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Philippines: Nigerian Government Donates US$300,000 And Housing Materials To PHL Government To Support Post-Haiyan Rehabilitation Efforts

25 August 2015 - 7:35am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Nigeria, Philippines

24 August 2015 - Ambassador Buba Tekune, Charge d’Affaires of the Federal Government of Nigeria turned over to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, a donation amounting US$300,000.00 (equivalent to PH14,000,000.00) and housing/construction materials to support the Government’s Post-Haiyan rehabilitation efforts and to benefit the Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan in a turnover ceremony held at the DSWD on August 19.

The simple ceremonial turnover was also attended by DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera, Mr. Murtala Jimoh, Senior Counsellor/Head of Chancery of the Nigerian Embassy, Director Leilani S. Feliciano, Director, Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of Middle East and African Affairs, and some members of the Philippine media.

In his message, Charge d’Affaires Tekune stated that the financial (cash donation) and material assistance given reflects the Nigerian Government’s sincere desire to forge long-lasting bonds with the Philippines and the Filipino people. He added that the donation is also an expression of the Nigerian Government’s solidarity with and compassion for the victims of the November 2013 super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan that caused unfortunate death and destruction in the Central Philippines.

After the turnover of the check and the signing of the deeds of donation, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Soliman conveyed the Philippine Government’s deep gratitude to the Nigerian Government for its generous donation which was given three months shy of the second anniversary of the typhoon in her acceptance message. END

Philippines: More relief on the way for Ilocos Norte LGUs

25 August 2015 - 3:03am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

From the Department of Social Welfare and Development

The DSWD, along with the affected local government units, continues to assist those affected by “Ineng” in the Ilocos Norte Region.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sent today 13,600 family food packs to Ilocos Norte, which was heavily battered by Typhoon Ineng.

Two Philippine Navy Ships, BRP Batac and BRP Ivatan, left Sangley Point in Cavite City at around 6:00 a.m. today to deliver food packs to Currimao, Ilocos Norte.

As of 5 a.m. today, around 115,506 food packs have already been deployed to the various LGUs in Regions I, II, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Close to 20,000 packs have been distributed by LGUs to affected families. DSWD disaster teams continue to assist LGUs in disaster relief operations.

As of press time, a total of 55,216 families or 232,692 persons have been affected by the typhoon. A total of 217 families or 819 persons continue to stay in 14 evacuation centers managed by LGUs. In addition, a total of 2,405 houses have been damaged.

In Region I, there are 11 evacuation centers in Ilocos Norte and one in Ilocos Sur. All evacuation centers in Region II have been closed. In CAR, Benguet still has 2 evacuation centers.

DSWD teams are conducting rapid assessment to determine the extent of the disaster and to identify interventions that may been implemented to help the affected families get back on their feet.

Philippines: ‘Ineng’ leaves P629-million in damages in Ilocos Norte

25 August 2015 - 3:00am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

CHERRY JOY D. GARMA

LAOAG CITY, Aug. 25 (PIA) – (UPDATE) The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMRC) in Ilocos Norte has recorded a total of Php623.9 million in damages brought by Typhoon Ineng (international name Goni) including damages on infrastructure, livestock, property and agriculture.

As of 4 p.m. of August 24, agricultural losses were estimated at Php 59.4 million, while damages in infrastructure has gone up to over Php 586.2 million. In the first district, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has recorded an estimated Php 85.8 million and Php239.2 million in the second district.

Most of the recorded damages in infrastructures include bridges, school buildings, and river banks.

In Laoag City alone, an estimated total of Php 15.8 million was incurred on river infrastructure.

Governor Imee R. Marcos has requested assistance particularly planting materials for the Ilocano farmers including rice seeds, vegetable seeds and fertilizers as well as livestock. The fisheries sector, she added, is also in need of tilapia, bangus and malaga fingerlings as well as feeds.

