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

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

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

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

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

  1. References

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

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

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

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

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

Philippines: Typhoon Goni ravages Philippines, heads towards Japan

23 August 2015 - 2:34am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: China - Taiwan Province, Philippines

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Sunday 8/23/2015 - 08:56 GMT

A weakened Typhoon Goni was headed towards Japan on Sunday, after leaving at least 10 dead in the northern Philippines and causing thousands of people to be evacuated in Taiwan.

By Sunday afternoon the storm was 240 kilometres ((149 miles) east of Taiwan's capital Taipei and was moving north at 19 miles an hour, the island's Central Weather Bureau said.

The Philippines was hit hardest by the storm, which triggered landslides and floods -- killing at least 10 and leaving 17 missing in the north of the main island of Luzon.

"Pre-emptive evacuations have been conducted in most of the area but sad to note, some of the areas did not do a pre-emptive (evacuation) and some did real-time evacuation when the event was already starting to happen," said Alexander Pama, the country's civil defence chief.

The 17 people missing were from a small mining community that was buried by landslides, police in the area said.

Although the Philippine weather station said most of the danger had now passed, 40 evacuation centres are still operational with over 4,000 people housed inside, said Tess Briones, disaster response chief at the social welfare department.

In the northern province of Ilocos Norte, an island town in the middle of a river had its bridge destroyed, leaving about 730 families stranded, officials said.

The storm is the ninth out of an average of 20 that hit the Philippines each year.

Moving northwards

Goni weakened as it moved northwards off Taiwan's east coast, but the authorities warned of heavy rainfall with particular concern for areas left damaged and waterlogged by Typhoon Soudelor earlier this month.

Thousands were evacuated from outlying islands and mountainous areas as a precaution, including 1,500 from the hot spring region of Wulai just outside Taipei, which was devastated by Soudelor.

Wulai residents had piled large sandbags along the river to prevent flooding, with the area already receiving 130 millimetres (five inches) of rainfall in the last two days as Goni approached.

Some have been unable to return home since Soudelor due to blocked roads.

"We all would love to go home as early as possible," one evacuee from a tiny village in Wulai, who gave her name as Yukyu, told AFP Sunday.

She is one of 80 Wulai residents who have been living in a temporary shelter in Taipei for more than two weeks, bedding down on the floor in sleeping bags.

"But any further rains could trigger landslides," she said.

Ahead of the typhoon, 1,700 tourists were also evacuated from outlying tourist destinations, bringing the total number of evacuees to almost 4,000.

Authorities warned people not to visit coastal areas due to towering waves.

By Sunday afternoon, however, some evacuees were returning home as the storm moved away from Taiwan and there were no reports of serious damage.

"The radius of the storm slightly contracted... and the trend is expected to go on," the Central Weather Bureau said in a statement.

Goni was expected to move near a remote Japanese island chain called the Sakishima Islands by Sunday evening, according to the Japan Meterological Agency.

The agency has issued high wave and strong wind warnings for the islands which are part of Okinawa prefecture.

The storm is expected to move toward Japan's main islands in the coming days.

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Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 10 Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Ineng" (I.N. Goni)

23 August 2015 - 1:37am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Typhoon "INENG" (I.N. "GONI") entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the afternoon of 18 August 2015. At 4:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon "INENG" was located at 265 km northeast of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph. It is forecasted to move North Northeast at 17 kph. Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) No. 03 was raised in Batanes Group of Islands. PSWS No. 02 was raised in Northern Cagayan Including Calayan and Babuyan Group Of Islands while PSWS No. 01 was raised in rest of Calayan, 'locos Norte, Kalinga and Abra.

TY "Ineng" is expected to bring moderate to heavy rainfall within its 600 km diameter. Stormy weather with rough to very rough seas will prevail over Batanes Group of Islands. Rains with gusty winds over Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands. Monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over Western and Central Visayas. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Eastern Visayas and Mindanao.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northwest to West over the rest of Northern Luzon and coming from the Southwest will prevail over the rest of the country. The coastal waters over the rest of the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

Philippines: Philippines, Japan, China – Tropical Cyclone Goni - ECHO Daily Map | 21/08/2015

22 August 2015 - 11:56pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office Country: China, China - Taiwan Province, Philippines

SITUATION

• Typhoon GONI weakened as it approached the Babuyan group of islands in the Strait of Luzon. On 21 August, at 6.00 UTC, its centre was located 40km south-east of Babuyan Island and it had maximum sustained wind speed of 185km/h.

