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World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

2 hours 2 min ago
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Ukraine, World, Yemen, South Sudan preview

Syria: Syrian refugee numbers have grown by a million in a year, and now exceed three million, while the journey out of Syria is getting tougher. 42 children were reported killed by government strikes over 29-31 August, while in IS-held areas there are reports of routine executions and amputations.

Sierra Leone: One million people are in need of aid as a consequence of the Ebola outbreak; between 20 and 26 August, 116 new cases and 30 deaths were reported, bringing the total to 1,602 cases, including 422 deaths, since the outbreak began. Staff at a treatment centre have called a strike over pay and conditions, and the Health Minister has been replaced.

Ukraine: IDP figures have grown by more than 80,000 in two weeks, to reach 230,000. 3.9 million people live in areas directly affected by violence, but access to humanitarian aid is near-impossible in conflict areas. Older people are particularly vulnerable.

Updated: 02/09/2014. Next update: 09/09/2014

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Philippines: Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin Issue, Issue 27 | 01 – 31 August 2014

1 September 2014 - 7:54am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines preview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Displaced people in Zamboanga continue to live in difficult conditions in overcrowded evacuation centres.

  • Emergency threshold on health breached six times in Zamboanga over the past 12 months.

  • Pacific Partnership 2014 rebuilding schools and hospital in Tacloban

  • World Humanitarian Day on 19 August.

FUNDING

Typhoon Haiyan
781 million requested (US$)
60% funded

Zamboanga Action Plan (revised)

12.8 million requested (US$)
45% funded
Source: Financial Tracking Service

Philippines: Super Typhoon Haiyan: Gender Snapshot (as of 18 Aug 2014)

1 September 2014 - 5:29am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Oxfam Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: ICRC President lauds partnership with Philippine Red Cross in Yolanda recovery

29 August 2014 - 2:16am
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

Basey, Samar -- After viewing the progress of communities in the areas hit by typhoon Yolanda, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross said that the partnership with the Philippine Red Cross in implementing the recovery efforts can be modeled and used in other places in the world.

ICRC President Peter Maurer told a gathering of volunteers and staff of the Philippine Red Cross during a visit to Samar that “ our partnership is highly inspiring, and for which, I am extremely grateful."

He said that “ I hope that my visit here is also an opportunity [for us to] think together on what we have learned in the past year. And how we can be a model for it in other places."

Maurer added that ‘ The way we work together here ---the ICRC and the [ Philippine Red Cross], the volunteers, and the officials, I think, is exemplary. We can draw lessons from the extraordinary cooperation that we have and see how we can bring this further beyond the Philippines, beyond other continents.“

Among the places where Maurer and PRC officials visited were the Basey District Hospital, which was jointly repaired by the ICRC and the PRC.

So far, the ICRC in partnership with the PRC has built 2,100 shelters in Samar, and aims to finish 4,500 shelters by the end of 2014.

In the immediate aftermath of typhoon Yolanda, the ICRC and PRC prioritized livelihood projects, employing thousands of people by giving them jobs clearing debris on roads, farmlands and backyards, digging trenches, and cutting and producing lumber.

Water network systems benefiting many villages were also implemented , and the Red Cross restored the water supply system in Guiuan. Healthcare facilities across Samar were also constructed to benefit residents in the area.

As for the impact of the recovery efforts to devastated populations in Samar , Maurer said that “ the work of the Philippine Red Cross and ICRC and other support organizations are really appreciated. They are taking initiatives on their own to make the support even bigger. “

Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon said that Maurer came all the way over from Geneva and “ What is most important, he found time to come here, especially when the whole world is in turmoil. “

Gordon said that survivors of typhoon Yolanda are now on their way to rebuilding their lives and that ‘’ we’ve made them part of the process of changing their lives for the better. “

Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang said that the Red Cross movement is ‘ focused on providing shelter and livelihood to the survivors of typhoon Yolanda. We were here when it hit, and we will be here until every community has completely recovered. “

Pang added that the PRC is on track to constructing about 90,000 shelter units for the families devastated by typhoon Yolanda and that ‘’ we are also providing families with livelihood opportunities so that they can rebound and become self-reliant as soon as possible. “

For his part, Maurer said that ‘ There is one single thing that struck me –everybody who I met, for whom you have worked, and we have all worked together, was extremely happy and grateful. And I think there is nothing better than that. "

Before he left the country, Maurer also paid a visit to the Philippine Red Cross National Headquarters in Manila, where he was warmly received.

