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Philippines: NDDRMC Update SitRep No.10 re Effects of Typhoon "Luis" (Kalmaegi) and Other Incidents

16 September 2014 - 8:36pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

Typhoon "LUIS" entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on 12 September 2013 and exited on 15 September 2014.

I. EFFECTS OF TY LUIS

  1. Suspension of Class for 17 September 2014
    Mangin Elementary School in Dagupan City

  2. Affected Population (Tab A) (As of 4:00 AM, 17 September 2014)
    A total of 85,336 families / 371,394 persons were affected and displaced inside 51 evacuation centers in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, VI, CAR and NCR

  3. Incident Monitored (Tab B) (As of 6:00 AM, 17 September 2014)
    A total of eleven (11) incidents were reported in Regions 1, III and IV-B

Philippines: NDDRMC Update Sitrep No. 1 re Monitoring Activities on the Alert Status of Mayon Volcano

16 September 2014 - 11:42am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

Alert Level 3 remains in effect as of 8:00 AM, 16 September 2014, which means that magma has most likely intruded at depth and that current conditions could eventually lead to a larger eruption.

World: Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

16 September 2014 - 8:37am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Ukraine, World, Yemen, South Sudan preview

Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea: Transmission remains high, and case numbers doubled between the last week of August and the first of September in Liberia; in Sierra Leone 150 cases were reported for each of the last two weeks. Fewer cases have been reported in Guinea – 49 between 5 and 7 September – but the case fatality rate has been extremely high, at 65%. Currently, the secondary impact of the epidemic will potentially leave 500,000 in dire need of humanitarian assistance in Sierra Leone, while WFP has targeted 449,000 people for food assistance in Liberia.

Pakistan: Monsoon rains have affected almost 2.5 million people in Azad Kashmir, Punjab, and Gilgit Baltistan. 140,330 evacuations had been made. In Sialkot, Punjab, waterborne diseases have been recorded in Bajwat, Head Marala, Chaprar, and Pasrur (DAWN, 11/09/2014). The flood waters are now moving towards Sindh province, with warnings for Guddu and Sukkur.

Updated: 16/09/2014. Next update: 23/09/2014

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Philippines: An early warning gave time to prepare for the super typhoon - Case Study

16 September 2014 - 7:55am
Source: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center Country: Philippines preview

February 2014

Iloilo, Philippines – The road to Sara District Hospital in the countryside of the central part of the Philippines is bordered by verdant trees and lively communities.

Children play on school yards and adults go about their daily routines. On the surface, the lives seem to go on normally.

A closer look however reveals the vestiges of the devastation caused by the super typhoon Haiyan that hit the province just three months earlier, in November 2013.

Cut off branches lay scattered on the ground here and there next to uprooted trees. Houses and community buildings lack large pieces of their roofs that were flown away by the strong wind.
In Iloilo, more than two hundered people lost their lives during Typhoon Haiyan. The total number of fatalities in the Philippines exceeded six thousand, and more than 3.9 million people were forced to leave their homes.

The Sara District Hospital, located 95 kilometers north from Iloilo City, was one of the many health facilities severely damaged by the storm. At the mercy of the winds, the building lost a large portion of its roof, while being occupied with a number of patients. Thanks to the experienced staff who had attended ADPC’s Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies (HOPE) training, the hospital was able to mitigate the impacts of the devastating disaster. The facility also benefitted from the early warning about the arriving storm a few days prior to the forecasted landfall of Haiyan. “It took us those two days to get everything ready. One day before the storm we were fully prepared with all supplies and flashlights,” says Ms. Jennifer W. Salcedo, emergency room nurse and graduate from the HOPE training.

Dr. Jeremiah E. Obantana, Chief of the hospital, is proud that the hospital staff managed to keep all patients safe during the storm. “Nobody was hurt in our hospital. We had a total of sixty patients as well as families and staff at the facility. We moved all our patients in the new building prior to the storm to make sure they are safe,” Dr. Obantana states.

Philippines: Thousands evacuated as Philippine volcano threatens to erupt

16 September 2014 - 4:02am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

09/16/2014 06:58 GMT

by Charism Sayat

LEGAZPI, September 16, 2014 (AFP) - Thousands of people living near the Philippines' most active volcano began leaving their homes on Tuesday as lava trickled down its slopes and authorities warned of a dangerous eruption.