• Over the next 48h, GONI will turn north and then north-east, passing east of the Strait of Luzon islands and Taiwan and heading towards the Yaeyama and Miyako islands in southern Okinawa prefecture (Japan). Its intensity will steadily decrease, but it will still be a Typhoon on 23 August, when it will approach Yaeyama islands.

• Heavy rainfall is already affecting Luzon, with 150mm observed in Aparri, northern Cagayan province on 20 August and 281 mm in Baguio, southern Benguet province over 20-21 August (24h). The NDRRMC reports precautionary evacuations in Cagayan, Benguet and Kalinga provinces, as well as some damage in the transportation and electricity networks in northern Luzon.

• Moderate to heavy rainfall and winds are expected to continue affecting northern Luzon within the day. Public Storm Warning Signals #2 and #3 are in effect for the northern provinces. Taiwan has issued an Advisory for heavy rain in the south-eastern counties. No Warnings are in effect in Japan, as of 21 August.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 09 Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Ineng" (I.N. Goni)

22 August 2015 - 8:53pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Typhoon "INENG" (I.N. "GONI") entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the afternoon of 18 August 2015. At 4:00 PM today, the eye of Typhoon "INENG" was located at 105 km east northeast of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph. It is forecasted to move North Northeast at 13 kph. Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) No. 03 was raised in Batanes Group of Islands. PSWS No. 02 was raised in Northern Cagayan Including Calayan and Babuyan Group Of Islands while PSWS No. 01 was raised in rest of Calayan, 'locos Norte, Kalinga and Abra.

TY "Ineng" is expected to bring moderate to heavy rainfall within its 600 km diameter. Stormy weather with rough to very rough seas will prevail over Batanes Group of Islands and Cagayan. Rains with gusty winds over Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Abra and Kalinga. Monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over Visayas. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Mindanao.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northwest to west will prevail over the rest of Northern Luzon and coming from the southwest over the rest of the country. The coastal waters over the rest of the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

Philippines: AHA Centre Flash Update Typhoon GONI (22 August 2015)

22 August 2015 - 3:07am
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Philippines

THE PHILIPPINES. The island of Luzon particularly the northern provinces is currently experiencing very stormy weather. Based on reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Typhoon GONI (Ineng) is now at 125 km Northeast of Calayan, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds up to 160 kph. Typhoon GONI continues to move northeast with cruising speed 7 kph. Intense rains and gusty wind will be experienced in the Cordillera, Provinces of La Union, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon. Typhoon GONI is estimated to leave the Philippines Area of Responsibility within the next 72 hours.

The NDRRMC reported flash floods, landslides and power failures caused by the typhoon. As of this writing, five people were reported to have died. Around 1,234 people are staying inside evacuation centres.

The NDRRMC, as a result of its pre-disaster risk assessment, has issued directives to local disaster risk reduction and management councils to continue to provide warning to the population and initiate preemptive evacuation. Local disaster management councils have put in place preparedness measures such as pre-positioning of rescue teams and equipment and relief items.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 08 Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Ineng" (I.N. Goni)

22 August 2015 - 2:44am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Typhoon "INENG" (I.N. "GONI") entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the afternoon of 18 August 2015. At 4:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon "INENG" was located at 125 km Northeast of Calayan, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 160 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph. It is forecasted to move North Northeast at 9 kph. Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) No. 03 was raised in Batanes, Calayan, and Babuyan Group of Islands. PSWS No. 02 was raised over the rest of Cagayan, Apayao, and !locos Norte while PSWS No. 01 was raised in rest of Isabela, Kalinga, Abra, Mt. Province, and [locos Sur.

TY "Ineng" is expected to bring moderate to heavy rainfall within its 600 km diameter. Stormy weather with rough to very rough seas will prevail over Batanes, Apayao, and Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan group of islands. Rains with gusty winds over !locos Norte, Kalinga, Abra, lfugao, Mt. Province, Quirino, Isabela and Northern Aurora.

