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• The death toll due to the ongoing floods in Sri Lanka has increased to 39, while 38 416 people remain in shelters, more than 24 500 houses have been damaged and over 1 million people have been affected, the majority of which (930 100) in Eastern province, as of 2 January (DMC-SL).
• The situation in many flood-affected areas in Peninsular Malaysia is improving, as of 2 January. In Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Perak states, many evacuees have been allowed to return to their home places (approx. 84 500 remain in shelters).
• In Sabah (Borneo island) heavy rainfall caused river overflows and evacuation preparations are ongoing, as of 2 January. In the next 24h locally heavy rainfall may still affect the state of Sabah.
• According to media (as of 31 December), at least 21 people were killed in Malaysia.
• Floods and landslides affected several parts of Indonesia in the last two weeks.
• In Aceh province several regencies have been affected by floods, with more than 120 000 people displaced, as of 24 December. Worst affected was Aceh Timur.
• In Riau province at least 1 900 people were displaced from floods, as of 26 December.
• In Gorontalo, approx. 1 760 were displaced.
• In West Java province two people were killed and 119 people were displaced from landslides, as of 28 December. Another 4 400 people were displaced from floods.
• Several provinces of southern Thailand were affected by floods during the last two weeks. At least 13 people have been killed and more than 550 000 people have been affected. As of 2 January, the situation has improved, except in parts of Yala province, where floods continue affecting many areas.
• In southern and central Philippines, due to the passage of the Tropical Storm JANGMI (locally known as SENIANG) on 28-31 December, at least 53 people were killed and more than 225 000 people were affected.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
On 28 December 2014, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has developed into a Tropical Depression and was named "SENIANG". On 29 December 2014, "SENIANG" has intensified into a Tropical Storm and made landfall over Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur. It made five (5) landfalls within the PAR: Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (29 December 2014, 3:45AM); Anda, Bohol (29 December 2014, 7:40PM); Sibonga, Cebu (30 December 2014, 4:45AM); Guihulngan, Negros Oriental (30 December 2014, 7:00AM); and La Libertad, Negros Oriental (30 December 2014, 8:00AM).
On 31 December 2014, "SENIANG" has weakened into a Low Pressure Area and exited the PAR on 02 January 2015 at around 1:00AM.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to provide the needed relief assistance to survivors of Typhoon Seniang through the local government units (LGU).
In CARAGA region, the DSWD Field Office there has already provided 18,475 family food packs worth P7.7 million as augmentation assistance to Agusan del Norte (9,200 food packs), Agusan del Sur (3,375), Surigao del Sur (5,400), and Surigao del Norte with (500).
In Central Visayas, DSWD Field Office VII has distributed close to 3,000 family food packs to the towns of Barili (1,917) and Dumanjug (1,000) as of December 30.
DSWD Central Office also sent 1,000 family food packs, some 1,000 pieces of mosquito nets, and 2,000 pieces of malong/blanket to Bohol via C-130 of the Philippine Air Force yesterday.
As of yesterday, some 268 evacuation centers in the affected regions remain open down from 648 at the height of the typhoon. Some 24,477 families or 97,883 persons are still housed in these temporary shelters.
DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano- Soliman said that a large number of evacuees have started to go home as the weather improved.
The Secretary thanked social workers and volunteers who managed the evacuation centers even during the New Year celebration.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
- At 4:00PM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 345km South of Puerto Princesa City (6.9N, 11.8E). Tail-end of cold front affecting Bicol Region. Northeast Monsoon affecting Northern and Central Luzon
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
- At 4:00 am today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated at 210km South Southeast of Puerto Princesa City (7.9N, 119.2E). Tail-end of cold front affecting Bicol Region. Northeast Monsoon affecting Northern and Central Luzon
Tropical Storm Jangmi tragically claimed at least 53 lives and displaced 80,186 people to evacuation centers this week in the Philippines. The storm, called Seniang locally, made landfall on the southern island of Mindanao on December 29, 2014 before moving to the central islands where it caused deadly flash floods and landslides.
