Since the 14th of December, the tropical tempest Washi litteraly shakes the South of the Philippines, and provokes deadly floods, rivers of mud and debris, and mudslides. Entire villages are said to have disappeared in this region, usually spared by typhoons. According to the last information, the death toll would rise to 1.010 and numerous missing people.
The poorest layers of the population, living in flimsy housing at the water's edge, were particularly touched by the catastrophe. Millions of people are, as a consequence, homeless and lack food or clothes. At the same time, more than 280.000 people would be displaced, 40.000 could be sheltered in temporary housing centers.