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Philippines: DSWD continues to augment LGUs affected by ‘Habagat’

14 July 2015 - 1:25am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to augment the resources of Local Government Units (LGUs) affected by heavy rains and flooding brought about by ‘Habagat.’

To date, the Department has provided a total of P3,347,378 worth of relief assistance to affected families. The DSWD has also prepositioned 417,704 family food packs at the regional offices ready for distribution by the LGUs.

In addition, the Department has P50,025,129.69 standby funds as well as food and non-food items amounting to P474,800,041.21 located in all regions and at the National Resource and Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City.

Based on the 10 am July 14 report, 28,317 families or 139,613 persons were affected in 153 barangays, where 43 families or 166 persons are still inside six evacuation centers in the provinces of Bataan and Bulacan in Central Luzon, Batangas in Calabarzon, and Benguet in CAR.

The DSWD disaster teams are on alert and continuously monitoring the situations in the different regions affected by ‘Habagat’.

To date, DSWD is also closely coordinating with the LGUs in assessing other needs of affected families. ###

World: International Annual Report 2014

13 July 2015 - 11:12pm
Source: SOS Children's Villages International Country: Albania, Central African Republic, Guinea, Lebanon, Liberia, Morocco, Mozambique, occupied Palestinian territory, Philippines, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Syrian Arab Republic, World

The 2014 International Annual Report of SOS Children's Villages, published today, presents risk factors for family breakdown and positive impacts of family strengthening, along with programme statistics and financial results.

In 2014, SOS Children’s Villages International provided sustained care for more than 439,000 children, young people and adults through its Family Strengthening and Family Based Care programmes.

SOS kindergartens, schools, vocational training centres and social centres provided education and learning opportunities for over 206,000 people.

SOS teams provided essential health or emergency services more than 1.6 million times.

Donors, sponsors and partners (corporate, foundational, institutional and governmental) provided over €1 billion in funding for programmes, services and operations.

These and many more figures regarding the reach and impact of SOS Children's Villages International's work to help children and families at risk are included in the 2014 International Annual Report, which takes as its theme the words 'Listen - Act'.

Through programme data, case studies, and the words of children and young people, their caregivers, SOS co-workers, donors and partners – the report explores how listening first, then acting, is a key factor in how SOS Children's Villages works to respond with the right help for individuals and communities, and continually improve as an organisation.

The Programme Report presents important trends affecting the world's most vulnerable children and families.

2014 Facts and Figures is an abridged report featuring just the ‘facts’ and ‘figures’ about children and families at risk, the impact of SOS Children's Villages International programmes in 2014, financial results, and some of the organisation's core principles and positions.

China: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (7-13 July 2015)

13 July 2015 - 5:06am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Tuvalu


Typhoon Chan-Hom made landfall early on 11 Jul in Zhujiajian Township in the island city of Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, as a category 1 typhoon before being downgraded to a tropical storm on 12 Jul. Chan-Hom is decreasing intensity as it moves northeast. Some 1.9 million people in nine cities were affected by the storm, including more than 1.1 million evacuated as a precaution. No casualties are reported.

1.1 million people evacuated

Direct economic losses are estimated at 5.86 billion yuan (US$ 940 million), according to the Provincial Flood Control and Drought Prevention Headquarters. The worst hit sector is agriculture with economic losses of 3.62 billion yuan as the typhoon coincided with vegetable harvests. Local government warned of water-logging disasters in some cities and torrents in mountainous regions following the record rainfall brought by the typhoon.

Typhoon Linfa, the eighth typhoon of the season, made landfall in Guangdong Province on 9 Jul, where more than 1.6 million people were affected by rainstorms and 56,000 displaced. No casualties were reported.
Direct losses from the storm were estimated at 1.3 billion yuan (US$ 213 million) according to provincial authorities.

56,000 people displaced


Drought conditions persist in the key agricultural provinces. A joint Government-international community assessment reports impact to agricultural production, decreased quality and drying up of water resources and an increase in waterborne diseases.


The inter-tropical convergence zone, which brought moderate to heavy rains that triggered flooding in central Mindanao, also caused strong winds in Basilan and Tawi-Tawi provinces on 2 Jul, leaving some 200 houses damaged.