Reinforcing the importance of emergency preparedness, health providers in the regions hit by Tropical Storm Jamgi should have access to the medical resources distributed by Direct Relief earlier this month in response to Typhoon Hagupit. This includes emergency response packs, medications and supplies that were sent to Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital and Samar Provincial Hospital. Three Typhoon Modules are still positioned in the Visayas and Direct Relief’s main warehouse in Cebu.
Emergency staff are working to connect with local health facilities in the affected regions, although the holiday might slow responses.
Please check back in the coming days for more updates.
Manila, Philippines | AFP | Wednesday 12/31/2014 - 07:09 GMT
The death toll from flooding and landslides in the Philippines wrought by tropical storm Jangmi rose to 53 Wednesday, officials said, with some regions saying they were caught off guard by the deluge.
In Catbalogan town in Samar province 19 people died in a landslide that left homes and vehicles buried under rocks and mud, local Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan said, adding that the town had been surprised by the landslide.
"We did not expect a deluge. We thought the hill where the landslide hit was tough as rocks," she told AFP.
"There was no evacuation, people were just advised to prepare for possible landslides," she said. "We need to check communication systems to find out what went wrong."
Jangmi affected 121,737 people, of which 80,186 are in evacuation centres, according to the national disaster monitoring agency, which said that 53 people were killed overall.
The storm's death toll was nearly triple that of the last major storm to hit the country, Super Typhoon Hagupit, earlier this month.
Hagupit, with winds of 210 kilometres (130 miles) per hour, sparked a massive evacuation effort as it brought back memories of the strongest storm ever to hit the country, Super Typhoon Haiyan, whose 230-kilometre per hour winds left 7,350 dead or missing in 2013.
In Misamis Oriental province, floods flattened rice and corn fields resulting in an estimated 400 million pesos ($9 million) in damages, Governor Yevgeny Emano told DZMM radio.
"We were caught by surprise, we didn't expect that we would be hit by the eye of the storm," Emano said, although he noted he had received some warnings.
In Leyte -- the province worst-hit by Haiyan -- the rains brought landslides and floods that closed off major roads, Governor Leopoldo Domenico Petilla said on DZMM.
Mina Marasigan, the national disaster monitoring agency's spokeswoman, defended the government's handling of the storm saying weather warnings were sent out even as Jangmi was still forming over the Pacific Ocean.
"Maybe people underestimated the situation because it's a tropical depression, not a super typhoon. They dismissed it as weak," she said.
"We need to study what happened in this storm closely and find ways for the public to better understand storm warnings," Marasigan added.
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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to augment the relief resources of local government units (LGU) in CARAGA Region affected by Typhoon Seniang, which made landfall in the region yesterday.
As of December 29, 11 p.m., DSWD has provided 300 family food packs amounting to P125,496 to the LGU of Buenavista, Agusan Del Norte.
The Field Office has P35 million standby funds for the purchase of emergency relief resources and P16 million-worth of prepositioned food packs ready to be delivered to affected LGUs who will be requesting assistance.
A total of 10,840 families with 46,651 persons from 184 barangays in five cities and 34 municipalities in the region were affected by the typhoon.
Of the total affected in the region, some 10,232 families or 44,399 persons are inside the 195 evacuation centers of which 72 were newly opened by the LGUs with the assistance of DSWD-FIeld Office CARAGA.
DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman has instructed all members of the Quick Response Teams in Field Offices along the typhoon path to continue to remain on alert status and to coordinate with LGUs to ensure that needed assistance will be immediately provided to survivors.
From the Department of Social Welfare and Development
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to assist local government units (LGU) in responding to the food and other needs in Seniang-affected areas in Visayas and Mindanao.
In Central Visayas, DSWD-Field Office VII released to Bohol province some 600 boxes or 6,000 tins of assorted goods, 4,000 pieces of noodles, and 320 pieces of blankets upon request of the LGU.
Likewise, two metric tons of High Energy Biscuits was sent to the province this morning through chopper.
