ACAPS Briefing Note: Philippines: Typhoon Rai, December 19, 2021 – Philippines



On December 15, 2021, Tropical Depression Twenty-Eight intensified over the western Pacific as Typhoon Rai (known locally as Odette) (ECHO 12/13/2021; OCHA 12/15/2021). The typhoon reached Category 5 and, after first landing on December 16, weakened to Categories 4 and 3 (CNN 12/17/2021; Yale Climate Connections 12/16/2021).
The total number of victims was at least 146 as of December 19 (AP News 12/19/2021). Over 780,000 people were affected by the typhoon and received some form of support or assistance (Government of the Philippines 12/19/2021).

The typhoon affected nine lands in seven provinces on December 16 and 17. The total population of these provinces is over eight million people (PSA 08/23/2021). The following landings took place on December 16 and 17 (Government of the Philippines 12/18/2021):

• Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte province (Caraga region)

• Municipality of Cagdianao, province of Dinagat Islands (Caraga region)

• Municipalities of Liloan and Padre Burgos (two points of arrival), province of South Leyte (Eastern Visayas region)

• President Carlos P. Garcia and municipalities of Bien Unido (two points of arrival), province of Bohol (central Visayas region)

• City of Carcar, province of Cebu (Central Visayas region)

• Municipality of La Libertad, province of Negros Oriental (central Visayas region)

• Municipality of Roxas, province of Palawan (MIMAROPA region)

On December 18, Rai left the Philippines area of ​​responsibility (Inquirer 12/18/2021).


400,000 people are in need of emergency aid and long-term support, including housing and livelihood assistance (IFRC 12/18/2021).

The overall immediate needs include food, WASH (including clean water), shelter, health, non-food items and cash. The response is largely national, and local authorities in the affected provinces coordinate directly with the government regarding their needs.

• Priority needs include food packages, ready meals, drinking water, medicines, medical staff, personal protective equipment, clothing (including shoes and rain gear), equipment and utensils. kitchen, family kits, shelters and sleeping materials, hygiene kits, disaster kits and waterproof bags (PDRF 12/17/2021).

• Cash assistance is necessary and in-kind donations are welcome (PDRF 12/17/2021).

• The province of Dinagat Islands urgently needs food aid, drinking water, shelter, fuel, hygiene kits and medical supplies. The province also needs help to restore electricity, communication lines and running water (Rappler 12/18/2021).

• The provinces of Surigao Del Norte and the Dinagat Islands (Caraga region) need emergency food aid, as the national response was still delayed by access constraints as of December 19 (Al Jazeera 19/12/2021 ).

Bohol province needs relief items such as blankets, hygiene kits, face masks, disinfectant alcohol, bottled water and food aid (including rice, canned food). , noodles, cookies and instant coffee) (Investigator 12/17/2021).


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