Meanwhile, water subsided significantly this week in the flood-affected areas in central Mindanao. In Maguindanao province, the majority of the remaining IDPs returned to their places of origin and classes resumed in all 32 affected schools. Local authorities continue to assist the affected families through the distribution of food and NFIs and livelihood assistance for farmers.

200 houses damaged

On 3 Jul, UNHCR reported that about 10,000 people remain displaced in Maguindanao province from the Government’s joint law enforcement operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). Of these, about 8,500 people are in evacuation centres while others are hosted by friends and relatives.5

10,000 people displaced


The Government led emergency response operations, including the distribution of relief items and the provision of medical care to flood affected townships in Rakhine State. On 10 Jul, national media reported that the Union Government announced a kyat 3.2 billion (US$ 30,000) package to support reconstruction of destroyed housing and rebuild damaged infrastructure in Rakhine.


Mount Raung volcano in East Java province has been active for several weeks. The level activity increased on 10 Jul blasting ash and debris into the air.
Airport closures caused mass disruption to travel. Local authorities provided masks and other health supplies; and plans to conduct contingency planning and simulation exercises for the affected districts.


In the next three months, there is an extremely high chance of below normal rainfall in Indonesia and Malaysia. Papua New Guinea and western India are also likely to receive less rainfall than average. Meanwhile above average rainfall is likely across the Pacifc, in particular Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 07 re Effects of enhanced Southwest Monsoon

12 July 2015 - 10:54pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines


Monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides will be experienced over Zambales, Bataan and Pangasinan. Occasional rains are expected over Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Cordillera and the rest of Central Luzon and of Ilocos Region. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the entire archipelago with moderate to rough seas.

Philippines: Philippines: Mindanao Flooding Affected Areas (as of 07 July 2015)

11 July 2015 - 4:09pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 06 re Effects of enhanced Southwest Monsoon

11 July 2015 - 12:15am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines


PAGASA 24-hours public weather forecast for the period 5:00 AM, 11 July to 5 AM 12 July:

Southwest Monsoon affecting Luzon and Western Visayas.

Monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides will be experienced over the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera and Central Luzon. Occasional rains are expected over Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Western and Western Visayas. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the entire archipelago with moderate to rough seas.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 05 re Effects of enhanced Southwest Monsoon

10 July 2015 - 10:53am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

World: Count in vulnerable populations in disaster preparedness and response

10 July 2015 - 8:42am
Source: UN Population Fund Country: Philippines, World

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, called on humanitarian agencies to redouble efforts in addressing the special needs of vulnerable populations in preparedness and response measures to disasters as nations observe World Population Day on July 11.

Globally, over 50 million people are displaced by disasters and armed conflicts and over 75 per cent of them are women, girls and young people who are among the most affected population in emergencies due to their vulnerabilities.

“They are constantly exposed to sexual violence, maternal deaths, unwanted pregnancies and the threat of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, because of the absence or lack of reproductive health services and protection mechanisms,” said UNFPA Country Representative Klaus Beck.

Beck said recent humanitarian crises have seen pregnant women giving birth in the most unsanitary conditions without the assistance of skilled birth attendants. He also cited sexual violence committed against women and young girls due to lack of security in the midst of a chaotic situation.

In the 7.2 magnitude earthquake anticipated by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the UNFPA estimates that of the 2.9 million people expected to be displaced, around 700,000 are likely to be women and girls of child-bearing age, and close to 29,000 will be pregnant. More than 100 childbirths are also expected to give birth every day. Also, around 435,000 of the displaced population will be persons with disabilities (PWDs).

“Reproductive health and protection services should be in place at the onset of a humanitarian emergency. They are as important as food, shelter and water; they are life-saving,” Beck said.

UNFPA brought attention to the needs of persons with disabilities, which are often overlooked during a humanitarian crisis. “Often, they are either directly excluded from or are not able to fully benefit from disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response programmes,” Beck said.

Citing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Beck said it is crucial that disability-inclusive policies are included in all phases of disaster management to ensure the full and equal fulfilment of human rights of PWDs.

