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Philippines: Typhoon Hagupit: isolated Filipinos need help

12 December 2014 - 1:17am
Source: Handicap International Country: Philippines

Posted by Mica Bevington

Torrential rain, gigantic waves and violent winds: this was what Typhoon Hagupit brought to the eastern Filipino province of Samar. In the aftermath of Typhoon Hagupit, which hit the Philippines on Dec. 7, Handicap International’s teams are providing relief to the Filipinos living in the isolated villages in this hardest-hit province.

"A wave around six-to-nine feet high swept across the coast, destroying the homes of the fishermen from villages along the sea front,” explains Marlène Dussauge, Field Coordinator for Handicap International. “The storm ripped off corrugated iron roofs, brought down trees, and cut off the electricity supply. There were no means of communication. Thousands of people lost everything they had, and today are left with nothing."

Many displaced families are still living in evacuation centers, in schools and churches for example, or have been taken in by relatives. In order to provide the victims of the disaster with the assistance they require, Handicap International is working in the municipalities of Villareal and Talalora, located in south-west Samar.

Priority needs

Handicap International’s teams have been out to four barangays—small villages—in Talalora and seven in Villareal in order to assess the population's essential needs.

"Reaching the villages is no mean feat,” Dussauge explains. “The communications systems are all down and the villages are flooded. We had to travel by boat. This boat was also made available to the local fishermen who lost theirs in the storm. In these municipalities, the means of transport are very limited and many people cannot get to health centers or to the market to buy food.

"The most critical need for the affected populations was access to food. The local authorities are therefore organizing food distributions. It really is vital."

A second essential need is to provide people with shelter. Indeed, in the barangays of Villareal and Talalora, Handicap International found that the Typhoon partially or totally destroyed between 60% and 90% of homes. Road clearance is another top priority. Finally, it is vital that people are helped to recover their ability to work and earn money.

"A lot of the fishermen have lost everything, even their crab traps,” Dussauge says. “They need to be helped to return to work.”

Immediate intervention

The treatment of minor wounds is critical. Dussauge notes, "after the storm, lots of people walked over debris, stepping on nails, or had corrugated iron fall on their feet." Working with a team of nurses, "we bandage their wounds to avoid infection and advise them to go to the Rural Health Unit in Villareal if there is a medical risk."

The association has also made clearance equipment, such as chainsaws, available to the local authorities who then organize distributions in the villages.

In the coming days, Handicap International will support the Rural Health Unit, notably by providing consultation tables and life-jackets so that health care workers can reach flooded villages. The association will also distribute emergency shelter kits, including tarps, ropes, and tools, to allow families to build temporary shelters.

Handicap International is also assessing the need for a longer-term intervention, as well as for a specific intervention to help its beneficiaries in the Tacloban area, which was so badly affected by the passage of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

Please join us in this critical relief effort.

Philippines: Japan delivers PHP 8.2m emergency relief goods for Typhoon Ruby victims

12 December 2014 - 12:26am
Source: Government of Japan Country: Japan, Philippines

Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa will hand over Japan's emergency relief goods for the victims of Typhoon Ruby to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on December 15. The turnover ceremony will be held at DSWD in Quezon City at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. The relief goods will be received by DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman.

The assistance worth approximately 22 million yen (approximately 8.2 million pesos) aims to alleviate the difficulties of the people affected by the calamity. It includes blankets, sleeping pats, plastic sheets, etc. that will mitigate the difficult living conditions in and around evacuation centers.

In response to this situation, messages expressing condolences and sympathies were sent earlier from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino III and from Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida to Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario. The Government of Japan reiterates its commitment in assisting the Philippine Government's disaster management efforts.

The emergency assistance was announced last Wednesday, December 10th, in light of friendly relations between the two nations and in line with the Japanese Government's commitment to assist the Philippines' disaster management efforts.

*PHP-JPY Exchange Rate = 0.3726 (As of December 10, 2014)

Philippines: Minister Paradis reiterates Canada's support to the Philippines

11 December 2014 - 11:09pm
Source: Government of Canada Country: Philippines

Canada committed to helping Filipinos recover from the impact of Typhoon Hagupit

December 11, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, reiterated Canada’s support for the people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Hagupit, which has claimed 22 lives and forced the evacuation of over 1.6 million people.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to those have lost loved ones or have otherwise been affected by this difficult situation,” said Minister Paradis. “Canada stands in solidarity with the Filipino people and will continue to closely monitor events in the region and stand ready to provide further assistance as needed.”

Canadian officials have undertaken a series of consultations with Philippine government officials and the Philippine Armed Forces, as well as with key international agencies, humanitarian organizations and key donors on the ground in order to identify any need for additional Canadian support to the relief and early recovery efforts.

