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Myanmar: UNHCR South East Asia 2017 Funding Update as of 14 February 2017

14 February 2017 - 11:20am
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand
  • 123.3 M required for 2017
  • 4.9 M contributions received, representing 4% of requirements
  • 127.4 M funding gap for South East Asia

All figures are displayed in USD

Philippines: ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 6 - 12 February 2017

14 February 2017 - 6:55am
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Indonesia, Philippines

Indonesia: Flood

The high rainfall intensity over the last seven days has caused flooding in many provinces in Indonesia. In the City of Bitung, North Sulawesi Province, about 1,100 houses were submerged by water and 4,500 people were evacuated because of severe flooding.

Subsequently, flood also submerged nearly 9,000 houses in Lebak and Pandeglang Districts, Banten Province. About 34,000 people are affected.

Severe flooding also affecting 40,291 people in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara Province.

Nearly 5,000 people were affected by flood in Blitar District, East Java Province.

In Pati District, Central Java Province, 1,644 families and 1,009 houses were affected by flood.

Philippines: Earthquake

6.7 M earthquake shook Surigao City, Caraga, Mindanao on 10 February 2017 at 10:03 PM (UTC +8). Four people were reported to have died and 9,320 people were affected by the incident. The earthquake also damaged 1,790 houses.

Myanmar: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (7 - 14 February 2017)

14 February 2017 - 4:22am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Bangladesh, Fiji, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Solomon Islands

Myanmar

At least 93,000 people are estimated to remain displaced as a result of the 9 October border post attacks and subsequent security operations in northern Rakhine State. In Maungdaw north, at least 24,000 people are internally displaced while an additional 69,000 people are estimated by the UN in Bangladesh to have crossed over the border. On 9 February, a ship carrying aid from Malaysia arrived in Yangon bringing relief items, water, and food, including 6,000 bags of rice for distribution to the affected people in northern Rakhine. Aid from Indonesia, including food and clothes, have already been distributed by the Government to some 99,000 people in Maungdaw north.

In Kayin State, an estimated 5,500 people remain displaced in Myaing Gyi Ngu village and several other locations near the Thai border in Hlaingbwe Township following violence in September 2016. Only a few have reportedly returned to their place of origin. The displaced people cite concerns about newly laid landmines preventing them from returning to their places of origin. Additional food, water, sanitation and hygiene support are needed.

Indonesia

During the past several days, heavy rainfall across various parts of Indonesia triggered floods and landslides. On 9 and 10 February, landslides in Bangli District in Bali caused 12 deaths and four injuries.

Flooding in (Bitung City) North Sulawesi and (Sumbawa District) West Nusa Tenggara provinces on 10 and 12 February also affected 45,000 people. Local governments in the affected areas provided basic relief items, with support from provincial and national authorities.

45,000 people affected

Philippines

On 10 February (10:03 p.m. UTC+8), a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck 16 km northwest of Surigao City (Surigao del Norte province). National disaster management authorities reported at least four people were killed and over 200 people sustained injuries. As of 14 February, an estimated 1,800 families (9,300 people) remain displaced in Surigao del Norte. The earthquake damaged a total of 1,790 houses, of which 143 houses were destroyed. Local authorities are distributing relief items as they continue to conduct assessments. Temporary shelter, health services, water and food are priority needs.

9,300 people displaced

Fiji

Active weather systems and tropical depressions affected several countries in the Pacific during the past week. In Fiji, heavy rainfall caused flash floods in low lying areas of Western Division which led to the temporary closure of several areas and movement restrictions in Rakiraki and Nadi. The media reported that people affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston still living in tents were affected. National disaster management authorities continue to monitor the situation.

Solomon Islands

In the Solomon Islands, rainfall across the islands caused temporary river flooding in parts of the capital city of Honiara. The National Emergency Operation Centre also reported that the provinces of Guadalcanal, Malaita, Western, Makira and Choiseul experienced heavy rainfall and flooding. While no major humanitarian impact was reported, authorities issued warnings for people to remain indoors and move to higher ground if necessary. The South Pacific cyclone season began in November 2016 and is forecasted to continue until April 2017.

Philippines: DSWD to raise ‘Oplan Linog’ in Surigao

14 February 2017 - 4:10am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DReAMB) drafted an action plan, dubbed as​, ‘Oplan Linog,’ to strengthen resource augmentation and technical assistance to its field office (FO) in the CARAGA region to aid survivors of the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that hit Surigao City.

