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This map illustrates satellite-detected damaged structures in Taft City, Eastern Samar Province,
Philippines. Using an image acquired by the WorldView-2 satellite on 12 December 2014 and compared with an image collected on 19 June 2014,
UNOSAT identified 277 affected structures in the area. Specifically, 75 structures were categorized as destroyed, 63 as severely damaged and 139 as moderately damaged. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT
Snapshot 10–16 December
Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.
Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.
Philippines: 3.8 million people across nine regions have been affected by Typhoon Hagupit. Nearly 157,000 are in evacuation centres, 38,000 homes have been destroyed. Emergency preparedness helped mitigate the impact of the typhoon.
Updated: 16/12/2014. Next update: 06/01/2015
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $300 million loan to the Philippines to support sweeping reforms, spearheaded by the government, to the school system, with a focus on the addition of two years of senior high school.
“These major changes are designed to improve educational outcomes and better prepare students for both work and further education and training, as part of the government’s broader push for more inclusive growth,” said Norman LaRocque, Principal Education Specialist in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department. “ADB’s assistance will target improvements at the senior high school level including curriculum development, new school infrastructure and a voucher program to help students with tuition costs.”
The Philippines secondary school system faces access and quality challenges that hinder its ability to translate the country’s recent strong economic growth into better labor market outcomes for youth and reduced poverty. The Government of the Philippines in school year 2011/12 began implementing its new K to 12 reform plan, which introduced kindergarten and extended the period of basic schooling from 10 to 12 years. A key part of that reform is the addition of two years of senior high school, which will take effect from school year 2016/17.
The reforms are expected to cost around $4.4 billion from 2015 to 2019. ADB’s program will support selected elements of those reforms, including the development of new senior high school curricula for mathematics, science, and technical and vocational training programs. Assistance will also be given to build classrooms, to engage and train up to 84,000 teachers, and to develop and introduce a voucher system to help cover tuition fees for an estimated 800,000 senior high school students each year.
The main beneficiaries of ADB’s assistance will be about 5.9 million students who are expected to enter senior high school from June 2016 to April 2019 during the early implementation phase of the new system.
The ADB loan to the Philippines is the fourth results-based lending program approved by ADB, and the first in Southeast Asia and the Philippines. Results-based lending links disbursements directly to the achievement of program results. The loan complements other ADB support being provided to improve employment outcomes for youth in the Philippines.
ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members – 48 from the region. In 2013, ADB assistance totaled $21.0 billion, including co-financing of $6.6 billion.
"RUBY" exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the evening of 10 December 2014.
Philippines: NDRRMC Update Sitrep No. 90 re Monitoring Activities on the Alert Status of Mayon Volcano
I. ALERT STATUS OF MAYON VOLCANO
A. Alert Level 3 is still in effect as of 8:00 AM, 16 December 2014. At this present stage, potentially eruptible magma has already been intruded and continues to be intruded beneath the edifice. At any given time in the following weeks to months, this magma can eventually be erupted quietly as lava flows or explosively as vertical eruption columns and pyroclastic flows or both. Mayon Volcano's seismic network detected one (1) volcanic earthquake during the past 24 hours
Typhoon Hagupit(known locally as Ruby) first made landfall in Dolores municipality, Eastern Samar province on 6 December. The typhoon made subsequent landfalls in the provinces of Masbate, Marinduque and Batangas, as it weakened into a tropical storm then tropical depression.
As of 22:00 10 December, the Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) advised Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) is outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility(PAR) (NDRRMC Weather Bulletin 25).
As of 14December, the typhoon has affected approximately 3.8million people across nineregions. Some 170,000people remain in evacuation centres (reduced from 1.7 million on 9 December). The government has identified priorityneedsfor the people affected as emergency shelter, food, water, WASH and logistics, mostly in the Samar region in the east of the Philippines (NDRRMC SitRep No22).
The Government of Philippines activated their response clusters for Typhoon Hagupit. The Office of Civil Defence (OCD) remains, as secretariat of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), in charge of the “inter-pillar coordination”. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is in charge of the response pillar and has deployed coordinators to affected areas. The Government of Philippines has also activated a Logistics Response Cluster under OCD lead and DSWD response pillar.
