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Philippines: DSWD disaster teams ready to assist LGUs in ‘Egay’s’ path

6 July 2015 - 7:06am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, July 6 -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Regions I, II, and III and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have 100,125 family food packs available at the Field Offices ready for distribution to local government units along the path of Tropical Storm Egay.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman assured that there are also family food packs prepositioned at the local level aside from those at the regional offices and at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City to ensure that families affected by the tropical storm will immediately receive assistance.

“Prepositioning of relief supply at the provincial and municipal levels is already a regular disaster preparedness measure that we undertake to ensure that assistance is not delayed,” Sec. Soliman said.

Aside from the food packs, a standby fund amounting to P12.3 million in the four DSWD-Field Offices is also ready to be used for the purchase of emergency relief supplies.

In Regions IV-A and IV-B, V, and VI that are not along the path of TS Egay but are experiencing heavy rains, the DSWD-Field Offices also allocated 146,850 food packs including some 58,597 packs that are stored at NROC.

To date, members of the DSWD Quick Response Teams continue to remain on alert status to assist LGUs in disaster operations and management of evacuation centers.

As of press time, a total of 4 families with 19 persons evacuated in Benguet and Kalinga in CAR due to landslides.

In Region I, a total of 1,603 families in the Provinces of La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, were reported evacuated but were still being validated by the Regional Response Cluster.

Likewise, DSWD received reports involving 34 families or 157 persons who were affected by a tornado and big waves in Region VI.

Sec. Soliman once again urged the residents in areas affected by TS Egay to heed the announcement

Philippines: Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 6 | 1 June – 3 July 2015

6 July 2015 - 12:41am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Zamboanga Communications Working Group readies over 28,000 remaining IDPs for durable solutions.

  • Back-to-school campaign benefits conflict-affected children in Mamasapano.

  • Communication, accountability and community participation prompted for better humanitarian response and preparedness.

  • Carpenters build resilience in communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

FIGURES

Zamboanga Crisis

Number of IDPs remaining in Grandstand evacuation centre: 1,900

Number of IDPs in transitional sites: 15,100

Number of IDPs hosted by relatives and friends or renting temporary homes: 11,300*

Number of IDPs awarded permanent shelters: 2,900**

Number of IDPs received home material assistance: 8,300**

Source: CCCM Cluster (as of 22 June 2015), *Protection Cluster (as of December 2014) **National Housing Authority (June 2015)

Flooding in Mindanao

Number of IDPs: 380

Number of houses damaged: 65+

Source: OCD (ARMM and Regions X and XII) (as of 3 July 2015)

Malaysia: Dengue Situation Update 468, 1 July 2015

5 July 2015 - 11:04pm
Source: World Health Organization Country: Australia, Cambodia, China, French Polynesia (France), Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Viet Nam

Northern Hemisphere

China (No Update)

As of 30 May, there were 26 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015(Figure 1).

Malaysia

As of 20 June 2015, there were 53,823 cases of dengue with 158 deaths reported in Malaysia for 2015. This is 34% higher compared with the same reporting period of 2014 (n=40,208) (Figure 2). From 14 to 20 June 2015, there were 2,348 cases of dengue reported, 8.6% higher than the cases reported in the previous week (n=2,161).

Philippines (No Update)

From 1 January to 30 May 2015, there were 28,600 cases of dengue, including 86 deaths, reported in Philippines. This is 6.33% higher compared with the same reporting period in 2014 (n=26,897) (Figure 3).

Singapore

As of 20 June 2015, there were 3,868 cases of dengue reported in Singapore for 2015. From 14 to 20 June 2015, 209 dengue cases reported, 16 cases more than the previous week, and lower than the same reporting period in 2014(n=506) (Figure 4).

Cambodia

As of 31 May 2015, there were 1119 cases of dengue, including one death, reported in Cambodia. To date for 2015, Cambodia has experienced a relatively stable number of new cases reported each week, following the average seasonal pattern during 2009-2014 excluding 2012 (Figure 5).

Lao PDR

As of 19 June, there were 304 cases of dengue and no deaths reported in Lao PDR for 2015. From 13 to 19 June 2015 (week 25), 60 cases of dengue were reported. This is higher compared with the number cases reported in the previous week (n=32) of 2015 (Figure 6).

