive flooding. Rai made nine landfalls in seven provinces, with wind gusts up to 168 mph, devastating communities in its path.

Super Typhoon Odette has left 10 regions severely damaged and impacted the lives of more than 7 million people. Damage has been extensive to infrastructure, livelihoods, food production as well as damaging 830,000 homes, 240,000 of which are listed as totally destroyed. Almost half a million people remain displaced and impacts to the local health systems are severe. Over 140 health facilities have been damaged, including: 50 hospitals, 45 Barangay Health Stations, 41 Rural Health Units and other local health facilities/offices. This impact has led to increased strain on an already precarious situation.

At the same time, the Philippines is currently experiencing a surge in Omicron Covid-19 cases, which has resulted in tighter restrictions being implemented across the capital region, where over 13 million people reside.

To date, Americares has deployed two response teams working in Mindanao and Southern Leyte. To date, the teams have distributed more than 1,000 much needed IPC kits(750 to Mindanao and 277 to Southern Leyte). The team is working to mobilize pre-positioned relief supplies, including Hygiene Kits, WASH Kits, IPC Kits, Jerry Cans, Aquatabs, medical supplies and 2 generators to support survivors and health centers in affected communities. Other shipments of critical relief supplies are underway.

Having prepared in advance of the storm, Americares Philippines team quickly mobilized emergency response teams. Teams include Americares Philippines staff and roster members from the affected regions,

Americares staff prepare emergency supplies
Americares staff and volunteers prepares all items at the warehouse in Las Pinas City for shipment and distribution in the affected provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Surigao Del Norte, and Southern Leyte following the destruction from Typhoon Odette. Photo/Virginia De Ocampo)
Image of destruction after Typhoon Rai
Devastated homes in the wake of Typhoon Rai (Odette) December 17, 2021 in Bohol, Philippines. (PHOTO/DAVID HOGSHOLT)
A solitary person wades in floodwaters after Typhoon Rai in Philippines
Aftermath of Super Typhoon Rai December 17, 2021 in Bohol, Philippines. (PHOTO/DAVID HOGSHOLT)