Typhoon Rai Odette 2021
2022-03 Factsheet - Typhoon Rai Odette 2021
Super Typhoon Rai, (local name Odette) which struck the Philippines on 16 and 17 December, was 2021’s second-deadliest disaster following the Haiti earthquake. The storm swept through 11 of the country’s 17 regions, leaving a swathe of destruction. It caused 405 deaths, affected 12 million people, and damaged 2.1 million houses.
As of 20 April, there were 2,108,520 houses damaged, 406,554 totally damaged and 1,701,966 partially damaged in Regions VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, MIMAROPA and Caraga, according to DROMIC Data. A total of 3,210,173 families or 12,015,317 persons were affected by Typhoon Odette. These families need:
- Essential household items (sleeping items, cook and eating items) to support their self-recovery.
- Improvement of their home/shelter/enclosure through in-kind and/or cash assistance.
- Settlement improvement through community/neighborhood interventions including support on Housing, Land and Property matters.
Since December 2021 there were 26 Shelter Cluster partners providing a response to people affected by the Severe Typhoon Odette in all the affected areas: A Single Drop for Safe Water, Action Against Hunger, ACTED, ADRA, All Hands and Hearts, CARE, Caritas, Community Family Services International, Catholic Relief Services, ECOWEB, Good Neighbours, Habitat for Humanity, Philippines Red Cross and IFRC, International Organization for Migration, Islamic Relief, Lokal Lab, Lutheran World Relief, Oxfam, People’s Disaster Risk Reduction Network, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., Rotary Club of Cebu, Samaritans Purse, SDGs Promise Japan, ShelterBox, Typhoon Relief Philippines, World Vision International. As per 4 April, Shelter Cluster partners have reached 157.000 households, mainly with emergency activities.
- Household items support to sleep, cook and begin their work of self-recovery
As of 4 April 2022, 35,235 families were supported by improving the domestic life, through the distribution of 26,335 kitchen sets, 32,196 sleeping kits and 22,293 lighting items. Another 9,206 sleeping kits, 200 kitchen items, and 9,226 lighting items are being or are planned to be distributed, supporting an additional 5,679 households.
- Improvement of home/shelter/enclosure
As of 11 April 2022, Shelter Cluster partners have supported 80,317 families with improving the building enclosure of their shelter or home, with an additional 35,460 households still ongoing or planned to be assisted. This is done by distributing 73,149 single tarpaulin sheets, 28,206 shelter tool kits, and 31,692 packages of other building materials. Another 7,399 tarpaulins, 24,068 tool kits and 16,887 packages of building materials are in the pipeline to be distributed (more is expected as some activities in the pipeline have no detail yet).
- Improvement community resilience
432 households were reached with activities improving the Community Resilience, such as trainings. More activities are in a pipeline, but number of households targeted are not yet specified.
Gaps / challenges
- Lack of funds for recovery. After consultation with partners, Shelter Cluster is preparing a joint advocacy note on funds, to be endorsed by the Humanitarian Country Team and the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development aiming to reach with recovery activities at least 1% of the families affected (1% out of 2.1million households which is 23,000 households).
- The lack of options for the beneficiaries living in non-build zone areas caused but the House, Land and Property issues, the absence of guidance from the authorities and a minimal assistance in these areas. Lack of guidance from National government to local government (which are the one addressing the issue on the field).
- The assistance in recent weeks slowed down due to lack of funds and the national elections. Dur to elections a resolution was issued prohibiting any public official or employee including barangay officials and those of government-owned or controlled corporations and their subsidiaries to release, disburse or expend public funds, effective 25 March 2022 until 8 May 2022, heavily affecting humanitarian assistance in the typhoon affected areas.