Typhoon Hagupit impacted some areas already affected by Typhoon Haiyan just over a year ago. Following an announcement on November 8, 2014, Minister Paradis also announced that Canada will be extending the deadline for the Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance Call for Proposals to February 13, 2015, in order to give Canadian organizations on the ground additional time to mobilize their responses to Hagupit, as needed, and to consider, where necessary, its implications in Haiyan-affected areas.

Quick Facts

•When Typhoon Hagupit hit the Philippines on December 6, 2014, Canada was already preparing a whole-of-government response, working closely with humanitarian partners and the Government of the Philippines.

•In 2014, the Philippines was confirmed as a country of focus for the Government of Canada’s international development efforts.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update Sitrep No. 86 re Monitoring Activities on the Alert Status of Mayon Volcano

11 December 2014 - 10:59pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. ALERT STATUS OF MAYON VOLCANO

A. Alert Level 3 is still in effect as of 8:00 AM, 12 December 2014. At this present stage, potentially eruptible magma has already been intruded and continues to be intruded beneath the edifice. At any given time in the following weeks to months, this magma can eventually be erupted quietly as lava flows or explosively as vertical eruption columns and pyroclastic flows or both. Mayon Volcano's seismic network did not detect any volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours

Philippines: Close Bilateral Cooperation Before, During and After Typhoon Ruby/Hagupit Enables Faster U.S. Government Emergency Response

11 December 2014 - 10:43pm
Source: Government of the United States of America Country: Philippines, United States of America

MANILA, Philippines, December 11, 2014 — The United States Embassy in Manila commends the Government of the Philippines on its extensive preparations leading up to Typhoon Ruby/Hagupit and its successful response in the wake of the storm. The United States also offers its condolences for the lives that were lost during the storm. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.

In close coordination with the Government of the Philippines, the United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office for Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), will provide aid for emergency humanitarian assistance. This assistance totals $750,000 (PHP 33,408,750).

Building on a foundation of close bilateral coordination and cooperation with the Government of the Philippines, the U.S. Embassy in Manila helped track the typhoon before it made landfall, worked under the direction of our treaty ally in monitoring the storm’s trajectory and planning and preparing to respond to the storm’s aftermath as needed.

Almost immediately following the storm’s first landfall, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and U.S. Pacific Command assessment teams were available to augment U.S. Embassy Manila’s capabilities to monitor the storm’s impact. These teams also coordinated with government agencies and humanitarian organizations an emergency response on the ground. As President Obama stated last year in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda, “[W]hen our friends are in trouble, America helps.”

The successful response to Ruby featured close cooperation between representatives from USAID, the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, and the U.S. military, who worked with the Philippine government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to conduct initial assessments of conditions and needs in the hardest hit areas. U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg stated that this coordination “clearly showed that the repeated humanitarian and disaster assistance training and exercises between our two countries is an important part of our relationship.”

The U.S government, through USAID, continues to work closely with the Government of the Philippines and communities in hazard-prone areas to better prepare for and respond to the effects of disasters. In Fiscal Year 2014, USAID/OFDA provided approximately $9.5 million (PHP 423,177,500) for disaster risk reduction programs in the Philippines that build community resilience and further strengthen national disaster management capacity. This includes $500,000 (PHP 22,272,500) in FY 2014 funding to the U.N. World Food Program to provide logistical support to the GPH’s Department of Social Welfare and Development to quickly deliver relief supplies to affected families during disasters such as Typhoon Ruby.

Philippines: SitRep No.18 re Effects of Typhoon "Ruby" (Hagupit)

11 December 2014 - 10:23pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

SITUATION OVERVIEW

"RUBY" exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the evening of 10 December 2014.

Philippines: Philippines: A first-hand account of Typhoon Hagupit’s wrath

11 December 2014 - 9:44pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

“I thought I was prepared,” says Victor Lahai, an OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer in the Philippines. “But reality hit hard when I thought we might not make it through the night. The scenes outside were horrendous.”

Victor is referring to the night of 6 December when Typhoon Hagupit made landfall on Eastern Samar, a province and island on the Philippines’ eastern edge. Victor spent that harrowing night in the city of Borongan, at a shelter run by the NGO Caritas. The storm lashed the city for eight hours. Once it passed, his work began.

Read the full story on the OCHA website.

Philippines: Communication with Communities Situation Report - Typhoon Hagupit as of 12 Dec 2014

11 December 2014 - 9:44pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Needs:

• Inadequate information on food, shelter, livelihood, education, water and health adds worries to the affected communities in most part of Eastern Samar.

• With only few radio and TV stations active after the typhoon, affected communities had to rely on updates coming from friends and neighbors, barangay councils and some humanitarian agencies.

Response:

• Far East Broadcasting Company-First Response Radio (FEBC-FRR) and PECOJON will deploy a team in Borongan and will set up emergency radio facility to support one local radio station start live broadcast of the ongoing humanitarian response.

