Edward Ello, inclusion advisor of Handicap International, joined other emergency specialists from member organisations of the Philippine International Nongovernment Organisations Network (PINGON) to conduct rapid assessment in Ilocos Norte province, after Typhoon Haima hit the Philippines on 19 October.
Ilocos Norte is one of the provinces that was directly hit by Typhoon Haima (local name Lawin) in northern Philippines. Haima made landfall on the said province 20 October bringing heavy downpour and strong winds that pummelled infrastructures and houses, uprooted trees and crops, and flooded some areas that killed a number of farm animals and other livestock.
Out of the 557 barangays (villages) of the province, Edward and his team focused their assessment to Santo Niño of Nueva Era municipality. Aside from being badly-hit by the typhoon, the Department of Interior and Local Government regional office categorized the barangay as the poorest in the province; hence, a priority for assessment.
The barangay has a total population of 902 and all are affected by the typhoon at the barangay – 70 percent of which are Tinyang (indigenous people from Abra province) who migrated to the area. Out of the vulnerable persons, 59 are older people and 24 are persons with disabilities. Totally damaged houses are 156 while partially damaged houses are 190. Lastly, damage to agriculture amounts to 500,000 pesos.
Aside from Edward’s team, PINGON dispatched two more teams to the provinces of Kalinga and Abra with the same purpose. After the two-day assessment, their reports were sent to Action Against Hunger (ACF International), conveyor of PINGON and in charge of the coordination with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Philippines. Consolidated report from PINGON and other humanitarian organisations are available on their website (http://www.unocha.org/philippines) and Relief Web’s website (http://reliefweb.int/).