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Philippines: World Bank Group Scales Up Support for Mindanao Peace Process

17 July 2014 - 11:44pm
Source: World Bank Country: Philippines

President Kim says people must look forward to 'feeling the benefits of peace'

MANILA, JULY 15, 2014 – The World Bank Group is expanding its support for the Mindanao peace process with new funding to build infrastructure and boost residents’ incomes as part of its growing program to help the Philippines achieve inclusive growth and reduce poverty.

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced the US$119 million funding today. The funding, which is part of a proposed new Philippine Rural Development Project, will support farm-to-market roads, bridges, communal irrigation systems, and potable water, including in the conflict affected areas of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

“The peace process is very important for attaining peace and development in Mindanao, including the ARMM where the conflict-affected areas are among the poorest regions in the country—with a poverty rate over 50 percent, more than twice the national average,” said Kim. “Our support for the peace process is in line with our goals of ending extreme poverty and building shared prosperity.”

The proposed Philippines Rural Development Project was announced yesterday by Kim in Leyte. It provides a total of $508 million to raise rural incomes and boost the productivity of farmers and fishermen in targeted areas across the nation. The project will be presented to the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors next month.

Investments to generate at least 6,000 jobs in Mindanao, including the ARMM are also being proposed by IFC, the Bank’s private sector arm.

“Together with the IFC, the World Bank is scaling up support for rural development and job creation in the region, with the Bank providing financial assistance to critical public infrastructure and the IFC promoting private investment in agribusiness,” said Kim. “This project has the potential to be truly transformational for Mindanao and critical to poverty reduction in the Philippines.”

Kim met Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III this morning at Malacañang Palace, where they discussed an additional $US 6.6 million in World Bank funding for the Mindanao Trust Fund. That funding will help support livelihoods for over 100,000 people and will support the creation of a development plan for the conflict affected areas.

President Kim also participated in a “Daylight Dialogue” good governance conference at Malacañang Palace, where he commended the government’s efforts to promote greater accountability and transparency.

“Good governance means delivering public services effectively and efficiently, while being transparent about what you spend and the results you achieve,” Kim said. “Good governance involves choosing wise policies and investments; maintaining public assets; and ensuring that civil servants are skilled, motivated, and have the tools to work effectively. It is about fostering a transparent regulatory environment that will allow the private sector to create growth and jobs.”

Supporting good governance is an important component of the World Bank Group’s new Philippine’s Country Partnership Strategy, which supports the country’s goal of promoting sustainable growth, reducing poverty and creating jobs. Under this new four year strategy, the World Bank Group plans to provide US$3.2 billion in financing for development to the government and another $1 billion for investments in business and industry from IFC, its private sector arm.


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Philippines: 17 July 2014: World - ECHO Flash Events

17 July 2014 - 3:40pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: China, Guinea, Israel, Liberia, occupied Palestinian territory, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Syrian Arab Republic, Viet Nam preview

Gaza - Israel – Conflict

• Both parties agreed to respect a humanitarian pause of 5 hours after 9 days of fighting. This must allow safe access for humanitarian assistance.

• Since the start of Operation “Protective Edge” on 7 July 2014, over 200 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and more than thousand have been injured.

Syria – Humanitarian access / assistance

• As of 16 July, UN agencies and NGO partners are organizing the delivery of assistance through designated border points to reach up to 2.9 million more people.

• The World Food Program is putting in place the UN monitoring mechanism mandated in the relevant resolution. UNICEF has already positioned supplies ready for the first cross-border convoys.

West Africa – Ebola Virus Disease outbreak

• As the number of Ebola cases and deaths in Guinea and, in particular, Sierra Leone and Liberia continues to mount (964 cases and 603 deaths), WHO has established the core team of its new regional coordination centre in Conakry. Ebola cases have now been detected in Freetown and Bo, the capital and second city of Sierra Leone.

• A convoy of 392 Ivorian refugees from Nimba town in Liberia was stopped by the Ivoirian authorities at the border and asked to return to their camps in Liberia, in the context of local administrative preventive measures against the spread of the Ebola epidemic. UNHCR is closely monitoring the situation and has engaged the relevant national authorities. WHO has not recommended border closures.

Philippines, China, Vietnam – Tropical Cyclone RAMMASUN

• Typhoon RAMMASUN (named “GLENDA” in The Philippines) made landfall overnight 15-16 July (local time) in Albay and Quezon. On 17 July, 6.00 UTC, its centre was located over the South China Sea, approx. 500km south-east of Hainan (China), and it was moving north-west, towards south-eastern China and northern Vietnam. In the next 24h, it is forecast to continue in the same direction, intensifying.
It is expected to approach Hainan and Guangdong on 18 July and the Chinese authorities have issued an Orange Warning for Typhoon.

• Due to the damage caused in the Philippines by Typhoon RAMMASUN, a State of Calamity has been declared in the provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur, as well as in Naga City.

