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Typhoon Melor emergency response

Typhoon Category 3 Nona, internationally known as Melor, hit the Region of Northern Samar in the Philippines on December 14th, 2015. This Typhoon has been one of the most destructive since Super Typhoon Haiyan – which hit the country in November 2013 - and caused the total or partial destruction of about 281,000 houses, and cost an estimate of PHP 6,445,183,880 in terms of infrastructures damages and an estimated PHP4,327,434,887 in terms of agriculture lost across the Philippines. Hence, the President on December 18th declared a State of National Calamity, through a recommendation of the NDRRMC, to hasten the rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation process engaged by the government, the private sector and any international humanitarian actors. In January 2016, ACTED together with UNICEF and ShelterBox were able to overcome the perceived challenges and hindrances with 938 shelter repair kits with CGIs and tools delivered to beneficiaries that covered 8 barangays across Palapag and Mapanas municipalities. Further ACTED distributed 980 Jerry Cans, 980 hygiene kits, 1,100 emergency scan water filters and Aquatabs to potabilize water for 2 months to 2,990 households across 9 barangays of Palapag and Mapanas. In total, ACTED provided assistance to 16045 beneficiaries. It was a very successful deployment considering the challenges faced, such as Governmental rules and protocols, Christmas time, security threat from the New People’s Army (NPA), accessibility of these municipalities, availability of stock and human recourses, etc.

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