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21 December 2011

IOM Aids Typhoon Sendong Victims in Southern Philippines

Philippines - IOM has released an initial USD 50,000 in emergency funds to support the Government of the Philippines' efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to thousands of victims of Typhoon Sendong (also known as Washi) in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro cities in the Philippines.

The storm, which hit the southern province of Mindanao on Friday (16/12) night, left at least 957 dead and 49 missing.

According to the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), nearly 45,000 people were displaced and are now sheltering in evacuation centres, mostly in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. Initial reports suggest that at least 10,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.

"These funds will allow us to jumpstart our activities to meet some of the needs that we have already identified in evacuation centres and affected communities," says IOM Philippines Chief of Mission Ovais Sarmad.

The money will provide 1,530 vulnerable families with non-food relief items (NFIs), including plastic sheeting for emergency shelter, sleeping mats, jerry cans and other essentials. Beneficiaries will include families living in evacuation centres and those returning to flood-affected communities.

As the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) "Cluster" lead agency for Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) in Natural Disasters, IOM immediately deployed teams to assess needs in evacuation centres, displacement sites and other affected communities.

It also participated in a joint assessment mission with government line agencies led by the Office of Civil Defense and the Mindanao Humanitarian Team (MHT).

For more information, please contact:

Dave Bercasio IOM Mindanao Tel: +63.908.865.4546 E-mail:

- ReliefWeb