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Philippines: Typhoon Kalmaegi sweeps out of Philippines

15 September 2014 - 4:53am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

09/15/2014 10:31 GMT

MANILA, September 15, 2014 (AFP) - Typhoon Kalmaegi swept out of the Philippines on Monday after causing chest-deep floods in some rural areas but largely leaving the storm-prone country unscathed, authorities said.

The storm, with winds of 160 kilometres (100 miles) an hour, struck the northeast of the main Philippine island of Luzon on Sunday evening, then moved west across land before heading into the South China Sea on Monday.

Six people were killed after a passenger ferry sank in the central Philippines on Saturday evening amid rough weather as the storm approached, a navy spokeswoman said.

But officials said this was not directly linked to the typhoon, and said there had been no reports of other casualties related to the weather.

"We have no casualties... because we gave out advance warnings, because our local chief executives acted early, because we had pre-emptive evacuation and took our countrymen out of danger," Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas said.

However he also described the storm as only "moderate", and it did not hit heavily populated areas extremely hard. Floods occurred mostly in the mountainous and farming northern regions of Luzon.

About 7,800 people sheltered from the typhoon in government evacuation centres, but Roxas said many of them were returning home soon after the storm passed.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 storms or typhoons each year, many of them deadly.

Super Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever to make landfall, left more than 7,300 people dead or missing as it destroyed entire towns in the central Philippines in November last year.

In July this year Typhoon Rammasun killed 98 people and left five others missing, mostly in provinces near the capital Manila.

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Philippines: Displaced children in Zamboanga immunized

15 September 2014 - 2:54am
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross Country: Philippines

Manila (ICRC) – Thousands of young children from displaced families in Zamboanga City will be immunized against measles, rubella and polio from September to October, with the aid of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The ICRC, together with the Philippine Red Cross, has been supporting the primary health-care activities of the Zamboanga City Health Office, including the mass immunization of children aged 0-5 years, under the nationwide campaign to protect an estimated 11 million children from measles and rubella, as well as polio.

“Through this support, children of displaced families will be fully covered by the campaign,” said Beatriz Karottki, the ICRC’s health coordinator in the Philippines. “This support is part of our continued assistance to displaced persons in Zamboanga, which includes improving the health of vulnerable groups like infants and young children.”

Children of displaced families at seven transitional sites – the Joaquin Enriquez stadium, the Cawa-Cawa shoreline, Tulungatung, Taluksangay, Masepla, the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. site in Upper Calarian, and Rio Hondo – as well as children from Sta. Barbara and the Port Area, are being vaccinated by four ICRC/Philippine Red Cross teams of volunteers, nurses and health staff augmenting the Health Office immunization teams.

September was declared national immunization month by the Department of Health. A nationwide vaccination campaign called “Ligtas sa Tigdas at Polio” (Safe Against Measles and Polio) has been launched to reduce and eventually eliminate cases of measles and rubella, and to maintain the country’s polio-free status, achieved in 2000.

The ICRC has been providing assistance to thousands of people displaced in Zamboanga City since the onset of the crisis in September 2013, together with the National Society. It continues to improve access to clean water and sanitation at several temporary sites, and to enhance the health and nutrition of thousands of people who remain displaced.

For further information, please contact:

Allison Lopez, ICRC Manila, tel: +63 908 868 6884

Wolde Gabriel Saugeron, ICRC Manila, tel: +63 918 907 2125

Philippines: Philippines - Typhoon Yolanda Ongoing Recovery: Recovery Framework Case Study August 2014

15 September 2014 - 2:27am
Source: UN Development Programme, GFDRR Country: Philippines preview

Background and Objectives of the Case Study

The World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the European Union (EU) are working on a guide for developing disaster recovery frameworks (DRF). This guide aims to help governments and partners plan for resilient post disaster recovery while contributing to longer term sustainable development. It is based on practices gleaned from country experiences in disaster recovery around the world. Hence, the development of the DRF Guide entailed the development of country-level case studies as well as thematic case studies on disaster recovery.

