Philippines: Typhoon Rai
On 15 December 2021, tropical depression Twenty-Eight intensified over the western Pacific into typhoon Rai (locally known as Odette). The typhoon reached category 5 and, after the first landfall on 16 December, weakened to categories 4 and 3. The total number of casualties was at least 146 as at 19 December. Over 780,000 people were affected by the typhoon and have received some form of support or assistance. 400,000 people require urgent relief and long-term support, including housing and livelihood assistance. Overall immediate needs include food, WASH (including drinking water), shelter, health, NFIs, and cash. The response is largely national, and local authorities in the affected provinces are coordinating directly with the Government regarding their needs.