Philippines: ADRA in the Philippines sustains humanitarian efforts in typhoon-hit areas

27 August 2014 - 11:46pm
Source: Adventist Development and Relief Agency International Country: Philippines preview

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the Philippines has spent almost 8 million USD in combined emergency response and recovery efforts since Typhoon Haiyan struck the country in November last year, addressing the basic but crucial post-disaster needs of more than 160,000 individuals or 32,000 households in the Visayas region.

Eight emergency response projects amounting to 1.9 million USD in total were already completed as of July this year. These included food relief distribution, provision of potable water and sanitation and hygiene (WASH), Disaster Risk Reduction trainings, self-recovery shelter projects and Cash-For-Work programs. These efforts were directed at severely affected communities in Leyte, Aklan, Iloilo, and Capiz provinces, although food relief aid also covered some areas of Northern Cebu just days after the typhoon.

ADRA International, ADRA Network, ADRA Regional Office, ADRA Japan, Swiss Solidarity, Hong Kong Disaster Relief, Aktion Deutschland Hilft (ADH) Germany, and the Southern Asia-Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church have made these initial efforts possible.

Meanwhile, eight recovery projects are ongoing in the aforementioned provinces, with a projected total spending of 5.9 million USD. These projects primarily focus on rebuilding shelters, reviving sources of livelihood, food security and further DRR education.

ADRA Network, ADRA Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom, GEZA Austria, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada are supporting the said recovery projects.

Through the Support to Self-Recovery for Shelter (SSRS) program, ADRA is helping 5,950 households rebuild decent shelters. The organization has provided these families shelter kits composed of construction materials such as corrugated galvanized iron (CGI) sheets, GI sheets and coco lumber, and tool kits composed of tarpaulin, rope, nails, saw, hammer, shovel, machete and bucket, among others.

The SSRS project had been completed in Kalibo, Aklan last July and had reconstructed houses for 550 families. This was part of the eight initial emergency response projects.

Meanwhile, 4,000 shelters are still being constructed in Roxas (Capiz), 1,000 in the towns of Carigara and Dagami (Leyte), 500 in Ajuy (Iloilo) and 170 in Makato (Aklan).

Livelihood is another crucial aspect in the recovery process of the typhoon survivors. ADRA has assisted fisher folks and their families in terms of reviving their fishing livelihood, which had been severely affected by the devastation of the super typhoon. Through the Boat Repair Assistance Grant (BRAG) program, the organization has helped a total of 1,716 households in Ajuy (Iloilo) and 500 in Roxas (Capiz) repair or construct their boats.

In Bato, Leyte, ADRA is helping 300 families in the fishing community of Dawahon Island in terms of having better access to local food source. The residents on this island primarily rely on seaweed farming and fishing. ADRA is providing these families fishing tools such as fish traps and seaweed kits for seaweed production, and cash-for-work incentives for the locals.

Philippines: ADRA in the Philippines sustain humanitarian efforts in typhoon hit areas

27 August 2014 - 11:46pm
Source: Adventist Development and Relief Agency International Country: Philippines preview

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the Philippines has spent almost 8 million USD in combined emergency response and recovery efforts since Typhoon Haiyan struck the country in November last year, addressing the basic but crucial post-disaster needs of more than 160,000 individuals or 32,000 households in the Visayas region.