Mayon, a volcano famed in equal parts for its near-perfect cone and brutal volatility, had begun to stir again with magma rising to the top and small earthquakes rattling deep inside, authorities said.

"A hazardous eruption is possible within weeks," the director of the state volcanology agency, Renato Solidum, told AFP.

Residents within an eight-kilometre (five-mile) radius will be forcibly evacuated, said regional civil defence director Bernardo Alejandro.

He said authorities expect to evacuate almost all of the 50,000 people in the danger zone -- a picturesque coconut farming area near the Pacific coast -- within three days.

"We'll have no problems with the 99 percent who will evacuate but there are some who will be hard-headed," Alejandro said, citing the response to a similar evacuation call in 2009 when some farmers refused to move out.

"They don't want to leave their houses and their livelihood.... these are coconut and orchid farmers with chickens, pigs and carabaos (water buffalo)."

Locals involved in the tourist industry were expecting Mayon's latest burst to be a mini-boom.

The area, about 330 kilometres (200 miles) southeast of Manila, is already a draw for visitors who want to see Mayon's cone, sample the region's spicy cuisine and visit its beautiful beaches.

"This will boost local tourism.... it's like a party, people are out at night watching," said Marti Calleja, who runs all-terrain vehicle tours near the volcano for as many as 100 tourists per week.

"It's dramatic, like a fireworks show.... when there's nothing happening (in the volcano) it's all dark around here, but now it's picture-perfect," Calleja told AFP.

Calleja said that when Mayon became active in the past, his clients often requested night tours to see the glowing crater.

Aljon Banares, who works for a backpackers' inn 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) from the volcano, was also preparing for more visitors.

"We have more guests in situations like this. Tourists want to see the lava flows," Banares said.

Four foreign tourists and their local tour guide were killed when Mayon last erupted, in May 2013.

However they were on the volcano's slopes at the time, and Banares said tourists would not be in danger if they acted sensibly.

"We tell our clients that it's safe as long as they follow the government's warnings," he said.

The 2,460-metre (8,070-foot) Mayon has a long history of deadly eruptions.

In 1814 more than 1,200 people were killed when lava flows buried the town of Cagsawa.

An explosion in August 2006 did not cause direct deaths, but four months later a passing typhoon unleashed an avalanche of volcanic mud from Mayon's slopes that killed 1,000 people.

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China: Typhoon hits China's Hainan after shutting down Hong Kong

15 September 2014 - 10:40pm
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: China, China - Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), Philippines

09/16/2014 09:39 GMT

by Neil CONNOR

BEIJING, September 16, 2014 (AFP) - A powerful typhoon slammed into southern China Tuesday, swamping ships, grounding flights and forcing thousands -- many of them still recovering from a previous storm -- to leave home.

Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall on the east coast of Hainan island packing winds of 144 kilometres (89 miles) an hour, the China Meteorological Administration said.

More than 20,000 residents have been resettled in 24 camps in Hainan since Monday, state media said, following earlier reports which said 90,000 people were evacuated.

Kalmaegi follows Typhoon Rammasun in July, the strongest storm to hit China in four decades, which killed 62 and left swathes of devastation in the south of the country.

Survivors of Rammasun told state news agency Xinhua that while Kalmaegi appears weaker, they still feared for their livelihoods.

"Our new house has yet to be completed and we suffer again," Xinhua quoted Gao Yuanfu, who has been living in a tent since Rammasun destroyed his house, as saying.

"It is only half a month away from the harvest," he added.

Gao, from Hainan's Wengtian Township, badly injured his leg in the previous typhoon, the report said.

Images of the havoc caused by Kalmaegi showed scores of downed trees, urban streets flooded in knee-deep water and torrential rain.

More than 170 flights on Hainan were cancelled as of 9am on Tuesday, while 4,300 fishing boats in one county were called back, Xinhua said, following reports late Monday that 30,000 vessels had returned to harbour.

Rescuers in a helicopter plucked 12 Chinese sailors from a sinking cargo vessel as the storm approached the Chinese coast, Xinhua said.

But no casualties had been reported from the typhoon as of noon, the news agency added.

Local governments in China were told to prepare for "disaster-relief operations", while ferry services between Hainan and the mainland across the 30 kilometre (18 mile) Qiongzhou Strait were suspended, it said.

