On the night of December 17th, 2011 Tropical Storm Washi, locally known as Sendong, made landfall on the southern Philippine islands causing heavy rains in northern Mindanao and parts of the Visayas. Rainfall in interior mountain areas caused severe flash flooding downstream in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte Provinces. Of the 13 provinces affected, Misamis Oriental Province—where Cagayan de Oro City is located—suffered 53% of all deaths, 40% of total housing damage, and 65% of the displacement. The cities of Cagayan de Oro (CDO) and nearby Iligan were decimated with entire neighbourhoods swept away in a few short hours. Flooding destroyed 13,585 homes and partially damaged another 37,559 across the affected areas, approximately half of the destroyed homes and one third of the partially damaged homes in Cagayan de Oro City alone. An estimated 58,320 families (more than 370,000 people) were affected by Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City and neighbouring Iligan City.
v 3,166 households (12,775 individuals) are still residing in evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro City, with approximately 1,000 of those families living in congested tent cities.
v An agreement was signed between CRS and the Church of Latter Day Saints for an additional $350,000 grant for transitional shelters.
v CRS has completed a total of 269 transitional shelters to date with near complete occupancy.
v 86 (out of 131 projected) on-site transitional shelters, five communal latrines and bathing facilities for returning families are complete. There is currently on-going construction of an additional 35 transitional shelters on-site.
v Construction began for the fourth and fifth relocation sites this week. An expected 285 shelters will be complete in these two locations within 3 weeks.
v At a new transitional shelter site on City government land in Calaanan, 30 transitional shelters (100%) are complete in what is the fourth relocation site. Construction of WASH facilities and connection of utilities is expected to be completed within 1 week.
v Relocation site lands under negotiation total 13 hectares, which could accommodate as many as 1,345 shelters.
v CRS continued to truck water to 2 IDP camps and 2 relocation sites, with total volume of water delivered in last two weeks of March reaching 2,456,000 litres.
v CRS is in the process of handing over IDP camp management to local government authorities, with handover already complete in 2 of the 4 camps at which CRS is the focal agency.
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children enjoy a hygiene promotion game in Mandumol evacuation center. Photo: Howard Bacayana
CRS & DSAC Hygiene Promotion Officers conduct a handwashing demonstration in Mandumol evacuation center. Photo: Howard Bacayana
Children stand in front of their CRS-built house, constructed on-site in Tambo Bacarro.
Photo: Elizabeth Tromans
EXCERPTS COURTESY OF CRS (February 2012)
CRS and Diocesan staff go over community mapping exercise and identify eligible households.
Old Cemetery Transitional Shelters; a total of 67 have been constructed at this location