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Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 04 re Preparedness Measures for TY CHEDENG (MAYSAK)

2 April 2015 - 9:47pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW (as of 03 April 2015, 5:00 AM)

• At 4:00 am today, the eye of TY "CHEDENG" (MAYSAK) was located based on all available data at 810 km east of Virac, Chatanduanes (13.8°N, 131.7°E), with maximum sustained winds of 165 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 200 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 15 kph

Philippines: Tropical Cyclone Maysak - Estimated Impacts Warning 28, 02 APRIL 2015 2100 UTC

2 April 2015 - 6:21pm
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Philippines

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 03 re Preparedness Measures for TY CHEDENG (MAYSAK)

2 April 2015 - 2:27pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Philippines: DSWD continues to be on full alert over ‘Chedeng’

2 April 2015 - 2:26pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, April 3 -- Even with the slight weakening of Typhoon Chedeng, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) along with other member-agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) remain on full alert over the possible effects of the typhoon.

In a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo this morning, Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera, DSWD’s focal person for disaster response, reported that the different members of the Response Cluster of NDRRMC have been activated and are ready to respond to any situation that ‘Chedeng’ might bring.

She added that all the members of the response cluster were able to provide orders or directives to their regional, provincial, and municipal teams to get ready and coordinate with the local government teams.

For instance, she said that monitoring teams were deployed in airports, ports and terminals to provide immediate aid to people who will be stranded.

She further stated that in case Typhoon Chedeng’s impact becomes huge, the Department will implement the ‘twin region’ scheme wherein DSWD-Field Offices not affected by the typhoon will provide manpower and resource augmentation to those directly hit. (DSWD)

Philippines: Mindanao's returnees get help with kelp in the Philippines

2 April 2015 - 11:34am
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Philippines

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines, 2 April (UNHCR) – For most of his life, Faizal Pasaki's existence has been closely tied to the seas. He begins his day at dawn, trailing his boat through the calm water into a field of empty plastic bottles bobbing on the surface, holding up ropes to harvest seaweed.

Until recently, indigenous groups of Muslim tribes like the Tausug and Sama Dilaut have been living in stilt houses and farming seaweed along the shores of idyllic island villages like Leha-Leha and Layag-Layag in Mindanao in the southern Philippines.

This tradition was shattered when clashes broke out between armed groups and government forces in Zamboanga in September 2013. Some 120,000 people were displaced from 11 coastal barangays. Many ended up in evacuation centres and camps, unsure if they would be allowed to return home or to resume their traditional livelihoods.

After many months of living in squalid conditions in these camps, some 370 displaced people, among them vulnerable women and children, have returned to the island villages since last December.

"It's good to be back here," said Faizal Pasaki, a seaweed farmer trying to rebuild his life back in Leha-Leha. He is looking forward to ending his family's dependency on food provided by the local government.

"We have our livelihood here," he said. "Life is here. We cannot continue to survive on canned sardines and instant noodles."

UNHCR's head of Mindanao operations, Peter Deck, added: "All throughout their lives, seaweed farming has been their source of income. This is their traditional livelihood and it is through this that they can provide for their families."

Recognizing this, UNHCR is supporting a livelihoods project to build concrete platforms on stilts that will allow farmers to dry their seaweed under the sun. Members of the community are helping with the construction. Today, for example, Faizal is pouring cement into hollow wooden columns. Others fasten bamboo panels together for the flooring.

It is a worthy investment: A kilogram of fresh seaweed can sell for 4 pesos (less than 10 cents) while the same weight in dried seaweed can fetch nearly nine times more in income.

In Leha-Leha an air of normality is returning as people get back on their feet – children are going back to school, the women are at home tying bundles of seaweed for planting while the men are out at sea collecting seaweed.

But Faizal is concerned over the temporary nature of their return. For reasons of security and environmental hazards, the local government has announced a policy to designate island villages as "no return" zones.

Whether this policy will be lifted is still unclear. Authorities said a geo-hazard mapping must be carried out first to establish that the areas are really hazard-prone and not fit for habitation. The Philippine Commission on Human Rights is monitoring these issues that affect the rights of the displaced families.

"We are people of the sea," said Faizal. "There's no other place we would rather be. Put us in another place and we would still find ourselves back here."

Presently there are over 30,000 internally displaced people in Zamboanga city awaiting return or relocation to permanent shelters. The authorities target completing construction of these permanent shelters by June this year.