The China Meteorological Administration had an "orange" alert in place, the second-most severe in the nation's four-tier weather warning system.

An earlier statement, which carried the most severe "red" alert, said that up to 400 centimetres (157 inches) of rain was expected in some coastal areas.

  • Hong Kong buffeted -

Kalmaegi hit China after sweeping past Hong Kong, where it disrupted flights and forced the closure of the stock market and container port.

It buffeted the city with gusts of up to 159 kilometres (98 miles) per hour as it barrelled west, injuring some 29 people, felling scores of trees and causing floods and a landslide.

The Hong Kong Observatory hoisted a number-eight cyclone warning late Monday, triggering the closure of schools and businesses. It was lowered to a number-three strong wind signal late Tuesday morning, allowing the stock market to reopen.

The storm had crossed the southern tip of Guangdong province and was over the Beibu Gulf and heading for northern Vietnam, the Observatory's website showed Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities in Hong Kong city were hauling away debris and clearing a backlog of hundreds of delayed or cancelled flights.

Television news footage showed uprooted trees, overturned bus stop signs and damaged bamboo construction scaffolding that had been torn down by the strong winds.

Typhoon Kalmaegi swept out of the Philippines on Monday after causing chest-deep floods in some rural areas but leaving the storm-prone country largely unscathed.

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

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China - Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region): Typhoon shuts down Hong Kong with strong winds, rain

15 September 2014 - 10:40pm
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: China - Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), Philippines

09/16/2014 01:55 GMT

HONG KONG, September 16, 2014 (AFP) - Hong Kong was shuttered Tuesday as a powerful typhoon swept past the city, bringing strong winds and rain that caused flight disruptions and forced the closure of the stock market and container ports.

Typhoon Kalmaegi, packing gusts of 125 kilometres (77 miles) per hour, was centred 400 kilometres southwest of Hong Kong as it barrelled towards the northern tip of China's Hainan island.

"Although the tropical cyclone is moving away from Hong Kong, gales are expected to persist for some time," the Hong Kong Observatory said on its website.

The Observatory hoisted the number-eight tropical cyclone warning on Monday evening and said it would remain in place until late morning Tuesday, triggering the closure of schools and businesses in the city.

At Hong Kong's airport, over 500 flights were delayed while nearly 40 were cancelled, a government statement said.

It said that there were 44 reports of fallen trees and that some parts of the city were flooded, but there were no reports of landslides.

The Hong Kong stock exchange cancelled its morning trading session and said it would remain closed for the day if the number-eight warning -- the third in a five-tier warning system -- was still in force by noon.

Typhoon Kalmaegi swept out of the Philippines on Monday after causing chest-deep floods in some rural areas but leaving the storm-prone country largely unscathed.

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

Hong Kong was buffeted by two typhoons last year.

In August 2013 helicopter teams saved all 21 crew from a cargo ship that sank as Severe Typhoon Utor passed within 240 kilometres of the city, generating waves of up to 15 metres (50 feet).

And in September Typhoon Usagi -- the year's most powerful storm -- caused transport chaos in the city before crashing ashore in southern China.

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Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Kalmaegi - Estimated Impacts - Warning 21, 15 September 2014

15 September 2014 - 8:22pm
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Kalmaegi - Estimated Rainfall - Warning 21, 15 September 2014

15 September 2014 - 8:13pm
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: NDDRMC Update SitRep No.09 re Effects of Typhoon "Luis" (Kalmaegi)

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

1. EFFECTS OF TY LUIS

1. Affected Population (Tab A) (As of 6:00 PM, 16 September 2014)

  • A total of 44,065 families / 208,279 persons were affected and displaced inside 38 evacuation centers in Regions I, II, III IV-A, CAR, and NCR

2. Incident Monitored (Tab B) (As of 4:00 AM, 16 September 2014)

Philippines: UNICEF Philippines Humanitarian Situation Report #25, Issued on 12 September 2014

15 September 2014 - 1:08pm
Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Philippines preview

Highlights

  • UNICEF and partners continue to provide life-saving and recovery assistance for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

  • UNICEF and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) launched an extended unconditional cash transfer (UCT) programme targeting 5,801 households in the most affected municipalities in Eastern Samar. Each household will receive around US$ 100 per month on top of the regular cash grants provided by the DSWD to poor households.