Occasional rains will be experienced over Metro Manila, Western Visayas, rest of !locos region and of central Luzon and the provinces of Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Palawan, Mindoro, Batangas and Cavite. Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms are expected over the rest of Luzon and of Visayas. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Mindanao.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northwest to west over central Luzon and the rest of northern Luzon and coming from the southwest to west will prevail over the rest of the country. The coastal waters over the rest of the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

Philippines: Ten killed, thousands flee as typhoon lashes Philippines

21 August 2015 - 11:39pm
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: China, China - Taiwan Province, Philippines

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Saturday 8/22/2015 - 15:24 GMT

by Joel GUINTO

Ten people were killed while thousands fled to higher ground as powerful typhoon Goni brought torrential rains to the northern Philippines, triggering landslides and floods, officials said Saturday.

Nine people died in Mountain Province and Benguet in the northern highlands after their houses were buried in rocks and mud. A man was killed in nearby Ilocos Norte province after he was hit by a falling tree, the national disaster council said in a report.

Three people were reported missing in flooded areas while seven others were injured. Close to 13,000 people had been evacuated by nightfall, the report said.

Typhoon Goni was 130 kilometres northeast of the Batanes island chain on Saturday evening, with winds of up to 185kph (115mph), according to the state weather bureau.

In the northern province of Abra, two straight days of heavy rains caused a major river to overflow, governor Eustaquio Bersamin said.

"The Abra river has turned into an ocean," Bersamin told DZMM radio.

"The rains were much stronger than we expected," he said.

Thirteen domestic flights were cancelled on Saturday, the disaster council said.

The storm is the ninth out of an average of 20 that hit the Philippines each year and is now heading to Taiwan, the weather bureau said.

Taiwan has evacuated people from outlying islands and troops are on standby for disaster relief as it takes precautions against heavy rains expected this weekend.

Towering waves crashed against the island's eastern coast Saturday morning, although people were still on the beach in the southern region of Kenting.

  • Tourists evacuated -

While the chance of Goni making landfall in Taiwan has diminished, the typhoon will bring heavy rains to most of the island Saturday and Sunday, with mountainous areas in eastern Hualien and Yilan counties expected to see torrential downpours.

Areas at risk included the hot spring town of Wulai that was devastated by Typhoon Soudelor just two weeks ago. The popular tourist destination is still struggling to repair roads damaged by mudslides and the town remains cut off from regular water and power supplies.

Wulai residents piled large sandbags along the river to prevent flooding from the expected rains and local officials said may evacuate residents from at-risk areas.

At least 1,700 tourists have already been evacuated from Taiwan's outlying Green and Orchid islands. Offices and schools have been closed there since Friday. Some ferry services and domestic flights have been cancelled, but international flights have yet to be affected.

China's National Meteorological Center has forecast Goni will not make landfall in the country, although the lowest level typhoon alert has been issued.

The eastern province of Fujian, which faces Taiwan across a strait, has evacuated nearly 5,000 people involved in the fishing industry from coastal areas while 10,490 boats have returned to port to avoid impact from the typhoon.

Typhoon Soudelor killed at least 21 people in China after making landfall in Fujian earlier this month.

In Japan, airlines announced possible flight delays and cancellations as Goni and another strong typhoon, Atsani, neared.

Atsani was expected to approach the Ogasawara island chain, some 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo, on Saturday, with winds of up to 252kph, according to the Japanese meteorological agency.

Goni was forecast to approach the Sakishima island chain in the south on Sunday, it said.

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Philippines: Seven killed as typhoon hits northern Philippines

21 August 2015 - 11:39pm
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Saturday 8/22/2015 05:54 GMT

Seven people were killed while thousands fled to higher ground as powerful typhoon Goni brought torrential rains to the northern Philippines, triggering landslides and floods, officials said Saturday.

Six people died in Mountain Province and Benguet in the northern highlands after they were buried in rocks and mud. A man was killed in nearby Ilocos Norte province after he was hit by a falling tree, the national disaster council said in a report.

Two others were reported missing in flooded areas while five people were injured. Roughly 1,700 people had been evacuated by Saturday, the report said.