In Caraga, the DSWD-Field Office here delivered to typhoon-hit LGUs a total of 4,475 family food packs amounting to P1,871,982. On December 29, the Field Office also sent 300 food packs to the town of Buenavista in Agusan del Norte.
To date, based on initial assessment of the impact of the typhoon, DSWD disaster teams in affected regions have recorded 23 totally and 51 partially damaged houses in Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, and Caraga Region.
DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that despite revelries today for the new year celebration, DSWD social workers will continue to be on alert to ensure that the survivors especially the 15,277 families or 65,995 persons still staying in 283 evacuation centers in the affected regions are safe and their immediate basic needs are addressed.
"SENIANG" has maintained its strength as it moves closer to Palawan.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
Tropical Storm "SENIANG" has weakened into a Tropical Depression and was relocated.
- Estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 - 15 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 300 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.
- Residents in low lying and mountainous areas of the provinces with PSWS#2 and PSWS#1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides
- Ocean waves may reach up to 5 meters
- Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas
- Public Storms Warning signal elsewhere are now lifted
- The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
Tropical Depression "SENIANG" has weakened into a Low Pressure Area.
- All Public Storm Warning Signals are now lifted
- The Low Pressure Areas is still expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Southern Palawan
- Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas.
Location of eye/center:At 8:00PM today, the center of the Low Pressure Area was estimated based on all available at 330km South Southwest of Cuyo, Palawan or at 220km Southeast of Puerto Princesa City (8.1N, 119.9E)
De l’Afrique de l’Ouest touchée par Ebola, à la Syrie et à l’Irak, l’assistance alimentaire a joué un rôle important pour aider les familles affectées par les crises. Voici 10 personnes, venant de 10 pays, qui ont reçu une assistance grâce à toutes les personnes qui nous soutiennent : les gouvernements, les entreprises, et tous ceux qui ont fait un don en 2014.
Trois mois après que le typhon Haiyan ait détruit sa maison, ce grand-père a remercié le PAM d’avoir continué à apporter une assistance alimentaire le temps que sa famille puisse se reconstruire.
Alors que les violences ont continué à frapper le pays en 2014, le PAM a distribué des rations alimentaires à des centaines de milliers de personnes qui ont été obligé de quitter leurs maisons. Parmi elles, Ashta, qui est en train de cuisiner un repas pour sa famille.
Ali a 14 ans et vient de Syrie. Il est maintenant réfugié au Liban avec ses parents. Sa famille reçoit des coupons alimentaires distribués par le PAM. Avec ces coupons, il peut acheter la nourriture de son choix dans le supermarché local. « Je ne sais pas ce que nous deviendrons si nous n’avons plus ces coupons ».
Un rapport réalisé en juin a montré que les personnes âgées font face à davantage de risque du fait de leur mobilité réduite. Jal Bitien explique qu'elle a dû manger des herbes sauvages pour survivre.
Hugo Jolon est originaire du Guatemala. Comme 2,5 millions d'agriculteurs, ses cultures ont été décimées par la sécheresse cette année. Jolon a perdu toute sa récolte de maïs et il a eu besoin d’assistance alimentaire pour traverser cette crise.
Voici Eman, et ses enfants : Rima et Jiwad. Leur maison a été détruite pour les conflits en juillet 2014. Sa famille s’est réfugiée dans une école à Al Maghazi à Gaza et ils ont reçu des rations alimentaires prêtes à être consommées. Ils ne savent pas encore quand ils pourront retourner chez eux.
Aujourd’hui Kaanchanan est en bonne santé, il est fier de montrer qu’il peut aider sa famille dans les champs. Pour en arriver là, il a reçu des aliments nutritifs conçus pour lutter contre la malnutrition. Il vit dans une région où la pauvreté est telle que la malnutrition menace beaucoup d’enfants.
La famille de Um Zuhour avait avant un magasin de tissu à Alep. Aujourd’hui, elle a perdu son mari et son pays est en guerre. Elle et ses 4 filles ont dû fuir leur maison comme des millions de Syriens. Elle travaille parfois pour ramasser des pommes et des olives. Et elle reçoit de l’huile, de la farine et des lentilles du PAM.