“Sa pamamagitan ng Oplan Linog ay nais namin matiyak na maagap at mahusay na maipapamahagi ang relief assistance sa mga lugar na naapektuhan ng lindol (Through Oplan Linog, we want to ensure the fast and efficient delivery of relief assistance to the areas largely affected by the earthquake),” said DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo.

Meanwhile, the DSWD continues its coordination with the local government of Surigao City to monitor the situation of the 74 displaced families or 370 persons remaining in tents at the Provincial Capitol grounds and the 1,567 families or 7,835 persons currently staying in open areas near their houses.

Yesterday, DSWD-CARAGA OIC Regional Director Mita Chuchi-Lim met with Mayor Ernesto Matugas and barangay captains of Surigao City to discuss the status of relief distribution and additional assistance needed by the city government from the Department.

As of today, the Department has already provided a total of P6,983,071.37 worth of assistance to families in Surigao City.

“Bukas ang pinto ng DSWD sa lahat ng nais magpadala ng donasyon sa mga kababayan natin sa Surigao. Magtulungan po tayong lahat upang agarang maihatid ang tulong sa mga nangangailangan (The doors of the DSWD are open to all who want to donate to our kababayans in Surigao. Let us help each other to immediately send assistance to those in need),” appealed Sec. Taguiwalo. ###

Philippines: Sec. Taguiwalo clarifies issues concerning alleged delayed release of relief goods for Surigao earthquake survivors

14 February 2017 - 4:02am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

“There was never an order to delay the release of relief goods to the people and to wait for Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s arrival before the distribution can begin. The relief operations in Surigao last weekend was not the first of the DSWD under my watch or under the Duterte administration – we never want those who need help to wait for it. Our call in the DSWD is ‘maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo’ which translates to ‘prompt and compassionate service’. We strive to live by this as much as we can.”

This was the statement issued by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo in response to comments and reports from netizens and media commentators that Surigao community residents were made to wait for relief goods last Sunday.

“We have gone on relief operations with Pres. Duterte in several areas hit by calamities such as Batanes, Tuguegarao, Isabela, Catanduanes, and Pili Albay and there was never any issue about the distribution. Neither the president nor DSWD officials are in the habit of keeping people wait for relief. The earthquake hit 10pm Friday night; the very next morning, DSWD Caraga staff and officials started to make the rounds in affected communities to determine the extent of the damage. The Field Office also immediately activated its Quick Response Team (QRT) to monitor and document requests for assistance. From our end in the Central Office, when news came out that the earthquake had damaged the water systems of Surigao City and outlying municipalities, I immediately asked DSWD FO OIC Mita Lim to distribute water and to closely coordinate with the LGUs regarding the release of DSWD relief goods we had prepositioned with them,” she said.

Sec. Taguiwalo, however, admitted, that there have been difficulties in the immediate release of the goods from DSWD’s end.

“Given that the LGUs are the first responder during times of calamities, in the case of Surigao, we were not immediately able to set up and implement an effective distribution system” she said. “We sought to remedy this as soon as possible when we conducted meetings with DSWD Caraga officials, the officials of the Surigao LGU, and barangay captains. Since Sunday, we have been distributing relief goods as well as water,” she said.

The welfare secretary also issued explanations as to why in the beginning, relief goods were distributed first to beneficiaries of the 4Ps program.

“This is the first immediate response of the Field Office because beneficiaries of the 4Ps program affected by the earthquake are easy to verify and validate. There is no truth, however, that we are helping 4Ps beneficiaries only: DSWD’s relief goods and calamity assistance give priority to the poorest and most affected citizens affected by calamities regardless of whether they are 4Ps beneficiaries or not,” she said.

Finally, Sec. Taguiwalo said that DSWD officials from the Central Office remain in Surigao assisting in the relief distribution and at the same time determining possible measures that can and should be implemented to improve the system of relief distribution, as well as the storage of relief goods.