The province is also in need of building and construction materials such as corrugated GI sheets, nails and local tanguile. Due to the heavy rain and strong wind, some portions of the Sabo Dam in the Solsona and Dingras have been damaged. The dam overflowed triggering severe flooding in nearby areas.

Marcos also sought support for additional medicines in the province as the medical teams of the provincial government have reported widespread respiratory tract infection like diarrhea, flu and dengue.

The entire province is currently under power shutdown since Sunday due to a toppled tower of the National Grip Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) at Sta. Maria River, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur.

As of August 24, NGCP said the restoration of the San Esteban- Laoag 115kV line is on full swing now. Target of completion is on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. (VHS/CDG,PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 13 Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Ineng" (I.N. Goni)

24 August 2015 - 10:11pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Typhoon "INENG" (I.N. "GONI") entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the afternoon of 18 August 2015. Typhoon "INENG" exited PAR midnight of 23 August 2015. Southwest Monsoon, however, is still affecting Luzon.

Philippines: E-Bayanihan system for disaster reporting launched in La Union

24 August 2015 - 10:10pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

By: Joanna D. Sabado

La Union, August 25 (PIA) – Another mobile and web based disaster management system allowing citizens to contribute and receive disaster related information, dubbed e-Bayanihan, was locally launched in Bauang recently.

Dr. Regina Justina Estuar, project leader of e-Bayanihan, said one could use his own mobile phone to send SMS (short message sending), through mobile applications with quick access to reporting and even through the web to submit citizen reports.

“The app utilizes the concept of crowd sourcing, with features focus on disaster response and preparedness and in real-time reporting of information,” Estuar said.

The e-Bayanihan Disaster Reporting System is a project of the Ateneo de Manila University, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of nterior and Local Government (DILG), National Anti-Poverty Commission, and other institutions.

“We have also partnered with the local government units of Bauang and Bangar and ten other LGUs which are also pilot areas for the e-Bayanihan,” she added.

According to Estuar, the said system was earlier launched with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and with the Disaster Risk Reduction Council of Region VII.

The e-Bayanihan system also has a SHEREPO Page or Shelter Report which collects evacuation shelter reports, creating profiles that will help determine disaster preparedness and post-disaster needs in the evacuation shelters.

Another useful tool is the Map which allows the users to filter depending on the urgency, range of date and other layers of information and view the said reports.

“We believe this system will provide us with a mechanism to report the situation in our respective areas and have access to the general information while also requesting for resources, manpower and necessities and this is a great help to my constituents especially that the SMS sending is free,” Punong Barangay MarivickBulacan of Brgy. Pilar, Bauang said.

Residents of Pilar evacuate during storm surges and heavy rains because of the vulnerability of their barangay.

In attendance to the activity were representatives from the Office of Civil Defense, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP 51st Infantry Batallion) and Municipal Disater Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) members who qualify as first responders during disasters.

To register to e-Bayanihan’s SMS Application, simply text REG[SPACE] [COMMA][SPACE] and send to 29290911. To report an incident: POST[SPACE][COMMA].

One can also check their site for additional information, www.ebayanihan.ateneo.edu. (VHS/JDS/PIA-1 La Union)

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 12 Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Ineng" (I.N. Goni)

24 August 2015 - 10:09pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Typhoon "INENG" (I.N. "GONI") entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the afternoon of 18 August 2015. Typhoon "INENG" exited PAR midnight of 23 AUgust 2015. Southwest Monsoon, however, is still affecting Luzon.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 11 Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Ineng" (I.N. Goni)

24 August 2015 - 10:07pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Typhoon "INENG" (I.N. "GONI") entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the afternoon of 18 August 2015. At 4:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon "INENG" was located at 430 km northeast of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph. It is forecasted to move North Northeast at 15 kph. Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) elsewhere are now lifted.