Typhoon Haiyan

Situation overview & humanitarian needs
According to OCHA, 14.1 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan. 4.1 million people, including 1.7 million children, were displaced. The devastation occurred in some of the Philippines’ poorest regions and communities where prior to the Typhoon more than 40% of children lived in poverty. On 15 July, category 3 Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) made landfall in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan affected areas were not heavily affected. UNICEF and partners continue to work with the National Government and Local Governments and commun-ities to improve disaster risk

Philippines: 15 September 2014: Mexico – Philippines - Tropical Cyclones

15 September 2014 - 12:23pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: China, Mexico, Philippines, Viet Nam preview

MEXICO

• ODILE made landfall near Cabo San Lucas (Baja California Sur) on 15 September at 4.45 UTC with max. sustained winds of 205 km/h (Category 3 Hurricane). 7 000 people are reported evacuated and shelters for up to 30 000 people have been set up.

• As of 15 September 13.00 UTC local Media reports blocked roads and power cuts in the area.

• A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the whole southern half of the Baja California Peninsula.

• In the next 24h it is forecast to weaken while moving over the southern part of Baja California Sur. Strong winds, storm surge and heavy rains (150-300 mm up to 450 mm) may affect the Baja California Peninsula.

PHILIPPINES, CHINA, VIETNAM

• Typhoon KALMAEGI (known in the Philippines as LUIS) made landfall on 14 September in northern Luzon, causing flash floods and landslides.

• According to NDRRMC (as of 15 September), three people were killed, another three were injured, 128 were rescued, 17 633 people were affected and displaced in northern and central Luzon.

• KALMAEGI is currently passing over the South China Sea.
It is forecast to reach the coast of eastern Hainan and southern Guangdong early on 16 September; then continue moving towards northern Vietnam.

• Heavy rains, strong winds and storm surge may affect the Chinese provinces of Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi and parts of northern Viet Nam on 16-17 September (see map).

Philippines: NDDRMC Update SitRep No.07 re Effects of Typhoon "Luis" (Kalmaegi)

15 September 2014 - 7:42am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Typhoon "LUIS" has maintained its strength as it continues to move far away from the country.

Philippines: NGO builds lofts in DSWD core shelters for Sendong survivors

15 September 2014 - 6:11am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Kagayan Evangelical Disaster Response Network (KEDRN), a non-government organization (NGO) in Cagayan de Oro City, built lofts for free as an added feature to the core shelter units constructed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for survivors of Typhoon Sendong.

“We want to help transform the lives of ‘Sendong’ survivors by providing for their needs. In our own little way, we realized that we too can be catalysts for development,” Pastor Alex Eduave, Executive Director of KEDRN said.

According to Pastor Eduave, the loft, a space directly under the roof of the house which may be used as additional space for sleeping or storage, costs P15,000.

It uses the available space inside the core shelter without compromising its quality, and provides the family with more home styling or home use options.

KEDRN has already constructed 500 lofts for the Phase 3 houses in the 9.5-hectare Calaanan Resettlement Site in Barangay Canitoan. There are 1,262 core houses in Calaanan Phase 3.

The core shelters are structurally strong and can withstand wind velocities of up to 220 kilometers per hour and earthquakes of up to intensity four.

The NGO also provided double-deck beds for the family-occupants.

Sendong hit Northern Mindanao in December 2011 leaving nearly 400,000 homeless and more than 1,200 casualties.

Through these housing projects, the displaced families have been able to start their lives over in new homes and new communities.

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Philippines: Situation report on Typhoon Luis on September 15, 2014 (5:00 a.m.)

15 September 2014 - 5:38am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

From the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

Typhoon Luis is now over the West Philippine Sea and continues to move away from the country. The center of the typhoon (as of 4:00 a.m.) was located 100 km west northwest of Laoag City, 18.4°N, 119.7°E. Its movement is forecast to move west northwest at a speed of 30 kph, and is forecast to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday Morning.

STORM SIGNALS

Signal #3: Ilocos Norte

Signal #2: Cagayan including Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Mt. Province and Ilocos Sur

Signal #1: Isabela, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan and Batanes Group of Islands

  • Public storm warning signals elsewhere are now lowered.

  • Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal #3, #2 and #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal #3 and #2 are alerted against storm surges of up to 2 meters.

