29 December 2017
Between 22 and 26 December 2017, tropical storm Tembin caused major damage to the Island of Mindanao in Southern Philippines. More than 170 people have been killed and 176 people are reported missing. Over 540,000 people in 23 provinces have been affected and 97,583 people are staying in 261 evacuation centers. Furthermore, tropical storm Tembin has substantially impacted shelter and livelihoods and caused damage to crops and critical infrastructure including roads, bridges and power transmission lines.
Red Cross Actions
The International Red Cross has allocated approximately HKD 2.5 million from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in providing immediate assistance, and launched an emergency appeal for HKD 22.7 million to provide relief support to 20,000 people in Mindanao Island. To date, the following emergency relief activities have been carried out by PRC:
- 339 people have been rescued
- 1,047 people have received psychosocial support
- 5,739 people have received hot meals
- 2,500 families have received cash grants or household items
- 137,000 liters of clean water has been distributed through water tankers
Hong Kong Red Cross Actions
Hong Kong Red Cross has mobilized HK$200,000 to support the relief efforts in Philippines via the International Red Cross.
The tropical storm Tembin smashed into the southern Philippine and triggered landslides and floods.
The Philippines Red Cross is distributing jerry cans, hygiene kits and essential household items to affected population.
Volunteers of Philippines Red Cross are conducting emergency assessment at the most affected areas.