• DG ECHO and partner organisations are continuously monitoring the situation.

Philippines: ‘Glenda’ spares Capiz

17 July 2014 - 3:18pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

By: Alex A. Lumaque

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, July 18 (PIA6) – Tropical storm Glenda brought light to moderate rains for days but left the province unscathed.

This was disclosed by Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Action Officer Esperedion Pelaez as bright and sunny morning of July 17 welcomed Capiceños provincewide.

“We have no recorded flashfloods and areas under floodwater based on our latest monitoring in the field,” he added.

No damage to lives, properties, infrastructures and agriculture have also been reported by all Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to the PDRRMO.

However, a waterspout or buhawi in Barangay Cogon here last July 15 was registered by Roxas City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office when the storm was within the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

PDRRMO had been monitoring the rainfall and water level in the various municipalities through the water level sensors and automatic rain gauges installed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under its Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards).

The generated data from the Project NOAH installed gadgets are then disseminated to various media outlets, concerned government agencies, local officials and other sectors of the community for reference and public awareness.

Gov. Victor A. Tanco early directed all the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices to standby for monitoring and possible deployment if needed in view of the tropical storm Glenda.

The directive also covered the responding units like the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Phil. Army, Phil. Coast Guard, Phil. Red Cross and Capiz Emergency Response Team, among others.

Glenda watch in the province was amidst National Disaster Consciousness Month celebration this July

The last major mobilization of the local disaster councils was when tropical depression Agaton brought flood water to some parts of the province in January this year. (JCM/AAL/PIA 6 Capiz)

Philippines: DA places initial agricultural damage estimate at P2.325 billion

17 July 2014 - 3:09pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, July 18 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Thursday that Initial estimate puts agricultural damage at P2.324 billion for fisheries and crops brought by Typhoon “Glenda” (international name: Rammasun),

Fifteen provinces in four regions were heavily affected by the typhoon, DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala told reporters in a press briefing, which include the whole of Bicol, Quezon in CALABARZON, both the Occidental and Oriental Mindoro in MIMAROPA, and for the Eastern Visayas region, agricultural damage were reported in Leyte particularly the southern part, Biliran, Eastern and Northern Samar.

Estimate for rice in farms affected at different stages of development is at P512.7 million, equivalent to 80,781 metric tons (MT), covering some 43,536 hectares (ha).

For corn, the cost of damage is at P391.65 million or 42,448 MT, covering 22,627 hectares. Alcala however cautioned that the data is still ‘initial’ as reports are still coming from municipal agricultural offices.

Hi value crops registered a P481 million damage, Alcala said, declining to name specific crops pending detailed reports from the affected areas.

The fisheries sector sustained an estimated loss of P .810 billion, affecting fish cages in Pampanga, Bataan, Laguna de Bay, Taal area in Batangas, and in Rizal province.

Damage in livestock is minimal at half million pesos but the damage for livestock infrastructure is at P123.2 million.

Alcala also estimated the area of hectares planted to coconut trees at four thousand, but added that “unlike the Typhoon Yolanda, in which coconut trees were literally cut down” by the combined effect of wind and storm surge in the Eastern Visayas region.

The DA chief also said that the typhoon, although wide in coverage, has a positive effect in the Northern parts of the country, specifically in the Cordilleras, in which ‘Glenda’ brought the much needed rain for hi value crops in the area. (ASD/Media ng Bayan)

Philippines: DA places initial agricultural damage estimate at P2.325 B

17 July 2014 - 3:09pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, July 18 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Thursday that Initial estimate puts agricultural damage at P2.324 billion for fisheries and crops brought by Typhoon “Glenda” (international name: Rammasun),

Fifteen provinces in four regions were heavily affected by the typhoon, DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala told reporters in a press briefing, which include the whole of Bicol, Quezon in CALABARZON, both the Occidental and Oriental Mindoro in MIMAROPA, and for the Eastern Visayas region, agricultural damage were reported in Leyte particularly the southern part, Biliran, Eastern and Northern Samar.

Estimate for rice in farms affected at different stages of development is at P512.7 million, equivalent to 80,781 metric tons (MT), covering some 43,536 hectares (ha).

For corn, the cost of damage is at P391.65 million or 42,448 MT, covering 22,627 hectares. Alcala however cautioned that the data is still ‘initial’ as reports are still coming from municipal agricultural offices.

Hi value crops registered a P481 million damage, Alcala said, declining to name specific crops pending detailed reports from the affected areas.

The fisheries sector sustained an estimated loss of P .810 billion, affecting fish cages in Pampanga, Bataan, Laguna de Bay, Taal area in Batangas, and in Rizal province.

Damage in livestock is minimal at half million pesos but the damage for livestock infrastructure is at P123.2 million.