Typhoon Goni was 165 kilometres northeast of the northern province of Cagayan on Saturday morning, with winds of up to 195kph (121mph), according to the state weather bureau.

In the northern province of Abra, two straight days of heavy rains caused a major river to overflow, governor Eustaquio Bersamin said.

"The Abra river has turned into an ocean," Bersamin told DZMM radio.

"The rains were much stronger than we expected," he said.

Thirteen domestic flights were cancelled on Saturday, the disaster council said.

The storm is the ninth out of an average of 20 that hit the Philippines each year and is now heading to Taiwan, the weather bureau said.

Taiwan has evacuated people from outlying islands and troops are on standby for disaster relief as it takes precautions against heavy rains expected this weekend.

Towering waves crashed against the island's eastern coast Saturday morning, although people were still on the beach in the southern region of Kenting.

- Tourists evacuated -

While the chance of Goni making landfall in Taiwan has diminished, the typhoon will bring heavy rains to most of the island Saturday and Sunday, with mountainous areas in eastern Hualien and Yilan counties expected to see torrential downpours.

Areas at risk included the hot spring town of Wulai that was devastated by Typhoon Soudelor just two weeks ago. The popular tourist destination is still struggling to repair roads damaged by mudslides and the town remains cut off from regular water and power supplies.

Wulai residents piled large sandbags along the river to prevent flooding from the expected rains and local officials may evacuate residents from at-risk areas later Saturday.

At least 1,700 tourists have already been evacuated from Taiwan's outlying Green and Orchid islands. Offices and schools have been closed there since Friday. Some ferry services and domestic flights have been cancelled, but international flights have yet to be affected.

China's National Meteorological Center has forecast Goni will not make landfall in the country, although the lowest level typhoon alert has been issued.

The eastern province of Fujian, which faces Taiwan across a strait, has evacuated nearly 5,000 people involved in the fishing industry from coastal areas while 10,490 boats have returned to port to avoid impact from the typhoon.

Typhoon Soudelor killed at least 21 people in China after making landfall in Fujian earlier this month.

In Japan, airlines announced possible flight delays and cancellations as Goni and another strong typhoon, Atsani, neared.

Atsani was expected to approach the Ogasawara island chain, some 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo, on Saturday, with winds of up to 252kph, according to the Japanese meteorological agency.

Goni was forecast to approach the Sakishima island chain in the south on Sunday, it said.

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Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 07 Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Ineng" (I.N. Goni)

21 August 2015 - 11:17pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Typhoon "Ineng" (I.N. "GONI") entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the afternoon of 18 August 2015. At 4:00 PM today, the eye of Typhoon "Ineng" was located based on all available data at 310 km East of Calayan, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 170 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 205 kph. It is forecasted to move West Northwest at 11 kph. Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) No. 03 was raised in Batanes Group of Islands, Northern Cagayan including Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands. PSWS No. 02 was raised in rest of Cagayan, Northern Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra and !locos Norte. PSWS No. 01 was raised in rest of Isabela, Northern Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Benguet, La Union, and (locos Sur.

TY "Ineng" is expected to bring moderate to heavy rainfall within its 600 km diameter. Stormy weather with rough to very rough seas will prevail over Batanes, llocos Norte, Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, and Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Monsoon Rains with gusty winds over the rest of Cordillera and the provinces of Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, La Union, Ilocos Sur, and Northern Aurora. Occasional rains will be experienced over Metro Manila, Western Visayas, MIMAROPA, rest of Central Luzon and the provinces of Pangasinan, Batangas, and Cavite. Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms are expected over rest of Luzon and of Visayas. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Mindanao.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northwest to West over Central Luzon and the rest of Northern Luzon and coming from the Southwest to West will prevail over the rest of the country. The coastal waters over the rest of archipelago will be moderate to rough.