Viet Nam

As of 21 Jun 2015, there were 14,474 cases of dengue including 12 deaths reported in Viet Nam for 2015. Compared to the same reporting period in 2014, number of cases increased by 26.8% and number of deaths increased by 5 cases. From 15 to 21 June 2015, there were 601 cases of dengue reported with no deaths from 34 out of 63 provinces. Compared with previous week (n=597 cases), number of cases increased by 0.7%.

Southern Hemisphere

Australia (No Update)

As of 31 May, 1,000 laboratory-confirmed dengue cases have been reported in Australia for 2015.
Compared with the same reporting period of last year (n=1,014), the number of reported cases is lower, but is consistent with previous seasonal trends (Figure 8).

French Polynesia

From 08 to 14 June 2015, 27 confirmed dengue cases were reported in French Polynesia (Figure 9). There were 19 hospitalisations including 6 severe cases in 2015.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 04 re Effects of Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ)

5 July 2015 - 9:16pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Since 22 June 2015, Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) has been affecting Mindanao. Moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms were experienced in Regions IX, XII and ARMM, resulting to flashfloods and flooding especially in the low-lying areas.

II. EFFECTS

A. Affected Population (Tab A)

"1. As of 05 July 2015, a total of 25,876 families / 126,338 persons were affected in 199 barangays of 25 municipalities and 2 cities in 6 provinces of Regions XII and ARMM.

"2. Population served inside and outside evacuation centers: 19,895 families / 99,421 persons:
o Inside ten (10) evacuation centers : 76 families / 377 persons
o Outside evacuation centers : 19,819 families / 99,044 persons

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 04 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Severe Tropical Storm "Egay"

5 July 2015 - 9:04pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Tropical Storm (TS) "EGAY" has weakened slightly after crossing Northern Luzon.

At 4:00 PM, 05 July 2015, the center of Tropical Storm (TS) "EGAY" was estimated at 55 km West Southwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. It is forecasted to move Northwest at 9 kph.

Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) elsewhere are now lifted. TS "EGAY is expected to exit PAR by Wednesday afternoon (08 July).

As of 8:00 PM, 05 July 2015, no gate is open in Magat Dam.

Philippines: Tropical Storm Linfa brings floods to northern Philippines

5 July 2015 - 5:38am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Sunday 7/5/2015 - 07:49 GMT

Floods inundated towns in the northern Philippines as Tropical Storm Linfa struck the northern edge of the archipelago, where relief agencies were braced for disaster on Sunday.

The region's civil defence chief Chito Castro said that at least 11 coastal towns had been affected by floodwaters and swelling rivers as Linfa passed over the area.

"The rain is strong, the wind is strong. Major roads are impassable. Some houses are half-covered (with water), some are completely covered," he told reporters.

He said there were still no reports of casualties from the storm, but this could be because the focus was on relief efforts.

Power has also been knocked out in large areas of the north, hampering communications.

The storm, packing maximum winds of 120 kilometres (75 miles) per hour, is moving northwest at nine kilometres per hour and is expected to curve northwards, moving off Luzon by Sunday evening.

National civil defence chief Alexander Pama said "we have pre-positioned the items necessary" in case the storm prompts any massive evacuations.

The disaster-plagued Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms each year, many of them deadly.

Among the worst in recent memory was Super Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the central Philippines in November 2013, leaving more than 7,350 people dead or missing.

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Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 03 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Severe Tropical Storm "Egay"

5 July 2015 - 2:52am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Severe Tropical Storm (STS) "EGAY" has made landfall over Palanan, Isabela at about 11:00 PM, 04 July 2015 and has remained almost stationary for the past 6 hours.

At 4:00 AM, 05 July 2015, the center of Severe Tropical Storm (STS) "EGAY' was estimated in the vicinity of Divilacan, Isabela with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120kph. It is forecasted to move Northwest at 7kph.

Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) No. 02 is raised in Kalinga, Apayao, Isabela, Quirino, Cagayan, and Northern Aurora including Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands while PSWS No. 01 is raised in the rest of Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Batanes.

As of 6:00 AM, 05 July 2015, no gate is open in Magat Dam.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 03 re Effects of Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ)

5 July 2015 - 2:30am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Since 22 June 2015, Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) has been affecting Mindanao. Moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstormswere experienced in Regions IX, XII and ARMM, resulting to flashfloods and flooding especially in the low-lying areas.

II. EFFECTS

A. Affected Population (Tab A)

"1. As of 04 July 2015, a total of 25,738 families / 125,699 persons were affected in 193 barangays of 24 municipalities and 2 cities in 5 provinces of Regions IX, XII and ARMM.