Alcala also estimated the area of hectares planted to coconut trees at four thousand, but added that “unlike the Typhoon Yolanda, in which coconut trees were literally cut down” by the combined effect of wind and storm surge in the Eastern Visayas region.

The DA chief also said that the typhoon, although wide in coverage, has a positive effect in the Northern parts of the country, specifically in the Cordilleras, in which ‘Glenda’ brought the much needed rain for hi value crops in the area. (ASD/Media ng Bayan)

Philippines: “Zero Tolerance” in Albay pays off

17 July 2014 - 12:31pm
Source: UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Country: Philippines

By Brigitte Leoni

BANGKOK, 17 July 2014 - Governor Joey Salceda of hard-hit Albay Province, today said economic losses from Typhoon Rammasun (local name Glenda) could push over 20,000 families into poverty but many lives have been saved through early warnings and evacuations.

One million people have been affected by this latest typhoon to hit the Philippines which packed winds up to 180 kph. A “zero tolerance” approach to casualties by UNISDR Champion, Governor Salceda, means that there was no loss of life in Albay but 38 people died elsewhere.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), a state of calamity has been declared in Albay, Camarines Sur and Naga City. One million people have been affected this week including 530,000 who occupied evacuation centres.

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the country's largest power distributor which serves the capital and surrounding areas, said 1.9 million households still did not have power on Thursday.

Governor Salceda stated that economic losses, currently estimated at $16.5 million could rise to $90 million. In a statement today, he said a reconstruction plan would be submitted to the national government. Any delays in execution could push 27,000 families deeper into poverty and hunger alongside an existing 72,000 struggling families in an economy exposed to weather extremes.

Philippines Senator Loren Legarda who is the UNISDR Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, noted: “The level of disaster preparedness has evidently improved, from forecasting, early warning to evacuation of families in high-risk areas. were sent out early.

“These weather bulletins were given out regularly and warnings of storm surges measures have saved many lives but more needs to be done to prevent damages to critical infrastructure which have often killed and severely injured people” she said. Good communications and efficient warning systems allowed 400,000 people to be evacuated in Manila.

The NDRRMC has confirmed 38 deaths due to collapsed walls, falling debris and fallen trees that were uprooted due to strong winds, while others died of electrocution and drowning.

More than 20 000 house roofs were ripped off; 15 roads and four bridges were damaged or destroyed. Manila airport was closed and planes were even damaged on the runway. Over 1,000 ferry boat passengers remain stranded.

“National and local action must promote disaster prevention with ‘zero tolerance’ as a mindset and approach, said also Legarda. On the other hand, citizens must do their part by paying attention to government warnings and community advisories, especially when there is a need to evacuate.”

“As indicated by nearly ten years of implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action, the number of people killed by weather-related disasters is going down but economic losses are increasing and remain a big challenge in the years to come,” said Feng Min Kan, Head of Asia Pacific UN Office of Disaster Risk reduction.

The challenge is a major concern to disaster risk reduction practitioners who are currently discussing a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action which is ending in 2015.

Ms. Kan said: “We are all aware of the trend of growing economic risk from disasters and more investments will be urgently needed to reduce underlying drivers of disaster risk if we want to make progress on reducing economic losses in the years to come.”

Glenda is the seventh storm to hit the Philippines in 2014 and the strongest one since Typhoon Hayan which killed at least 6,000 people fall last.

Glenda is now heading toward Northern Vietnam and China.

Philippines: Typhoon Rammasun batters eastern Philippines, but preparedness saved lives

17 July 2014 - 8:11am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

By Kate Marshall, IFRC

Tracking across some of the most populous areas of the Philippines in just over 24 hours, Typhoon Rammasun, like its namesake – the Thai god of thunder – left a trail of destruction in its wake, stripping roofs, uprooting trees and causing storm surges, flash floods and mudslides.

Rammasun, the year’s strongest storm so far, intensified and picked up speed once it struck the Philippines eastern seaboard on Tuesday, becoming a category 3 storm with winds of up to 205 km per hour.

One million people were affected as the typhoon passed through Bicol, Quezon, parts of the Visayas and the main island of Luzon, including Metro Manila, before sweeping out to sea towards China and Northern Viet Nam. According to government estimates, 7,000 homes were destroyed and a further 20,000 were damaged.

Across the country 530,000 people were evacuated from their homes prior to the arrival of the typhoon. Authorities in the Visayan city of Tacloban, badly hit by Typhoon Haiyan last November, evacuated some 27,000 people.

Several provinces and cities declared a state of calamity, enabling them to access national emergency funds. Despite the deaths of 38 people, officials expressed relief that Rammasun had come and gone with fewer casualties and less damage than feared. This time authorities had been better prepared and residents heeded warnings.

Philippine Red Cross response teams were on high alert well before the typhoon arrived, with equipment including rescue trucks, amphibious vehicles and rubber boats readied for deployment. The Red Cross provided thousands of hot meals, food packs and non-food items to affected people in several provinces, while its emergency response teams helped in rescue efforts.