“We learn ways to improve our processes with every calamity that strikes. We do not ignore or deny the flaws and weaknesses in our system because to do so will prevent us from putting together steps to correct them. Our goal is to provide relief assistance to Filipinos as soon as possible when they need it. The LGUs are the first responder, yes – but the DSWD also actively coordinates with them so we can provide augmentation support as soon as it is needed,” she concluded. ###

Philippines: Earthquake in Region XIII (Caraga), Philippines - Shake Map (10 Feb 2017)

14 February 2017 - 1:30am
Source: World Food Programme Country: Philippines

MODIFIED MERCALLI INTENSITY SCALE: 6.7/10

Intensity class VI:
Felt by all; some are frightened and take cover. People have difficulty walking due to motion. Objects fall from shelves and dishes, glassware and ceramics may be broken. Pictures fall off walls. Furniture moves or is overturned. Weak plaster and masonry cracked. Damage slight in poorly constructed buildings. Trees, bushes shaken visibly or are heard rustling.

Concepts and definitions

Shake Map combines instrumental measurements of shaking with information about local geology and earthquake location and mag­nitude to estimate potential impacts throughout a geographic area.
The estimated intensity map is derived from ground motions recorded by seismographs and represents Modified Mercalli Intensi­ties (MMI's) that are likely to have been associated with the ground motions.

Magnitude and Intensity measure different characteristics of earth­quakes. Magnitude measures the energy released at the source of the earthquake. Magnitude is determined from measurements on seismographs. Intensity measures the strength of shaking pro­duced by the earthquake at a certain location. Intensity is deter­mined from effects on people, human structures, and the natural environment. (Source: USGS)

Philippines: Philippine Red Cross steps up humanitarian efforts for quake victims in Surigao City

13 February 2017 - 5:51pm
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) emergency responders and medical teams are stepping up efforts to help the people of Surigao City after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook the province.

PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said the Red Cross has already sent assistance to the families and communities affected by the earthquake.

“Our sympathy goes out to Surigao City. During these tough times, we assure that aid and proper responses are delivered immediately. We have dispatched two ambulances, water tanker, 6 water bladders, 4 generator sets, 2 onion tanks and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) equipment to augment the lack of water supply and electricity. Additional PRC Assessment and Operation Teams from nearest Chapters have been deployed, along with immediate relief supplies. Our teams in the nearby provinces are all on standby in case more manpower is needed,” said Gordon.

Based on initial reports, more than 300 houses were damaged and some 100 people were injured after the full impact of the earthquake Friday evening. Most of the patients attended to by PRC volunteers suffered high blood pressure, difficulty of breathing, abrasion and other minor injuries.

According to the PRC Operations Center, health, first aid and welfare staff and volunteers from nearby provinces were immediately deployed to assess the area and help the affected families. In response, PRC Surigao del Norte chapter has provided First Aid to injured patients, has set up five family tents for children, lactating mothers, senior citizens and persons with disability. The local chapter also assisted in the transport of patients from Caraga hospital to other nearby DOH health facilities, set up two welfare desks and conducted psychosocial support to 15 persons in Caraga Regional Hospital.

Some 70 pcs of family tents and more than 2,000 blankets from Mandaluyong warehouse will be distributed to the families.

PRC Surigao del Norte assured that the chapter blood bank has adequate supply of blood and will readily provide blood to those in need.

To date, power supply has been restored to some barangays in Taft, Washinton, San Juan, Saluna and some portions of Surigao City. Water supply has been cut off due to damaged pipelines. Also, the collapsed Anao-aon Bridge is now passable to light vehicles only. Surigao airport’s runway suffered cracks and authorities have temporarily suspended airport operations due to the damaged runway.

Surigao City is now under a state of calamity as recommended by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).

“This earthquake reminds us to be always on guard and prepared for any eventuality. People should have knowledge on how to survive during an earthquake to help lessen the risk of casualty,” said Gordon.

The Philippine Red Cross will continue to monitor the situation in Surigao City in order to extend further assistance and much needed help.

Philippines: DSWD assures more aid coming for quake survivors

13 February 2017 - 5:33pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, Feb. 14 - Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo flew to Surigao City on Sunday to make sure that the 1,685 families or 8,425 individuals who have been affected by the 6.7-magnitude earthquake that hit the city and other towns on February 10 are being provided with relief aid that they need.

These families are currently staying in open areas near their homes with some children staying with their relatives or friends.

Sec. Taguiwalo held a meeting with DSWD Field Office (FO) CARAGA and the local executives of the region to discuss the steps needed to help the victims and to respond to the damages caused by the calamity.

