Philippines - ReliefWeb News
Snapshot 14–20 January
Cameroon: 50,000 people are estimated displaced due to the recent increase in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in the northern regions. In the past week, an attack on a military base in Kolofata resulted in 143 BH killed, subsequently, BH kidnapped 80 people from one village – with three killed and 24 later released. The conflict has escalated regionally, with Chad pledging military support in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram.
Malawi: Heavy rainfall since early January has led to severe flooding. Around 638,000 people have been affected overall, mostly through crop damage. The most affected districts are Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe, and Zomba in the south. 121,000 people have been displaced, 54 have died, and 153 are missing. In Mozambique and Madagascar, which have also seen flooding, 53,000 and 51,000 have been affected, respectively.
Updated: 20/01/2014. Next update: 27/01/2015
- FAO is providing assistance in four critical areas of intervention, in support of over 154 000 families:
Rice and corn farming – FAO has supported more than 100 000 rice and corn farmers since December 2013. Livelihoods were restored rapidly, with big returns. This included the distribution of certified rice seeds by FAO to more than 44 500 farming households, in time for the December 2013/January 2014 planting season, which resulted in an improved rice yield to: ensure food security; generate vital income; and save seed for the next planting season.
Fisheries and coastal communities – FAO is providing some 19 000 small-scale fishers with livelihood inputs, technical guidance and trainings on aquaculture, post-harvest processing, marine protected areas management and hybrid boats.
Coconut-based farming systems – FAO is assisting 32 500 small-scale coconut farmers build alternative livelihoods and is providing 3 000 upland farmers with seedlings and training to rehabilitate agroforestry systems.
Coastal/mangrove forest rehabilitation – FAO is promoting the natural regeneration of coastal ecosystems and the recovery and protection of related livelihoods by distributing seeds and planting materials.
Resilience building is a key part of FAO’s ongoing interventions, complementing efforts to meet the urgent needs of farmers whose seed stocks were lost or damaged by the typhoon, while enhancing farmers and government capacities and apply approaches to avoid or limit the adverse effects of future hazards.
FAO has mobilized over USD 39.7 million – more than 100 percent of the funds appealed for under the Typhoon Haiyan Strategic Response Plan. Contributors include: Central Emergency Response Fund, European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, FAO and the Governments of Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Mozambique - Flood
In Mozambique 52 692 people have been affected and 22 332 people have been reported displaced. The National Authorities have opened 14 accommodation centres in Nampula and Zambezia. The numbers are expected to rise as the rain continues. 4 831 houses have been totally destroyed and 24 people are reported dead.
Mozambique's main north-south highway is impassable in two places in Zambezia province, where bridges have collapsed making overland transport impossible. There are urgent needs related to logistics.
The most critical situation is in the centre of the Country, particularly in the Licungo River Basin (Zambezia Province). Floods here reached historical levels (in some areas up to 12m height).
Infrastructure was largely affected, isolating entire communities and making assessment of needs difficult and requiring airborne assistance.
Tacloban, Philippines | AFP | Monday 1/19/2015 - 05:15 GMT | 609 words
Vincent Basiano sang and cheered along with a sea of other joyous typhoon survivors as Pope Francis celebrated mass on a rainy Philippine day, but all too quickly the euphoria passed.
Basiano lost his shanty home when Super Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm recorded on land, claimed thousands of lives in poor fishing and farming communities 14 months ago.
As soon as the pope heard about the disaster, he vowed to travel to the mainly Catholic Philippines and visit the millions of survivors.
On the weekend he fulfilled that commitment, celebrating a deeply emotional mass with Basiano and about 200,000 other people in Tacloban, one of the worst-hit cities.
"While I was there in the presence of the pope, the joy was overflowing," Basiano, 32, told AFP a few hours later as heavy rain fell on his new shanty made of scrap wood and tin.
"But when I got home, it was back to reality. Here comes another typhoon. We try to take this reality in stride, being vulnerable to the dangers of typhoons, but we also need to prepare."
The pope had to cut short Saturday's trip to Tacloban and other areas devastated by Haiyan because of another storm, and he flew back to Manila leaving millions like Basiano to continue with their struggle.
In Basiano's Anibong village in Tacloban, 500 families are crammed into shanties and they were all preparing for another brutal night as Tropical Storm Mekkhala passed.
Haiyan killed or left missing more than 7,350 people, in the deadliest natural disaster of 2013, and it will take many years if not lifetimes for the region to recover.