"2. Population served inside and outside evacuation centers: 19,757 families / 98,782 persons:
o Inside ten (10) evacuation centers : 76 families /377 persons
o Outside evacuation centers : 19,681 families 198,405 persons

B. Suspension/Resumption of Classes

  1. In ARMM, as of 04 July 2015, DepEd reported that 32 public schools were affected by flooding. About 9,970 students and 200 teachers were affected, resulting to the suspension of classes in the 32 public schools in the 10 Municipalities of Maguindanao.

Philippines: GIEWS Country Brief: Philippines 11-June-2015

4 July 2015 - 10:38pm
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization Country: Philippines

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Uncertain prospects for 2015 main season rice crop due to below-average rains

  • Cereal imports in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) projected to increase from last year’s high level

  • Prices of rice continued to weaken over past few months

World: World Events - ECHO Daily Map | 3/7/2015

3 July 2015 - 11:43pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: China, Guam, Iraq, Nepal, Northern Mariana Islands (The United States of America), Philippines, World, Yemen

Iraq - Conflict

• Lack of access to safety remains a grave concern as internally displaced persons (IDPs) from AlAnbar governorate are being prevented from leaving insecure areas.

• Threats of forced evictions, displacement and return movements in central Iraq are multiplying.

• Residents of Al Riyadh sub-district, in southwest Kirkuk, were requested by ISF to leave their village on 2 July.

• ECHO calls on all parties to the conflict, reminding that under no circumstances, IDPs should be encouraged or compelled to return or relocate to areas where they would be at risk.

• Sources: ECHO, NGOs, UN

Nepal – Severe Weather

• Heavy rain affected several areas of Nepal over the last week, causing floods and landslides.

• As of 2 July at least four people have died (two in Kailali, one in Doti and one in Kanchapur), one has gone missing and over 2 000 homes have been damaged in western Nepal. Floods and landslides killed two people also in eastern Nepal (Ilam and Morang districts), destroyed hundreds of houses and caused evacuations.

• Sources: WMO, DHM-MFD, Media (1,2)

China - Earthquake

• An earthquake of magnitude 6.4M at a depth of 20km hit Xinjian region on 3 July at 1.07 UTC. The epicenter was located about 20km south-west of Pishan and 164km west-northwest of Hotan.

• As of 3 July three people have died and 42 have been injured, 10 000 homes have been damaged and an airport has closed.

• Sources: GDACS, USGS, Chinese Gov., Media (1,2,3)

Guam, Northern Mariana Islands – Tropical Cyclone CHAN-HOM

• CHAN-HOM is moving north-west towards Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. On 3 July at 6.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 490km south-east of Guam and it had max. sustained winds of 83 km/h.

• Over the next 24h it is forecast to continue moving northwest strengthening and its centre may reach Saipan on 5 July as a Typhoon.

• As of 3 July a Typhoon Watch is in effect for Guam and the Northern Mariana islands of Rotan, Tinian and Saipan.

• Sources: GDACS, JTWC, NOAA, JMA, Media

Yemen - Conflict

• On 1 July, the Emergency Directors of the InterAgency Standing Committee raised the humanitarian situation in Yemen to the highest level L3. According to the UN an estimated 80% of the population is in need of humanitarian aid.

• Fighting in densely populated cities like Aden and Taiz has led to large numbers of civial casualties and displacement over the last few months.

• According to WHO the healthcare system is on the verge of collapse. So far in Aden a total of 8 000 cases of dengue fever have been reported with 590 deaths.

• Since the start of the conflict a total of 4.4 million people have received humanitarian asssistance • Sources: ECHO, U

Philippines – Ferry disaster

A ferry with 173 passengers on board was reportedly hit by large waves and capsized on 2 July near the island of Leyte.

• As of 3 July 41 people have been reported dead and five people are still missing.

• Sources: NDRRMC, Media (1,2,3,4,5)

Philippines – Tropical Cyclone LINFA

LINFA (“EGAY”) formed over the Philippine Sea on 1 July and started moving north-west strengthening. On 3 July 6.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 415 km south-west of Cagayan province.

• Over the next 24h, it is forecast to continue moving north-west towards north-eastern Luzon intensifying. It may reach Cagayan province on 4 July as a Tropical Storm.