• CwC/AAP working group in Tacloban and Borongan continues to update life-saving key messages and humanitarian information through newsletter distributed in the affected areas in Eastern Samar.

• Information needs and preferred communication assessment conducted by PECOJON and Radyo Abante for Eastern Samar is available at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ycziu21j8stqop0/PECOJON%20RNA%20Eastern%20Samar.pdf?dl=0. Highlights of the assessment stressed that in post-Hagupit, affected communities relied on families, friends and neighbors as the primary source of information followed by community leaders and SMS from relatives or loved ones. Availability of radio and TV would be very helpful in terms of obtaining news happening in the other areas.

• In Borongan, IOM takes the lead in the conduct of community feedback sessions with the internally displaced persons. This is to augment the ongoing information needs and preferred communication channel assessments by the CwC/AAP working group.

• Though the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) has been deactivated, consolidated results from the social media can still be viewed in these links: http://bit.ly/1AMM8KL and http://micromappers.org/. Rappler and Project Agos continue to document crowdsourced data (via alert maps) on evacuation centers, cyclone path, status of media outlets (radio and TV) and ongoing relief operations. The result can be viewed in this link: http://agos.rappler.com.

• SMART telecom sets up free call and charging stations in Borongan, Dolores, Taft, and Catarman in Eastern Samar as well as in Caluag in Quezon, Sta. Cruz and Boac in Marinduque and Bogo in Northern Cebu. It also deployed portable generators in Sorsogon, Quezon and Marinduque. Coverage of areas restored includes Allen-Londres, Sanlisdro, Rosario, Bobon, Catarman, Yakal, Modragon, San Roque, Laoan and Pambujan.

• Globe telecom restored 34 cell sites within Eastern Samar and continues to provide free call and charging services in Eastern Samar affected areas. It also offered free calls for Filipinos from eight countries (Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, UK and USA) for them to be able to communicate with their loved ones.

Gaps & Constraints:

• 21 areas in Eastern Samar are still experiencing power outage. As most power lines were damaged, affected communities have less access to information and other updates from radio, TV, internet and even SMS.

For additional information and queries, please contact:

Gil Francis G. Arevalo, Communications with Communities Officer, OCHA, Manila, arevalog@un.org, +63 917-515-3539

Catherine Alcaraz, Communications with Communities Officer, OCHA, Tacloban, alcarazc@un.org, +63 917-554-6155

Philippines: Potentially Damaged Zones in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines - Analysis with Pléiades Data Acquired 09 December 2014 and WorldView-2 Data Acquired 17 August 2014

11 December 2014 - 5:07pm
Source: UNOSAT Country: Philippines

This map illustrates satellite-detected potentially damaged structures in Tacloban City, Philippines. Using imagery collected by the Pleiades satellite on 9 December 2014 UNOSAT reviewed Tacloban city identifying zones with potential damage caused by Hugapit Typhoon. UNOSAT estimates that approximately a total of ~ 6,500 buildings are located in these zones. This is a preliminary analysis & has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

Philippines: Potentially Damaged Zones in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines

11 December 2014 - 5:07pm
Source: UNOSAT Country: Philippines

This map illustrates satellite-detected potentially damaged structures in Tacloban City, Philippines. Using imagery collected by the Pleiades satellite on 9 December 2014 UNOSAT reviewed Tacloban city identifying zones with potential damage caused by Hugapit Typhoon. UNOSAT estimates that approximately a total of ~ 6,500 buildings are located in these zones. This is a preliminary analysis & has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

Philippines: Damaged Structures in Calbayog City, Samar Island, Philippines - Analysis with Pleiades Data Acquired 27 May 2014 and 09 December 2014 (As of December 11 2014)

11 December 2014 - 5:03pm
Source: UNOSAT Country: Philippines

This map illustrates damaged structures in Calbayog City, Samar Island, Philippines. Using a satellite image acquired 09 December 2014 and compared to an image collected 27 May 2014, UNOSAT reviewed the City of Calbayog and identified a total of 526 damaged structures in the area. 88 structures were identified as destroyed, 180 as severely damaged and 258 as moderately damaged. This is a preliminary analysis & has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

Philippines: Damaged Structures in Calbayog City, Samar Island, Philippines (As of December 11)

11 December 2014 - 5:03pm
Source: UNOSAT Country: Philippines

This map illustrates damaged structures in Calbayog City, Samar Island, Philippines. Using a satellite image acquired 09 December 2014 and compared to an image collected 27 May 2014, UNOSAT reviewed the City of Calbayog and identified a total of 526 damaged structures in the area. 88 structures were identified as destroyed, 180 as severely damaged and 258 as moderately damaged. This is a preliminary analysis & has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