The Government of the Philippines is leading the humanitarian response and have established their main logistics hub in Cebu.The Government established an Operational Command Centre in Borongan to coordinate the response and supply hubs in Borongan and Catarman.
On 5 December, the acting Humanitarian Coordinator, on behalf of the Humanitarian Country Team, offered international assistance.WFP has offered to assist the Government where requested and act as co-lead, supporting the Government with logistics services, coordination & information sharing.
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Clusters have not been activated for this response and coordination and assistance are being provided to the Government led response on a bilateral basis, supplemented with sectorial coordination meetings between partners and information products issued to enhance the response and information sharing
Panay, Philippines, 15 December 2014 - They all slept well. That was the first thing heard from many in the community when the UN-Habitat Roxas field team visited their project sites one day after Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) passed north of the island of Panay on Sunday, 7 December, barely over a year since Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, devastated the region.
Nearly 90 houses built under the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements, a project by UN-Habitat and the Japanese and Philippine governments, served as emergency shelters, housing two to three families at times, protecting them from the strong winds and rains of Hagupit that lasted almost two days. The core houses provided not only shelter but more importantly, a sense of security and peace of mind. This time, community members with completed core houses said, they did not have to worry about losing their homes or their roof getting blown away and were able to invite those whose core houses were still under construction to take refuge with them.
The communities were also well-prepared. Technical supervisors from UN-Habitat visited the project areas before the storm to help residents prepare. With the assistance of the project’s trained construction workers, the windows of all the houses were covered with plywood or CGI roofing materials nailed to the frame so no water would come in. The houses―both completed and mid-construction―withstood the rains and wind, and no damage was reported. While the technical supervisors provided physical assistance, the community organizers of UN-Habitat provided mental support by keeping in touch with and monitoring the safety of community members via constant text messaging during and after the typhoon.
UN-Habitat housing serves as Emergency Shelter during Typhoon Hagupit3Life was back to normal when the UN-Habitat team visited the communities, workers were back at the housing construction sites, people were putting Christmas decorations back on their walls, and kids were playing around their future homes.
About 90 per cent of the evacuees returned home with 156,900 people remaining in 463 evacuation centres, the majority of whom are in Region VIII.
The Government reports 38,100 houses destroyed and 203,600 partially damaged. Most of the destroyed homes are in Region VIII.
The authorities are finalizing the analysis of assessed needs and damages, which will be released around 17 December.
3.9 million affected people
156,900 people in evacuation centres
463 evacuation centres
38,100 totally damaged houses
203,600 partially damaged housesreported deaths
From the Department of Social Welfare and Development
The Typhoon Ruby Response Pillar of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) has created Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) teams to assess damages caused by the typhoon in regions IV-B, VI, and VIII.
Aside from damage assessment, their tasks also include gathering of information on the hard-to-reach affected areas, to ensure that everybody is assisted.
Each team is composed of representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), among others.
Earlier, the CARAGA-based Regional Disaster Response Team successfully conducted its RDANA in the provinces of Surigao Del Norte and Dinagat.
Regional teams are also currently undertaking RDANA in the provinces of Samar, Marinduque, Romblon, and other areas in Regions IV-B and VII.
Meanwhile, the Response Pillar announced that provision of relief support will continue until end of December 2014, especially food assistance for Eastern Samar which is the hardest hit area.
Early recovery initiatives such as repairs of damaged houses and construction of bunkhouses or temporary shelters will start before the year ends.
The Disaster Response Cluster had also prepared the timeline for a comprehensive relief and early recovery plan for all affected regions.
Philippines: CARE distributed food to villages hardest-hit by typhoon Hagupit; looking into longer-term needs of communities
MANILA- (December 15, 2014)- A few days after typhoon Hagupit hit the Philippines, international aid agency CARE distributed food packs almost 2,000 families in badly-hit villages in Eastern Samar, in coordination with local partners. In the coming days, a total of 3,500 families will have received emergency food rations.
CARE distributed rice and a variety of canned goods consisting of corned beef, sardines and meat loaf to two of the most affected municipalities including Oras and Dolores, where Hagupit first made landfall, and where residents say food remains a pressing concern, a week after the typhoon.