Alongside other UN agencies and the rest of the humanitarian community, UNHCR welcomes solutions planned by the local authorities.

"Any durable solution implemented must recognize the IDPs' right to freedom of movement and respect the right to return to their places of origin" said Deck. "Where return is not feasible, voluntary relocation must be considered and cultural sensitivity must be observed for this vulnerable group of indigenous people."

Whether they opt for return or relocation, it will likely be a long road to recovery for Zamboanga's displaced.

By Keneath John Bolisay in Zamboanga City, the Philippines

Philippines: Typhoon to Hit Philippines over Easter Weekend: Hundreds of Thousands of Children at Risk

2 April 2015 - 10:04am
Source: Save the Children Country: Philippines

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (April 1, 2015) — As millions of families in the Philippines prepare to celebrate the long Easter holiday weekend, pre-emptive evacuations are advised for families living in the projected path of a super storm.

“This isn’t typhoon season, and Save the Children is concerned about the millions of families, particularly those with babies and young children, who will be traveling this weekend to spend time with their loved ones at Easter,” said Ned Olney, country director of Save the Children Philippines.

The ‘category five’ storm – called Typhoon Maysak – is expected to hit the island nation over the next two to three days, bringing with it torrential rains, flash floods, and gales of up to 183 kph.

“It's still too early to know what this storm will do, but we ask everyone to heed safety warnings and prepare as if this storm is going to be a big one,” said Olney. “Save the Children is ready with staff and emergency supplies, if needed, to reach as many people soon as possible in the aftermath of Typhoon Maysak.”

The agency has three main warehouses in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, fully stocked with emergency relief items, including tarpaulins, cooking equipment, soap, and clean water kits for 10,000 families. Three emergency response teams are also ready for relief work.

The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 typhoons a year, with Typhoon Maysak the third of 2015.

Maysak was last located 1,410 kilometers east of the Philippines in the Pacific Ocean, carrying wind speeds of 175 kph. It is expected to initially strike the coast of Aurora province, 143 miles northeast of the capital city Manila, on the main Philippine island of Luzon, this Saturday or Sunday.

Although expected to weaken once it hits central or northern Luzon, the unseasonal typhoon is expected to cause widespread destruction to essential services across the country, including electricity and communications networks.

President Aquino has put troops on high alert and instructed government disaster officials in eastern Visayas and southern Luzon to prepare emergency food and medical supplies for thousands of people.

How You Can Help

Save the Children has teams bracing for Typhoon Maysak as the monster storm heads for the Philippines. We always prepare for the worst, but our hope at this point is that the typhoon will have minimal impact on vulnerable children and families. We need your generous gift to support our efforts in the Philippines to prepare, respond, reduce the impact of disasters and help communities recover from devastation. Ten percent of your contribution will be used to help us prepare for the next emergency. Nobody knows when the next disaster will strike, but your support helps Save the Children provide assistance in the critical first hours and days of an emergency when children need us most.

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Bopha Emergency appeal n° MDRPH011 final report

2 April 2015 - 6:20am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

Period covered by this Final Report: 5 December 2012 to 31 October 2014

Appeal target (current): CHF 16,267,217

Appeal coverage: 50 percent

Appeal history:

  • 21 December 2012: An emergency appeal launched for CHF 16,267,217 to assist 40,000 families (some 200,000 people) for 18 months

  • 5 December 2012: A preliminary emergency appeal issued for CHF 4,523,369 to cover 10,000 families (some 50,000 people) over 11 months

 Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 393,198 was allocated to support the National Society in its initial response

Summary: Typhoon Bopha (locally known as Pablo) affected more than 6.3 million families across 34 provinces in southern Philippines in December 2012, killing more than 1,100 people and destroying or damaging more than 230,000 houses along its path. On 5 December 2012, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an emergency appeal operation to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in delivering assistance to people affected by Bopha. The operation came to a close in October 2014, with targets that could be supported using the funding realized achieved.