The welfare chief also joined President Rodrigo R. Duterte, who also flew to Surigao to check on the damages wrought by the earthquake, in handing over the cash/burial assistance to the bereaved families of the six individuals who died.

FO CARAGA has earlier procured and delivered to the LGU of Surigao City a total of 2,600 6.6-liter bottled water and 500 4-liter bottled water amounting to P140,016.50. The field office has also readied 3,900 Family Food Packs (FFPs) amounting to P1,324,611.00 for distribution to the affected families.

Meanwhile, the DSWD-Central Office (CO) has sent 10 generator sets, 150 pieces of solar lamps, 20,000 pieces of high energy biscuits (HEBs), 5,000 pieces of mosquito nets and 5,000 pieces of blankets to FO-CARAGA for immediate distribution to the earthquake survivors.

It is also coordinating with the Logistics Cluster for transporting via C-130 of a Mobile Water Treatment Facility from Maynilad and a Mobile Kitchen Facility to be sourced from Non-Government Organizations (NGOs).

Moreover, an additional 30,000 family food packs from the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) of the Department in Pasay will be transported to FO CARAGA today.

As of 2AM today, a total of P6,369,082 worth of assistance has been augmented by the Department to the LGUs.

The DSWD also clarified the news report that it has allocated P1.6 billion for the earthquake survivors saying that it is the total amount of Quick Response Funds (QRF) at the CO and stockpile and standby funds at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) and FO-CARAGA. The amount is available should disasters occur at any given time and not for the quake survivors alone.

Meanwhile, the FO’s Quick Response Team (QRT) has been continuously coordinating with the Social Welfare and Development Teams (SWADTs) and Provincial/City/Municipal Action Teams (P/C/MATs) of the region to monitor the situation in Surigao City, as it continues to experience aftershocks. The FO is also working closely with the Local Social Welfare and Development Offices (LSWDOs) and Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (LDRRMOs).

Based on initial rapid assessment of damaged houses, a total of 1,685 houses have been destroyed with 130 totally damaged and 1,555 partially damaged.

DSWD Sec. Judy M. Taguiwalo calls on the residents of Surigao City to be on alert for the threats of possible aftershocks and to heed all warnings of their LGUs. Moreover, she advised the public to be vigilant and to know what they need to do in the event of an earthquake.

“Para sa ating lahat naman po, balik-aralan ang mga dapat gawing hakbang para maging ligtas pag tumama ang lindol (For everyone, let us review the steps that we need to take so we can be safe when an eartquake strikes),” Sec. Taguiwalo said. (DSWD)

World: Pacific rim countries to test their tsunami warning system

13 February 2017 - 4:48pm
Source: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Country: Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Japan, Peru, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, World

Countries bordering on the Pacific Ocean will test their capacity to handle a major tsunami in an exercise from 15 to 17 February, held to identify possible shortcomings in the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, established under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

Dubbed PacWave17, the exercise foresees several scenarios for earthquakes off the coasts of Chile and Peru, Colombia and Ecuador, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu for countries to choose from. Alerts will be sent to the national focal points of each country taking part from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Hawaii (USA) and the Northwest Pacific Tsunami Advisory Centre (NWPTAC) in Japan.

Populations will not be evacuated during the exercise, which will test the relay systems set up to transmit the warnings and the reactivity of the focal points in the event of a crisis. In keeping with the new procedures established by the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, national authorities will be the first to be alerted by a bulletin from the PTWC and/or the NWPTAC. Other alerts will follow, providing information about developments.

This will mark the first involvement of the South China Sea Tsunami Advisory Centre in such an exercise. It will follow two scenarios: The first concerns a tsunami off the coast of the Philippines affecting Brunei Darussalam, China, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam. The second scenario focuses on a tsunami occurring off the shores of Indonesia impacting Malaysia and the Philippines.

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission established the Intergovernmental Coordinating Group’s Pacific Tsunami Warning System in 1965, five years after a deadly tsunami hit the coasts of Chile, the U.S.A, where it led to the death of 61 people (in Hawaii), Japan, where it killed 142 people, and the Philippines, where at least 21 died. The purpose of the Group is to coordinate the establishment of tsunami warning systems in the Pacific and promote national risk assessment programmes, the dissemination of alerts, and countries’ ability to respond to and mitigate tsunami incidents locally.