• As of 3 July morning a Public Storm Warning Signal #1 is in effect for Northern Aurora,
Quirino, Isabella and Cayagan provinces (Luzon)

• Sources: GDACS, JTWC, NDRRMC, PAGASA, JMA, Media

Philippines: Oil firms assure continuous fuel supply during disaster

3 July 2015 - 7:31pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MAKATI, July 3 – Shortage in fuel supply will not be a problem in case a disaster strikes with the oil companies committing to ensure fuel is available during critical period.

The Philippine Institute of Petroleum (PIP), composed of the country’s leading oil companies, signed yesterday the implementing guidelines of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with key government agencies, to ensure stable fuel supply in Metro Manila in cases of disaster, arising from earthquakes, typhoons, floods, fire, and spills.

“We institutionalize our commitment, cooperation, communication, and coordination because much of the responsibility in responding to disasters lie on our government, specifically to our disaster management agencies,” said K. Sukanya Seriyothin, PIP President.

The MOA and its implementing guidelines, signed with the Department of Energy (DOE), National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC), is the first of its kind in the country.

DOE Undersecretary Raul Aguilos, NDRRMC Executive Director Alexander Pama, and MMDA General Manager Corazon Jimenez lauded and welcomed this initiative by the PIP.

“DOE fully supports and commit the entire DOE machinery in order for this program to be very successful. There’s no substitute for preparedness. DOE welcomes this opportunity to be of help,” said Aguilos.

Looking at the risk and its totality, Pama urged PIP member companies to look deeper and improve their respective business continuity plans so they will not address the disaster response aspect only but also in an all-encompassing manner.

“We have seen shortcomings and never again shall it happen. This activity we are doing right now is a manifestation that we are going toward that direction,” Pama added.

The guidelines detail the roles of each signatory, and the framework and areas of cooperation.

The DOE is the primary contact point between government and the petroleum industry and will take the lead in the development of a Disaster Management Plan.

The MMDRRMC and the NDRRMC will provide a list of staging areas; coordinate with DOE on fuel supply affecting key government agencies under their authority; and coordinate with concerned agencies on the exemption of fuel trucks from the truck ban in Metro Manila and in the location of fuel sources to facilitate swift delivery.

The PIP member companies include Chevron Philippines, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, Petron Corporation, PTT Philippines Corporation, Total (Philippines) Corporation, and Isla Gas Corporation.

The PIP will provide the DOE, MMDRRMC and NDRRMC with a list of gas stations where government vehicles load up fuel during disasters. These stations should be located near the Incident Command Posts (ICPs).

The DILG and its attached agencies, the AFP, DPWH, and DOTC are also part of the agreement. Their responsibilities include providing status reports on the affected localities and their fuel requirements for clearing operations in affected roads and bridges; including the safety and security of fuel tankers, marine vessels, fuel depots, and stations, among others. (Kristine Agustin/MnB-Opcen)

Philippines: Oil firms assures continuous fuel supply during disaster

3 July 2015 - 7:31pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MAKATI, July 3 – Shortage in fuel supply will not be a problem in case a disaster strikes with the oil companies committing to ensure fuel is available during critical period.

The Philippine Institute of Petroleum (PIP), composed of the country’s leading oil companies, signed yesterday the implementing guidelines of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with key government agencies, to ensure stable fuel supply in Metro Manila in cases of disaster, arising from earthquakes, typhoons, floods, fire, and spills.

“We institutionalize our commitment, cooperation, communication, and coordination because much of the responsibility in responding to disasters lie on our government, specifically to our disaster management agencies,” said K. Sukanya Seriyothin, PIP President.

The MOA and its implementing guidelines, signed with the Department of Energy (DOE), National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC), is the first of its kind in the country.

DOE Undersecretary Raul Aguilos, NDRRMC Executive Director Alexander Pama, and MMDA General Manager Corazon Jimenez lauded and welcomed this initiative by the PIP.

“DOE fully supports and commit the entire DOE machinery in order for this program to be very successful. There’s no substitute for preparedness. DOE welcomes this opportunity to be of help,” said Aguilos.

Looking at the risk and its totality, Pama urged PIP member companies to look deeper and improve their respective business continuity plans so they will not address the disaster response aspect only but also in an all-encompassing manner.

“We have seen shortcomings and never again shall it happen. This activity we are doing right now is a manifestation that we are going toward that direction,” Pama added.

