Responding to Deadly Tropical Storm in Philippines
More than 170 people were reported dead and scores were missing in flash floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Tembin (Vinta) in the southern Philippines.The storm slammed into Mindanao, the country's second-largest island at the height of the holiday season. Total population affected is estimated to be 715,000 and current displaced population is 138,500. Roads, bridges and other major infrastructure were damaged, posing a challenge for relief operations in storm affected communities. At least three health facilities have been affected by flooding, and numbers are expected to rise as more information becomes available.
Although the Philippines is hit by some 20 typhoons or storms annually, typhoons rarely strike Mindanao, home to 20 million people. Our in-country team thus far has conducted mobile medical clinics, mental health and psychological support sessions and distributed hygiene, cleaning and health kits along with other supplies to health facilities and survivors. This relief effort immediately follows another reponse by the Philippines team in the aftermath of Typhoon Kai-Tak (Urduja).