Eight emergency response projects amounting to 1.9 million USD in total were already completed as of July this year. These included food relief distribution, provision of potable water and sanitation and hygiene (WASH), Disaster Risk Reduction trainings, self-recovery shelter projects and Cash-For-Work programs. These efforts were directed at severely affected communities in Leyte, Aklan, Iloilo, and Capiz provinces, although food relief aid also covered some areas of Northern Cebu just days after the typhoon.

ADRA International, ADRA Network, ADRA Regional Office, ADRA Japan, Swiss Solidarity, Hong Kong Disaster Relief, Aktion Deutschland Hilft (ADH) Germany, and the Southern Asia-Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church have made these initial efforts possible.

Meanwhile, eight recovery projects are ongoing in the aforementioned provinces, with a projected total spending of 5.9 million USD. These projects primarily focus on rebuilding shelters, reviving sources of livelihood, food security and further DRR education.

ADRA Network, ADRA Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom, GEZA Austria, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada are supporting the said recovery projects.

Through the Support to Self-Recovery for Shelter (SSRS) program, ADRA is helping 5,950 households rebuild decent shelters. The organization has provided these families shelter kits composed of construction materials such as corrugated galvanized iron (CGI) sheets, GI sheets and coco lumber, and tool kits composed of tarpaulin, rope, nails, saw, hammer, shovel, machete and bucket, among others.

The SSRS project had been completed in Kalibo, Aklan last July and had reconstructed houses for 550 families. This was part of the eight initial emergency response projects.

Meanwhile, 4,000 shelters are still being constructed in Roxas (Capiz), 1,000 in the towns of Carigara and Dagami (Leyte), 500 in Ajuy (Iloilo) and 170 in Makato (Aklan).

Livelihood is another crucial aspect in the recovery process of the typhoon survivors. ADRA has assisted fisher folks and their families in terms of reviving their fishing livelihood, which had been severely affected by the devastation of the super typhoon. Through the Boat Repair Assistance Grant (BRAG) program, the organization has helped a total of 1,716 households in Ajuy (Iloilo) and 500 in Roxas (Capiz) repair or construct their boats.

In Bato, Leyte, ADRA is helping 300 families in the fishing community of Dawahon Island in terms of having better access to local food source. The residents on this island primarily rely on seaweed farming and fishing. ADRA is providing these families fishing tools such as fish traps and seaweed kits for seaweed production, and cash-for-work incentives for the locals.

Philippines: DSWD, IOM to build more shelters for 'Yolanda' survivors

27 August 2014 - 9:30am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITy, Aug. 27 – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will sign a partnership agreement to construct additional transitional shelters for Typhoon Yolanda survivors in Eastern Visayas who are still living in tents and evacuation centers.

DSWD in a statement said, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, and Chief of Mission and Director of Manila Administrative Center of IOM Philippines Marco Boasso will sign the agreement.

Under the partnership, DSWD said, some 3,200 units of transitional shelters worth P70,000 each will be constructed by IOM. DSWD will fund the construction of 2,700 units worth P189 million while IOM will provide counterpart funds amounting to P35 million for the remaining 500 units.

The transitional shelters will be constructed in ‘Yolanda’- affected areas in Leyte, Western Samar and Eastern Samar.

Sec. Soliman said that IOM is a long-time partner of the DSWD in camp coordination and camp management as well as in the implementation of temporary and transitional shelters for displaced families in areas affected by man-made and natural disasters.(DSWD)

World: Why Island Wisdom Is Crucial to Help Adapt and Prepare for the Impacts of Climate Change the World

27 August 2014 - 12:45am
Source: The Pacific Islands News Association Country: Grenada, Philippines, World

Opinion by Han Seung-soo

For decades, small island countries have been warning the world about the consequences of climate change. While many countries have been debating whether climate change is even happening or who is to blame, small islands have just had to deal with its impact, from extreme weather to rising sea levels and increasing environmental vulnerability.