Philippines: Philippines, Japan, China - Tropical Cyclone GONI - ECHO Daily Map | 24/08/2015

24 August 2015 - 9:54pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office Country: China, China - Taiwan Province, Japan, Philippines

• GONI passed over the Ishigaki and west of Miyako islands, southern Okinawa prefecture, as a Typhoon on 23 August. On 24 August, at 6.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 158km west of Amami islands and it had max. sust. Winds of 204 km/h.

• Over the next 24h, GONI is forecast to move north-east towards western Kyushu in southern mainland Japan, passing west of the rest of Okinawa prefecture and west of Kagoshima prefecture islands, as well. Its intensity will decrease, but it will remain a Typhoon. It may reach Kyushu on late 24 August.

• GONI will continue affecting the areas along its path with heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge. Storm surge of the order of 1m is indicated for northwestern Kyushu early on 25 August, according to JRC calculations. Warnings for high waves, heavy rain, floods, storm and storm surge are in effect in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures in Japan. A heavy rain Advisory remains in effect in most of Taiwan, as of 24 August. There are also a Blue Warning for Typhoon for southeastern China and a Typhoon Warning and Advisory for Jeju island (south Repuplic of Korea) in effect, as of 24 August.

• Heavy rainfall and strong winds caused the slight injury of five people in Ishigaki, Okinawa. Neither significant damage nor injuries have been reported in Taiwan, where more than 2,500 people had preventively evacuated their homes. GONI had earlier caused the death of 17 people and forced the evacuation of over 7,500 families in Luzon, Philippines, as of 24 August.

Philippines: Convoy of Hope Responds to Typhoon Goni

24 August 2015 - 9:16pm
Source: Convoy of Hope Country: Philippines

Convoy of Hope is responding after Typhoon Goni hit the Philippines province of Ilocos Norte on Sunday. Convoy of Hope’s pre-positioned supplies in Manila will provide immediate relief to people in the affected areas.

Philippines: DSWD assures continues relief operations for “Ineng’s” victims

24 August 2015 - 12:54pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, August 24, (PIA) - - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured affected local government units and families of its continuous assistance.

In a statement, DSWD announced that their Field Offices in Regions I, II, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)are still assisting local government units (LGUs) in their relief distribution to affected families.

As of 4 am Monday, August 24, assistance worth ₱3.1 million has been provided to affected families from the combined resources of the DSWD which extended ₱2.8 million and LGUs with ₱307,809.20.

Some 50,000 food packs are now being readied for delivery to Region I. Last night, the first batch of 10,720 packs were transported to Region I with the assistance of the Philippine Navy.

Today, a convoy of 19 trucks will deliver an additional 6,840 packs to the region while the remaining 32, 440 will follow in the succeeding days.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman reported that as of 1:00PM today, a total of 24,058 families or 106,984 persons from 329 barangays of 68 cities and municipalities have been affected by ‘Ineng’. Of this number, 703 families or 4,159 indiiividuals are still being housed in 30 evacuation centers.

Soliman assured isolated barangays that relief operations are on the way and that inter-agency teams are now fast tracking clearing operations for fast delivery of relief assistance. (DSWD/RJB/LFB/PIA-NCR)

Bangladesh: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (18-24 August 2015)

24 August 2015 - 5:58am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Myanmar, Northern Mariana Islands (The United States of America), Papua New Guinea, Philippines

BANGLADESH

A rapid assessment launched after Cyclone Komen reports that a total of 2.6 million people affected, with Sathkia, Chittagong and Noakhali districts the worst affected. Nearly 220,000 households are in need of emergency assistance, the vast majority of whom require immediate food assistance. An estimated US$6.3 million is required to cover the needs and proposals were sent to donors.

2.6 million people affected

MYANMAR

Floods and landslides in Jul and Aug affected over 1.6 million people, including 384,900 displaced households, according to Government reports. At least 117 people are confirmed dead. Flood waters receded in many areas, but roads and bridges are damaged or are covered with mud and debris, posing challenges for ongoing relief and recovery operations. People started to return home but some remain in evacuation centres as homes are covered in mud and sediment.
According to the Government the highest numbers of affected people are in Ayeyarwady, Sagaing and Magway states.
The government-led emergency response is ongoing while recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction is planned.