  • Estimated rainfall amount is from 8 – 20 mm per hour (heavy – Intense) within the 500 km diameter of the Typhoon.

  • The rest of Luzon will have monsoon rains with moderate to strong southwesterly surface windflow due to the Southwest Monsoon.

  • Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon and over the western and central seaboards of Visayas.

AFFECTED POPULATION

A total of 1,723 families (7,801 persons) were affected and displaced inside 36 evacuation centers in Region I, II, III, IV-A, CAR and NCR INCIDENTS MONITORED

9 incidents occurred in Regions III, IV-B and VIII - Flash flood / Flooding (4)

  • Overflowed spillway (1)

  • Landslide (1)

  • Maritime (2)

  • Collapsed Structure (1)

CASUALTIES

3 were reported dead, 3 were reported injured, 128 were the rescued in Regions VIII and NCR due to maritime incidents

CANCELLED FLIGHTS

Since 13 September 2014, a total of 43 flights were cancelled. As of to date, 25 flights are still cancelled due to bad weather condition (see Sit Rep 6 for details)

STATUS OF STRANDEES (as of 5 a.m., September 15)

A total of 708 passengers, 16 vessels, 83 rolling cargoes and 6 MBCAs were stranded

STATUS OF LIFELINES

  • A total of 11 roads and 3 bridges were not passable due to landslides and flashfloods in Regions I, III, V and CAR

  • Regions I, II, III, IV-A, NCR and CAR are experiencing power outages since September 14, 2014

FLOODED AREAS

Areas that have been flooded were in Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija (Aurora), Laguna (San Pedro), Rizal (San Mateo and Rodriguez) and Occidental Mindoro (Calintaan and Sta. Cruz), NCR (Mandaluyong and Pasay City)

SUSPENSION OF CLASSES

Classes have been suspended at all levels in Regions III, IV-A, IV-B (Mindoro Provinces and Calamian Group of Islands), NCR, and Region I (Ilocos Sur and San Fernando, La Union and Dagupan City). Pre-school to HS classes have been suspended in Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Philippine Air Force (PAF)

TOG3

· Prepositioned two (2) helicopters at NOLCOM, Tarlac

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)

PCG II

· Enforced “No Sail Policy”

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

DSWD CAR

· Activated 19 Quick Action Response Team (QUART) and 6 SWAD

DSWD CARAGA

· A total of 800 family food packs and assorted non-food items were provided to passengers affected by the maritime incident

· Provided non-food items:

· 18 dozens of underwear

· 2 dozens of shorts (adult female)

· 82 pcs of shorts (adult male)

· 4 dozens of blouse (adult)

· 160 pcs of shirt (adult male)

· 6 pcs of shirt (kids size – male)

· 4 pcs of shorts (kids size – male)

· 4 pcs of underwear (kids male)

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)

DPWH II

· Equipment with maintenance crew already deployed along critical areas

DPWH III · Installed warning signed on the reported closed road in Nueva Ecija

B. REGIONAL DRRM Councils

  1. RDRRMC I

· Coordinated with NDRRMC for the release of 250 sacks of rice from NFA to augment relief operations

· Coordinated with AFP-NOLCOM for the availability of helicopter for aerial reconnaissance to determine the extent of damage

IlocosNorte PPO

  • Deployed teams to conduct monitoring / assist and augment in the 7 clusters that were established MDRRMCs Pagudud and Bangui, IlocosNorte

  • Conducted pre-emptive evacuation of families living nearby coastal areas of Pagudpud and Bangui

CDRRMC Alaminos

  • Activated CDRRMC OpCen with teams on 24/7 duty

  • Established Incident Command Post

CDRRMC Dagupan

  • Activated CDRRMC OpCen with teams (WASAR/ERT) on 24/7 duty

  • Ordered the immediate removal of large billboards

  1. RDRRMC III

PDRRMC Aurora

  • Conducted pre-emptive evacuation due to heavy rains and strong winds at Brgy. Calaoca and Brgy. Diamanen

PDRRMC Bataan

  • Conducted pre-emptive evacuation in Barangay Colo and Happy Ville, Bataan on 15 September 2014