Major storms have always been a fact of life for small islands. But in recent years they have intensified in their destructive capabilities. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan struck the Caribbean island of Grenada, causing widespread destruction. The financial cost of the disaster was estimated at more than $900 million - more than twice the country's gross domestic product (GDP). Only 10 months later, the country was hit again, this time by Hurricane Emily, which caused another $50 million in damage.

In the Caribbean, changes in hurricane intensity and frequency could eventually result in additional annual losses of $450 million, largely due to disruption of a key source of revenue and jobs: tourism. Limited diversification and small market size means that small island economies are not resilient to disaster loss. This is true not just in the Caribbean, but the world over.

According to global risk models developed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), six of the top 10 countries with the greatest proportion of resources at risk during hurricanes or cyclones are small islands. These losses will only increase due to sea-level rise, water scarcity, drought, and other factors.

The 38 small island developing states, which spread across the Caribbean, the Pacific and Indian Oceans, are not sitting and waiting for the next storm to hit. They have been taking measures to adapt to and manage the risks posed by climate change.

Several Caribbean islands came together seven years ago to create an insurance pool of easy-to-access disaster funding. Spreading the risk across countries reduces premiums and provides contributors with a safety net which can fund vital services when disaster strikes. Since 2007, more than $30 million has been paid out by the 16 participating countries. A similar initiative is under way in the Pacific region where the memories of the massive human toll and devastation due to Typhoon Haiyan that claimed more than 6,000 lives in the Philippines last November are still all too vivid.

Ideas and actions for reducing the risk from disasters will be at the forefront of the United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States, to be held in Samoa from 1-4 September. The Conference will be a showcase for those living on the frontlines of climate change and could have a lasting and positive influence on the post-2015 development agenda.

The Conference is an acknowledgement by all the countries of the world of the unique circumstances that small island developing countries face. Their size, combined with their remoteness, and economies of scale, have made it that much more difficult for small islands to implement measures to become resilient. This is compounded by the impacts of climate change, a problem that is hardly of their own making as they collectively contribute less than 1 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, many are striving to become carbon neutral by using renewable energy, improving energy efficiency, and offsetting their greenhouse gas emissions.

Next week's conference in Samoa is the first of two critical global gatherings. Just a few weeks later, on 23 September in New York, UN Secretary-General will host heads of State, CEOs and civil society leaders at the Climate Summit. The Summit aims to spur accelerated and ambitious actions to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change worldwide, from the largest countries to the smallest island States. It's about turning promises into performance.

With international attention on small islands, climate change and the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, there has never been a better chance to turn the tide. Now is the time to listen, support and partner with those who have seen first-hand what climate change can do to your economy and your community. It would be one of the greatest tragedies of our time to continue to ignore the warnings from small islands; their issues will soon become our own.

Han Seung-soo is the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea

SOURCE: HUFFINGTON POST/PACNEWS

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

26 August 2014 - 9:07am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, World, Yemen, South Sudan preview

Syria: Only 41% of Syria’s public hospitals are fully operational. The latest in a number of local truces around Damascus has been agreed between state forces and opposition in Qadam. 191,369 people were reported killed March 2011–April 2014, mainly in Rural Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Idleb, Dar’a and Hama, according to new UN figures.

Sudan: Conflict between Maaliya and Rizeigat has killed at least 300 people over five days in the Karinka locality of East Darfur. Police were deployed to stop the fighting. 256,000 people across 12 states are now affected by flooding, an increase of 80,000 in a week; 70,000 are affected in Blue Nile state alone.

DRC: An Ebola epidemic, unrelated to the outbreak in West Africa, has been declared in Equateur province, with 16 cases reported, including five deaths. 577 cases of febrile bloody diarrhoea have also been reported in Equateur. Clashes between FARDC and Raiya Mutomboki displaced 12,400 in South Kivu, while in Katanga violence between pygmies and Luba is worsening.