In summary, the following assistance was provided through this emergency appeal operation:

  • 17,000 families received food packages

  • 17,000 families received non-food items, including blankets, sleeping mats, jerry cans and hygiene kits

  • 40,000 families reached with hygiene promotion sessions

  • 8,105 families received shelter repair assistance

  • 1,200 families received typhoon-resilient shelters

  • 2,848 families received livelihoods assistance

  • Four schools were supported with new water and sanitation facilities

  • Three PRC chapters received water search and rescue (WASAR) and information technology (IT) equipment

  • The Compostela Valley chapter of PRC was supported to construct an office building

  • One vehicle was provided for PRC

Philippines: OCHA Flash Update No. 2 Philippines | Typhoon Maysak (2 April 2015)

2 April 2015 - 4:32am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Typhoon Maysak (known locally as Chedeng) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility late in the evening of 1 April (local time), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). As of 2 April, 10 a.m., Typhoon Maysak was located 915 km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar province in central Philippines, with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h, gusts of up to 210 km/h (Category 2), moving west-northwest at 19 km/h. It had a diameter of 760 km.

Following is a planning scenario based on information from the authorities:

Landfall: The typhoon is expected to make landfall over the eastern coast of Aurora or Isabela province of central Luzon as a Category 1 or 2 typhoon in the evening of 4 April or early morning of 5 April.

Rain: Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected within the 150-200 km radius of the typhoon, including Metro Manila, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides particularly in Aurora and Isabela provinces.

Storm surge: The Government warned against possible storm surges and sea surface waves of up to four meters over the eastern coasts of Samar and Bicol regions as well as the provinces of Aurora and Quezon.

Affected population: An estimated 56.6 million people may be affected in the regions I (Ilocos) II (Cagayan), III (Central Luzon), IV-A (Calabarzon), IV-B (Mimaropa), V (Bicol), VIII (Eastern Visayas), Cordillera Administrative Region and National Capital Region. In addition, thousands of national and foreign tourists visiting tourist destinations in Luzon over the Holy Week may be affected.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council activated its clusters for response on 1 April. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils at the regional and local levels were advised to facilitate pre-emptive evacuation of families in low-lying and mountainous areas and undertake other precautionary measures. The authorities are also pre-positioning food, non-food items and medical supplies while placing first responders on standby. PAGASA will raise the Public Storm Warning Signal over Bicol region and Samar provinces today to suspend sea travels in the area.

The Philippines Humanitarian Country Team met on 1 April to review its readiness to respond if needed. Key cluster members are standing by to support government’s preparedness and relief efforts.

The next Flash Update will be issued on 3 April.

For more information, contact: Akiko Yoshida, Humanitarian Affairs Officer, yoshidaa@un.org, Mobile: +63-917-543-7251

To be added to OCHA Philippines mailing list, please email manipol@un.org.

World: Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, March 2015 - Issue 19

2 April 2015 - 1:37am
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization Country: Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, World

Highlights

  • In China, New Year festivities contributed to price increases above 10 percent for vegetables but pork prices fell slightly on ample supplies.

  • Wheat prices in Afghanistan’s Kabul markets fell sharply in February in response to the lower demand from domestic millers and abundant supply from neighbouring countries.

  • The Philippines has set a target of procuring 190 000 MT of rice from January to June 2015.

  • Sri Lanka has introduced several measures to stabilize vegetable prices aiming to reduce the vulnerability of smallholder farmers.

  • The Government of Vanuatu together with UN agencies, are undertaking coordinated actions under the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster to provide relief to the people affected by Cyclone Pam.

Micronesia (Federated States of): Micronesians appeal for help after devastating typhoon

2 April 2015 - 12:45am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Guam, Micronesia (Federated States of), Philippines

4/2/2015 - 06:38 GMT

Residents in storm wrecked areas of Micronesia appealed for help Thursday as a clean up began on the worst affected islands after Super Typhoon Maysak swept through the region on its way towards the Philippines.

"We can do with all the help we can get," Courtney Stinnett at the Truk Stop Hotel dive shop on the main island of Weno in Chuuk state told AFP.

A state of emergency has been declared in Chuuk, the largest region in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) where five people were killed and houses and crops destroyed by Maysak.

The super typhoon took three days to cross the central Pacific archipelago before heading out to sea and towards the Philippines, but relief workers said it could be a year before some land was restored enough to plant crops again.

"The storm ripped the iron roofs off houses. About 95 percent of the homes were damaged," Stinnett said, adding that residents were gathering scattered sheets of iron to hastily make their wrecked homes rainproof.

"There are fallen trees and you can't get through many back roads," she said.

"There are two live aboards (vessels) which have significant damage after being swept on to the reef. The crew had to jump off and swim to land. Quite a few were injured but all survived."

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) sent an aircraft to survey the damage on Ulithi atoll which was hit hard when the eye of the storm passed over on Tuesday night with sustained winds of 260 kilometres per hour (160 mph).

