Update: Typhoons in the Philippines

  1. A flooded street in Manila after Typhoon Ketsana struck on 26 September.
  2. World Vision targets over 100,000 people  with food and non-food items in the worst affected areas of Manila, following Typhoon Ketsana.
  3. World Vision in the Philippines drops 75 relief packs containing food and bottled water to survivors of Typhoon Ketsana on 26 September.
  4. Two days after Typhoon Ketsana’s landfall on 26 September, flood waters remain high trapping thousands of people in Manila.
  5. A street in Manila after Typhoon Ketsana struck the Philippines on 26 September.

Typhoon Ketsana hit the Philippines on 26 September, 2009, affecting 4.9 million people. On 3 October, Typhoon Parma hit the country, adding to the destruction. More than 1,000 people were killed. Some 185,000 homes were destroyed and US$380 million in damages caused by the typhoons.

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On September 26, 2009 Typhoon Ketsana hit at least 14 towns in Metro Manila, pouring down a month’s worth of rainfall in just 12 hours. The devastation caused by Ketsana (Ondoy) put 26 provinces including Metropolitan Manila in a state of calamity.

Metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces were the hardest hit. The majority of government offices, business and private corporations are situated in Manila. Considered the country’s centre of commerce, trade, industry and education; it is the most populated area where more than 15% of the entire population reside. Most of the affected people belong to the labour productive population.

Typhoon Parma followed on 3 October and lashed the northern part of the country.

World Vision has been working in the Philippines since 1957 across 33 provinces, serving 120,000 children and over 16 million Filipinos to date. Within 24 hours of typhoon Ketsana hitting the country on September 26th; World Vision swiftly mobilised its relief response team and commenced a well-coordinated response.


World Vision's response

World Vision helped 25,328 families following destruction caused by Typhoon Ketsana and Typhoon Parma.

The organisation, in collaboration with local government, volunteers and the private sector, provided food, non-food items, medicines and health services, established child friendly spaces and provided temporary shelters.

Early recovery projects such as clean-up drives were also completed in hard-hit areas. Rehabilitation projects such as livelihood initiatives were implemented.

World Vision, through an integrated humanitarian approach, responded to meet the critical needs of survivors with a special focus on children and their families.  Programs implemented were aimed at rebuilding communities and restoring livelihood.

For more details on the response, including Disaster Risk Reduction activities, click here

For the full report ‘Ketsana: One Year One – The Philippine Experience’, click here.

Children sponsored by Australians

World Vision is monitoring the safety and wellbeing of sponsored children in all affected areas.

Please be assured that if we receive information of concern regarding any sponsored children we will contact sponsors immediately.


World Vision, as lead convenor of the Disaster Risk Reduction network (DRRNet), helped push for the approval of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Law which strengthens and promotes the capacity of the government and the local communities on disaster-preparedness, emergency response and resilience.

World Vision mobilised 1,742 volunteers from academic areas, partner churches, private sector, Philippine Marines and Philippine Coast Guards. A total of 190 national office and field staff also joined the relief re¬sponse.

World Vision worked in partnership with Local Government Units (LGUs) at the municipal and barangay (village) levels for smooth co-ordination and implementation of the relief operations.

How you can help

World Vision Australia's appeal for the emergency in the Philippines has now closed. Thank you to everyone who donated to make our relief efforts possible. To help us prepare for and respond to future emergencies, we can still accept donations to our Disaster Ready fund, however please note that these funds may not be used in the Philippines.