Iraq: Heavy fighting continues in the north. As more IDPs head south, there are concerns that central governorates are reaching saturation point. 20,000 Syrian refugees have returned to Syria.

Updated: 26/08/2014. Next update: 02/09/2014

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Philippines: Philippines Construction Partnership to Provide Thousands of Temporary Homes for Haiyan Displaced

26 August 2014 - 5:28am
Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Philippines

IOM and the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) today signed a partnership agreement to construct additional transitional shelters for Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines.

Nearly ten months after the massive storm, more than 24,000 people remain displaced and are still living in 64 sites across the affected areas. Many of these are tent cities and makeshift shelters located in coastal flood-prone areas.

The new transitional sites will provide safer, more robust temporary shelter for these most vulnerable typhoon-affected communities. The process of finding permanent resettlement sites, complicated by a complex process of land negotiations, continues.

Under the partnership, some 3,200 families will be provided with transitional shelters, including bunkhouses and single detached units, to be constructed by IOM. DSWD will fund the construction of 2,700 units worth nearly USD 4 million, while IOM will provide counterpart funds amounting to nearly USD 800,000 for the remaining 500 units.

The agreement, signed by DSWD Secretary Corazon ‘Dinky’ Soliman and IOM’s Chief of Mission in the Philippines, Marco Boasso, is significant because it is the first time that IOM has been able to call directly on the funds of the Philippines national government to support a project.

IOM’s Chief of Mission in the Philippines, Marco Boasso, commented at the signing: “This is a great moment, showing the mutual trust between our host government and our intergovernmental, humanitarian organization.”

Secretary Soliman noted: “IOM is a long-time partner of the DSWD in camp coordination and camp management, as well as in the implementation of temporary and transitional shelters for displaced families in areas affected by man-made and natural disasters.”

As co-lead with DSWD in camp coordination and management, IOM is committed to mitigating the effects of disasters on internal displacement in the Philippines and has so far transferred nearly 18,000 typhoon Haiyan survivors from tent cities and other evacuation centres to safer transitional sites, as well as providing crucial humanitarian aid since the first days of the calamity.

For more information please contact Marco Boasso at IOM Manila, Email: mboasso@iom.int

World: Communications with Communities Asia-Pacific Newsletter August 2014

25 August 2014 - 9:43pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, World preview

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

Myanmar

Recruitment - Communications with Communities Consultant –3 months based in Sittwe, Rakhine State - The post will have primary responsibility for developing an overarching CwC (Communications with Communities) Strategy for the 'Save the Children-led Consortium' for the implementation of Humanitarian WASH and Nutrition Programme.

News - Myanmar Will Be the First Smartphone Only Country - Today, Myanmar has the same mobile phone usage as North Korea, Eritrea, and Cuba – less than 10% – with only the urban elite owning smartphones, and mobile networks limited in scope and functionality. Yet technology restrictions are ending, and three mobile operators are racing to roll out services to 60 million across the country.

News - Myanmar’s new mobile internet users embrace Android smartphones, pick Viber over Facebook – An ‘On Device Research’ survey found that Viber has scored an early win in Myanmar in the heated messaging app battle. Viber scores 79 percent of users versus 27 percent on Facebook Messenger. Clearly people are using multiple messaging apps.

Summary Report – ICT and Disaster Response Workshop, hosted by OCHA and FHI 360 on 6 August 2014. The Workshop was attended by 35 people from humanitarian agencies (UN, INGO and NGO), private sector, telecoms companies, media development agencies and Myanmar TV. The Workshop Report provides a summary of the day where there was agreement on the importance of technology, awareness that there are several different initiatives going on with little opportunity to share information and conflict sensitivity and the need for ethnic minority languages to be addressed.

Philippines

News – “Moving forward after Haiyan – The Story of Radyo Abante”, by Leoniza O. Morales, World Vision.

Response Update - The OCHA Communications with Communities team are working as part of the Preparedness unit in supporting the first Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) Emergency Preparedness Plan.