With the departure of the storm, the Red Cross began conducting assessments in the worst affected regions. The focus now is on clearing debris left behind by the storm and providing water containers and non-food relief items. Water tankers have also been sent to areas without safe drinking water. The Red Cross is mobilising community volunteers to help in distribution efforts in densely populated coastal municipalities such as Taguig in Metro Manila, that are still without power and clean water.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies already had pre-positioned supplies of non-food relief items and hygiene kits for 20,000 families, as well as 10,000 tarpaulins in Tacloban.

Speaking to the BBC, Richard Gordon, the chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, said there were no reports of major flooding in the metropolitan area because the typhoon brought less rain than feared.

Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwen Pang said it was important to remember that despite its lower than expected impact in Manila, damage caused by the typhoon in other areas remained extensive.

“We’ve had positive feedback from our chapters that our disaster risk reduction training may have had a substantial effect on mitigating Rammasun’s impact. However, thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed,” she said.

She cautioned against complacency. “Now the typhoon season is in full swing, we still need every bit of support we can get, particularly as we have ongoing operations to support recovery efforts after the earthquake in Bohol and Typhoon Haiyan last year.”

A country of islands that is used to at least 20 typhoons a year, the Philippines is gearing up for the arrival of tropical depression Henry at the weekend.

World: Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, June 2014 - Issue 11

17 July 2014 - 8:10am
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam, World preview


  • Regional general inflation was 6.1 percent in May and food price inflation 5 percent, ending five consecutive months in which the pace of inflation slowed.

  • Regional rice price index increased by 5.3 percent in nominal terms as prices continued to rise in South Asia (including India), East Asia and South East Asia.

  • Wheat price indices in South Asia fell by 6.8 percent driven by an 8.3 percent drop in Pakistan.

  • India expects to set a new record for foodgrains production at 264.4 million tonnes, with rice production estimated at 106.3 million tonnes, and wheat at 95.9 million tonnes.

  • With water shortages affecting rice crops, Sri Lanka is providing subsidies to farmers to cultivate other crops.

  • Indonesia is revising its rice subsidies programme to improve targeting and delivery of subsidized rice to over 15 million households.

  • WEF and ASEAN launch Grow Asia Partnership to strengthen food security in ten Southeast Asian countries

Regional Overview

Food and General inflation

After five consecutive months during which the pace of general inflation slowed, inflation around the region began climbing at a faster rate in May, rising by an estimated 6.1 percent compared to 5.1 percent in April. In a similar pattern, food price inflation also quickened, increasing by 5 percent in May against a 4.3 percent rise in April.
Although Indonesia registered an increase in food price inflation at 7.2 percent, that was actually a slight decline of 0.2 percent from its April increase. Nonetheless, chicken, tomato, red onion and cooking oil were all more expensive than during the previous month. Pakistan also experienced an easing in food price inflation, registering a 6.8 increase in May, down by 1.3 percent compared to April. The price slow down was led by tomatoes, which fell 49.6 percent; onions, down by 9.6 percent; wheat, lower by 8.6 percent and eggs, down 8.3 percent.

The rate of food price inflation rose, however, in China, the Philippines, Thailand and Sri Lanka. In China, a higher-than-average increase in food prices of 4.1 percent was driven by price rises for fresh fruit, up 20 percent; milk and dairy, which rose by 10.3 percent; eggs, up 17.6 percent and meat and poultry, up 3.2 percent. Food prices also increased in the Philippines where the price of pork was driven by a lowered supply to local markets; and in Pakistan where vegetable prices increased mainly as a result of high spoilage in the local markets due the extreme heat.

Rising food inflation in Thailand was caused by higher prices for vegetables and pork. The increase in the price of vegetables was a result of higher temperatures and dry weather conditions that damaged crops. Pork prices rose as a result of higher demand from schools as students returned to start a new semester. In Sri Lanka, tighter supplies of fresh fish and vegetables pushed prices for those commodities higher, but they were partly offset by lower prices for chicken, eggs and coconut.

Philippines: SituationReport no. 1, Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda), HOPE worldwide, July 17, 2014

17 July 2014 - 7:59am
Source: HOPE worldwide Country: Philippines

Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) battered the Philippines, killing 38 and affected over a million people

Legazpi City, July 17, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun entered the Philippines on July 14th, 2014 with estimated wind speed of 130 km per hour. The typhoon came through one of the highest typhoon risk area, Albay Province, just north of Tacloban in Leyte; where Typhoon Haiyan wrecked the region in November 2013.

The people of Philippines were prepared by warnings issued severaltimes a day by its National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). This preparedness system was put to the test as the center of the storm passes through the city of Legazpi, in Albay Province.

