A child walks on downed trees through the debris and destruction caused by Typhoon Bopha, in the town of Cateel in Davao Oriental Province in Davao Region in south-eastern Mindanao. Most of the houses and public infrastructure in Cateel have been destroyed.
On 14 December 2012 in the Philippines, government-led emergency rescue, evacuation and relief operations continue following the devastation caused by Typhoon Bopha (known locally as Typhoon Pablo), which hit eastern Mindanao Island on 4 December. More than 540 people have been killed and over 820 are missing. An estimated 5.4 million people have been affected, and more than 2 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance. Some 368,670 people are displaced. The typhoon, the strongest to hit the Philippines this year, caused flooding and mudslides that devastated homes, infrastructure and agricultural land, as well as damaged water supply systems. The provinces of Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley are the worst affected. UNICEF assistance includes supporting access to safe water and providing temporary sanitation and non-food items for displaced families. Initial supplies include 2,000 water kits, with water containers and water purification items; equipment for setting up temporary latrines; and 2,000 family hygiene kits, containing soap, toothbrushes and other hygiene supplies. Additional aid is en route. A joint humanitarian response and recovery appeal including United Nations agencies and international NGOs seeks US $65 million for essential humanitarian aid over the next three to six months to support those most affected.