In Zamboanga, a SMS blast system (which now sends to IDPs) was set up by the Communications Working Group (CWG) as part of its two-way communication strategy.

In Tacloban, OCHA, IOM and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) conducted the first regional Right to Information (RTI) workshop for sub-national information and communication officers of various government agencies. The workshop further enhances the coordinated communications system and feedback platform for affected communities.

Nepal

Common Messaging - After several months of committed and engaged work with the Government of Nepal, UN, Red Cross Movement, International and local NGOs, theNepal Risk Reduction Consortium (NRRC) Communications Group has finalized the first edition of a Common Messages Guideline for Disaster Risk Reduction.

These guidelines outline the need for coordinated and coherent messaging and how organizations can use common messages to strengthen collective efforts in awareness and behavior change. The guidelines outline 10 key messages for DRR, earthquakes, floods, landslides and fires that organizations are encouraged to use and customize for their communications purposes.

Moving forward, the NRRC Communications Group will be finalizing a common messages platform to strengthen access to messages and showcase communications products that have been developed using the messages. In addition, the NRRC Communications Group is in the process of finalizing 10 key messages for thunderstorms.

Global

News – Many of the world's most talented young computer programmers are now based in cities like Nairobi, Hyderabad or Rio de Janeiro. They are driven by a powerful belief that communications technology can deliver social change.

Al Jazeera’s Life Apps programme follows young applications developers from around the world as they visit remote communities to experience the everyday hardships of the poor and marginalized - and then create app solutions for a better, more sustainable world.

Tech – “Crowdsourcing the fight for human rights” - In closed societies around the world, brave human rights defenders face enormous hurdles to advance human rights.Movements.org is a new platform that allows people everywhere to help protect basic freedoms.

Tech - Who is distributing solar lights that recharge mobile phones in Iraq?

Philippines: Top PRC, ICRC officials inspect progress of recovery efforts in Samar

25 August 2014 - 10:49am
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

Basey, Samar – Philippine Red Cross officials together with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross assessed recovery efforts during a visit on Monday in Samar almost ten months after typhoon Yolanda devastated Eastern Visayas.

Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon accompanied ICRC President Peter Maurer during the visit to inspect the steady and rapid progress of recovery in Samar.

Gordon said that “ what’s great about the Red Cross movement is that we can respond to a calamity like typhoon Yolanda as a single unit, collaborating and cooperating with each other, to alleviate human suffering. Because Samar is an area where there is a presence of armed conflict, ICRC stepped in with us to do the necessary work of helping the people here to get back on their feet."

Gordon explained that the ICRC together with the International Federation of the Red Cross(IFRC), and various National Societies of the Red Cross from different parts of the world, were hard at work in all the provinces, cities, and municipalities devastated by typhoon Yolanda. "Here in Samar, we’re working hand in hand with the ICRC to extend support to the most vulnerable communities."

He said that the IFRC and the other national societies were undertaking humanitarian work in Tacloban city, which bore the brunt of typhoon Yolanda, and in all the other areas hit by the storm across the Visayas.

Maurer, who is in the country for three days, will also meet with high-level authorities in Manila on Tuesday to discuss humanitarian issues as part of the visit that will end on 27 August 2014.

Among the places where Maurer and PRC officials visited were the Basey District Hospital, which was jointly repaired by the ICRC and the PRC.

Maurer spent time talking to staff and patients in the Basey hospital, and proceeded to Santa Cruz, Giporlos, where storm-resilient shelters have been built.

So far, the ICRC in partnership with the PRC has built 2,100 shelters in Samar, and aims to finish 4,500 shelters by the end of 2014.

In the immediate aftermath of typhoon Yolanda, the ICRC and PRC prioritized livelihood projects, employing thousands of people by giving them jobs clearing debris on roads, farmlands and backyards, digging trenches, and cutting and producing lumber.