About 76% of the world’s deadly tsunami occurrences take place in the Pacific Ocean and connected seas. On average, one destructive local tsunami occurs in the region every year or two while a Pacific Ocean-wide tsunami hit the region several times per century. Five deadly tsunami have hit the region over the past eight years: Samoa and Tonga were hit in 2009, Chile in 2010 and 2015, Japan in 2011 and the Solomon Islands in 2013.

More about PacWave17

Media contact:
Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Media section +33(0)145681764, a.bardon@unesco.org

Philippines: Palace welcomes the NPA's decision to declare a unilateral ceasefire in quake-affected areas

13 February 2017 - 1:47pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MANILA, Feb. 14 - Communications Secretary Martin Andanar welcomed the decision of the NPA to declare a unilateral ceasefire in the earthquake-stricken areas.

"We are glad that the NPA heeded the call of the military for a ceasefire in earthquake-affected areas. We welcome their declaration and hope they do not renege on it as they have previously done," Secretary Andanar said in an official statement.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is presently conducting damage assessment and rescue, evacuation and rehabilitation activities. These should be continuous and remain unhampered so we can deliver immediate aid to the victims of this natural calamity, the statement added.

The Government and its forces lean forward to provide the fastest and most expeditious assistance our suffering citizens in Surigao need at this time and distractions from criminal activities by armed groups would not be in their best interest.

"Sa panahong ito kailangan magkaisa ang sambayanang Pilipino," Secretary Andanar concluded. (PCOO)

Philippines: Philippines: Plan International deploys response team to Surigao following 6.7-magnitude earthquake in east Mindanao

13 February 2017 - 7:12am
Source: Plan Country: Philippines

Manila (13 February) – Plan International Philippines has deployed an Emergency Response Team to determine the immediate needs of children and communities by the 6.7-magnitude earthquake that struck Surigao City, Surigao del Norte in Mindanao on Friday, February 10.

According to the state bureau Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the epicenter of the earthquake was 14 kilometers northwest of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, at a depth of 11 kilometers.

Based on the latest report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, 4 people have died and 109 persons have faced injuries. More than 300 houses, along with major roads and bridges are damaged, disrupting access for humanitarian aid and making areas impassable for heavy vehicles. The main airport is also closed due to extensive damage to the runway.

Residents of Surigao City and neighboring towns experience frequent power outages, and others report a scarcity in water supply.

Ryan Lander, Plan International Philippines Deputy Country Director for Programs said: “Our main concern is the safety and well-being of the children and girls in the affected area, as they are the most vulnerable in this situation.”

“We are deploying our response team to assess the situation and work in close coordination with government officials and in-country humanitarian organizations. Plan International will support the government to determine urgent needs of children and their families and will offer humanitarian aid, if requested,” Lander adds.

At least 30 aftershocks were felt in CARAGA Region yesterday (Sunday), with some shocks measuring as high as 4.1 in magnitude strength.

As of 13 February, classes remain suspended as the Department of Education assesses the extent of school damage caused by the earthquake.

"Children are distressed by the earthquake and the aftershocks. Afraid of the tremors, some of them even sleep under the tables at night, together with their parents,” says Manuel Limjoco Jr. of Department of Education - Division of Surigao del Norte.

Plan International Philippines has a program area in Central Mindanao, which is in close proximity to the communities affected by the earthquake.

Philippines is located along a typhoon belt and the so-called ‘Ring of Fire,’ a vast Pacific Ocean region where earthquakes and volcanic activities occur.

ENDS

For further details and interview requests:

Manila : Maryann Zamora, Communications Specialist Email: mai.zamora@plan-international.org | Mobile +639176531816

Bangkok: Jessica Lomelin, Acting Regional Communications Manager Email : jessica.lomelin@plan-international.org | Mobile: +66 (0)96-865-7649

London: Kirsty Cameron, Global Press Officer Email: Kirsty.cameron@plan-international.org | Mobile: +44 (0) 7885 807503

Philippines: Philippines - Mindanao: Effects of Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte (13 February 2017)

13 February 2017 - 6:00am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

At 10:03 p.m. on 10 February 2017, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake with depth of four kilometres and epicenter located near Surigao City caused loss of lives and damage to properties in the Caraga region particularly in Surigao del Norte province. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported no tsunami threat but more aftershocks. A Red Alert status has been raised by Caraga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Operation Center. Surigao City declared State of Calamity.