China - Taiwan Province: Typhoon Goni - Estimated Impacts Warning 31, 21 Aug 2015 1500 UTC

21 August 2015 - 12:01pm
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: China - Taiwan Province, Philippines

China - Taiwan Province: Typhoon Goni - Estimated Impacts Warning 30, 21 Aug 2015 0900 UTC

21 August 2015 - 9:05am
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: China - Taiwan Province, Philippines

China - Taiwan Province: Typhoon Goni - Estimated Impacts Warning 30, 21AUG2015 0900UTC

21 August 2015 - 9:05am
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: China - Taiwan Province, Philippines

Philippines: Two killed, thousands flee as typhoon nears Philippines, Taiwan

21 August 2015 - 7:40am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: China - Taiwan Province, Philippines

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Friday 8/21/2015 - 10:33 GMT

Two people were killed while thousands were evacuated as powerful typhoon Goni approached the Philippines and Taiwan on Friday, authorities said.

In the Philippine highland town of Itogon, two construction workers died after a landslide buried their roadside tent in rocks and mud. Close to 400 people in flood-prone towns were moved to shelters, police and disaster officials said.

In Taiwan, 1,700 tourists were evacuated from the outlying Green and Orchid islands as early as Thursday while offices were shut on Friday.

Goni was forecast to graze the Batanes islands off the Philippines' northern tip on Saturday morning on its way to Taiwan, according to the Filipino weather bureau.

The storm, the seventh to enter the Philippines this year, packs maximum sustained winds of 170 kilometres (105 miles) per hour with gusts of up to 205 kilometres per hour, it said.

The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 typhoons a year, many of them deadly.

Taiwan, meanwhile, is still reeling from typhoon Soudelor, which left 12 people dead or missing and caused widespread damage when it hit two weeks ago.

In the mountainous hot spring town of Wulai just south of the capital Taipei 100 people have not returned to their homes as roads are still blocked with mud.

"Temporary supplies of water, electricity and phone cables set up after Typhoon Soudelor could be interrupted again if Typhoon Goni introduces torrential rains to that area," said Chiang Chien-ming, chief road engineer for the highway authorities.

Authorities plan to deploy excavators and bulldozers to Wulai while local business have cleared drainage ditches as they prepare for the typhoon.

A senior official from Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau told AFP that Goni could bring rains of up to 200 millimetres (eight inches) to the east coast and mountain areas in the north.

In Japan, airlines announced possible flight delays and cancellations as Goni and another strong typhoon, Atsani, neared.

Atsani, with winds of up to 252 kilometres per hour, was expected to approach the Ogasawara island chain, some 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo, on Saturday, according to the Japanese meteorological agency.

Meanwhile, Goni is forecast to approach the Sakishima island chain in the south on Sunday, it said.

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Philippines: UNICEF, IOM Improve Typhoon Evacuation Centre Network in Philippines

21 August 2015 - 2:22am
Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Philippines

Philippines - IOM and UNICEF have formed a new partnership to improve evacuation facilities in some of the most cyclone-prone regions of the Philippines.

Marking the new working relationship, the two organizations organized a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a pilot community evacuation centre in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, alongside local authorities and relevant ministries. The construction of the evacuation centres was made possible with funding from a campaign organized by Fuji TV, Japan – a partner of UNICEF Japan.

Welcoming IOM’s collaboration with UNICEF, IOM Philippines Chief of Mission Marco Boasso noted that the new facilities will provide long-term solutions for communities often affected by natural disasters, such as Typhoon Haiyan, which caused widespread devastation in Guiuan in 2013.

“This evacuation centre will provide life-saving protection during natural disasters like typhoon, floods and earthquakes and will increase the capacity of the people in Guiuan to cope with future natural disasters. After Typhoon Haiyan, many schools were used as post-disaster emergency shelters. This meant that many children were unable to go back to school,” he said.

UNICEF Country Representative Lotta Sylwander added: “Children are the most vulnerable in times of natural disasters. We want to make sure they not only survive, but also thrive. Returning to school is a priority action in ensuring the safety and well-being of children, as well as a return to normalcy in post-disaster situations. Disruption to children’s education should be kept minimal.” She stressed that the evacuation centres will not only enable communities to be resilient to recurring natural disasters, but also keep school facilities ready to resume classes.

The purpose-built evacuation centre will provide safe shelter for up to 350 people, and act as a community centre during non-disaster times. The building will combine international best practices in disaster-resilient design for mass evacuation centres with local construction technologies and locally available materials. This will allow the structure to be replicated at other sites across the Philippines.