Water network systems benefiting many villages were also implemented , and the Red Cross restored the water supply system in Guiuan. Healthcare facilities across Samar were also constructed to benefit residents in the area.

Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang said that the "Red Cross movement is focused on providing shelter and livelihood to the survivors of typhoon Yolanda. We were here when it hit, and we will be here until every community has completely recovered."

Pang added that the PRC is on track to constructing about 90,000 shelter units for the families devastated by typhoon Yolanda and that "we are also providing families with livelihood opportunities so that they can rebound and become self-reliant as soon as possible."

She added that President Maurer’s visit "is a welcome boost and an inspiration to Red Cross staff, volunteers, and officers who have labored to turn things around in Samar."

Philippines: Philippines: Region VI (Western Visayas): Ongoing Activities and Partner Organisations in Iloilo Province (as of August 2014)

22 August 2014 - 7:32am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: Philippines: Region VI (Western Visayas): Ongoing Activities and Partner Organisations in Capiz Province (as of August 2014)

22 August 2014 - 7:30am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: Philippines: Summary of Response Activities in Aklan Province, Region VI (Western Visayas) (as of August 2014)

22 August 2014 - 7:28am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: Governments of Philippines and Japan join hands with UN-Habitat to help Typhoon Haiyan victims

22 August 2014 - 6:27am
Source: UN Human Settlements Program Country: Japan, Philippines

Roxas City, 18 August 2014: The governments of Philippines and Japan have joined hands with UN-Habitat to offer help to those who suffered unmitigated losses from Typhoon Haiyan.

Two weeks ago saw the launch the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlement Project in Villa Carmel Village, Roxas City in Capiz, one of the provinces that suffered substantial damage at the hands of the typhoon. Also known as Yolanda in the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc in the South East Asian country when it made a landfall there last November with more than 6,000 people reported dead.

The project, with financial support worth USD 2.5 million from the Government of Japan, is designed to accomplish the following between the end of this year to early next year:

  • Training of approximately 250 local semi-skilled artisans in disaster risk resilient housing construction

  • Construction and retrofitting of 610 core houses by these local trained artisans for families throughout communities in the Visayan provinces of Capiz and Iloilo who were left homeless or whose houses were hazardous to live in after Typhoon Haiyan

  • Training of 4,000 families in the beneficiary communities on house assessment under the principles of disaster risk reduction

  • Support for a national campaign with Social Housing Finance Corporation and other government agencies on disaster-resilient housing techniques

  • Information, education, communication materials for national advocacy on people’s process for recovery and rehabilitation

  • Community action planning workshops

  • Infrastructure support for 20 communities.

The launch, which showcased the first of the 610 houses to be built, commenced with a covenant signing between UN-Habitat, its partners in project implementation, and local government units from the beneficiary communities. This was followed by the signing of 11 community contracts with homeowners’ association representatives, community leaders who represented the beneficiaries. The contracts were for the first 126 houses which will be built by the communities with technical support from UN-Habitat.

Philippines: Philippines: Region VI (Western Visayas): Ongoing Response Activities (as of August 2014)

20 August 2014 - 8:00pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: UNICEF Philippines Humanitarian Situation Report #24, Issued on 10 August 2014

20 August 2014 - 4:23pm
Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Philippines preview

Highlights

• UNICEF and partners continue to provide life-saving and recovery assistance for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

• July was Nutrition month focusing on ‘Nutrition in Emergencies’. A high-level Nutrition Summit brought together more than 300 members of congress, policy makers and key nutrition players.

• On 15 July, Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) struck the Philippines with limited impact in Haiyan affected areas. UNICEF supported Government preparedness and response, including evacuation of 1,000 families.