Philippines: Philippines: DepEd’s initial report says P7.6-million damage in Surigao schools after 6.7-magnitude quake

12 February 2017 - 10:50pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 13 - Based on the initial assessment conducted by the Department of Education (DepEd), the estimated cost of damage on schools following the 6.7-magnitude earthquake in Surigao del Norte is now at P7.6 million. Further evaluation of the extent of the quake’s damage is ongoing.

Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, Undersecretary for Administrative Service Alain Del Pascua, and the (DepEd) team joined President Rodrigo Duterte and other members of the Cabinet on Sunday to inspect the damage brought about by the quake that jolted the province two days prior.

The Secretary’s school visits yielded the following initial reports:

  1. CARAGA Regional Science High School

    • Classrooms cracked
    • 65 computers damaged
    • Beams and posts, five spans of fences collapsed
    • Covered court flooring cracked
    • Library shelves damaged
    • Science laboratory equipment damaged
    • Wooden tables damaged
    • Canteen kitchen utensils damaged
  2. JR Clavero Elementary School

    • Stage collapsed
  3. Ipil Elementary School

    • Fence partially collapsed
    • New buildings’ walls cracked and ceilings fell
    • Printers and monitors broken
  4. Mariano Espina Memorial Central Elementary School

    • Fence collapsed
    • Major cracks on walls
  5. Surigao City Elementary School

    • Wall of new building partially collapsed
  6. Suklayang Elementary School

    • Major cracks on stage
    • Fence collapsed
    • TV broken
    • Classroom walls cracked
  7. Mat-I Elementary School

    • Almost 40% of stage collapsed
    • Waiting shed collapsed
    • Minor cracks
  8. Cabrera Altres Senior High School

    • Minor cracks on building, walls, and floors
  9. Other schools have minor cracks

  10. Entrance gate of Division Office totally collapsed

Philippines: NDRRMC SitRep No.04 re Effects of Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

12 February 2017 - 10:48pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

13 February 2017, 8:00 AM

Situation Overview

At 10:03 PM on 10 February 2017, Friday, a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.7 shook the island of Mindanao. The epicenter is located 16 km offshore northwest of Surigao City, Surigao Strait with a depth of 10 km. The earthquake was generated by the movement of Surigao segment of the Philippine Fault. Small-magnitude earthquakes followed afterwards, and as of 4:00 PM of 11 February 2017, 101 aftershocks have been recorded by the PHIVOLCS seismic monitoring network.

Based on preliminary intensity reports, the strongest ground shaking was felt at PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) VII (Destructive) in Surigao City. Furthermore, the municipalities of Pintuyan in Southern Leyte, and San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao del Norte experienced the ground shaking at PEIS VI (Very Strong), while the municipalities of Mainit and Placer in Surigao Del Norte, Libjo and San Jose in Dinagat Island, San Ricardo, Limasawa and San Francisco in Southern Leyte and Manduae City felt the shaking at PEIS V (Strong). This earthquake was felt PEIS IV to I as far as 250 km away (Butuan City, Ormoc City, Tacloban City, Catbalogan City, Bislig City, Cebu City, Cagayan De Oro City, Dumaguete City and Tagbilaran City) from the epicentral area. The strong ground shaking near the epicentral area resulted to damages to some buildings, roads and bridges.

On 12 February 2017, at 11:01:30 AM, an aftershock was felt at 09,80°N, 125.41°E - 009 km N 87° W of Surigao City (Surigao Del Norte) with recorded magnitude of Ms 4.1 at 15 km depth of focus. Intensity III was reported in Surigao City & San Francisco, Surigao Del Norte and Intensity II in San Francisco & San Ricardo, Southern Leyte.

Effects

Affected Population

A total of 1,034 families / 5,170 persons were affected in 54 barangays in the province of Surigao del Norte and are served outside evacuation centers.

Casualties

  • A total of four (4) persons were reported dead in the province of Surigao del Norte due to the earthquake.

  • A total of 202 persons sustained injuries due to the earthquake and were brought to the following hospitals for medical treatment.

Philippines: Philippines: PRRD allocates P2-B for rehab of quake-affected Surigao

12 February 2017 - 10:39pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 13 (PIA) – Speaking before a crowd of devastated but hopeful earthquake victims during his personal visit in this city on Sunday, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRRD) disclosed that the national government has favorably allocated around P2 billion for the rehabilitation of Surigao del Norte province, which was hit by the 6.7-magnitude earthquake on Friday evening, Feb. 10.