La Sierra Leone a été l'un des trois pays les plus durement touchés par l'épidémie d'Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest. Kadiatou a survécu au virus. Sur cette photo, elle est en train de cuisiner un repas avec les aliments distribués par le PAM, dans le quartier de Ferry Junction à Freetown.
Hajji Maratalu travaillait auparavant dans le bâtiment. Il a fui son domicile dans le nord de l'Irak après l’arrivée de l’Etat islamique. Alors que l'hiver commence, il vit avec sa femme et son fils dans un immeuble en construction dans le gouvernorat de Duhok. Il fait partie des 1.000.000 Irakiens déplacés qui ont reçu aide alimentaire du PAM depuis le début de la crise.
2014 was the International Year of Family Farming, and throughout the year FAO worked with our partners to keep the spotlight pinned on this critical player in the global food, nutrition and agriculture arena.
According to the 2014 edition of our annual State of Food and Agriculture report - which focused on the needs of family farmers -- nine out of ten of the world's 570 million farms are managed by families, and produce about 80 percent of our food.
FAO spent the year advocating for policies crafted to help them unlock their true potential. As the year winds down and we move forward, we will continue to work to galvanize concrete action in support of family farmers beyond 2014.
2014 also saw FAO rally global attention to the too-frequently-neglected issues of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies and obesity.
Some 2 billion people - 30 percent of the planet's population -- suffer from micronutrient deficiencies or other effects of inadequate diet. Meanwhile, many poorer countries now labor under a "double burden" of obesity combined with hunger and poor nutrition.
To help get the global nutrition agenda back on track, FAO partnered with WHO to convene the first major global event on such issues in 20 years, the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition, which took place in Rome in late November.
At ICN2, Pope Francis urged world leaders to do more, and the event culminated with the adaptation by universal acclaim of a sweeping political commitment to do just that -- "The Rome Declaration on Nutrition"-- by 172 governments as well as a supporting framework for concrete action.
FAO is determined to take this new global momentum on nutrition forward into 2015 and beyond.
Progress in the hunger fight
2014 also saw the world make strides towards a future with zero hunger.
The year started off with African heads of state making a historic commitment to end chronic hunger on their continent by 2025.
Latin America also had its sights set on hunger eradication. In May governments from the region came together to review progress and bring to a successful conclusion their collective effort to wipe out hunger.
The region is close to its goal: FAO's annual regional analysis, published December 10, found that as a whole, Latin America and the Caribbean has reduced hunger from 15.3 percent of its total population in 1990-91 to 6.1 percent in 2012-14. Fourteen countries have met the hunger target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before the 2015 deadline, while four others have nearly achieved it.
Elsewhere, progress is being made as well. During 2014, FAO gave kudos to China, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, and the Philippines for reaching the MDG-1 hunger target, while Brazil, Chile Cameroon and Uruguay were recognized for having attained the more ambitious WFS target of halving the number of hungry by 2015 (more).
Our annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report - released in October -- confirmed a positive trend in hunger reduction, which has seen the number of hungry people decline globally by more than 100 million over the last decade and by 209 million since 1990-92.
Still, the report noted that 805 people remained chronically undernourished in 2014 and much remains to be done.
Hotspots of food insecurity
Indeed, despite progress in reducing chronic hunger, conflict poor weather and the emergence of Ebola in West Africa contributed to food insecurity concerns in a number of countries and regions during 2014.
The emergence of the Ebola epidemic captured global attention - beyond the immediate human costs, the situation in affected countries has had serious implications for food security.
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But other hunger hotspots posed cause for concern as well.
In the broader West African region of the Sahel, conflicts and recurring droughts continued to exacerbate food insecurity in 2014. To tackle recurring food security in the region, in February he UN and humanitarian partners launched an ambitious three-year plan to support resilience over the longer-term by tackling the root causes of hunger.
In Somalia, late and erratic rainfall during spring and summer raised concerns regarding harvest prospects there. By September, over one million people were estimated to be at risk of acute food insecurity.