Typhoon Haiyan

5.9 million Children affected out of 14.1 million people affected (OCHA, 28 January 2014)

1.7 million Children displaced out of 4.1 million displaced people (OCHA, 28 January 2014)

UNICEF Haiyan Appeal Philippines 2014 $119 million

Philippines: Philippines: New UMCOR Homes for Typhoon Survivors

19 August 2014 - 5:30pm
Source: United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Country: Philippines

By Melissa Hinnen*

August 19, 2014—Purposeful work is everywhere in Barangay (neighborhood) Calogcog, in the municipality of Tanauan, Philippines. After Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, tore through the region, more than 200 homes were destroyed in this community alone. Nine months later, people are hard at work maintaining temporary shelters and cleaning up debris until new homes can be completed.

Thanks to United Methodists and others who supported the response by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, the more than 218 households in Calogcog that have requested help will receive new homes.

While the cleanup and repairs serve a practical purpose, many say it also helps them temporarily take their minds off their grief. Everyone in the area has a heartbreaking story of loss. In Calogcog, 200 bodies were recovered and identified, but many more are still missing.

According to Nancy Michael, who teaches fourth grade at the Calogcog Elementary School, 70 people—many of them children—took shelter in the school during Yolanda. Only 27 survived.

Cornelia Corilla, 85, tells a similar story. When Typhoon Yolanda came, she and other family members sheltered in her daughter’s home, where they always went during storms. Of the 21 people in the home, only her son, grandson, and great granddaughter, who had gone to the roof, survived.

Corilla survived by holding onto the bed when a tidal wave filled the home. “I am the oldest,” she wept. “Why did I survive?”

Building Back Better

Tanauan’s chief engineer, Raul Soliva, wears a shirt that says, “Every Day is a Better Day in Tanauan.” UMCOR is committed to working with him and the Calogcog community to “build back better.”

Each home is being customized to accommodate the lot and the size of the family. The new houses are designed not only to resist typhoon-strength winds but, also, have high-sided roofs that can be accessed from inside the house.

UMCOR housing program officer Malaya Conejos is working with families to identify needs and the amount that they can contribute to the construction. All families are asked to contribute by removing debris and, if possible, to the cost of hiring local, skilled construction workers. Those with additional means supplement the construction costs of their neighbors who cannot contribute financially.

With tears in his eyes, Julius Modesto, 27, whose home was destroyed and whose three aunts died in the typhoon, said five of his family members have been volunteering. According to Modesto, the way the community has come together eases some of the pain.

While grief is still very present, he said, “Now we are happy because we are going to have new houses.”

Blessing the First House

As the community gathered to celebrate at the ribbon-cutting of the first completed house, church leaders, including United Methodist District Superintendent Dave Cosmiano, who blessed the house, and Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco, who leads Davao Episcopal Area, offered words of prayer and encouragement.

“This rebuilding is a manifestation of prayers and support from around the world,” Bishop Francisco said. “We are bound together in the love of Jesus, even in calamity. We are thankful that God shows his faithfulness to us time and time again.”

As Roger Modesto entered his new home, he offered a joyful smile and thanked UMCOR, saying, “This house is for my children and grandchildren. I ask God for continued blessings.”

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World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

19 August 2014 - 10:54am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Ukraine, World, Yemen, South Sudan preview

Snapshot 13-19 August

Yemen: The 9 August Al Jawf ceasefire has been broken. Access to people affected by the conflict in Al Jawf is extremely limited due to persistent insecurity, and it is very difficult to obtain information. Almost 3,000 people have died in violence since the National Dialogue Conference took place on 25 January.

Syria: Government air strikes hit Islamic State positions in Ar-Raqqa, as well as Deir-ez-Zor and Aleppo, while IS advanced west towards the Turkish border, taking several villages from rival opposition groups. IS killed some 700 Sunni Sheitat tribe members, while an estimated 15,000 Yazidis fleeing IS in Iraq are seeking refuge in Al Hasakeh governorate.

Iraq: A Level 3 emergency was declared by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. 17 million people, more than half the population, are affected by the ongoing violence, and 1.5 million need assistance. 200,000 people were displaced in the week of 4–11 August.

Updated: 19/08/2014. Next update: 26/08/2014

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