It may be recalled that the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod has declared the city under a state of calamity on Saturday after a power blackout, water scarcity, and major damages in buildings and lifelines were noted.

Included in the immediate rescue and clearing operation is the collapsed Anao-aon bridge in the municipality of San Francisco, under the provincial road of Surigao del Norte which is totally closed to traffic. Hence, new construction of 165.0 linear meter bridge is recommended with an estimated amount of P115M.

Based on the assessment of the Department of Public Works and Highways, the cost of damage of the Surigao State College of Technology has reached to P150M; provincial capitol buildings and other infrastructures - P63M; ports (Lipata Ferry Terminal and Surigao port) facilities damage- P161.5M; national roads damage -P208.2M. These total to P582.7M.

Accordingly, the immediate needs are the full restoration of critical infrastructure and lifelines, construction materials for damaged housing and relocation, emergency work for displaced workers, financial help to severely injured.

Meanwhile, the President conveyed his words of encouragement to the Surigaonons. PRRD said that he only intended to deliver what is beneficial and best for his countrymen.

“The different national line agencies are our allies in pushing for good reforms in governance,” he said.

He also assured that he would not allow any corrupt practices in doing public service. PRRD said how sorry he was for the unfavorable experiences they have undergone as a result of the strong tremor of the quake. However, he is thankful that nothing more fatal has happened as compared to the typhoon Yolanda incident.

“Life has always its ups and downs. There is always a time for joy and at times mourning,” PRRD said.

He also expressed his sincerest condolences to the bereaved families of those who died when the calamity has stricken.

Per record from the Surigao del Norte provincial disaster risk reduction and management council (PDRRM), there are 157 families affected in the municipality of Sison, six in Malimono, 36 in Mainit, 31 in San Francisco which totals to 230 families.

Meanwhile, the victims eagerly and patiently queued to avail their share of relief goods to help alleviate their daily needs. Around 3,500 relief packs containing six kilos rice, six liters of water, coffee and assorted canned goods were distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga.

PRRD arrived at the city gymnasium at 1:17 p.m. He was accompanied by PCOO secretary Martin Andanar and welcomed by Surigao del Norte governor Sol Matugas, Surigao City mayor Ernesto Matugas, Surigao del Norte representatives Francisco Jose Matugas and Robert Ace Barbers and other local officials. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Philippines: Philippines starts to repair damage in quake-hit southern province

12 February 2017 - 8:37am
Source: Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation Country: Philippines

Friday's earthquake caused at least 400 mln pesos ($8.01 mln) in damage to schools, bridges, homes, hotels, and other infrastructure.

MANILA, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Philippine authorities have begun to restore electricity and water supply to areas hit by a powerful earthquake in the south that killed six and damaged public infrastructure.

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Philippines: Philippines: Surigao earthquake - Information bulletin n° 2

12 February 2017 - 7:57am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

The situation

At 22:00h local time Friday 10 February 2017, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of north-easternmost Mindanao, Philippines. According to the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the earthquake was relatively shallow, with a depth of 10 kilometres, and its epicentre was about 14 kilometres from Surigao City, the capital of Surigao del Norte Province with over 140,000 inhabitants and located about 700 kilometres (km) south of Manila. No tsunami alert was issued.

Surigao City was placed under a state of calamity on 11 February. Search and rescue operations are still ongoing, with multiagency rescue workers involved. The humanitarian impact wrought by the quake is emerging as government teams, Red Cross personnel and emergency responders from other agencies continue to undertake assessments.

Based on updates issued by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), there is no change in the number of deaths – six – while the number of injuries has increased to 202. The quake left a total of 1,034 houses damaged in 54 barangays (villages) across the region of CARAGA; 155 are totally and 879 partially. The 5,170 people displaced due to the damage to their homes are currently staying in open areas near their homes or with host families.

As regards lifelines, electricity supply remains disrupted in parts of Surigao City while there are still total blackouts in the adjacent municipalities of Malimono, Placer, San Francisco, Sison and Tagana-an. Water supply has also been badly disrupted in Surigao City as well as in the municipalities Malimono, Mainit and San Francisco, mainly due to damaged pipelines. Some telecommunication lines are still disrupted in affected areas.

