Report on the Devastation of Typhoon Ondoy

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Project Affiliate: Address: Families and Children for Empowerment and Development (FCED) Foundation, Inc. 2290 Pres. Quirino Avenue, Paco, Manila Report on the Devastation of Typhoon Ondoy I. Background Manila was the center of the typhoon Ondoy that poured heavy rains last September 26, 2009 (Saturday). The amount of rain that flooded Metro Manila and the neighboring provinces was considered as the strongest in the past 40 years. According to the news, the 6 hours rain was equivalent to 1 m
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  Project Affiliate: Families and Children for Empowerment and Development (FCED) Foundation, Inc. Address:2290 Pres. Quirino Avenue, Paco, Manila Report on the Devastation of Typhoon Ondoy I. Background Manila was the center of the typhoon Ondoy that poured heavy rains last September 26, 2009 (Saturday). The amount of rainthat flooded Metro Manila and the neighboring provinces was considered as the strongest in the past 40 years. According to the news,the 6 hours rain was equivalent to 1 month rainfall. During the heavy downpour of rain, many people were stranded in different areas –in work, schools, houses, streets and other areas because almost 100% of Metro Manila was flooded. Many areas which were not usuallyflooded experienced flood for the first time due to the calamity. The assisted 13 areas of ChildFund Philippines in Paco and Pandacan, Manila were also included in the devastation of the saidtyphoon. All these areas were flooded. The vulnerability to flood by these areas was due to the river that cuts across the 7 communities.Although only 7 areas were along the river, all the areas experienced different flood levels in their houses. Those families which livenear the river experienced water reaching their shoulders up to above 6 feet high. The other six communities which are adjacent to thecommunities near the river experienced flood reaching their hip area up to their shoulder. The flood in the houses near the river onlysubsided on Monday (September 28, 2009) by 11:00 am to past 1:00 pm. In the other areas, the flood subsided on Sunday afternoon(September 27, 2009). Presently, the areas near the river are still experiencing on and off flooding which is knee high even after theheavy rains after the typhoon. II.Effects All areas of Manila were affected by the flood caused by the typhoon. The ChildFund assisted project operates in 13 communitiesout of the 272 Barangays covered by District V and VI of Manila. In the 13 assisted communities, the effects of the typhoon to the 950assisted families were of a varying level. According to the affected families, many were not able to save many of their belongingsbecause the flood rushed to their houses very fast, approximately, 1 inch a minute and they did not have enough time to rescue theirvaluable things. Their beddings and clothes got soaked in the dirty flood water. Due to the heavy dirt, they cannot anymore use theirclothes. In fact, some said that worms were found on the clothes which were soaked in the dirty and foul smelling flood water. Othershad some parts of their houses partly damaged. A part of the wall and roof of some of the assisted members were carried by the flood.In some cases, their simple household appliances, cooking wares, clothes, shoes and slippers were washed out or destroyed by the  flood. The school supplies of most children got wet even if they tried to secure it because of the heavy rains and some houses haveleaking roof. The children experienced fear seeing their houses submerged in the flood. The families experienced hunger for at least aday or more depending on the length of time when their houses were submerged. Many children experienced fever, cough and coldswhile many adults in evacuation sites were examined to have hypertension. The electric current and water supply was shut-off duringthe typhoon and resumed after the flood subsided. The families used candles to light their houses. In the nearby area, one communityexperienced fire. It was good that it was immediately stopped and did not anymore spread to one of the assisted areas. In summary,below is the number of families which were affected: BarangayAffectedFamiliesEnrolled Families of ChildFund PhilippinesNon-ChildFundMembersandChildFundMembersEnrolledChildrenand SiblingsSlightlyAffectedModeratelyAffectedSeverelyAffectedExtremelyAffected 821242166000249915498232837687750824400078000825250002210826232302800827235145000828193001100  8427000780008436000 more orless1040008442750 more orless676220849160105950850169010400085365206260 Total38055610330190Slightly affected 1 : 610 families (adjacent to Barangays near the river)Moderately affected 2 :321 families (mostly near the river)Severely affected 3 :19 familiesExtremely affected 4 :0 families Total: 950 ChildFund Assisted FamiliesIII. Immediate Action 1 Houses were submerged in the flood for a day. Some of their personal belongings like clothes, beddings, linoleum, school supplies and householdappliances were soaked in rainwater and became non-functional. 2 Houses were submerged in the flood for more than a day. Their personal belongings like clothes, beddings, linoleum, school supplies and householdappliances were soaked in rainwater and became non-functional. Some had missing things due to the flood that washed them out. 3 Houses were submerged in the flood for more than a day. They lost most of their valuable things due to the flood that carried them away. Parts of the houses were washed out or destroyed. 4 Houses were washed out or 90% of the structure was destroyed. Lost all things and life.   To save their lives, they sought refuge in their neighbor or relative’s houses which have 2 nd floors. Others went to the BarangayHalls for temporary shelter. As much as possible, many did not leave the area and evacuated in the nearby schools because they wantto look after some of their belongings which they saved. The families that went to the evacuation centers were those that had norelatives or neighbors that can accommodate them during the flood. The families that were evacuated mostly came from Barangay 823,824, 821 and 844. The schools that served as the evacuation sites were Zamora Elementary School, Bagong Barangay ElementarySchool and Manuel A. Roxas High School. To help the victims of flood, some Barangay officials offered the Barangay Hall as evacuation sites and some prepared cookedfood for 1 day for the hungry families like what the Barangay Chairman in Barangay 825, 853 and 849 did. The Manila Department of Social Welfare distributed rice, noodles and canned goods to the families who went only in the evacuation sites. Likewise, seven (7)politicians were mentioned by those affected in Barangay 844, 821, 823 and 824 that extended food items to the evacuees only. Theother affected people in the community that stayed with their neighbors, relatives and in the Barangay Hall were not given anyassistance by the politicians and the local government of Manila. Those in the evacuation site of Manuel A. Roxas High School also hadmedical mission from the Paco Health Center and Ospital ng Tondo. The affected families that did not receive yet any assistance saidthat only those who are “favorites” of some Barangay Officials got assistance. They line up and end up with nothing. Although manypoliticians are already helping, with the large number of people affected in all areas, many are not able to receive yet any assistancesince the typhoon flooded their houses. In addition, the electric current was resumed in Monday morning and the water supply returnedMonday afternoon in most areas but there are still areas with no water supply as of September 28, 2009. IV.Needs  The needs of the families at present are the following: Extent of effectNeeds Slightly affectedFood, school supplies, drinking water, mat, blanketModerately affectedFood, used clothes, school supplies, medicines, drinking water, blanket, matSeverely affectedFood, Cover for roof or wall (can be used tarpaulin or material used for tent), cooking wareand utensils, used clothes and underwear, school uniform of children, school supplies,slippers, medicines, drinking water, blanket, mat
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