“What Suits One May Not Suit The Other”: A Vulnerability and Impact Analysis on Flooding and Severe Winds Caused by Tropical Cyclones

START Network aims to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation, and plans to build a risk financing system in the Philippines. The network believes that the humanitarian sector faces the biggest systemic problems–problems including slow and reactive funding, centralized decision-making, and an aversion to change–means that people affected by crises worldwide do not receive the best help fast enough and needless suffering results. In a short survey conducted with the members of Start Network in the Philippines, the shared experience of the network identifies severe winds and flooding caused by tropical cyclones as having the most impactful hazards that hit the country. Given the likelihood and severity of these hazards, the present study identified the following, first, the geographic and socio-economic extent of impacts of severe winds and flooding due to tropical cyclones in the Philippines; second, the vulnerability factors and cross-sectoral issues related to tropical cyclones, and third, the existing community-based coping mechanisms that the humanitarian sector can leverage on.

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