Philippines Update: Shelter, Water, Hygiene Response

CRS staffer Ross Tomlinson, in tan CRS vest, hands out plastic tarps during a CRS and Caritas Norway distribution in the town of Palo, on the east side of the island of Leyte in central Philippines. Photo by Jim Stipe/CRS

Thousands of tarps for emergency shelters have already been distributed in Palo, Ormoc, Tolosa on the island of Leyte.

Additionally, hundreds of water and sanitation kits have been assembled in Palo and will be distributed tomorrow.

The first water bladder was installed in Bislig, Tanauan. It serves an evacuation center and nearby community. Regular water supplies are trucked in from Palo, where the municipal water source has been restored.

Six gas stations are open and functioning in Tacloban with fuel pricing at pre-disaster level.

The number of estimated damaged shelters has increased significantly to nearly 1.1 million; with around 537,000 destroyed.

The official death toll from National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee has increased to 5,209 with 1,611 recorded as missing.


  1. Robert Jazdzewsk says:

    Please direct some HELP to McArthur , between Dulag and Abuyog, to date the Arias famiy of 6 have only received 1kilo of rice, some sardine, and water. One daughter went to Cebu where i sent her 100 usd to bring back food…. she has three days back contact me from Dulag , and just now from Baybay, saying NO tarps , NO tent…. Somebody by boat or road head south on the beach road and help these people they are the longest with out any aid…. I sent to other families 500 usd from my pocket.. because the refugees to Cebu also are not getting aid as they moved out of Tacloban and Palanog. I sent one Mother form Manila to Tacloban (army flight) with 150 usd of food, soaps, med, underware.

  2. peter carlson says:

    are you aware of or making grants to families who want to rebuild their homes? Thank you.

  3. Robert Jazdzewsk says:

    the roads are open to south Leyete,,,its been 20 days i am getting calls for help from McArthur, which is south of Palo on the coast… HELP… tell CRS to get on a buss or tricycle w some tarps call this family [Arias] 639056930612, 6 of them in family only one kilo of rice in 20 days.
    day-6 one went to Cebu where i sent them cash to by food and take to McArthur…
    they called me tonight , i am here in Wisconsin.
    please forward that phone # to ur Palo station…hurry many are suffering injury.

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