These case studies have been designed to collect and analyze information on: i) disaster recovery standards and principles adapted by countries for specific disasters; ii) planning efforts for making such recovery efficient, equitable and resilient; iii) policies, institutions and capacities to implement and monitor disaster recovery; and iv) ways and means for translating the gains of resilient recovery into longer-term risk reduction and resilient development.

Importantly, these case studies aim to learn from, and not evaluate, country reconstruction initiatives. Practices learned from each country’s experience would inform the contents of the guide for developing a DRF. Additionally, the case studies examine the planning processes and not the implementation details of recovery experiences. As such, they do not seek to offer a comprehensive account of the post-disaster recovery program, but instead provide details and insight into the decision-making processes for reconstruction policies and programs.

This case study is unique as it documents ongoing recovery since the occurrence of Typhoon Yolanda, roughly ten months ago. The findings and conclusions should be considered as emerging and evolving as recovery continues to take place in the Philippines.

1. Introduction

1. The Philippines is one of the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of natural disasters. Located within the Pacific Ring of Fire, it is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. An average of 20 tropical storms or typhoons impact the country each year. Since 2008, typhoons reaching the Philippines have become stronger and more devastating. Two of the most recent ones, Yolanda (Haiyan) and Pablo (Bopha), were considered category 5 storms with winds exceeding 251 km/h, which, according to the Saffir–Simpson hurricane scale, are the most powerful.

2. On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan caused unprecedented damage to nine regions, including 591 municipalities and 56 cities spread across 44 provinces.The sheer strength of the typhoon destroyed 550,928 houses and partially damaged another 589,404.About 16 million persons were affected, many of whom lost their sources of livelihood, while approximately 4.4 million were displaced.There were 6,268 reported casualties, 80% of whom were from Eastern Visayas, the second poorest region in the country. 678 On top of the human toll, damage to infrastructure reached USD 218.18M, with losses totalling USD 59.09M.Initial estimates by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) placed the total damages at around USD 12.9B. 10 Table 1 provides a brief profile the impact of typhoon Yolanda.

Philippines: Yolanda-hit towns in W. Visayas to receive P31.6M for Cash- for-Work

14 September 2014 - 10:33pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Eight towns in Panay Island which were heavily ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda last year will receive a total of P31.6 million for the Cash- for- Work (CFW) program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Field Office VI in partnership with local government units (LGUs).

The towns of Anilao, San Rafael, Dao, Bingawan, Banate, and Ajuy in Iloilo, and Sapi-an in Capiz will receive P4.3 million each, while the municipality of New Lucena, Iloilo will receive P1.5 million.

“The amount is intended for those who engaged in CFW for building livelihood assets in their communities. Those who had totally damaged houses were prioritized,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

For this year, DSWD has allotted a total of P384 million for the CFW of 84,000 beneficiaries from 84 municipalities in Western Visayas.

Aside from CFW, the Department is also providing livelihood assistance for various ventures such as oyster culture, purchase of tricycle, loom weaving, setting up of kalamansi plantation and mini-grocery, and vegetable vending amounting to P13.5 million sourced out from donations.

CFW is a developmental strategy of preventing dependency on dole-outs. It is a short-term intervention that will help victims of disasters by engaging them in rehabilitation projects to enable them to have an alternative source of income.

Philippines: NDDRMC Update SitRep No.05 re Effects of Typhoon "Luis" (Kalmaegi)

14 September 2014 - 9:33pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

l. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Typhoon "LUIS" has slightly weaken as it continues to cross the Northern Luzon area.

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Kalmaegi - Estimated Rainfall - Warning 17, 14 September 2014

14 September 2014 - 9:13pm
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Kalmaegi - Estimated Impacts - Warning 17, 14 September 2014

14 September 2014 - 8:58pm
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: NDDRMC Update on Alert Status and Activity of Mayon Volcano, 15 September 2014

14 September 2014 - 8:00pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

At 10:00 PM, 15 September 2014, Alert Level 3 was raised, which means that Mayon is exhibiting relatively high unrest and that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is within weeks.

