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[Disaster Report] Philippines: Overviews of the damage caused by Typhoon Bopha.

※ Numbers in this article are quoted from the report published by OCHA (Situation Report No.12 as of 31 Dec. 2012).

Outline of the disaster

Most affected Area: Eastern Mindanao in Philippines
Date of landfall: Dec. 4th, 2012
Casualties: 1,067
Affected people: 6.2 million
Missing people: 834
Number of damaged buildings and houses (completely or partially): 216,817
Number of evacuees: 959,267


The Typhoon Bopha landed in Mindanao island on Dec.4th 2012 causing major devastations and damages in the area. According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the casualties are reported as 1,067, missing persons are 834 as of Dec.31st 2012. The Eastern Part of Mindanao Island was the most severely affected with the damages. The Typhoon Bopha is recorded as the second worst typhoon disaster in the Philippines history next to the Typhoon Washi occurred in December of 2011 in which the deaths was recorded as more than 1200 people.

According to the sources, the delayed response of the Government and the local administration for the natural disaster emergency response department was the major factor to be blamed for this one of the worst case disaster. Evidently there are many criticisms being voiced against the Government and the local administration among the local residents for the Government’s failure judgment and handling.
Today, the power and the electricity are still unavailable in the most of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental areas. Disrupted travel and transportation are also the main concern of causing the isolation of the affected area from the humanitarian assistance. According to the Initial reports from the Philippines’ Department of Health, the rapidly increasing diarrheal disease cases have been reported in the affected areas.


Early Recovery (Clean-up the debris)
Approximately 4,000 people have worked on cleaning up disaster waste in affected area.

Food Assistance
Approximately 800,000 ~ 1,000,000 individuals need food assistance in the worst affected areas.

Water Distribution
35,084 water kits were distributed; however more water kits are continuously needed among affected areas.

Emergency shelter kit distribution
38,800 emergency shelter kits were distributed.

The PDF document of the report is now in preparation.