"The point is, every disaster puts vulnerable populations at risk and endangers their lives. They are less able to safeguard their own needs and interests compared with others. Responding to their special needs during emergency situations helps ensure that everyone is given proper protection, health and dignity to life as a matter of right," he said.

Philippines: Philippines: DSWD disaster teams remain on alert for ‘Habagat’

10 July 2015 - 4:55am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

A total of 20,449 families or 101,360 persons from the National Capital Region (NCR), Central Luzon, and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have been affected by heavy rains and flooding brought about by ‘Habagat’ or the southwest monsoon triggered by Typhoon Falcon, as of 8 am today.

Of this, 659 families or 2,424 persons are still staying in 29 evacuation centers opened and managed by local government units (LGUs) in the three regions.

NCR, which is the most affected, has 11 evacuation centers providing temporary shelter to 431 families or 1,405 persons.

The evacuation centers are located in the following areas:

  • Caloocan: Barangays 171,175, and 176
  • Quezon City : Batasan Hill, Novaliches Proper (Novaliches Bayan), Dona Imelda, and Roxas
  • Valenzuela : Colong, Vicente Reales, and Marulas

To date, concerned local government units in NCR have distributed 3,502 family food packs worth around P1.3 million to affected families.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that relief supplies have already been prepositioned at the LGUs to augment their resources.

DSWD disaster teams continue to be on alert to provide immediate assistance to the LGUs and to assess the impact of the weather disturbance.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 04 re Effects of enhanced Southwest Monsoon

10 July 2015 - 4:51am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: Final Report re Effects of Severe Tropical Storm "Egay"

10 July 2015 - 2:42am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines


02 July 2015

The Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Luzon has developed into a Tropical Depression (TD) and was named "EGAY." At about 11:00 PM, TD "EGAY" has intensified into a Tropical Storm (TS) as it continues to move in a northwest direction.

03 July 2015

TS "EGAY" has intensified and slowed down and continues to move closer to Northern Luzon.

04 July 2015

At 11:00 AM, TS "EGAY" slightly accelerated at 13kph. As it continues to traverse towards Northern Luzon, "EGAY" has slowed down and further intensified into a Severe Tropical Storm (STS) with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph. STS "EGAY" has made landfall over Palanan, Isabela at about 11:00 PM.

05 July 2015

At 5:00 AM, STS "EGAY" has remained almost stationary since its landfall moving West Northwest at 7kph. After STS "EGAY" traversed over Cagayan, it weakened slightly into a Tropical Storm and continues to move towards Luzon Sea.

06 July 2015

TS "EGAY" remained almost stationary over Luzon Sea. It slightly weakened and continues to move northward slowly.

07 July 2015

"EGAY" slightly intensified before exiting the Philippine Area of Responsibility at around 9:00 AM.

Philippines: Philippines: Mindanao - Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) (as of 06 July 2015)

10 July 2015 - 1:34am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines


The Intertropical Convergence Zone, or ITCZ, is the region that circles the Earth, near the equator, where the trade winds of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres come together. The intense sun and warm water of the equator heats the air in the ITCZ, raising its humidity and making it buoyant. Aided by the convergence of the trade winds, the buoyant air rises. As the air rises it expands and cools, releasing the accumulated moisture in an almost perpetual series of thunderstorms.

Seasonal shifts in the location of the ITCZ drastically affects rainfall in many equatorial nations, resulting in the wet and dry seasons of the tropics rather than the cold and warm seasons of higher latitudes. Longer term changes in the ITCZ can result in severe droughts or flooding in nearby areas.


The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has been experiencing moderate to heavy rains with winds blowing light to moderate since 4:00 AM of June 24, 2015 due to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). This has affected a total 19,874 families/99,319 individuals in 18 municipalities from 3 provinces due to flashfloods, river floods and strong wind incidents.