Philippines: Powerful Typhoon Kalmaegi hits northern Philippines

14 September 2014 - 11:31am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

09/14/2014 15:08 GMT

MANILA, September 14, 2014 (AFP) - Typhoon Kalmaegi slammed into the northern Philippines on Sunday, causing flash floods and widespread heavy rains as communities braced for landslides and possible storm surges.

The typhoon, packing winds of 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, struck the town of Divilacan on the northeastern coast around sundown and moved westward across the main island of Luzon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

"There has been flooding on the (island) of Mindoro," located south of the area passed over by the typhoon, council spokeswoman Mina Marasigan said.

Although the storm is only directly affecting the northern provinces, it is reinforcing monsoon rains elsewhere in the country.

A ferry carrying more than 100 people hit by huge waves in the archipelago's central waters sank late Saturday as the typhoon approached, killing three and leaving three missing.

There had been no reports of casualties since the typhoon made landfall, Marasigan said, though sea travel in typhoon-affected areas and even airline flights were cancelled as precautionary measures as Kalmagei approached.

Civil defence officials had previously ordered pre-emptive evacuations in at least three towns in the typhoon's path with residents in coastal areas warned of possible storm surges two metres (6.5 feet) tall.

Such storm surges -- tsunami-like walls of water driven inland by wind from the sea -- were blamed for leaving nearly 8,000 dead or missing when Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated large parts of the country last year.

At the time, even people who had taken refuge in government evacuation centres drowned as the rushing water caught them unawares.

As of 9:00 pm (1300 GMT) Sunday, the storm was over the mountain town of Kabugao, 380 kilometres north of the capital, Manila, and moving northwest towards the South China Sea, said government meteorologist Buddy Javier.

The storm was expected to have passed over the country by dawn on Monday, he said.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 storms or typhoons each year. Typhoon Rammasun killed 98 people and left five others missing in provinces around Manila in July.

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Philippines: SitRep No.2 re Effects of Typhoon "LUIS" (KALMAEGI)

14 September 2014 - 5:44am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Typhoon "Luis" has maintained its strength and is now threatening Cagayan-Isabela area.

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Kalmaegi - Estimated Impacts - Warning 14, 14 September 2014

14 September 2014 - 4:45am
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Kalmaegi - Estimated Rainfall - Warning 14, 14 September 2014

14 September 2014 - 4:44am
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Kalmaegi - Estimated Rainfall - Warning 13, 13 September 2014

13 September 2014 - 6:40pm
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Kalmaegi - Estimated Impacts - Warning 13, 13 September 2014

13 September 2014 - 6:38pm
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: SitRep No.1 re Preparedness Measures for Tropical Storm "LUIS" (KALMAEGI)

13 September 2014 - 8:51am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

Tropical Storm "LUIS" has maintained its strength as it threatens Luzon area.

Philippines: Philippines: Tropical Storm Kalmaegi - Estimated Impacts - Warning 10, 13 September 2014

13 September 2014 - 3:22am
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Philippines preview

TROPICAL STORM 15W (KALMAEGI), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 454 NM EAST OF MANILA, PHILIPPINES, HAS TRACKED WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AT 07 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 130000Z IS 18 FEET. NEXT WARNINGS AT 130900Z, 131500Z, 132100Z AND 140300Z.

Philippines: Philippines: Tropical Storm Kalmaegi - Estimated Impacts - Warning 09, 12 September 2014

13 September 2014 - 2:28am
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Philippines preview

TROPICAL STORM 15W (KALMAEGI), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 492 NM EAST OF MANILA, PHILIPPINES, HAS TRACKED WESTWARD AT 07 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 121800Z IS 17 FEET. NEXT WARNINGS AT 130300Z, 130900Z, 131500Z AND 132100Z.

Philippines: SitRep No.2 re Preparedness Measures for Tropical Storm "LUIS" (KALMAEGI)

12 September 2014 - 8:00pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Tropical Storm "LUIS" intensified further and accelerated as it continues to move toward Cagayan-Isabela area.