Rufina Ogdalia, a 38-year old mother of four children, shares that before Hagupit, her family could afford to buy fish and pork meat for their meals. Now, they make do with rice, and mix salt, soy sauce and cooking oil for viand. This is due to money being scarce these days after the typhoon destroyed their small village convenience store and their farm with coconut trees, banana trees and root crops.
„These are just some of the municipalities who bore the brunt of Hagupit, and people in these parts of Eastern Samar have been telling our CARE team and our partners that in their areas, Hagupit was stronger and more damaging than super typhoon Haiyan. Like in Rufina’s case, many agricultural activities here have been destroyed or were greatly affected by Hagupit, leaving people without their regular sources of income and food“, says Alexandra Maclean, Country Director for CARE Philippines.
The typhoon damaged coconut trees, a main source of livelihood for people in this part of Eastern Samar. The local government of Oras shares with CARE that assessments from the Philippine Coconut Authority indicate a 100 percent damage to coconut trees in this municipality. In addition, houses were damaged and crops flooded.
Rufina’s house made of light materials was totally damaged, leaving them with the double burden of having to repair their shelter and restore their livelihoods, but without any resources to do either.
„That is why aside from the food assistance to meet the immediate needs of communities and families affected by Hagupit, CARE and partners are also planning to help communities support with shelter and livelihood to boost their recovery“, said Rachid Boumnijel, CARE’s Food and Livelihoods Advisor for the typhoon Haiyan response, who also led CARE’s first batch of food distributions in Eastern Samar.
CARE has launched a fundraising appeal for USD 5 million to meet the relief and recovery needs of families affected by typhoon Hagupit across Samar. CARE plans to help 5,000 families rebuild their houses and 10,000 families earn an income again.
The Philippine government is leading the Hagupit response and CARE is working closely with the government to assist its efforts.
CARE has worked in the Philippines since 1949, providing emergency relief when disaster strikeand helping communities prepare for disasters. CARE's past responses in the Philippines have reached more than 318,000 people with life-saving food, shelter support and financial assistance to rebuild their in incomes.
Media contact: Winnie Aguilar, CARE Philippines Media & Communications Officer (+639175108093, Winnie.Aguilar@care.org
"RUBY" exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the evening of 10 December 2014.
TS Hagupit (local name Ruby) left the Philippines Area of Responsibility on 10 Dec. As of 14 Dec, Hagupit affected nearly 3.9 million people in Regions III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, CARAGA and NCR. Nearly 172,000 people are being assisted inside and outside 463 evacuation centers. 18 deaths were reported in regions IV-A, IV-B, VII and VIII. 916 injuries were reported.
The Government is responding to the situation, with in-country humanitarian organizations coordinating with the Government response mechanisms.
3.9 million people affected
Heavy rain on 12 Dec caused a landslide in Sampang Village, Banjarnegara District in Central Java.
The landslide killed 32 people and injured 16 others. 76 people still remain missing. The Government's search and rescue operations continued over the weekend and today. There are approximately 1,900 people displaced with severe damage to around 150 houses.
Those displaced are temporarily housed in 38 locations; in local government offices, schools and with host families. The Government has also responded with the establishment of a Rp 300 million (US$24,000) emergency fund. Non government organizations are also assisting with response efforts.
1,900 people displaced
Heavy northeast monsoon rain has caused landslides, high winds and floods in 15 of the 25 districts in the country. It affected around 47,000 people, with 9,500 people displaced to 73 safety centres. 24 houses were fully destroyed and nearly 180 houses were partially damaged due to floods and high wind. The Ministry of Disaster Management together with the district authorities are providing cooked meals to the displaced people.
UNICEF provided 30,000 water purification tablets and 120 tarpaulin sheets for over 1,500 people in Mullaitivu district on request from the District Secretary.
Additionally, UNICEF is in the process of procuring 150,000 water purification tablets from Denmark to respond to the WASH needs of other flood-affected people.
47,000 people affected
On 9 Dec, a tanker carrying furnace oil sank in a Sundarbans river near Mongla, spilling oil over a vast area of the world's largest mangrove forest. The impact of the pollution is yet to be determined and Government officials are investigating the affected areas. It is expected that the oil slick will have a severe impact on marine life and vegetation.
Technical advice on personal safety and specialized cleaning equipment are being provided to the Government of Bangladesh, through the joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit in Geneva and UNDP Bangladesh.