Typhoon Kai-tak triggered severe flooding and landslides in the eastern part of the Philippines in December 2017. The category 2 storm dumped two months worth of rain in 48 hours, killing at least 47 people. Almost two million in 2,500 barangays (village or urban neighbourhood) were affected.
Of those affected, approximately 225,000 fled to evacuation centres in five regions. The storm destroyed many homes and crops, while overflowing rivers and landslides cut off many villages. In addition, water systems were damaged and 80 per cent of the total water sources were contaminated, increasing the risk of waterborne diseases. Poor and displaced families living in evacuation centers or with host families were dealing with a scarcity of clean water, poor sanitation and a lack of shelter.
Oxfam Canada worked to assist severely affected families with their shelter and hygiene needs and improve their access to potable water.
• Install water and water treatment facilities to provide clean water to 10,000 people.
• Provide water kits containing jerry cans and water purification tablets to ensure households can store clean water.
• Repair water systems as required.
• Distribute hygiene kits to residents in evacuation centres and staying with host families.
• Install emergency communal toilets and septic services at evacuation centres and other community-based facilities.
• Distribute cleaning kits to prevent further deterioration of public health
• Provide $50 CAD cash grants (equivalent to the cost of food for a month for a family) to 500 of the most vulnerable and marginalized affected households. This support will ensure food and basic needs of the family are sustained.
• Provide $25 CAD cash transfer to 500 of the most vulnerable women to meet their nutritional requirements, focusing on pregnant women, lactating mothers and older persons.
• Provide 2,000 households with household items including cooking pot, frying pan, house mat, mosquito net, tarp, rope and bedding materials.
• Provide $25 to 500 especially vulnerable women to supplement the distribution of household goods.