Philippines: Potentially Damaged Zones in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines - Analysis with Pleiades Data Acquired 08 December 2014 and WorldView-2 Data Acquired 04 April 2014 (as of 11 December 2014)

11 December 2014 - 4:59pm
Source: UNOSAT Country: Philippines

This map illustrates satellite-detected damaged structures in Guiuan City, Eastern Samar, Philippines. Using an image acquired by Pleiades Satellite on 8 December 2014 and comparing with an image collected 4 April 2014, UNOSAT identified 312 affected structures in the area. 45 structures were categorized as destroyed, 141 as severely damaged and 106 as moderately damaged. Note that due to significant cloud cover present on the reference image collected on 4 April, damage might have been underestimated in certain areas. In addition 20 structures have been categorized as possibly damaged due to the uncertainty produced by the cloud cover. This is a preliminary analysis & has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

Philippines: Potentially Damaged Zones in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines (as of 11 December 2014)

11 December 2014 - 4:59pm
Source: UNOSAT Country: Philippines

This map illustrates satellite-detected damaged structures in Guiuan City, Eastern Samar, Philippines. Using an image acquired by Pleiades Satellite on 8 December 2014 and comparing with an image collected 4 April 2014, UNOSAT identified 312 affected structures in the area. 45 structures were categorized as destroyed, 141 as severely damaged and 106 as moderately damaged. Note that due to significant cloud cover present on the reference image collected on 4 April, damage might have been underestimated in certain areas. In addition 20 structures have been categorized as possibly damaged due to the uncertainty produced by the cloud cover. This is a preliminary analysis & has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

Philippines: PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) Assessment Areas (as of 11 Dec 4pm)

11 December 2014 - 4:54pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Philippines: Philippines: Humanitarian Actors Activities Mapping Typhoon Ruby - Eastern Samar (as of 10 December 2014)

11 December 2014 - 4:48pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Philippines: Typhoon Hagupit: Plan responds in worst-hit areas

11 December 2014 - 2:46pm
Source: Plan Country: Philippines

9 December 2014: Plan International emergency response teams are on the ground in the Philippines conducting quick assessments and distributing pre-positioned relief items in communities worst-hit by Typhoon Hagupit.

The typhoon, known locally as Ruby, has weakened further as it continues to head out of Philippine territory, with the state weather bureau lifting storm signals for the whole country.

The storm left in its wake more than 20 casualties, a million people evacuated from their homes and significant damage to infrastructure and agriculture.

Flooding and landslides

In Eastern Visayas, a region still recovering from last year’s super typhoon Haiyan, Plan teams report that electricity and communications are still out or intermittent in many areas. Landslides and damaged roads are hampering relief efforts in the northern towns of Eastern Samar province where Hagupit made landfall Saturday evening.

In Masbate province, where the typhoon lingered longest for almost a whole day, flooded roads and damaged bridges make it difficult for response teams to reach affected towns right after the storm.

“Now the real work begins,” says Carin van der Hor, Plan International Country Director for the Philippines.

“After being well prepared for Hagupit, Plan teams based in worst-hit provinces have started making rounds as early as Sunday to check the situation in affected areas and assess the most-pressing needs of typhoon survivors.”

Distributing aid

Plan teams in Tacloban, Borongan, Catbalogan, Catarman and Masbate are also coordinating with the national and local governments and partner aid agencies in conducting the assessments, to ensure that results feed into cohesive and efficient typhoon response efforts.

“Plan has also begun distributing pre-positioned relief in affected communities. These include 3,499 shelter kits 5,500 water kits, 5,500 hygiene kits and 4,100 infant kits enough for 14,499 families or 76,595 individuals,” says van der Hor.

“The enormous effort of the government evacuating hundreds of thousands of people from unsafe zones prevented the potential loss of many lives. Plan will ensure that this life-saving measure will be complemented as we begin timely assessment and distribution of pre-positioned relief items in affected communities.”

Aside from vital aid, Plan, as a child-centred humanitarian organisation, also ensures that affected young boys and girls are protected from harm and their unique needs addressed.

Plan and the Philippine government’s Climate Change Commission are partners in advocating child-centred disaster risk reduction and management in the country.

Find out more about Plan’s work in the Philippines

Media contacts:

  • Plan International Philippines Country Director Carin Van der Hor and Emergency Response Manager Richard Sandison are available for interview by mobile phone. Deputy Country Director for Programs Marco Savio is also available for interviews in French and Italian. To arrange interviewsand for all other media inquiries, please call Cynthia Arce, Communication Manager, Mobile: +63 (0) 917 832 5723, or Chris Sibugon, Communication Officer, Mobile +63 (0) 917 514 5738.

Philippines: SitRep No.17 re Effects of Typhoon "Ruby" (Hagupit)

11 December 2014 - 2:39pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

SITUATION OVERVIEW'

"RUBY" exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the evening of 10 December 2014.