Most concrete structures withstood the fury but everything else was damaged, PMA Pacific administrator Melinda Espinosa said in an email.

"Because Ulithi is just a little above sea level, in some areas the sea rose, destroying crops and the soil. It will take time to desalinate the soil -- approximately a year until the crops can be re-planted," she said.

In Chuuk, Stinnett said they were reliant on ships to bring in relief supplies but they may first be diverted to the many small islands where residents lost their boats and had no way of going for help.

- 'Don't take this lightly' -

On neighbouring Guam, the Bank of Guam and the Ayuda Foundation have teamed up to prepare medical packages which will either be air dropped or delivered by boat to the worst hit islands.

"We are saddened to learn of the deaths and devastation to our neighbouring islands and send our support for a speedy recovery," Bank of Guam President Lou Leon Guerrero said.

The Guam weather office said the maximum sustained winds of Maysak had decreased to 225 kilometres per hour (140 mph) by Thursday and it would continue to weaken before hitting the Philippines at the weekend.

The typhoon is expected to make landfall in the northern Philippines late Saturday or early Sunday as millions of people enjoy the Easter weekend holiday.

Philippines government weather station division chief Esperanza Cayanan said relief goods had been "pre-positioned" and communities in the firing line had been put on alert.

She added that authorities would likely ban ships from leaving port from late Thursday, a move expected to strand thousands of people already lining to take ferries.

"Don't take this lightly. It is fun in the Philippines but it is better to be careful," she warned, adding that coastal areas could be hit by tsunami-like storm surges up to three metres (10 feet) high.

Such storm surges were responsible for many of the deaths when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the country in November 2013, leaving more than 7,350 dead or missing.

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World: Insight on Conflict Newsletter April 2015

1 April 2015 - 11:44pm
Source: Peace Direct Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Iraq, Liberia, Nepal, Philippines, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World

April 1 2015: A monthly selection of the best new research and resources on local peacebuilding worldwide, as chosen by Insight on Conflict. This month’s edition features articles on Syrian civil society, community-led resilience, and more. Sign up here to receive the newsletter by email each month.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 02 re Preparedness Measures for TY CHEDENG (MAYSAK)

1 April 2015 - 11:11pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW (as of 02 April 2015, 5:00 AM)

• At 4:00 am today, the eye of TY "CHEDENG" (MAYSAK) was located based on all available data at 980 km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar (12.1°N, 134,4°E),with maximum sustained winds of 180 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 19 kph

Philippines: Tropical Cyclone Maysak - Estimated Impacts Warning 24, 01 APRIL 2015 2100 UTC

1 April 2015 - 7:43pm
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Philippines

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.1 re Preparedness and Measures for TY MAYSAK

1 April 2015 - 6:53pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW (as 0101 April 2015, 5:00 PM)

• At 4:00 PM today, the eye of Typhoon Maysak (international name) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) was situated based on all available data at 1,165 km east of Guivan, Eastern Samar (11.3°N, 136.4°E), with maximum sustained winds of 190 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 225 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 20 kph

Philippines: Government ready for Typhoon Chedeng

1 April 2015 - 4:31pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, April 2 -- The national government has declared its readiness in the coming typhoon, expected to hit the country this weekend.

National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) chair Undersecretary Alexander Pama, in a media briefing on Friday, said, members of the Pre Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) has made assessments on the ground to help government in its preparations and response actions.

Local Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Councils in Bicol and Samar with their teams have been activated since Thursday following advisories from Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas. The DILG heads the Preparedness Cluster of the NDRRMC.

DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero said LGUs in Northern Luzon, the Eastern Seaboard and Central Luzon are already making preparations.

“The PNP Operations Center has been activated and disaster teams are prepositioning the necessary equipment and personnel to assist local government units and the public,” he said.

The Philippine Coast Guard has also issued advisories on ports for those will be travelling bysea.

The regional offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which heads the Response Cluster, have been coordinating with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Councils (RDRRMC) on augmentation support to local government nits. Undersecretary Vilma Cabrera reported that they have already prepositioned food and non-food items for LGUs.

Moreover, DSWD offices in nearby regions which will not be affected by the typhoon can provide support to affected regions, she said.

Undersecretary Pama said the government will continuously issue advisories as he called on the public, particularly those who have travelled to the provinces to be hit by the typhoon, to monitor these advisories and coordinate with the local government office on necessary protocols.

Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, for his part, asked those travelling to “make necessary adjustments, especially when the typhoon makes landfall this weekend.”