1.6 million people affected

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Prolonged drought and frost affect over 1.8 million people in the Highlands region. 10 people have died. Hardest hit provinces include Simbu (Chimbu), Southern Highlands, Enga, Eastern Highlands, and Western Highlands. Water shortages forced several schools and hospitals to close. The Government is leading the response providing food, water and emergency health care. The National Disaster Response Committee has dispatched 4 assessment teams composed of Government and Disaster Management Team (DMT) members.

1.8 million people affected

INDIA

Heavy rainfall resulted in flash floods and landslides affecting more than 500,000 people across 19 districts in Assam State. According to the State Disaster Management Authority, three people were killed. Rescue operations are underway and 177 relief camps have opened to support over 122,000 displaced people. Relief distributed: rice, dal and tarpaulins.

500,000 people affected

PHILIPPINES, CHINA, JAPAN

Tropical Cyclone Goni crossed the north-west Pacific as a Category 4 storm, but did not have a significant humanitarian impact. 10 people died in the Philippines, while three remain missing. In Taiwan, Province of China, heavy rain and strong wind were reported. In Japan, the islands of Iriomote and Ishigaki were in the cyclone’s path but there are no reports of significant damage as of 24 Aug.

10 people dead

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

The Northern Mariana Islands are still cleaning up after Typhoon Soudelour three weeks ago, as well as heavy rainfall delivered by two further typhoons as they traveled through the region. Government has been able to move from response to recovery mode with attention now turning to rebuilding accommodation for the thousands of Saipan residents still living in temporary shelters or damaged homes. Power and continuous tap water are still not available at most homes on Saipan. Public schools on Saipan remain closed. OCHA ROP has reached out to Government officials and the American Red Cross but there are no requests for international assistance.

Philippines: Nigerian government donates US$300,000 and housing materials to PHL government to support post-Haiyan rehabilitation efforts

24 August 2015 - 5:12am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Nigeria, Philippines

24 August 2015 - Ambassador Buba Tekune, Charge d’Affaires of the Federal Government of Nigeria, turned over to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, a donation amounting US$300,000.00 (equivalent to PH14,000,000.00) and housing/construction materials to support the Government’s Post-Haiyan rehabilitation efforts and to benefit the Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan in a turnover ceremony held at the DSWD on August 19.

The simple ceremonial turnover was also attended by DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera, Mr. Murtala Jimoh, Senior Counsellor/Head of Chancery of the Nigerian Embassy, Director Leilani S. Feliciano, Director, Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of Middle East and African Affairs, and some members of the Philippine media.

In his message, Charge d’Affaires Tekune stated that the financial (cash donation) and material assistance given reflects the Nigerian Government’s sincere desire to forge long-lasting bonds with the Philippines and the Filipino people. He added that the donation is also an expression of the Nigerian Government’s solidarity with and compassion for the victims of the November 2013 super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan that caused unfortunate death and destruction in the Central Philippines.

After the turnover of the check and the signing of the deeds of donation, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Soliman conveyed the Philippine Government’s deep gratitude to the Nigerian Government for its generous donation which was given three months shy of the second anniversary of the typhoon in her acceptance message.

Philippines: DSWD, LGUs continue relief ops for ‘Ineng’

24 August 2015 - 3:44am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

As Typhoon Ineng continues to weaken and moves out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Field Offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Regions I, II, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) continue to assist local government units (LGUs) in relief distribution to affected families.

As of 4 am today, August 24, assistance worth ₱3.1 million has been provided to affected families from the combined resources of the DSWD which extended ₱2.8 million and LGUs with ₱307,809.20. DSWD is now preparing for the delivery of 50,000 food packs to Region I.