Scars from Haiyan are still visible across Tacloban, with many still living in temporary shelters, while ruins of homes, buildings and decapitated coconut trees line the roads.
- 'We are holding on to hope' -
In Anibong, the bow of a ship lies beached dozens of metres (yards) from the shore, almost touching the highway, a reminder of Haiyan's monster winds and tsunami-like waves that wiped out entire villages.
"If the pope had visited here, he would have been shocked with what he saw," Ofelia Villarmenta, a 37-year-old mother of eight, told AFP.
Villarmenta said she would have loved to have gone to the mass and been blessed by the pope, but she stayed home to pack her family's clothes before they moved out of their tiny home to a storm shelter.
"We have not rebuilt our homes here because we have no money," said Villarmenta, whose fish vendor-husband was out of work for almost a year after Haiyan struck.
Basiano said he was out of work for more than a year after Haiyan as the huge waves demolished the computer school where he taught, forcing him to rely on his meat vendor father, who supports a household of 14.
"We didn't buy clothes and other material things for a year, just rice," said Basiano, who only found work, as a community worker with an aid group, this month.
Villarmenta said she and her husband relocated to Manila after Haiyan but returned to Tacloban several months later.
"We ended up selling fish in Manila like we do here, so we just went home so we can be with family," she said.
Still, Basiano said the pope's visit had given renewed hope to storm survivors, and he said he expected it jolt the government to quicken the painfully slow pace of rebuilding the region.
"Because of the sympathy showed by the pope. We Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors are holding on to hope," he said.
"He gave us a voice and strengthened our faith," he said.
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QUEZON CITY, Jan. 13 -- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through the Department of Agriculture VI has given a total of Php84M for rehabilitation of the agriculture sector affected by typhoon Yolanda last November 8, 2013 in Western Visayas.
Rene B. Famoso, regional rice program action officer in a statement said that a total of P44,858,240.00 were used to purchase 32,984 bags of certified seeds distributed to the affected farmers last year.
Famoso stressed that the province of Iloilo received a total 14,768 bags of rice certified seeds, Capiz – 13,033 bags, Negros Occidental – 2,900 bags, Antique – 1,616 bags, Aklan – 549 bags and Guimaras – 135 bags.
He added that the certified seeds were released to the provinces of Aklan, Guimaras and Negros Occidental last May and June in time for the first cropping season and to the provinces of Antique, Capiz and Iloilo last October and December which greatly help in sustaining rice sufficiency in the region.
Famoso also said that the remaining P39,141,760.00 was intended to buy 32,984 bags of urea fertilizer due for delivery this January and February 2015.
“We will follow the same scheme of one bag of fertilizer per hectare which will be given to the affected farmers base also on the allocation per province.” Famoso said.
The P84M-IFAD funds augmented the DA reconstruction and recovery initiatives which include cash for work program, fuel subsidy, provision of Pakbet vegetable seeds, white corn seeds, steel layer cages and provision of vitamins, antibiotics and de-wormer for poultry and livestock. (RAFID 6)
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
"AMANG" has weakened into a Low Pressure Area. At 4:00 AM, it was located at 16.2°N, 122.1°E over the Vicinity of Casiguran, Aurora.
A. PRE-EMPTIVE EVACUATION (Tab A)
• A total of 20,695 families 1113,160 persons were evacuated in the Provinces of Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Camarines Node, Camarines Sur, Leyte, Biliran, Eastern Samar and Samar (Western Samar)
B. AFFECTED POPULATION (Tab B)
• A total of 4,922 families / 21,867 persons were affected in Regions V, VII, and VIII • A total of 4,967 families 121,185 persons are currently being served inside and outside 61 evacuation centers
Dead — 2
• KRISTELL MAE PADASAS, 26 y/o, a native from Bicol Region and was a volunteer worker for the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) stationed in Salcedo, Eastern Samar. The victim sustained fatal head injury after being hit by a soundbox due to a collapsed scaffolding caused by heavy winds brought by TS "AMANG"
• DOMINGO TABLATE, 59 y/o, Antipolo del Norte, Virac, Catanduanes due to drowning
Typhoon Yolanda survivors whose civil documents were damaged or lost during the disaster will still have the chance to reconstruct these vital papers as the multi-agency Free Mobile Civil Registration Project is extended for another six months starting this month.