As of 11 pm update of PAGASA, Typhoon Chedeng with the international name "Maysak" has already entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was located at 1,015 km East Northeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. It has maximum sustained winds of 180 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 19 kph.

Typhoon Chedeng is estimated to make landfall over eastern coast of Aurora, Quezon or Isabela by late Saturday (April 4) to early Sunday (April 5).

PAGASA is expected to raise Public Storm Warning Signal #1 over Bicol and Samar Provinces within the next 18 hours.

The public is alerted against possible flashfloods over low-lying areas and landslides along mountain slopes, particularly over Aurora-Quezon area.

Storm surges and sea surface waves of up to 4 meters are possible over the eastern coast of Samar, Bicol and Aurora-Quezon.

Fisherfolks are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of Bicol Region and of Visayas. (Carlo P. Canares)

Philippines: AHA Centre Flash Update No.1 Typhoon "MAYSAK" or Chedeng (1 April 2015)

1 April 2015 - 1:28pm
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Philippines

PHILIPPINES. Typhoon “MAYSAK” (Chedeng) has reduced its strength while entering Philippines Area of Responsibilities (PAR). The Typhoon comes with 180 kph maximum sustained wind as Category 3 Typhoon, cruising at the speed of 19 kph. This Typhoon can potentially cause well-built framed homes incur major damage or removal of roof decking. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.

Estimated Typhoon “MAYSAK”affected area:
Multi sources of Typhoon warning centres are relatively in agreement with the estimation of the projected track of this typhoon. PAGASA estimated this Typhoon will make landfall around Eastern coast of Aurora, Quezon or Isabela on Saturday evening or early Sunday. PAGASA will raise Public Storm Warning Signal No.1 for Samar and Bicol Region in the next 18hrs. Government of Philippines conducted Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment as preparedness measures.

Micronesia (Federated States of): Philippines, Federated States of Micronesia – Tropical Cyclone MAYSAK (ECHO Daily Map | 1/4/2015)

1 April 2015 - 11:07am
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Micronesia (Federated States of), Philippines

FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA

• TC MAYSAK's centre passed north of Fais, Ulithi and Yap Island (Micronesia) on 31 March. Strong winds and heavy rainfall affected the Yap Islands with 91mm measured in 24h. Media report nearly total destruction of the infrastructure on Fais and Ulithi atolls, including contamination of drinking water on Fais, and damage also on Yap, as of 1 April.

• The location of MAYSAK's centre was approximately 250 km north-west of Yap Island on 1 April, at 06.00 UTC. It was a Super Typhoon, with 241 km/h maximum sustained winds, and it was moving northwest. Over the next few hours, it was forecast to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility and continue on its north-western track, intensifying further. MAYSAK may approach central/northern Philippines on 4 April.

• As of 1 April, there are no Warnings or Watches in effect for the islands of Micronesia. NDRRMC has issued a weather advisory.

PHILIPPINES

• TC MAYSAK (its local name is Chedeng) is forecast to continue moving further west, north-west towards the northern Philippines, slightly weakening, but still remaining a Typhoon. According to the data of 1 April 06.00 UTC, it may reach Luzon over 4 - 5 April with max. sust. winds of between 150 - 170 km/h. However, the uncertainty on the forecast track and intensity is still high.

• NDRRMC has issued a weather advisory

Philippines: Save the Children prepares for Typhoon Maysak

1 April 2015 - 8:27am
Source: Save the Children Country: Philippines

Manila, Philippines (1 April 2015) – Typhoon Maysak (local name: Typhoon Chedeng) was last located at 1,410 kilometer east of Philippines carrying wind speeds of 175kph. Typhoon Maysak is due to make landfall in the Philippines at the weekend, while most people in the country are enjoying the Easter holidays.

Despite the storm being outside of the usual storm season, communities are preparing for the impact. The national government has already issued a statement for local officials in the eastern part of Visayas and southern part of Luzon to prepare for the weather disturbance and initiate pre-emptive evacuation of families in low-lying areas and mountainous areas if situation warrants.

Save the Children is closely monitoring the development of the situation, and is now working on the necessary preparations for a possible emergency response. It still cannot be determined where Typhoon Maysak will make landfall, although early reports suggest that the province of Aurora at the North East of Manila may bear the brunt of the storm.