Last night, the first batch of 10,720 packs were transported to Region I with the assistance of the Philippine Navy.

Today, a convoy of 19 trucks will deliver 6,840 packs more to the region while the remaining 32, 440 will follow in the succeeding days. As of presstime, a total of 24,058 families or 106,984 persons from 329 barangays of 68 cities and municipalities have been affected by ‘Ineng’. Of this number, 703 families or 2,644 persons are still in 30 evacuation centers.

DSWD disaster teams continue to be on alert to provide resource augmentation to the affected LGUs.

Philippines: The Impact of Humanitarian Work – Tacloban and Oxfam Canada

24 August 2015 - 3:19am
Source: Oxfam Country: Philippines

One of the best parts about my job with Oxfam Canada is that I get to see firsthand the amazing contributions of our staff and partners in the field and meet the women and men we work with. And my recent trip to the Philippines, to see the results of Humanitarian Coalition emergency relief and recovery efforts following Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 did not disappoint.

As I touched down in Tacloban, the regional hub of the Leyetes and the city that bore the brunt of the storm I was surprise to see that the impact of the disaster is still evident. ‘topless’ coconut trees dot the landscape and wrecked buildings share streets with newly constructed homes. The psychological wounds were fresh too and everyone had a story from the day the 230 km winds and storm surges ravaged the city – of rescuing friends as they floated by second story balconies, of pets and possessions lost forever, of holding on to anything to stay afloat – the Oxfam driver told me how grasping onto the electric wires above the street as the ocean engulfed the city saved his life. And sadly of the many thousands of lives lost.

Oxfam and other agencies humanitarian work has moved on, as some 20 months after the typhoon most recovery projects are winding up or have long since transitioned to our development teams.

During the response, Oxfams work was in three sectors – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (or WASH), livelihoods and shelter.

Our WASH work provided things like buckets, soap, water treatment sachets, towels, blankets, toothbrushes, women’s hygiene items and so on to help people maintain a level of cleanliness and dignity in the first chaotic days when they were living in the open or in shelters. Oxfam also worked on the towns water supply with local government and built toilets. After this immediate life-saving work Oxfam continued to support sanitation in affected villages and communities, supporting improved latrine construction and sewerage to support overall public health and disease reduction.

Shelter was one of the biggest needs faced by most people. Houses could be repaired but to ‘build back better’ so as to make people less vulnerable to future storms meant having to work on complex land rights issues. Oxfam also did significant work with women’s organizations to ensure that their needs for safety were met and to make sure they participated fully – in one case training groups of women to construct their own homes. Finding long-term shelter solutions is still a challenge – balancing the need for people to live close to where they work, tenants and landlord rights, and access to schools and services like water. In such a climatically vulnerable area these issues aren’t easily nor will they be quickly addressed.

Oxfam’s livelihood work initially provided food rations but quickly transitioned to cash and then to working with groups of farmers and fisherfolk to improve their livelihoods over the medium to long term. When I asked one rural co-op if all their members had recovered from the effects of Haiyan he confidently answered, ‘Yes’, and added, “in fact we are better off now”. Cabuynan Small Farmers Association received some equipment and training on coco wood construction techniques and is now (in addition to providing small loans and seeds to farmers) is busily building furniture for nearby (new) housing developments.

On my way back to the airport we drove through the hustle and bustle of the downtown that sits just in sight of an almost empty transitional shelter and near fishing villages. Recovery here has been a harder path and the answer to my simple question of whether people had fully recovered or not was anything but simple. For example, Fishermen and women told me they needed to live by the sea and moving inland, even for subsidized houses, doesn’t really help them. Local government authorities however want people protected from future storms and so are not encouraging infrastructure improvements (like sanitation facilities) in specific zones near the sea.

In the end, Humanitarian work can’t be a substitute for government-led, inclusive development. But in the case of Haiyan the work that was done in the aftermath of the Typhoon by Oxfam and other agencies has certainly put many people on the right path and left them less vulnerable than they were before the storm hit.

