Date: 26 September 2009
Category: 2 (Tropical Cyclone)


Typhoon Ketsana was the second most devastating tropical cyclone in the 2009 Pacific typhoon season. Known as Ondoy in the Philippines, the typhoon dropped  455mm of rain in just 24 hours – the highest amount in 42 years. It caused deadly flash floods and mudslides in 25 provinces, killing 464 people and damaging more than 2 million homes, before moving onward to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Partner(s): Gawad Kalinga, Canossa Academy, Calamba City, The Heritage Hotel Manila

How we helped:

  • Sent a six-member disaster response team to distribute emergency supplies including:
    • 1,600kg of basic food and non-food items worth S$83,160
    • 42,600kg of cooked food from a community kitchen. Including drinking water, this was worth S$13,812
  • Implemented a community disaster preparedness and mitigation programme worth S$121,000
    • Deployed 15 iWater portable water filtration systems
    • Conducted educational workshops and community-wide evacuation drills for disaster preparedness
    • Established food security through backyard farming
  • The programmes reached 16,400 people in seven municipalities and three cities in the flood prone areas of Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Sarangani and Misamis Oriental