As of 3 July 2015, the flooding incident has affected 19,736 families/ 98,680 individuals in 79 barangays. In addition, the DepEd-ARMM reported 32 public schools affected with 9,970 student and 200 teachers. While, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF)-ARMM reported crop damage of 859 hectares of corn and rice fields or amounting to PhP 6,626,420.00

China: China evacuates over 865,000 as super typhoon nears

10 July 2015 - 1:33am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: China, China - Taiwan Province, Japan, Philippines

Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Saturday 7/11/2015 - 01:49 GMT

Super typhoon Chan-hom barrelled towards eastern China near commercial hub Shanghai on Saturday, prompting the evacuation of more than 865,000 people after earlier lashing Japan's Okinawa island chain and Taiwan.

The powerful storm could be the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Zhejiang province, which borders Shanghai to the south, for the month of July since 1949, China's National Meteorological Centre (NMC) said.

At 9:00 am (0100 GMT) on Saturday, the typhoon was around 115 kilometres (71 miles) southeast of Zhejiang province over the East China Sea packing winds of up to 187 km per hour, the NMC said.

It was forecast to make landfall in Zhejiang on Saturday in the afternoon, striking near the port city of Ningbo before approaching Shanghai.

In addition to the large-scale evacuations, the province had called nearly 30,000 fishing boats back to port after waves reached up to 10 metres (33 feet) high off the coast, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Local television showed heavy rain and wind lashing the coastal province under grey skies.

The storm left five people dead in the Philippines earlier in the week and injured more than 20 people in Japan on Friday as strong winds uprooted trees and battered buildings, the Tokyo Broadcasting System broadcaster reported.

Four people were also injured by falling trees in Taiwan when the storm buffeted the island on Friday.

  • 'Not bad so far' -

Shanghai had issued the second most serious typhoon alert, according to the local government, but had so far ruled out a direct hit on the city of 23 million. Chan-hom was around 370 km from Shanghai on Saturday morning, local television said.

The city government urged people to stay home, as the weather disrupted scores of flights, trains and buses from Shanghai. China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines cancelled around 400 flights on Saturday, state media said.

Traffic had thinned on the streets, though some people on motorcycles and even bicycles braved the rain, which blew down small branches.

"It's not bad so far. We'll stay open even if there is one customer," said one seller at a small stand offering traditional breakfast food like fried dough.

The typhoon was forecast to affect a wide swathe of China, also bringing heavy rain to the eastern provinces of Fujian and Jiangsu, the NMC said.

"The upcoming typhoon seems very powerful. We have sealed all our windows and doors and have stored food," said Liu Yimin, a villager in coastal Huagang village, according to Xinhua.

People in coastal fishing farms in Fujian, south of Zhejiang, were also asked to evacuate Friday morning when the NMC first issued a red alert -- the highest level -- for the super typhoon.

The typhoon is the second storm to hit China in days after severe tropical storm Linfa made landfall on the coast of southern Guangdong province.

The US government's Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast Chan-hom would head towards the Korean peninsula, bringing "gale-force" winds to along the west coast of South Korea after hitting China.


© 1994-2015 Agence France-Presse

China: Typhoon lashes Japan islands and Taiwan, heading to China

10 July 2015 - 1:33am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: China, China - Taiwan Province, Japan, Philippines

Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Friday 7/10/2015 - 08:54 GMT

Typhoon Chan-hom lashed Japan's Okinawa island chain on Friday as it pushed towards Taiwan and onto China, leaving more than 20 people injured.

Thousands were evacuated from eastern China in preparation for the storm which left five dead in the Philippines earlier in the week after heavy rains.

The powerful typhoon -- categorised as a "super typhoon" by some regional weather bureaus -- was moving northwest of Miyako island of the Okinawan island chain on Friday afternoon, with recorded gusts of 234 kilometres (145 miles) per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The typhoon is expected to keep moving northward, bringing rainstorms and waves as high as 12 metres (40 feet) at sea, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.

As trees were uprooted and buildings battered at least 23 people were injured and 180 evacuated across the area, the Tokyo Broadcasting System broadcaster reported.

The meteorological agency warned that strong winds and high waves would continue to pound the island chain where 42,000 households have been left without power.

The storm left five dead in the Philippines, including three children, as it swept through from Tuesday with flooding almost a metre (three feet) deep in the northern island of Luzon and 1,500 people displaced.