BY ANN WITTEVEEN

Director, Humanitarian Unit, Oxfam Canada

Philippines: Typhoon Goni threatens Japan after killing 26 in Philippines

24 August 2015 - 3:17am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Japan, Philippines

Manila, Philippines | 07:10 GMT

Typhoon Goni killed at least 26 people in landslides and floods in the Philippines, officials said Monday, as the storm bore down on Japan.

Rescue teams clawed away at a mountainside near the remote mining town of Mankayan in the country's north, after recovering the bodies of 13 miners buried by a landslide that struck the area two days earlier.

"The landslide buried miners sheltering in huts used as a rest area. The slope collapsed after being saturated with rain," Ivy Carasi, a spokeswoman for the civil defence office in the region, told AFP.

Officials did not elaborate on how many miners were still missing in the landslide's wake.

"We don't really know how many more miners are missing because the numbers compiled by the police and local government do not tally," said Carasi.

Goni hit parts of the northern Philippines hard over the weekend, destroying nearly a thousand houses and forcing more than 12,000 people to flee, the civil defence office said.

More than a dozen other people in the mountainous region were killed by landslides, surging waters and a falling tree, the civil defence office in Manila added.

Apart from the unspecified number of missing Mankayan miners, four people were still unaccounted for elsewhere in the country, including a five-year-old girl.

The child disappeared after a river overflowed and swept away her home near the coastal town of Subic late Sunday, killing her two siblings aged two and nine months, Vic Otero, a local civil defence official, told AFP.

"The family had been advised to evacuate as early as last week. Apparently they did not heed the warning," Otero said, adding their parents survived.

Goni is the ninth out of an average of 20 storms that hit the Philippines each year.

Packing gusts up to 252 kilometres (160 miles) per hour, Goni Monday was moving just north of the main island in Japan's Okinawa island chain.

Five people sustained minor injuries as it brushed over Japan's Ishigakijima island, according to the country's Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

The storm was on course directly to hit Kyushu island Tuesday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

It caused power outages to 21,400 households in the southern region Monday morning, Okinawa Electric Power reported.

Thousands in Taiwan were evacuated from outlying islands and mountainous areas as a precaution, including 1,500 from the hot spring region of Wulai just outside Taipei.

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Philippines: Philippines, Taiwan - Tropical Cyclone GONI (ECHO, Government) (ECHO Daily Flash of 23 August 2015)

24 August 2015 - 3:01am
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office Country: China - Taiwan Province, Philippines
  • Despite not making landfall, Typhoon Goni caused torrential rains over Luzon and the Batanes islands. 12 862 people were evacuated. 10 people have been reported dead, three persons are missing and seven have been injured.

  • With current sustained winds of 140 km/h Typhoon Goni is expected to leave the Philippines Area of Responsibility Sunday night/Monday morning, heading towards northern Japan.

  • Although the Typhoon will not make landfall in Taiwan, associated heavy rain is expected during Sunday/Monday in the eastern and northern parts of the island.

Philippines: $2.25 mln QRCS Development Project in Philippines

24 August 2015 - 2:54am
Source: Qatar Red Crescent Society Country: Philippines

Under the Qatar Alliance for the Relief of the Peoples of Somalia and the Philippines, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is conducting a large development project in the Philippines, including housing units, classrooms, and a depot, at a total value of $2,256,209 (QR 8,211,020).

The project is the product of an MoU signed in June 2014 by QRCS and the Philippine Red Cross Society (PRCS) as a framework for bilateral cooperation. Under that agreement, QRCS provided nonfood aid that included 594 tents, 4,488 mattresses, 3,510 blankets, 3,390 water tanks, and 592 tarpaulins. This assistance served 1,548 affected families in Leyte Province.