Save the Children has emergency supplies in place to get to those affected, if necessary. It has three main warehouses across the country—one in Luzon, one in Visayas and one in Mindanao—that are stocked with emergency relief items such as tarpaulins that can serve as emergency shelter, basic household items, hygiene items and water kits good for 10,000 families.

Ned Olney, Country Director of Save the Children Philippines says, “This isn't typhoon season, and Save the Children is concerned about the millions of people that will be traveling this weekend to spend time with family at Easter. It's still too early to know what this storm will do, but we would ask everyone to heed safety warnings and prepare as if this storm is going to be a big one. In this situation, you can never be too cautious. Save the Children is ready with staff and emergency supplies, if needed, to get to people as soon as possible, after the typhoon to lessen any impact Typhoon Maysak may have."

The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 typhoons a year, and upon entering the Philippine area of responsibility, Typhoon Maysak will be the third typhoon for this year.

Save the Children has been responding to emergencies in the Philippines since 2009. Some of its recent emergency responses include the Typhoon Haiyan emergency in November 2013 which affected more than 14 million people in Eastern Visayas, and the Typhoon Hagupit emergency which hit the same region in December 2014.

Note to Editors: Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need working in over 120 countries. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Dedicated to helping children, Save the Children has worked in the Philippines for over three decades, providing both emergency and long-term support to improve the quality of life for children. For more information about Save the Children, you can e-mail our National Media Manager, April Sumaylo, at april.sumaylo@savethechildren.org or call her at +639173011240.

We have been responding to a number of emergencies across the country for the past few years. Save the Children, mounted large-scale emergency responses to Typhoon Washi (Sendong) in 2011, Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) and Manila floods in 2012. We are currently one of the largest responders in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which had killed at least 6000 people. We have also responded to typhoon (Hagupit) Ruby in December 2014.

Save the Children is currently implementing a disaster risk reduction project with other agencies in Aurora province aimed at enhancing the resilience of children, youth and their communities against unavoidable impacts of climate change.

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Maysak – Information Bulletin n° 1

1 April 2015 - 7:54am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

The situation

Moving northward from the Pacific, Typhoon Maysak continues to make its way towards the Philippines as a Category 4 cyclone. As of 11:00 am today, 1 April 2015, the eye of the storm was located at 1,280 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, with maximum sustained winds up to 250 kph near the centre and wind gusts projected up to 310 kph1 .

This weather system is currently moving west-northwest at some 20 kph, and is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between the evening of Wednesday, 1 April and early morning of Thursday, 2 April 2015. Upon entering the PAR, Maysak will be locally named Chedeng.

While it is still uncertain where Typhoon Maysak will make an initial first landfall in the Philippines, various models seem to agree that the typhoon will first strike the central region of Luzon Island. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) indicates there is also an existing possibility that Maysak may curve northeast instead of crossing the Philippine archipelago or weaken prior to making landfall. However, given the topography of where it is currently projected to make landfall, there exists the very real risk of flash floods and landslides. Rough to very rough sea conditions are expected across the eastern seaboard of the Philippines from the afternoon of 1 April 2015.

Philippines: UNICEF prepares for Typhoon Maysak (local name Chedeng)

1 April 2015 - 7:35am
Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Philippines

MANILA, 1 April 2015 – The Philippines is bracing for Super Typhoon Maysak (local name Chedeng) as it enters the country’s area of responsibility this Lenten week.

According to latest reports, Maysak is located at 1,280 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar (10.7°N, 137.4°E). It has maximum sustained winds of 215 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 250 kph. (PAG-ASA Weather Advisory, 1 April 2015).

Maysak is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility in the morning of 2 April, Thursday. Its present course indicates a landfall over the Eastern Bicol region.

“UNICEF is ready to support the government with pre-positioned emergency supplies from our local warehouses in Manila, Tacloban, and Cotabato once the emergency hits. In times of disasters, children face the risk of disease outbreaks, malnutrition, violence and disrupted education. Our priority is to ensure that children and their rights and welfare are protected before, during and after disasters,” said Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Philippines Representative.

UNICEF has pre-positioned essential supplies that include water kits, hygiene kits, water purification units, school tents, student and teacher materials, child-friendly space tents, medical supplies, nutritional therapeutic food items to combat malnutrition, oral rehydration salts, tarpaulins and generators for at least 10,000 families.

UNICEF has staff on standby in Manila, Tacloban and Cotabato City ready to be deployed in rapid assessments as soon as it is safe to travel. UNICEF, with the Philippine government, co-leads the joint response in the areas of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Nutrition and Child Protection.