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Philippines: ICRC calls for 30 million Swiss francs to support typhoon victims

12-02-2013 News Release 13/21

Geneva/Manila (ICRC) – With humanitarian needs still staggeringly high more than two months after typhoon Bopha (locally known as Pablo) devastated the south-eastern Philippines, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is appealing for close to 30 million Swiss francs (over 30 million US dollars) in additional funding to support its aid operations for hundreds of thousands of survivors.

The destruction caused by the typhoon has left them with few resources, as most have lost not only their homes but also the sources of their livelihood.

"Together with the Philippine Red Cross, we will provide food and other essentials, such as tarpaulins, mosquito nets, cooking utensils, and soap and other hygiene items, for up to five months to 300,000 people who lost virtually everything during the typhoon," said Alain Aeschlimann, the ICRC’s head of operations for East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific. "At the same time, we will strive to help restore livelihoods. Our assistance will include a cash-for-work programme to upgrade agricultural production areas, and provide people with seed, seedlings, tools and equipment to enable them to restart farming."

To ensure that even the worst-affected communities can obtain basic necessities, the ICRC and the Philippine Red Cross will support the repair of damaged water supply systems and the reconstruction of health facilities. Some 30,000 people will also benefit from the donation of building materials to fix their partially destroyed houses.

Since the immediate aftermath of the typhoon on 5 December, the ICRC, working together with the Philippine Red Cross, has already been providing 300,000 people with food and other vitally important supplies. It has also set up a field clinic, which admits more than 100 patients daily and offers free medical care for basic health problems, maternal and child health care, psychosocial support and vaccinations. In addition, the ICRC and the Philippine Red Cross have made clean drinking water available to more than 25,000 people by setting up emergency water distribution stations, transporting drinking water to communities, and upgrading existing water systems.

For further information, please contact:
Bijan Farnoudi, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 536 92 59
Cynthia Lee, ICRC Manila, tel: +63 918 907 2125
Jesse Edep, ICRC Manila, tel: +63 918 258 7439