Chan-hom began to bear down on Taiwan Friday, where the weather bureau categorised it as a "severe typhoon".

Four people have been injured so far, all of them by falling trees.

  • Thousands evacuated -

Taiwan's stock market was closed and schools and offices shut as heavy rainfall and fierce winds battered the north.

Troops have been deployed to northeastern areas and fishing boats called back to ports.

Mountain communities were particularly at risk with warnings over landslides, authorities said. More than 1,000 villagers were evacuated from the remote township of Chien-shih in Hsinchu county which had been deluged with 300 mm (12 inches) of rain by Friday afternoon.

"The speed of winds and the amount of rainfall in the north and northeast have been on the rise in the past few hours," Taiwan's weather bureau said.

A number of flights in and out of Okinawa and northern Taiwan have been cancelled.

China's National Meteorological Center issued a red alert, the highest, on Friday morning for Chan-Hom, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The storm is due to pass northern Taiwan overnight before making landfall on the east coast of mainland China.

More than 10,000 people have been evacuated from the coastal province of Zhejiang and 10,000 fishing vessels returned to harbour for shelter.

People on coastal fishing farms in Fujian province were also asked to move out Friday morning.

Chan-hom was expected to hit eastern China's coastline early Saturday and is forecast to change course and head northeast toward Shanghai and the Korean peninsula.

Hot on the heels of Chan-hom, Typhoon Nangka was swelling over the Pacific Ocean Friday and is expected to travel northwest towards Japan's Ryukyu Islands in the coming days. The Japan Meteorological Agency described the intensity of the storm as "very strong".

Hong Kong had been braced Thursday for severe tropical storm Linfa but it weakened after making landfall on the coast of the southern Chinese province of Guangdong and skirted the city late at night making little impact.


© 1994-2015 Agence France-Presse

China: Typhoons in the Western Pacific Ocean, Jul 09, 2015

9 July 2015 - 9:57pm
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Country: China, China - Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), China - Macau (Special Administrative Region), Guam, Philippines

Two typhoons in the Philippine Sea and a tropical storm near the China coast near Hong Kong and Macau have the region on alert. From left to right: Tropical Storm Linfa is tracking westward parallel to the coast of China, losing steam as the storm interacts with land. Typhoon Chan-hom is over the Ryukyu Trench south of Okinawa on a track heading northwest toward the China coast north of Wenzhou. A sharp northward turn forecast after landfall could take the center of the storm very near Shanghai. Super Typhoon Nangka, with winds near 135 knots, is currently north of Guam heading west and slowing down. A turn toward the northwest is expected to begin around July 11. This image was taken by JMA MTSAT at 0530Z on July 9, 2015.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 02 re Effects of enhanced Southwest Monsoon

9 July 2015 - 10:07am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 03 re Effects of enhanced Southwest Monsoon

9 July 2015 - 10:03am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

World: El Niño: Implications and Scenarios for 2015

9 July 2015 - 8:56am
Source: World Food Programme Country: Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, World, Zimbabwe

An El Nino event active since March 2015 will almost certainly last through 2015 and is likely to extend into early 2016.

The intensity of this event is increasing with a peak expected in the last quarter of 2015 and there is a significant chance that it may become one of the strongest events of the past 30 years.

The timing of the event means that it will influence all growing seasons of the northern hemisphere (broadly from May to October) as well as those of equatorial regions (Horn of Africa, Indonesia) of late 2015 and of southern Africa and South America from late 2015 to early 2016.

The possible impacts are wide ranging and mostly negative for WFP beneficiaries.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 01 re Effects of Enhanced Southwest Monsoon

9 July 2015 - 12:04am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines


At 4:00 PM today, the eye of typhoon "FALCON" was located based on all available data at 1,065 km east of Basco, Batanes (20.6°N, 132.2°E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 20 kph. Southwest Monsoon affecting Luzon and Western Visayas.

Monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides will be experienced over the regions of Ilocos, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON and MIMAROPA. Occasional rains are expected over Western Visayas. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the entire archipelago with moderate to rough seas.