Tropical Storm Washi, known locally as Sendong, swept through northern Mindanao on the night of 16 December 2011. The heavy rains triggered massive flash floods and landslides in many municipalities and provinces within Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, resulting in substantial damage to properties, loss of livelihoods, and displacement of people. With support from generous donors UNICEF, with its partners, was able provide the following support to children and their families affected by Tropical Storm Washi;
WATER AND SANITATION
Two months ago on December 16, 2011, Tropical Storm Washi, (locally known as ‘Sendong’) flooded northern Mindanao and affected approximately 624,600 people, out of whom 283,000 remain displaced and some 1,021 are still missing. As of February 24, 2012, some 1,769 families (7,438 individuals) are still in 22 evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro, while 18 evacuation centers containing 1,569 families (5,670) individuals are in Iligan City. Some 34,955 families are living with host families outside the evacuation centers. An estimated 8,559 families in Cagayan de Oro and 5,226 families in Iligan are still in dire need of housing. Although the construction of permanent homes has begun in both cities, many families will have to wait at least 6-12 months for the completion of their homes.
However, progress has been made. A few highlights demonstrating the impact of donations to UNICEF follow:
There is still much progress to be made. However, without the generous support received from donors to UNICEF the progress made to date, benefiting thousands of children and family members in northern Mindanao, Philippines, could not have occurred.
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