27 December 2011
- As of 27 December 2011, 84,820 families (369,904 persons; approximately 159,000 children) are still displaced, up by 36% from 23 December figure. However, the number of displaced families staying in evacuation centres decreased by 12.6% during the same period.
- WASH, Nutrition and Child Protection prepositioned emergency supplies have arrived in Cagayan de Oro and are now being distributed; 5,549 hygiene kits, 3,995 water kits, 23,000 boxes of water purification tablets, 5 tents and 57 Child-Friendly Space packages.
- Emergency supplies from Copenhagen worth over half million dollars are being flown to the Philippines to arrive on 30 December.
- Formation of breastfeeding support groups and identification of nutrition focal points in evacuation centres have been initiated.
- Local Child Protection Working Group for Northern Mindanao has been mobilized.
- Extensive water infrastructure damage brought about by the floods resulted in the reduction of 80% of the water supply to Cagayan de Oro City, leaving large portions of the community in need of safe water.
- Water trucking needs to scale up to ensure adequate provision to areas where there is no town supply.
- The sanitation situation is poor for all evacuation centres; open defecation is commonly practised. Diarrhoeal cases have been reported to be increasing as the toilets in evacuation centres are insufficient.
Health and Nutrition
- The Health cluster has reported that respiratory tract infections are the most common morbidity, and there have been increasing diarrhoea cases in the evacuation centres.
- Though acute malnutrition is not a problem at this period, it is expected that the lack of access to water and sanitation and basic healthcare in a setting of low exclusive breastfeeding rates greatly increase the risk of acute malnutrition in children 6-59 months over the coming weeks.
- No concrete data on separated and unaccompanied children (SUC) including orphaned children are on hand. A system is being put in place for rapid registration and family tracing and reunification.
- Psychosocial activities have been initiated by NGOs in some but not all evacuation centres. Child-friendly spaces are in the process of being established for a more sustained psychosocial support for children and their families.
- As of today, a total of 44 schools and 65 Day Care Centres have been affected by the flooding. Approximately 68,874 school aged children (3-15 years old) have been affected by the flooding. The Education cluster is targeting 34,436 or 50% of flood affected children.
- As of today, a total of 801 teachers have been severely affected by the flooding in the whole of Region X.
- To date, 1,181 water containers with aquatabs have been distributed in both Cagayan De Oro and Iligan Cities. Water kits have been distributed to 384 families and more kits will be arriving on the 27th and will be distributed to partners.
- 8 units of 5,000L and 1 unit of 10000L UNICEF bladders and tap stands have been released to ACF to supply water for 4 evacuation centres.
- 5,995 water kits are expected to arrive in Cagayan De Oro on 27 December and 3373 water kits will be distributed to Iligan and Cagayan De Oro in the coming days.
- To date, 2,003 hygiene kits have been distributed to different evacuation centres in Iligan and Cagayan De Oro and 5,549 hygiene kits are expected to be in Cagayan De Oro on 27 December. Plans are in place for the distribution of 3,373 hygiene kits to both Iligan and Cagayan De Oro.
Health and Nutrition
- Supplies including Inter-Agency Emergency Health Kits, oral rehydration salts, multiple micronutrient powders, deworming tablets, anthropometric equipment, IEC materials for Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE), and basic Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) management supplies are expected to arrive by 27 December 2011.
- Breastfeeding counselling materials from Cotabato have arrived in Cagayan de Oro and have been consigned to DOH Region X.
- Breastfeeding missions using donated breast milk from lactating mothers are continuing, with possible expansion to Iligan in the next weeks. UNICEF is coordinating support from cluster partners in Iligan to facilitate the coordination of this activity in the evacuation centres.
- As of 27 December, a total of 57 sets (171 boxes) of Child-Friendly Space Kits are now available and ready for dispatch.
- UNICEF shared to NGO/INGOs in Iligan city the Registration Form for Unaccompanied/Separated/Orphaned. Local partners are encouraged to use this form to identify children who need Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) intervention and Social Work Case Management.
- UNICEF conducted coordination meetings with partners in Iligan City and facilitated initial mapping of organizations/groups working in evacuation centres with corresponding child protection interventions.
- UNICEF has delivered the following supplies to DepEd Region X: 365 school packs, 4 tents (72sqm and 42sqm), 10 library sets, 8 tarpaulin sheets and 30 recreational kits.
- 225 school-aged children have benefited from 3 sets of recreational kits, used for psychosocial sessions in the evacuation centres of Ramon Chavez Latter Day Saints (57 Children aged 3-17) and Canitoan Elementary School (188 children aged 3-17).
- UNICEF is delivering 330 school packs and 2 sets of recreational kits to school children at Macanhan Elementary school and Kauswagan Elementary school.