Violence in South Sudan contributed to widespread food insecurity in that troubled African nation during 2014, as FAO warned on numerous occasions. The Organization has been working with partners on the ground to deliver emergency livelihood kits containing crop and vegetable seeds, fishing equipment and livestock treatment kits and vaccines for veterinary support to help farming families stay afloat and support local food production.
Fighting and conflict in Syria and Iraq were also cause for concern during 2014, and FAO responded.
Finally, conflict in the Central African Republic had major implications for rural livelihoods, food production, and food security as widespread looting and insecurity took a heavy toll on cropping, animal-rearing and fishing activities. In March FAO, the World Bank, and the World Food Program agreed to implement a major program to support food aid and agriculture production as hostilities eased. As part of that effort, FAO began a large seed and tool distribution program in May to support crisis-hit farming families.
South-South cooperation breaks new ground
On the brighter side, 2014 saw the dawn of a new era in development cooperation between nations of the global South.
In February, governments from the Near East and Africa pledged enhanced cooperation to tackle issues of water management, food waste and building more resilient rural communities.
A month later, the new Africa Solidarity Trust Fund - an Africa for Africa development initiative aimed at eradicating hunger, reducing malnutrition and poverty - funded it's first six projects.
In June, the FAO-managed fund gave the green light to four new, continent-spanning projects that will benefit 24 different African nations, and in December signed another three project agreements to support Ebola-hit countries, promote employment for rural youth, and advance South-South cooperation in Africa.
Later in the year, China took advantage of the occasion of World Food Day to announce a $50 million donation to FAO to support its program of "South-South Cooperation.
And 2014 closed out with a major conference in Morocco which saw that northern African country team up with FAO to pledge both financial resources and technical know-how to support agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa.
High food prices drop, then level off
World food prices started out the year high, but steady and saw a rapid rise early in the year, partly due to tensions in the Black Sea region and poor weather in some regions.
However by May the FAO food index began to drop and that downward trend continued through August, which saw the index reach a four-year low. Since then, global food prices have remained broadly stable.
Resilience and recovery in the Philippines
Agricultural recovery in the Philippines following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan was one of the stand-out success stories of 2014.
The typhoon struck between two planting seasons - damaging crops that were ready to harvest, harvested and newly planted. Around 1.1 million tonnes of standing crops were destroyed, primarily coconut, rice and corn. Infrastructure and production equipment such as storage, irrigation systems, boats and roads also suffered extensive damage. Damage to fisheries spanned the entire value-chain- from catch to market.
A rapid response effort to get farmers and fishers back on their feet was needed.
At the request of the government of the Philippines, within weeks of the disaster, FAO began distributing rice production packages in time for the December/January planting season, enabling farmers to bring in their first crop without skipping the season.
FAO's Director-General José Graziano da Silva travelled to the island nation to witness the damage and recovery efforts first hand. In addition to rice farmers, fishers and coconut farmers were also the target of FAO interventions.
Six months after the disaster hit, Philippine farmers began to bring in their rice harvest thanks to this effort.
Today, just over one year has passed since Typhoon Haiyan hit. A second rice harvest has come in, and farmers and fishers are well on the road to recovery and building more resilient livelihoods.
On December 29, 2014 another typhoon hit the Philippines affecting Visayas and Mindanao Region. The eye of Typhoon Seniang (Jangmi), the strongest storm to hit the country this year, passed to the Bakulin, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur at 3:45 AM, 29 December 2014.
Seven (7) affected provinces by Typhoon Seniang with 39 Municipalities, 143 Barangay and 15,358 families or 54, 981 persons also affected by the tropical storm Seniang.
Pockets of landslides along the Highway of Cagwa-it municipality and another landslide in some areas of Hinatuan and a bridge is unpassable in San Ramon - Surigao Del Sur. Stranded passengers are 767 adults, 67 children, 111 vehicles at Lipata Port Brgy Lipata, Surigao City as of 4PM, 29 Dec. 2014.