Typhoon Bopha strikes Philippines - CBM providing access to basic needs

13-12-2012
people around an uprooted tree, in heavy rain/storm
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An uprooted tree blocking a road after Typhoon Bopha hit Tagum City, southern Philippines December 4, 2012

December 2012 - CBM Emergency Response Unit supporting people with disabilities - the most vulnerable - affected by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines.

Background - 100% destruction in some areas

A category 5 typhoon (the most severe level) struck the Philippines on 5 December causing extensive damage. CBM’s Emergency Response Unit Senior Manager Valerie Scherrer is in Manila, coordinating the emergency response with CBM local team and partners.

As of early December 2012, 100% destruction has been reported in some areas
  • The number of people missing after Typhoon Bopha struck the southern Philippines has risen to more than 800, with 620 confirmed dead. (source: The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council)
  • Rescuers are continuing to search parts of Mindanao island devastated by the typhoon on Tuesday.
  • President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity, which should allow officials to control the basic price of commodities and enable local governments to access funds for relief efforts.
  • Mindanao's two eastern provinces, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, were the worst hit by the high winds and heavy rain brought by Typhoon Bopha.
  • More than 300 000 people were forced into evacuation centres.
  • Food and water is becoming hard to come by and there have been reports of looting in some areas.
  • Families were lined up along roadsides in Compostela Valley holding up signs asking for food.
  • Pope Benedict XVI also sent a message of support to typhoon victims. "I am praying for the victims, for their families and for the many who lost their homes," the Pope told Catholics gathered in St. Peter's Square.

Access to basics needs

A young man standing amid rubble ©CBM
Josephy, who has cerebral palsy, on what remain from his family house. Josephy's father cannot rebuild their house as he is sick after drinking contaminated water. No relief goods and medicines are being received so far and they are living near the cemetery, in very poor conditions with a high risk of diseases.
CBM Emergency Response team is ensuring people with disabilities have access to basics needs, focusing on 2 regions:

1. Area of Baganga (coast, west of the city of Compostela)
  • CBM workers said that it is depressing to see the level of destruction: Willy Reyes said: "The level of devastation we have seen in Davao Oriental is the worst I have seen in my entire life. 98% of houses were damaged, every tree is either uprooted or beyond recovery: it looks like after an atomic blast"
2. Cagayan de Oro
 
CBM worker Peter Hämmerle Regional Adviser for Livelihood SEARO was on the field between 6 and 8 December. He reported:
  • Very high floods in some area with houses surrounded by water
  • Lots of roofs are gone from houses
  • Together with CAFEDPA he visited affected person with disabilities
  • He said people were much prepared this time than last year typhoon.
  • They knew what to expect
  • Some houses of persons with disabilities are really near to the river and were badly affected
 
Projects are now being set up to ensure persons with disabilities have access to the emergency aid.  We need your help to make sure we reach many people as possible -  please donate now.

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