The project is funded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the amount of P5 million in partnership with the Philippine Statistics Authority-National Statistics Office (PSA-NSO), local government units, and their local civil registrars.
The P5 million check was turned over on Wednesday to PSA-NSO at the DSWD-Central Office in Batasan Quezon City with DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman witnessing the turnover.
Also present during the turnover were Interim Deputy National Statistician Paula Monina Collado, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Country Representative Bernard Kerblat, Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS) Board of Director President Joey Faustino, UNCHR staff Rico Salcedo, IDEALS Executive Director Edgardo Ligon, Interim Assistant National Statistician Lourdes Hufana, and DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma B. Cabrera.
Sec. Soliman underscored the importance of continuing this project, which provides the opportunity to recover and reconstitute birth, death, and marriage certificates, among others.
“These documents are required in accessing basic services and transactions with government agencies, non-government organizations, and private institutions,” Sec. Soliman said.
According to Collado, the project was implemented in June 2014 and has already benefited almost 100,000 ‘Yolanda’ survivors from 18 towns and two cities of Leyte and Samar.
She said that an additional 37,500 ‘Yolanda’ survivors in Eastern Samar will benefit from the project extension.
Sec. Soliman acknowledged the strong support of DSWD partners on this project saying that it is very encouraging to note that this is part of the early recovery efforts that we have done in helping thousands of families affected by ‘Yolanda.’
UNHCR and IDEALS embarked on a civil registration project for ‘Yolanda’ survivors early in 2014 and initiated the partnership with DSWD and PSA-NSO to extend the project coverage to close to 40,000 beneficiaries age 18 and below. IDEALS will continue to provide technical services for the project, including the assistance of its 200-strong staff based in Leyte and Samar.
The Tropical Storm ''AMANG" has further weakened after crossing Camarines Norte and is now over Lamon Bay.
- SITUATION OVERVIEW
The Tropical Storm ''AMANG" has maintained its strength and is now moving towards Sorsogon.
By Kate Marshall, IFRC
The Philippine Red Cross, with the support of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, is targeting 35 health facilities for rehabilitation as part of the overall Typhoon Haiyan recovery plan.
The society, in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has started work on 20 of these facilities in Cebu, Leyte and Panay. The health clinic in Abaca, Leyte, is the first to be restored and was inspected by health officials and representatives from Philippine Red Cross and IFRC last week.
“The process starts with a very detailed assessment by our health teams to ensure that all stakeholders are informed and give their consent,” said Dr Bhanu Pratap, the IFRC’s Health Coordinator for the Haiyan operation.
Before work can begin, each project goes through a thorough assessment process to ensure every detail is covered and to allow proper consultation with communities, legal and building representatives and municipal officials.
The assessment takes into account several factors such as proximity to other services, existing equipment, income level, location and community requests.
Meanwhile in Tacloban, the Red Cross is undertaking a full reconstruction of the Barangay Suhi district health centre. Flood-prone Suhi is one of the coastal city’s poorest communities. It is also geographically challenging, stretching all the way from the banks of the San Juanico Strait to an inaccessible, hilly inland area.
For some months following Typhoon Haiyan, a site in Suhi next to the health centre was used as a mass grave for up to 2,000 bodies and residents were forced to go to another centre for medical check-ups. Once the facility is repaired residents will find it much easier to access medical help, Dr Pratap said.
The Philippine Red Cross assessment report on Suhi assembled evidence of several factors affecting the health and safety of residents by referring to secondary data, community mapping and the seasonal health calendar, recording direct observations and consulting the community through meetings and focus groups.
A community health volunteer team then surveyed dozens of households using mobile phone data entry to collect and record information.
“It’s very important to ensure community participation and decision-making so that local issues are well identified,” Dr Pratap said. “In some places residents will wait for our staff and volunteers to arrive because they are so eager to present their ideas. They realise what we’re doing will serve to strengthen their community.”
Health complaints in Suhi include a high incidence of respiratory tract infections, blamed on the nearby rubbish dump. Diarrhoea is also an issue, as many families lack proper toilets and clean drinking water.
Malnutrition is also compounded by schistosomiasis, a common waterborne disease. Medical missions to treat residents in the mountainous upland area are few and far between, despite the need for more first aid, especially in light of the area’s numerous traffic accidents.
