Super Typhoon Rai (Odette) - Situation Report No. 9 (As of 26 May 2022)
More than 6,800 people remain displaced across the typhoon affected areas five months after Super Typhoon Rai’s landfall last 16 December 2021. Over 2.1 million houses were damaged of which 425,000 were destroyed and 1,702,428 were partially damaged, according to the latest government reports. The international community has mobilized much needed support Typhoon Rai relief operations totaling $77 million– or 45.6 percent of total funding requirements under the Humanitarian Needs and Priorities (HNP) plan. The additional funding will mainly go to initiatives supporting shelter, livelihood for farmers and fisherfolks, and protection. Humanitarian agencies have implemented over 14,800 multisectoral interventions to support the government’s response.
The Post Disaster Needs Assessment results in all 6 regions and its corresponding recovery plans have yet to be presented to the NDRRMC. The presentation and approval of the recovery plan will unlock government resources for full blown recovery and rehabilitation of Rai-affected regions and communities, which was hampered by the elections as well as rising prices of fuel, steel and cement due to the Ukraine crisis.
Following the April Protection and Shelter Clusters meeting with the Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development (DHSUD) to discuss the HCT Advisory on the No-Build-Zone policy in the areas impacted by Typhoon Rai, both clusters continue to advocate at the national, provincial and local level. An advocacy campaign and resource mobilization efforts were initiated by the Shelter Cluster in partnership with the provincial government of Southern Leyte.
Tropical Storm Megi/Agaton that struck in early April 2022, across many of the same areas affected by TY Rai/Odette, caused floods and landslides. More than 2,260,000 people were affected, particularly in Leyte province. According to DSWD reports as of 18 May, 3,141 families (11,319 individuals) are still displaced with 8,625 individuals staying in 69 evacuation centers in Regions V, VII, VIII, IX, X, and XII. 32,920 houses were damaged, of which, 2,477 are totally damaged and 30,443 are partially damaged.
The national and local election in typhoon-affected areas were largely peaceful. In the pre-election period, most of the humanitarian activities were on hold due to the election ban, but they have now largely resumed. The election outcomes will bring several changes in leadership of governors, mayors, local government line agencies, including provincial and municipal offices that bear mandates over the different clusters.