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ACTED relief assistance in Lanao Del Sur, Mindanao, after tropical storm Vinta (Tembin)

On Friday 22nd December 2017, tropical storm Vinta (Tembin) made landfall over Mindanao region in Southern Philippines.

Heavy rainfalls and winds over 90 kph (with gusts of 155 kph) caused flash flooding, landslides and severe damages to agriculture, infrastructure (roads, bridges) and other basic services in low lying areas. Hectares of farmlands have been submerged under rising water levels, destroying crops for 2018. Water sources have been washed away or contaminated. A total of 118,596 families (555,409 people) have been affected in 1,034 barangays (neighbourhoods) in the region. These include 251 people confirmed dead, and a further 176 still missing people. Most of the dead and missing people are reported in the hardest-hit provinces of Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Zamboanga Peninsula.

ACTED teams got immediately mobilized to conduct rapid assessment and to address life threatening needs in terms of water, hygiene and sanitation, shelter, protection and non-food items, to support the populations affected by Vinta in municipalities of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte. In Lanao del Sur, ACTED’s intervention targets the 625 most vulnerable affected families of Madalum municipality. Support includes the distribution of hygiene kits, 100 shelter repair kits and 600 non-food items kits, in addition to the delivery of key hygiene messages.