PDRRMC Bulacan

  • Conducted evacuation in Barangay Salambao, ObandoBulacan

PDRRMC Pampanga

  • Conducted evacuation in San Juan Bano, Arayat

PDRRMC Nueva Ecija

  • Conducted pre-emptive evacuation in Brgy. Acfa, Imelda, Sta. Arcadia, Barrera and D.S. Garcia of Cabanatuan on 14 September
  1. RDRRMC IV-A

· Set up and operationalization of THURAYA Satellite Phone

  1. NCR

· Task Force NCR is activated

· Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines (OAAP) directed to rolldown the billboards/tarpaulins in Metro Manila

· JTF-NCR and CDAG are on standby for possible deployment in Marikina City

· Coordinated with JTF-NCR to assist Marikina City regarding evacuation at Brgy. Tumana, Marikina City

o Deployed 4KM450 – Military Vehicle with Driver and Escort

· CDAG Team reported at Marikina City Command Center to assist the evacuation at Brgy. Tumana

Manila DRRMO

· Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada ordered pre-emptive evacuation at Baseco Gasangan Area, Corazon High School, and Ninoy Aquino Elementary School

· Activated Oplan “Tambuli” advising coastal barangays to be on alert

· DRRMO and Volunteer Groups on standby

India: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (9 - 15 September 2014)

15 September 2014 - 5:38am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Viet Nam preview

INDIA

Rescue and relief operations are ongoing in Jammu and Kashmir after landslides caused by severe flooding that began on 2 Sep, killed at least 215 people and left 150,000 people still stranded. More than 184,000 people have so far been rescued by the armed forces and National Disaster Response Force. Around 137 relief camps are operating in the Kashmir valley assisting over 100,000 people.

215 dead

184,000 people rescued

PHILIPPINES

Typhoon Kalmaegi formed on 10 Sep over the south-west Pacific Ocean and made landfall around Cagayan and Isabela provinces on 14 Sep bringing maximum sustained winds of 120 kph with gusts of up to 150 kph, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA).

According to the latest National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council report, over 7,800 people are displaced and seeking shelter in 36 evacuation centres in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, CAR and NCR. Three deaths were reported due to the sinking of a sea passenger vessel along the Southern Leyte-Surigao coast.On 14 Sep, the Humanitarian Coordinator was briefed on the situation by representatives of the Office of Civil Defense and Department of Social Welfare and Development. The Government is leading the response, including the distribution of food and non-food items to the affected people. The Government has not requested international assistance.

Kalmaegi is forecast to move west northwest at 30 kph away from the Philippines towards Viet Nam where it is expected to make landfall on the afternoon of 16 Sep affecting the northern provinces of Quang Ninh, Hai Phong,Thai Binh.

3 dead

7,800 people displaced

CHINA

On 14 Sep at least 10 people were killed in landslides triggered by severe rain in Chongqing Municipality and Sichuan Province in south western China. Local governments have relocated more than 23,300 people to safer places and rescued 604 people. The rain has affected over 2,600 hectares of farmland and thousands of livestock in the region.

10 dead

604 people rescued

NEPAL

In Aug heavy rainfall caused floods and landslides in 17 districts. Recent assessments report 29,000 families still affected, of which 5,200 families continue to be displaced. The Government of Nepal is leading the response, including the distribution of food, blankets, mosquito nets, shelter and medicines with support from international organisations.

29,000 families affected

INDONESIA

On 12 Sep, Mt. Slamet in Central Java erupted causing minor tremors and volcanic ash to spew up to 1 km into the sky. Mt. Slamet is likely to continue to erupt, threatening areas within a 4 km radius from the crater. Local authorities have led coordination efforts including the distribution of 56,000 masks and establishing two evacuation shelters to accommodate over 23,500 people.

SOLOMON ISLANDS

Since Jul 2014, there have been 1,308 cases of measles reported in Honiara, Choiseul, Guadalcanal, Isabel, Malaita, Makira, Renbel and Temotu provinces, including three related deaths (one adult and two children less than three months of age). The Ministry of Health and Medical Services, with the support of partners, has launched a mass measles vaccination campaign to target people aged 6 months to 30 years

Philippines: Typhoon Kalmaegi sweeps out of Philippines

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

09/15/2014 10:31 GMT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Philippines: Displaced children in Zamboanga immunized

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information, please contact:

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

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

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

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

Background and Objectives of the Case Study

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

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

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

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

1. Introduction

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

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