Since the morning of July 15th, airlines canceled their flights in Legazpi and surrounding regions as residents braced for the worst possibilities. By lunchtime, the sky was still pleasant with only scattered showers in the city. Once the typhoon system approached, all hells break loose. Rain and wind started to batter the city. Even in the middle of the storm, many residents were still on the street, trying to get home, while some government employees directed people out of the harm’s way.

HOPE worldwide’s Global Disaster Response Coordinator, Charles Ham, was in the Legazpi City during the storm. He described "Wind kept pounding the houses and buildings in Legazpi. The hotel where we were staying had a 30 cm flooding on its street. As the night fall, the storm became wilder. Billboard signs flew all over the streets, as screeching sounds caused by the wind was buzzing in the air. The wind and rain were coming down so hard that the canopy in our hotel was not able to keep water away from our third floor room. Water came through the small gaps of rubber sealants of the window panels. The lobby was inundated as well."

Charles Ham was on his way back from a monitoring visit inTacloban and Cebu where HOPE worldwide has been rebuilding communities through various health, housing, nutrition, livelihood, and children programs. He stopped by in Albay Province to assess the risks of typhoon and volcano eruption as well as how the community recovered from the devastating 2006 Typhoon Durian.

In the morning of July 16th, people showed their resilience asthey cleaned their streets and move on. One taxi driver described that his roof was lost, and he was back to work to start saving 15,000 pesos to rebuild the roof. Another resident, church leader from Metro Legazpi Church of Christ named Ramir Bodigan, described that one of his members lost her roof. But they will quickly help her repair her roof through church’s calamity fund. Another resident was seen walking on the streets, handing out food and water to a homeless person who survived the storm.

July 17th, as the night fall, street of Legazpi is full of streetvendors, trying to make a living to survive another day. Police ofivers started to be seen to prevent any social unrest that they saw in Tacloban last year. As the people trying to recover 2 days after the typhoon, electricity is still down, and long lines of que is a common scenary at ATMs across the city. Internet connection is also a scarce commodity. People are back on the streets in Legazpi, even as the electricity remains down. Businesses and offices started to function on generators. The faces of people showed no sign of devastation, but strengths to face another day.

As of July 17th report by NDRRMC at 06.00am, 38 peoplereported dead while 8 persons are missing. 192,131 families (1,006,360 persons) were affected by the typhoon while 100,500 families (530,689 persons) are staying in 1,219 Evacuation Centers. 7,002 houses has been destroyed, while 19,257 houses has been damaged. Up to 80% of the houses affected are in Region V (Bicol).

HOPEworldwide is working side by side with its affiliate in the Philippines along with local partners and volunteers in providing reliefs, rebuildingcommunities, and preparing for disasters. We continue to monitor the situation and how we can best help the communities

For inquires and further information,please contact:
HOPE worldwide,1285 Drummers Lane, #105 Wayne, PA 19087, USA telp: +1-610-254-8800 Charles Ham, Global Disaster Response Coordinator, email:

Philippines: Save the Children vows to provide assistance to ‘Rammasun’ survivors

17 July 2014 - 6:53am
Source: Save the Children Country: Philippines

MANILA – About 200,000 children are feared to have been affected by Typhoon Rammasun (local name Glenda), which battered the areas of Metro Manila, Bicol and adjacent regions on Wednesday, causing massive power cut and disruption of classes in the affected areas. So far, at least 20 people have been reported killed in the first major typhoon to strike the nation this year.

The government evacuated eastern coastal areas and closed schools in parts of the main Luzon island as ‘Rammasun’ charted a direct course for Manila. It is the strongest storm to threaten the country since Yolanda, a category-five "super typhoon," wiped out nearly everything in its path when it crossed the central Philippines in November.

Save the Children has sent out four rapid response teams on Thursday morning to assess the needs of the worst-affected children and families. “We have teams in some of the affected areas in Luzon, including Northern Manila, operating in flood-prone and low lying areas. Save the Children is well positioned to assist those severely affected by the typhoon.”, says Michel Rooijackers, Deputy Country Director, Operations of Save the Children.

“In such situations, we expect difficult living conditions in evacuation centres, with potential closure of schools and clinics for a few more weeks. Save the Children has more than 7,000 hygiene kits with soaps, dental supplies and towels, more than 2,000 plastic sheets for temporary shelter, tents, jerry cans and home-repair kits, water purification tablets which are ready to be shipped to the worst-affected areas,” Michel Rooijackers said.

With wind strength comparable to typhoon Xangsane (local name Milenyo) in 2006, ‘Rammasun’ had also caused panic in ‘Haiyan’-ravaged Tacloban on Tuesday, forcing evacuation over 1000 survivors to Tacloban astrodome, many of whom still living in temporary shelters. Although residents had already returned to their homes, many evacuees expressed concerns over the typhoon season. A new tropical depression east of the country is forming and is likely to make landfall this weekend. “We are mostly concerned about young children as they are most vulnerable during disasters. Children are easily swept away by winds. Our staff in Manila are hearing reports of damaged roofs and uprooted trees. These scenes are obviously distressing for children. ”Michel Rooijackers said.