As part of the Haiyan operation, the health facilities rehabilitation programme is an ideal entry point for a comprehensive community-based health and first aid programme covering nearly 100,000 people. It is also the first time that mobile phone technology based on Open Data Kits is being used to record baseline information for health in the Philippines.
“We’ve selected 68 communities and recruited more than 450 health volunteers ranging from 18 to 68 years of age. The health workers, through a community health committee, act as a bridge between the communities and the municipal health authorities,” Dr Pratap said.
1. SITUATION OVERVIEW
The Tropical Storm ''Amang has made landfall over Dolores, Eastern Samar at 3:00 PM and is now crossing Northern Samar
The Tropical Storm "AMANG" has intensified further and threatens Samar Provinces.
Mauritius - Tropical Cyclone BANSI
• BANSI passed off the north-eastern coast of Rodrigues early in the morning of 16 January, as an intense Tropical Cyclone.
• Heavy rainfall and strong winds have affected the island and may continue for the next 12 h.
• In the next 48h it is forecast to continue moving south-east over the Indian Ocean, weakening.
Madagascar - Tropical Cyclone CHEDZA
• CHEDZA is approaching the coast of central-western Madagascar, as an intense Tropical Storm. Its center is forecast to reach the coast of Menabe region late in the afternoon of 16 January; then continue moving eastsoutheast over land, weakening into a Tropical Depression. It may exit into the south-western Indian Ocean late on 17 January.
• Heavy rains and winds may affect several areas of central and southern Madagascar on 16-18 January, including the area of Antananarivo, already affected by floods during the last couple of weeks. As of 15 January, Red Alerts for heavy rainfall are in effect for several regions of central and southern Madagascar.
Philippines - Tropical Cyclone MEKKHALA
• MEKKHALA (called "AMANG" in the Philippines) is moving towards central Philippines, as a Tropical Storm. It is forecast to reach the island of Samar in the morning of 17 January (UTC), as a Tropical Storm. Then it is forecast to turn north-west across central-northern Philippines, weakening into a Tropical Depression. The uncertainty of the forecast track / intensity after 17 January is still high.
• As of 16 January 11.00 UTC, a Public Storm Warning Signal #1 is in effect for parts of Luzon and Visayas, as heavy rainfall and
The tropical storm "AMANG" has slowed down and continues to move West towards Eastern Visayas.
Philippines: Philippines: Why housing rights must be prioritised to end displacement of Zamboanga’s urban poor
This briefing paper highlights current gaps in response to those displaced by conflict since September 2013 in Zamboanga city in the southern island of Mindanao.
Analysis and recommendations are based on information gathered by IDMC during interviews in Zamboanga in June 2014 as well as discussions held in early October 2014 during a three-day training workshop on durable solutions co-organised by the Philippines Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and IDMC (see workshop report for full recommendations).
This briefing paper also aims to inform current global policy debates on solutions for urban IDPs whose lack of formal tenure can exclude them from humanitarian or housing assistance or put them at risk of eviction, and amount to what the former Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing describes as “discrimination on the basis of tenure” (UNGA, 30 December 2013).
Three weeks of fighting in September 2013 in Zamboanga city in the southern island of Mindanao between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) led to the displacement of at least 110,000 people and destruction of an estimated 10,000 homes (OCD, 2 December 2013, p.4).
As of January 2015, over two-thirds of the displaced have been able to return, although with little monitoring of their conditions. An estimated 35,000 still remain displaced in the city of whom some 20,000 continue to live in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Around one third are in evacuation centres to which they were initially displaced. Others are in transitional sites which are intended to be temporary camps before IDPs are provided with more permanent housing (OCHA, 20 December 2014). In addition, up to 15,000 people are thought to be living with host families
Nearly all of those who remain displaced belong to Muslim ethnic minorities and they are among the poorest and most vulnerable IDPs. The majority have no formal land ownership or tenancy rights in areas of origin. The return and reconstruction plan of the municipal authorities (the City Government of Zamboanga) prioritises the needs of land-owning IDPs. There are concerns a large number of IDPs will remain unable to return and be excluded from permanent housing assistance. Most are likely to end up stranded in the transitional camps with poor access to adequate housing and no durable solutions in sight.
Tropical Storm "AMANG" has maintained its strength as it continues to move westward towards Eastern Visayas.
The tropical storm "AMANG" has maintained its strength as it moves closer to Eastern Visayas.
The tropical storm "AMANG" has slowed down and continues to move West towards Eastern Visayas.