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Philippines: ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 20 - 26 June 2016

28 June 2016 - 12:40am
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Indonesia, Philippines
Regional Summary

Affected People: 55,709 (est.)

Displaced People: 2,053

Indonesia Flood

Flashflood and landslide hit Sangihe District (island), North Sulawesi Province. The incident has caused five death and damaged 225 houses. The National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB) reported that 1,917 people were evacuated because of the incident.

Flooding also happened in Luwu Utara, South Sulawesi Province. Responding to the situation, the local authority distributed relief items to the 12,129 affected families.

Philippines Flood

The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) has triggered flooding in Maguindanao Province. 5,140 people were affected by the incident.

Flooding also occurred in Valencia City, Bukidnon Province. 136 people were evacuated due to the incident.

Philippines: DSWD continues relief operations for El Nino victims

27 June 2016 - 7:03am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 27 (PIA) – Responding to the effects of the long dry season and the searing heat brought about by the El Nino, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) mobilized its resources to bring crucial relief to distressed communities in the island barangays of Bohol.

And, for its initial mobilization, DSWD Bohol reports the delivery of relief food and water packs to 22,771 individuals in 14 towns, most of them from the deprived sectors.

DSWD Bohol Chief Papiasa Bustrillos said that with local resources, they are constrained to prioritize the distribution of rice, canned goods and water to families of farmers and fishermen of Bohol’s island barangays and towns who are severely affected by the long dry season.

The drought brought about by the El Nino has not just damaged millions of pesos worth of agriculture, but its searing and persistent heat ruined also the multi-million seaweeds industry feeding thousands of seaweed farmers in the island barangays of northern Bohol, Bustillos revealed during the Kapihan sa PIA.

"Right now, we are again continuing to pack more relief to be delivered to other areas in Bohol that need them," she said, adding that the delivery depends on the availability of trucks from Bohol Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Council (PDRRMC).

"We also intend to ask the congressman from the second district, Cong. Aristotle Aumentado, to lend us his boat so we could deliver the goods to other islets," she added.

The repacking, she added, is based on validated reports emanating from town teams.

The team, comprised of the municipal or city social welfare and development officer, municipal agriculture officer (MAO), a representative from the DSWD Kalahi, 4Ps and the Sustainable Livelihood Programs, gather and shortlist the data of calamity-affected individuals from the barangays.

The data is the validated from the list submitted by the MAO, MSWDO, and civil society organizations.

People who are severely affected may go to these teams and get into the list, but Bohol welfare officials also explained why not everyone can be given relief packs.

"We are operating on a limited budget, so we make sure that only those who have no other means can get [the relief packs]," Bustrillos explained.

Beyond that, by operational protocol, the local office has to keep a buffer stock of 10,000 relief packs which can be withdrawn any given time during emergencies, she said.

Relief is just among the many interventions that DSWD is extending to communities and 4Ps beneficiaries who are severely distressed by the El Nino.

By July, the 4Ps Family Development Session, where 4Ps beneficiaries are required to attend, would be tackling disaster preparedness, according to Phoebe Jen Indino, 4PS Information Officer.

The program, to be implemented in coordination with the Office of the Civil Defense, Philippine National Red Cross, and the Bureau of Fire Protection would grant to communities the proper disaster preparedness to mitigate the often disastrous effects of La Nina, Indino bared. (rmn/rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

World: Incentives for Reducing Disaster Risk in Urban Areas

27 June 2016 - 5:50am
Source: Asian Development Bank Country: Nepal, Philippines, Viet Nam, World

Experiences in 3 case study areas in Viet Nam, Nepal, and the Philippines indicate that there is an opportunity to leverage existing incentive and/or investment programs to encourage investment in disaster risk reduction.

The rapid growth of urban areas has often resulted in the siting of poorly designed infrastructure and assets in hazard-prone areas, increasing disaster risk.

While a better understanding of disaster risk by urban stakeholders and the use of this information by governments to develop policies, regulations, and financing that prioritize risk reduction are key to increasing public and private investment in risk reduction, there is also a need to offer inducements—or incentives—to encourage investment.

This summary of experiences of Da Nang in Viet Nam, the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, and Naga City in the Philippines explains:

  • what incentives are,
  • how they are currently used in the case study areas to encourage investments in disaster risk reduction, and
  • how to foster an enabling environment for a successful incentive program.

While these incentives are not designed with disaster risk reduction as the primary purpose, many of them have either indirectly contributed to reducing disaster risk or, with minor modification, could directly contribute to risk reduction.

China: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (21-27 June 2016)

27 June 2016 - 5:41am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines

China

As of 23 June, 9 million people have been affected by torrential rainfall across 10 provinces of southern China, with flooding triggering the temporary evacuation of at least 388,000 people. On 21 June, the China National Commission for Disaster Reduction and Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) launched a Level IV emergency response to support areas affected by hailstorm, torrential rainfall and floods in Shanxi, Hunan, Guizhou, Jiangxi, and Hubei provinces and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. However, no request for international assistance has been made.

Also on 23 June, severe weather in the coastal province of Jiangsu spawned a tornado as well as torrential rain and hailstorm. The severe weather caused 98 deaths, with at least 800 people injured and more than 8,000 homes destroyed in Funing County. Local authorities supported by MCA and the Chinese Red Cross have provided food, tents and NFIs to affected communities.

98 people Killed

Philippines

As of 22 June, 1,000 families (5,100 people or about 22 per cent of the population) in Sultan sa Barongis municipality, Maguindanao province, have been affected by flooding caused by heavy rainfall due to an intertropical convergence. Flooding was also reported in Pikit municipality, Cotabato province which forced some residents to evacuate to higher grounds. Authorities are assessing the impact of the flood.

5,100 people affected

Indonesia

According to the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), flooding and landslides in Central Java province caused 59 deaths, with four people still missing. In Purworejo, the worst affected district, about 350 people remain displaced. Search and rescue operations ended on 24 June. Local authorities continue to provide assistance to the affected communities.

In North Sulawesi province, flooding and landslides also caused five deaths and damaged over 200 houses. An estimated 600 people remain displaced and are being supported by the local government. Rains continue to affect Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan.

59 people killed

Papua New Guinea

While rainfall during the past several weeks is beginning to ease the dry conditions across Papua New Guinea, WFP estimates that some 180,000 people remain food insecure due to the prolonged drought. In support of the Government, partners continue to implement emergency food and nutrition activities. In April, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund provided US$4.7 million for the ongoing El Niño response. Access to remote areas, however, continue be constrained by the terrain and recent flood.

180,000 people in food insecure