Damage to critical infrastructure extends to the airport, bridges and roads, churches, commercial buildings, a port and schools. Specifically, six bridges and five roads have been damaged while a total of 12 schools are reported damaged. The collapse of the Anao-aon bridge, in particular, has isolated the municipalities of Malimono and San Francisco from Surigao City. The runway of the Surigao City Domestic Airport has been damaged, and currently it can only be used by helicopters. Passenger and cargo flights have been diverted to Butuan Airport in Agusan del Norte Province, some two-to-three-hour drive to Surigao City, pending rehabilitation works. Operations of passenger ferries from the port of Lipata have been disrupted due to a damaged passenger terminal and partially damaged roads, with ferry services now being provided from the Port of Surigao.

It should be noted that some of the areas outside of Surigao City have yet to be assessed or reported on. These areas are likely to have experienced the same magnitude level of earthquake as Surigao City. Assessments continue and will reveal more information on the impact in the surrounding smaller towns or rural areas. While the figures on damages and casualties will likely increase, PHIVOLCS has projected that based on historical data, the extent of damage will not be major.

Philippines: NDRRMC SitRep No.03 re Effects of Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

11 February 2017 - 10:05pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

DATE: 12 February 2017, 8:00 AM

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

At 10:03 PM on 10 February 2017, Friday, a strong earthquake of magnitude 6,7 shook the island of Mindanao. The epicenter is located 16 km offshore northwest of Surigao City, Surigao Strait at a depth of 10 km. The earthquake was generated by the movement of Surigao segment of the Philippine Fault. Small-magnitude earthquakes followed afterwards, and as of 4:00 PM of 11 February 2017, 101 aftershocks have been recorded by the PHIVOLCS seismic monitoring network.

Based on preliminary intensity reports, the strongest ground shaking was felt at PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) VII (Destructive) in Surigao City. Furthermore, the municipalities of Pintuyan in Southern Leyte, and San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao del Norte experienced the ground shaking at PEI S VI (Very Strong), while the municipalities of Mainit and Placer in Surigao Del Norte, Libjo and San Jose in Dinagat Island, San Ricardo, Limasawa and San Francisco in Southern Leyte and Manduae City felt the shaking at PEI S V (Strong). This earthquake was felt PEI S IV to I as far as 250 km away (Butuan City, Ormoc City, Tacloban City, Catbalogan City, Bislig City, Cebu City, Cagayan De Oro City, Dumaguete City and Tagbilaran City) from the epicentral area. The strong ground shaking near the epicentral area resulted to damages to some buildings, roads and bridges.

II. EFFECTS

A. Affected Population:

  1. A total of 1,034 families / 5,170 persons were affected in 54 barangays in the province of Surigao del Norte:

B. Casualties:

  1. A total of four (4) persons were reported dead in the province of Surigao del Norte due to the earthquake.

  2. A total of 202 persons incurred injuries due to the earthquake and were brought to the following hospitals for medical treatment:

C. Damages:

  1. Houses
  • A total of 1,034 houses in the province of Surigao del Norte were damaged due to the earthquake. Of which, 155 are totally damaged while 879 are partially damaged.
  1. Damaged Facilities and Infrastructures (TAB A)
  • A total of twelve (12) school facilities incurred damages due to the earthquake in the province of Surigao del Norte.

  • Damaged Infrastructures were reported in the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Island due to the earthquake.

  • CARAGA Regional Hospital was partially damaged due to the earthquake. Estimated cost of damages amounted ₱5,000,000.00.

Philippines: NDRRMC SitRep No.02 re Effects of Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

11 February 2017 - 4:10pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

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II. EFFECTS

A. Affected Population:

  1. A total of 28 barangays in Surigao City, Mainit, San Francisco, and Sison were affected by the earthquake.

Note: Detailed report will be included once validated reports were submitted. Source: DSWD BROMIC Report #2 as of 11 February 2017, 3:00 PM

B. Casualties:

  1. A total of four (4) persons were reported dead due to the earthquake. Note: Subject for validation of the Management of the Dead and Missing (MOM) Cluster

  2. A total of '109 persons incurred injuries due to the earthquake and were brought to the following hospitals for medical treatment: (see attached PDF)

C. Damages:

  1. Houses

• A total of 326 houses (Totally - 8, Partially - 318) were damaged in CARAGA Region.

Note: Detailed report will be included once validated reports were submitted. Source: DSWD DROMIC Report #2 as of 11 February 2017, 3:00 PM