In September 2014, the project's agreement was signed, with subsequent amendments in March 2015 to adapt to the changes on the ground. The agreement involved building 650 housing units, seven classrooms, and a depot in Tacloban.

Seven classrooms will be built at the central school of northern Burauen, Leyte, at a cost of $150,000. A public tender was conducted in February, followed by another one that is in the process of awarding. A ready-made depot will be built near the PRCS branch in Leyte. A tender was conducted in February to select a construction contractor.

In cooperation with PRCS, QRCS is building 650 housing units in northern Tacloban. The houses are built of wood and cement, with a separate toilet and sewerage chamber each. So far, 112 houses have been finished, and work is in progress despite challenges such as unstable weather.

The 650 targeted families were selected based on case studies from among the families with totally destroyed homes; people with special needs; families whose breadwinners are children, women, or old people; and chronic patients. The beneficiaries are trained in safe shelter standards and emergency measures.

Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines on 8 November 2013, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 10,000 people and rendering nearly 66,000 people homeless. Overall, it affected almost 9,800,000 people in nine regions with 44 provinces and 600 towns. State and community infrastructure was badly damaged, which resulted in severe basic services breakdown and worsened living conditions.

The Qatar Alliance was formed as a result of the Qatar Day of Solidarity with the Peoples of Somalia and the Philippines, held on Tuesday 19 November 2013, in response to the noble call by H.E. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, Emir of Qatar.

Apart from QRCS, which was assigned to implement the executive work of the campaign, the alliance involved Qatar Charity, Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF), Sheikh Eid bin Mohammad Al Thani Charitable Association, and Al-Asmakh Charity Foundation.

The alliance has already executed and organized many projects and events to mobilize financial and nonfinancial support for the campaign. These efforts are aimed at helping alleviate the suffering of as many victims as possible in the two countries.​

Philippines: DSWD deploys assistance and relief to Ineng-affected areas

23 August 2015 - 1:59pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and its field offices in areas affected by ‪#‎InengPH‬ remain on alert for the provision of relief goods and emergency assistance to residents. The agency has been in close coordination with local government units (LGUs); and continues to augment LGUs’ relief food packs and assist in their distribution—with a total of 366,781 family food packs at the ready and ₱421,852,205.22 worth of food and non-food items for deployment.

China - Taiwan Province: Typhoon Goni - Estimated Impacts Warning 33, 23 Aug 2015 1500 UTC

23 August 2015 - 12:49pm
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: China - Taiwan Province, Philippines

Philippines: Typhoon Goni Brushes the Philippines (21 Aug 2015)

23 August 2015 - 3:17am
Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Country: Philippines

Typhoon Goni, one of two powerful typhoons brewing in the western North Pacific, brushed the Philippines before heading north in August 2015. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image at 12:30 p.m. local time (0450 Universal Time) on August 21, 2015, as the storm neared the Batanes and Babuyan islands. At the time, Goni was a Category 2 typhoon with sustained winds of 95 knots (110 miles or 175 kilometers per hour).

Satellite data collected by the Global Precipitation Measurement Microwave Imager (GMI) on the GPM satellite showed rain was falling at a rate of over 88 millimeters (3.5 inches) per hour near the storm’s eye when the satellite passed over it on August 20, 2015.

Four people were killed in the Philippine island of Luzon by a landslide caused by Goni’s heavy rain, according to media reports.

  1. References

  2. NASA Earth Observatory (2015, August 21) A View Inside Typhoon Atsani.

  3. NASA Hurricane Page (2015, August 21) Goni. Accessed August 21, 2015.

  4. The Washington Post (2015, August 20) Can’t stop watching: The mesmerizing Cat 4 typhoons Goni and Atsani in the tropical Pacific. Accessed August 21, 2015.

  5. Unisys Weather (2015, August 21) 2015 Hurricane/Tropical Data for Western Pacific. Accessed August 21, 2015.

NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.Instrument(s): Aqua - MODIS