IOM and UNICEF will start work on a second community evacuation centre in the City of Borongan in October 2015. It will also be funded by the Fuji TV Japan campaign.

Analysis:

IOM is the global lead of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster for natural disasters and works closely with local authorities and humanitarian partners to support and manage the displacement of affected populations. In view of the increasing numbers of displaced people and the need to promote safe and orderly evacuations, the CCCM cluster has been working on capacity building of relevant stakeholders and developing on guidelines on mass evacuation, including infrastructure.

In the Philippines, IOM is the co-lead of the CCCM cluster which is led by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the two institutions have been working closely with local authorities and other humanitarian partners to enhance evacuation systems, which were severely disrupted by the frequent natural disasters occurring in the country.

For more information please contact Marco Boasso at IOM Philippines, Email: mboasso@iom.int, Tel. +63 2 901 0124

World: World - Events - ECHO Daily Map | 20/08/2015

20 August 2015 - 10:51pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office Country: Barbados, China - Taiwan Province, Cuba, Haiti, India, Japan, Mali, Nigeria, Philippines, Sudan, World

Cuba – Drought
• Lack of rain from May to June has affected 68% of the country (11 provinces).
• Authorities refer to the current drought as the worst in the last 115 years. In Guantanamo, water usually used for agriculture is now used for human consumption.

Haiti – Food insecurity
• The ongoing drought has led to an increase in the price of basic foodstuff, affecting severely poor households.
• Grand South, North West, High Artibonite, South East, North East and marginal urban areas in Port-au-Prince are considered in food crisis.

Mali – Violation of ceasefire
• The northern region of Kidal is experiencing a revival of violence since 16 August, in the first serious violation of the ceasefire agreement since the signature of the Algiers Peace Accord in June.
• The humanitarian situation in northern Mali remains difficult, with 1.5 million people dependent on emergency assistance.

Sudan – Food insecurity
• Increased mortality due to malnutrition is reported in South Kordofan State. People are reportedly eating grass, tree leaves and the seeds available, since drought is disrupting cultivation.
• Many areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile States are inaccessible to humanitarian partners. The (unverified) number of people in need is estimated at 800,000.

India – Floods
• Heavy rainfall triggered floods in Assam, affecting approximately 200,000 people. According to the State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), seven districts have been affected and 45 relief camps have been opened, accommodating nearly 18,000 people, as of 19 August.

Caribbean – Tropical Cyclone DANNY
• On 20 August, at 9.00 UTC, DANNY’s centre was located 1,700 km east of Barbados.
• Over the next 48h, the Tropical Storm will move west-northwest, remaining far from land, and possibly intensifying into a Hurricane. It may approach the central Caribbean islands on 24 August. Currently, no coastal Watches or Warnings are in effect by NOAA.
• Many Caribbean islands are facing drought conditions and there are fears of increased damage in case of heavy rainfall.

Nigeria – Boko Haram insurgency
• As many as 160 people, including 60 children, drowned in a river, trying to flee Boko Haram militants who blocked the only escape route in the village of Kukuwa-Gari (Yobe State) and opened fire. The incident happened on 13 August.
• 15,000 people have been killed due to the Boko Haram insurgency since 2009. More than 1.5 million remain internally displaced.

Western Pacific – Tropical Cyclone GONI
• On 20 August, at 6.00 UTC, GONI’s centre was located 277 km east of Calayan Islands in northern Luzon (Philippines).
• Over the next 48h, the Typhoon will gradually turn north, east of Luzon’s islands, initially intensifying and then slightly weakening again. Subsequently, it will probably pass east of Taiwan and approach the southern Ryukyu islands of Japan on 23 August, as a strong Typhoon.
• Heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge will affect the areas along GONI’s path. As of 20 August, there are Public Storm Warning Signals #3 and #2 in effect for parts of northern Luzon and precautionary evacuations of 70 families have taken place.

China - Taiwan Province: Typhoon Goni - Wind Impacts, 20 Aug 15 1500 UTC

20 August 2015 - 12:19pm
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: China - Taiwan Province, Philippines

China - Taiwan Province: Typhoon Goni - Storm Surge, 20 Aug 15 1500 UTC

20 August 2015 - 12:17pm
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: China - Taiwan Province, Philippines