TYPHOON KETSANA RELIEF WORK

Project Relief Work in the Philippines
Objectives

Typhoon Ketsana proved to be one of the most destructive typhoons in recent years as it wove a path of destruction across Southeast Asia; flattening houses and collapsing infrastructure in both Cambodia and Lao PDR, after submerging 80 per cent of Metro Manila in the Philippines, and wrecking life and property across central Viet Nam. MERCY Malaysia responded to the needs in Phillippines.

Project Partners Caritas Novaliches
Activities

Distribution of hygiene kits and hygiene promotion to help in the prevention of disease outbreak as anticipated in post flood affected areas. Facilitated awareness-raising sessions with the disaster response team at Caritas Novaliches. Conducted the flood emergency intervention.

Locations Manila and Central Luzon
Period 2009
Accomplishments

6,355 hygiene kits were distributed to Quezon City, Rizal in Metro Manila as well as Pangasinan and La Union in Northern Luzon.

Background

Tropical Storm Ketsana (locally known in the Philippines as Ondoy) swept across Manila and central Luzon on 26 September bringing a month’s worth of rain in just 12 hours. Said to be the worst flood to hit the Philippines in four decades, the downpour was followed by Typhoon Parma (Pepeng) on 3 October bringing more torrential rain.