Save the Children has been working in the Philippines since 1981, responding to a number of emergencies across the country. The aid agency mounted large-scale emergency responses to Typhoon Washi in 2011, Typhoon Bopha and Manila floods last year in 2012. We are currently one of the largest responders in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which had killed at least 6000 people.

Philippines: OCHA Philippines Flash Update No. 3: Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda), 17 July 2014

17 July 2014 - 6:40am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Category 3 Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in the morning of 17 July. Rammasun affected 1 million people and left 38 people dead, 10 injured and eight still missing in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VIII and Metro Manila according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. A total of 26,259 houses were damaged (7,002 totally and 19,257 partially). Of the total affected population, some 531,000 people were displaced in 1,219 evacuation centres. The provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur as well as Naga City were officially declared under a state of calamity. Typhoon Rammasun brought an estimated total damage cost of US$16.4 million (PHP 713,733,478) to infrastructure and agriculture.

As of 6:00 a.m. (local time), all reported flooding in Metro Manila had subsided. Power interruptions continue in 13 provinces and one city since 15 July. While 84 per cent of electricity in Metro Manila has been restored, transmission lines in the worst hit Bicol Region are still not operational. Restoration of vital infrastructure and commercial services were identified as priorities by the Government.

Clearing of debris continue to enable restoration of roads and other public infrastructure. Local government authorities in the affected areas are leading the response. The Department of Social Welfare and Development has made available nearly one million food packs for additional support. Government-led assessments are underway to determine the full extent of the typhoon’s impact. To date, the situation is considered to be within the Government's capacity to respond.

The country's weather bureau is monitoring a new low pressure area located 990 km east of Mindanao, which may affect the Philippines in the coming days.

This is the final Flash Update on Typhoon Rammasun unless there are significant changes in the situation.

For further information, please contact:

Joseph Tabago, Humanitarian Affairs Officer,, Mobile: +63-917-810-9033

For media queries, please contact:

Orla Fagan, Public Information Officer,, Mobile: +63-917-597-7219

Syrian Arab Republic: From Syria to South Sudan, the need to be prepared has never been greater

17 July 2014 - 4:18am
Source: Guardian Country: Bangladesh, Central African Republic, Iraq, Kenya, Mozambique, Philippines, Syrian Arab Republic, South Sudan

Despite overwhelming evidence that a stitch in time saves nine, aid spending on prevention and preparedness remains tiny

2013 was a record year for worldwide spending on humanitarian relief. Millions of people were affected by three very different crises – in Syria, the Central African Republic and the Philippines – each designated as the highest level of emergency by the UN. South Sudan was also plunged into crisis at the end of the year.

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Philippines: DSWD provides 30,000 food packs to ‘Glenda’-hit LGUs

17 July 2014 - 2:59am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that as of 10 a.m. today, it has provided 29,880 food packs to augment relief resources of local government units (LGUs) affected by Typhoon Glenda for evacuees and families staying in their relatives’ or friends’ houses.

Of this number, 6, 850 food packs were given in National Capital Region (NCR), 7,000 in Central Luzon, 9,000 in Southern Luzon, 2,400 in Bicol Region, and 4,630 in Eastern Visayas.

In Bicol Region, a total of 590 bags of rice were distributed while Eastern Visayas got 3,880 pieces of packed noodles, 2,500 pieces of bottled water, tarpaulins, and 500 pieces of blankets.

In Bicol Region, a total of 590 bags of rice were distributed while Eastern Visayas got 3,880 pieces of packed noodles, 2,500 pieces of bottled water, tarpaulins, and 500 pieces of blankets.

Some 1,457 mats and blankets were also given out to LGUs in NCR.

Evacuation centers

The Department added that 1,200 evacuation centers remain open in the affected regions providing temporary shelter to 99,548 families or 525,791 persons.

The number of evacuation centers is down by 140 as evacuees have started to go home after their communities have been declared safe by authorities.

As of 10 a.m., in Bicol Region, 77,654 families or 423,538 individuals continue to stay in 778 evacuation centers.

In Metro Manila, a total of 5,016 families or 23,820 individuals were displaced and are now temporarily staying in 106 evacuation centers. The City of Manila provided food to some 780 families or 3,818 families presently staying in the evacuation centers in Baseco Compound, Delpan Sports Complex, Tondo and Port Area covered courts.

In Central Luzon, 1,805 families or 7,695 individuals are now staying in 46 evacuation centers.

In Southern Luzon, a total of 162 evacuation centers are still open presently providing shelter to some 8,575 families or 40,080 individuals.

In Eastern Visayas, a total of 6,147 families or 29,079 individuals are presently staying in 97 evacuation centers.