The guidelines detail the roles of each signatory, and the framework and areas of cooperation.

The DOE is the primary contact point between government and the petroleum industry and will take the lead in the development of a Disaster Management Plan.

The MMDRRMC and the NDRRMC will provide a list of staging areas; coordinate with DOE on fuel supply affecting key government agencies under their authority; and coordinate with concerned agencies on the exemption of fuel trucks from the truck ban in Metro Manila and in the location of fuel sources to facilitate swift delivery.

The PIP member companies include Chevron Philippines, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, Petron Corporation, PTT Philippines Corporation, Total (Philippines) Corporation, and Isla Gas Corporation.

The PIP will provide the DOE, MMDRRMC and NDRRMC with a list of gas stations where government vehicles load up fuel during disasters. These stations should be located near the Incident Command Posts (ICPs).

The DILG and its attached agencies, the AFP, DPWH, and DOTC are also part of the agreement. Their responsibilities include providing status reports on the affected localities and their fuel requirements for clearing operations in affected roads and bridges; including the safety and security of fuel tankers, marine vessels, fuel depots, and stations, among others. (Kristine Agustin/MnB-Opcen)

Philippines: Ferry sinking highlights safety gaps in storm-battered Philippines

3 July 2015 - 8:02am
Source: IRIN Country: Philippines

MANILIA, 3 July 2015 (IRIN) - This week’s sinking of a ferry in the Philippines, at a cost of at least 40 lives, has given added urgency to calls for a probe of the maritime sector in an archipelago beset by similar disasters.

The Kim Nirvana had just left the port of Ormoc in the central Visayas region on Thursday when it turned on one side. Within hours, only the boat’s red hull was visible, with passengers trapped inside, the Coast Guard said.

Of the 173 passengers, 40 were confirmed dead and another 21 were unaccounted for.

Ferries are the backbone of transportation in the Philippines, which comprises more than 7,100 islands. Modern and large ferries interconnect the major ports, although smaller and often rickety boats serve secondary routes. The Kim Nirvana was the 14th major ferry accident in the country since 2000.

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino, a cousin of the president, last month filed a resolution to address the spate of tragedies that have hit the sector, warning that the onset of the rainy season has raised the threat of further disasters in a country that is battered by storms each year.

“I reiterate my call to investigate whether our maritime vessels are seaworthy. Let us not wait that the sea tragedy in Ormoc will be repeated before reforms are made,” Aquino said in a statement Friday.

The “sweeping investigation” would determine the sea worthiness of maritime vessels, and is currently being studied for tabling by the senate committees on maritime accidents.

“The issues on the navigational experience of the concerned government agencies in handling the vessels as well as the training of the maritime officers at times of distress, and the seaworthiness of the vessel remained unanswered through the years,” said the resolution.

President Benigno Aquino’s spokeswoman, Abigail Valte, said that investigators have been ordered to speed up their work, even as search and rescue operations were continuing.

“The PCG (Philippines Coast Guard) has deployed a maritime casualty investigation team that is currently pursuing various avenues of inquiry, including possible overloading, capability of captain and its officers, load capacity of the vessel and others,” she said.

A senior government official told IRIN that the vessel was apparently modified, with an upper deck that would have made it harder to manoeuvre.

An initial check with the manifest showed that the number of passengers on the boat was below its legal limit, although it appeared overloaded with cargo, said the official on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to media.

Corruption in provincial ports has been cited as a problem in previous disasters, with inspectors turning a blind eye to ferries that exceed their passenger and cargo capacities.

The Coast Guard has a system for monitoring vessels, but it is often ineffective, because skippers fail to call and check in, said Commander Arman Balilo, a spokesman in the capital Manila.

“The problem that we have now is that sometimes when these boats stop in the middle of sea they don’t call us,” he said. “The passengers become our main line of communication.”

Ricky Hora, spokesman for the Maritime Industry Authority, told IRIN that the agency has suspended operations of Kim Nirvana’s sister vessel pending results of the inquiry.

The Philippines was the site of the world’s worst peacetime naval disaster when, in 1987, the passenger ferry Dona Paz and an oil tanker collided, killing over 4,000 people.

A year later, Dona Marilyn, a sister ship of Dona Paz, sank after setting sail during a typhoon, leaving 389 passengers dead. In 2013, at least 114 passengers drowned when the Thomas Aquinas sank off the central island of Cebu.

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