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21-010-RO Typhoon Rai in the Philippines (Activated)

An alert has been submitted by VIVA Danmark related to the Typhoon Rai, which hit the central and southern Philippines on 16 December 2021. The following regions are severely affected: V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, Caraga and MIMAROPA.

The nature of the crisis is that on 15 December 2021, a tropical depression intensified over the western Pacific into typhoon Rai. The typhoon reached category 5 before making landfalls in eight regions on December 16-17.2 Typhoon Rai has caused widespread damage to high-risk structures made of light materials, damaging shelter, livelihoods, agriculture, infrastructure, communication, power lines and water supplies. The typhoon brought destruction and hardship to some of the most vulnerable communities already greatly suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.8 The total population of the affected area is 15,9 million people including 2.1 million vulnerable people in the worst affected areas.

According to the ACAPS report, overall immediate needs include food, WASH (including drinking water), shelter, health, NFIs, and cash. Priority needs include food packs, ready-to-eat meals, drinking water, medicine, medical personnel, personal protective equipment, clothing (including footwear and rain gear), cooking equipment and utensils, family kits, shelter and sleeping materials, hygiene kits, disaster kits, and waterproof bags. Cash assistance is needed, and in-kind donations are welcomed. Children are amongst the specific vulnerable groups in need of protection.