The Office of the Secretary-Disaster Response Operations and Monitoring Information Center (OSEC-DROMIC), said that some 167,293 families or 881,826 persons from seven regions are projected to be affected by the typhoon. DSWD is currently validating this figure through its Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Teams which are on the ground to monitor the extent of the disaster.

Damaged houses

Due to strong winds and heavy rains, a total of 7,002 houses were totally damaged and 19,204 houses were partially destroyed. These houses were mostly situated along coastal barangays.

Enough relief

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman assured that there are enough relief goods to augment resources of affected LGUs.

“As of this time, we are not calling for donations since prepositioned goods of DSWD and concerned LGUs are enough. But if there are kind-hearted individuals, they can share clothes and blankets. They can proceed to the nearest DSWD office in their areas,” Sec. Soliman said.

To date, DSWD has prepositioned a total of 114,667 food packs in NCR and Regions III, IV-A and B, V, VII, VIII and at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City.

There are also 934,501 pieces of assorted items such as noodles, bottled water, biscuits, sugar, coffee and canned goods available.

Likewise, 541,332 pieces of non-food items such as clothes, blanket, sleeping and plastic mats, water JUGS, raincoats, tarpaulins, hygiene kits, and folding beds are ready for distribution as the need arises.

The Department also has standby funds amounting to P56,603,712.11 which can be used to purchase emergency relief supplies that may be needed by the affected families.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 10 re Effects for Typhoon 'GLENDA" (RAMMASUN)

17 July 2014 - 2:50am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

Typhoon "Glenda" has slightly weakened as it continues to move farther away from the country. Public storm warning signals are now lowered

China: China braces for Super Typhoon Rammasun

17 July 2014 - 2:21am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: China, China - Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), Philippines

07/18/2014 03:56 GMT

BEIJING, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - China on Friday braced for a powerful super typhoon heading for its southern coast after the storm left a trail of destruction and at least 40 dead in the neighbouring Philippines.

China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) said Super Typhoon Rammasun was on course to hit Hainan island and Guangdong province late in the afternoon.

The outer bands of the storm lashed Hong Kong overnight with heavy rain and strong winds but the city was spared a direct hit as the typhoon veered west towards Hainan.

Packing winds Friday morning of up to 198 kilometres (123 miles) an hour, the super typhoon was expected to bring torrential rains, the NMC said.

China's official news agency Xinhua said Rammasun was expected to be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years.

On Thursday, the NMC issued its highest "red alert" for the storm, its first such declaration this year according to Xinhua.

The typhoon comes after dozens of people died in the past week as heavy rain battered swathes of China, with at least six killed by lightning, thousands of homes destroyed and more than 300,000 evacuated, state media have reported.

Earlier, Rammasun -- a Thai word for "Thunder God" -- hit the Philippines, slamming the capital Manila, killing at least 40 people, and leaving millions without power.

The Philippines is often the first major landmass to be struck after storms build above the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The typhoon destroyed or damaged 26,000 homes, while cutting electricity supplies to nearly all of Manila, a megacity of more than 12 million people, and surrounding urban areas.

Rammasun was the first typhoon to make landfall in the Philippines since this year's rainy season began in June, and the first major storm since Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the eastern islands of Samar and Leyte in November last year.

Haiyan killed up to 7,300 people in one of the Philippines' worst natural disasters, but this week's typhoon followed a different track.


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China: South China on alert as Typhoon Rammasun approaches

17 July 2014 - 2:21am
Source: Xinhua Country: China, Philippines

GUANGZHOU/HAIKOU, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Rammasun approached south China's coastal regions Wednesday, packing strong gales and heavy rain.

The eye of Typhoon Rammasun was about 1,080 kilometers southeast of Zhanjiang City in Guangdong Province at 5 p.m. Wednesday, the provincial weather bureau said.

"It is moving northwest at 25 km per hour and is likely to make landfall in the west of Guangdong Province or in Hainan on Friday," said Cheng Zhengquan, chief weatherman with the provincial meteorological station.

On making landfall, strong gales, downpours and high tides are to be expected along the Guangdong coast, he said. Most parts of Guangdong Province are in for downpours from Thursday to Saturday.

Gales of over 100 km per hour are expected in central and northern areas of the South China Sea from Wednesday to Friday. Occasional gales might top 150 km per hour.

Shipping will be halted indefinitely from 8 a.m. Thursday on the Qiongzhou Strait in south China's island province of Hainan, according to the maritime affairs bureau in Haikou, the provincial capital.

Maritime authorities in Zhanjiang City called back 54 passenger ships and sent typhoon alarms to more than 260 cargo ships and 37 ferries.

Typhoon Rammasun killed at least 10 people in the Philippines and shut down the capital, Manila, cutting power and prompting the evacuation of more than 400,000 residents.

