UPDATE: Philippines Families Receiving Help After Flooding

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UPDATE:

Since the last reporting, floodwaters have begun to recede and families are returning home.  There are currently an estimated 48,000 persons in evacuation centers.  CRS is providing household items and sanitary kits to 1,000 families in evacuation centers.  The first 172 families received their assistance at the first distribution on Wednesday, organized with the Diocesan Social Action Center of Antipolo.

Highlights:
- Distribution of relief kits are completed for 1,000 families.  CRS will be assisting families by providing vouchers to purchase relief items in stores, and providing sanitation water treatment and water storage to families still in evacuation centers.
- Monsoon rains have affected almost 3 million people in and around Manila, with 48,000 people still in evacuation centers.
- Assessments conclude that some families will not be able to return home for 1-6 months.
- CRS received $50,000 from USAID/Philippines to distribute household supplies to 1,000 families in Rizal province, one of the most affected areas, and held its first distribution for 172 families on
- August 28.  Distributions to 1,000 families (5,000 persons) will be completed by Tuesday.
-  CRS is finalizing a plan to provide additional water and sanitation facilities, and other urgently needed household items.

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Earlier report: In the Philippines, torrential monsoon rains have severely affected Metro Manila and surrounding provinces. The rains are the result of the southwest monsoon rains interacting with Tropical Storm Trami (international name “Maring”), which formed out of a low-pressure system around August 17th, north of the island of Luzon. TS Trami remained almost stationary for 3 days, strengthening the existing southwest seasonal monsoon rains and unleashing a continual downpour on central and south Luzon.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) reports that close to a million people have been affected. Of this, more than 150,000 people are staying in evacuation centers with numbers rising. Families near the Laguna Lake may be displaced for several weeks or even months.

Clean water, sanitation supplies and sleeping materials are emerging as most pressing needs for families residing in evacuation centers. Catholic Relief Services is working to secure these much needed items. CRS is also continuing to assess the needs of those affected by the flooding, and decide where the distribution of relief kits will be needed most.

Farther to the north, an on the other side of the island called Luzon, a category 3 typhoon Utor (local name “Labuyo”) made landfall a week prior, and CRS has been responding to that as well.

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