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Philippines: Australia responds to Typhoon Rammasun

17 July 2014 - 1:44am
Source: Government of Australia Country: Australia, Philippines

The Australian Government is providing urgent humanitarian assistance to the people of the Philippines following Typhoon Rammasun, known locally as ‘Glenda’.

Australia again stands with the Philippines, our close friend and partner, at this difficult time and extend our sympathy to those affected by this natural disaster.

Typhoon Rammasun struck the Philippines on 15 July, just eight months after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the country in November 2013.

While the full scale of the disaster is still being assessed, reports suggest that more than 450,000 people have been affected by Typhoon Rammasun.

To help meet the urgent humanitarian needs of thousands of families, Australia has released emergency relief supplies. These include family survival kits containing sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and emergency shelters delivered to over 1400 families through the Philippines Red Cross, as well as health and dignity kits for 2000 women through the United Nations Population Fund.

Through our aid program, Australia continues to support communities in the Philippines to better prepare for, cope with, and respond to natural disasters. Support includes multi-hazard and risk mapping, updates to land use planning and building codes, and the establishment of early warning systems and emergency management teams in high-risk areas, and providing six Australian Civilian Corps experts to support recovery following Typhoon Haiyan.

Australia provided over $41 million in immediate humanitarian assistance following Typhoon Haiyan, and is spending a further $36 million on longer term recovery efforts.

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Philippines: Pacific Partnership delivers on promises

17 July 2014 - 1:38am
Source: Government of Australia Country: Australia, Cambodia, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam

Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have improved the lives of thousands of people in Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines as part of the largest annual multilateral humanitarian and civic assistance mission conducted in the Asia-Pacific region.

Exercise Pacific Partnership 14 has delivered medical, dental, veterinary and engineering aid while strengthening international relationships with partner and host nations.

Over 50 ADF personnel participated in this year’s Pacific Partnership from 24 May to 15 July working alongside colleagues from the armed forces of the United States (US), Japan, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Malaysia and Chile.

Chief of Joint Operations Vice Admiral (VADM) David Johnston said Exercise Pacific Partnership was highly successful in delivering assistance to local communities and building trust and relationships between the international partners and hosts.

“There have been many success stories for the ADF,” VADM Johnston said.

“In Dili the ADF-led construction projects delivered desperately needed school and health facilities to the community.

“In the Philippines, a US doctor and an Australian nursing officer saved a young boy’s life, which is an excellent example of international teamwork achieving a truly amazing result.

“There was also the excellent integration of the ADF medical and command team onboard the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force amphibious support ship JS Kunisaki, a significant event for our forces.”

The Kunisaki-embarked team treated almost 3,000 people in the Cambodian city of Sihanoukville and the surrounding region and provided valuable training for more than 300 medical practitioners at the Da Nang General Hospital, Da Nang Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital and Military Hospital 17 in Vietnam.

Furthermore, 100 orphans in Da Nang city have a better quality of life and education thanks to a refurbishment of the Tram Y Te Phuong Hoa Quy orphanage and clinic by US Army and ADF personnel.

In the Philippines the Mayor of Tacloban, Alfred Romualdez, praised the medical team for their assistance in training more than 200 hospital staff and treating 2,600 people at two free medical clinics in the southern province of Leyte.

“We are very grateful to our Pacific Partnership friends, particularly the Australians and the Americans, who came back to help us, because it will take a very long time to recover from Typhoon Haiyan,” Mayor Romualdez said.

Another team of ADF medical specialists deployed directly to Timor‑Leste with a group of 6th Engineer Support Regiment personnel to spend an intensive five weeks improving schools and hospitals and providing valuable medical training.

Working alongside Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL) and US military personnel, the ADF medical team provided training for Timorese military paramedics and other health specialists while a dental team provided services to local schools and communities.

The Army engineers worked with the US Navy’s Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 (the ‘Seabees’) and F-FDTL engineers to construct a new emergency room at the Comoro Medical Health Centre, an outdoor kitchen at Comoro Intermediate School and an ablutions facility at Farol Primary School.

A key feature of this year’s exercise was the emphasis placed on the transfer of specialist skills.

Every medical, dental, veterinary, and engineering project was conducted side-by-side with the host nation’s specialists, ensuring that the mission’s impact will continue long after its conclusion.

The annual US-sponsored Pacific Partnership series of exercises arose from the military-led humanitarian response to the devastation wrought by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that swept through littoral Southeast Asia.

The primary objective of Pacific Partnership is to improve cooperation and understanding between the partner and host nations ahead of major natural disasters that require a multinational response.

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Philippines: Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) - Estimated Impacts Advisory 26, 16 July, 2014 2100 UT

17 July 2014 - 12:06am
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: China, Philippines, Viet Nam preview

China: Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) - Estimated Tropical Cyclone Rainfall Advisory 26, 16 July, 2014 2100 UTC

17 July 2014 - 12:00am
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: China, Philippines, Viet Nam preview