Philippines - ReliefWeb News

Syndicate content
ReliefWeb - Updates
Updated: 10 min 20 sec ago

Philippines: Typhoon survivors weather another blow: Stories after Hagupit

9 December 2014 - 10:18pm
Source: Mercy Corps Country: Philippines

In the wake of Typhoon Hagupit, our team is surveying the damage in communities we've been helping rebuild since last year's Typhoon Haiyan and assessing what people need to recover yet again.

“It is heart wrenching to see people who were affected before go through this once again,” said Vaidehi Krishnan, Mercy Corps’ program manager.

Hagupit, which was eventually downgraded to a tropical storm, is gradually leaving the Philippines after hitting the island nation with destructive winds and rain over the weekend. The storm made landfall in East Samar and caused the most destruction in coastal communities that were still recovering from devastating Typhoon Haiyan just 13 months ago.

Thankfully, lessons learned from that tragedy saved lives this time: Nearly 1.7 million people took shelter in evacuation centers as the storm passed over the Philippines, steadily weakening as it moved west.

The team reports that while some areas were spared more severe damage, people living in lightweight and makeshift houses — whose sturdier homes were destroyed by Haiyan — suffered the most damage from this storm.

“Whatever little effort and money they used towards rebuilding their homes has now been washed away by Hagupit,” said Krishnan.

Paulita Valle, a 60-year-old grandmother who lives in Eastern Leyte, recalled what it felt like to face yet another storm. “We were scared when we heard the news. I took shelter in my neighbor’s house, which is made of concrete. It was scary, especially the sound of the wind. It was strong….really strong. I prayed that this would not be as bad as Yolanda.”

Paulita received cash assistance from Mercy Corps to rebuild after Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda. This year, we used that mobile banking network to send early warning text messages to her and 21,000 other people ahead of Typhoon Hagupit, as well as mobile phone credit to help them reach their families.

“I thank Mercy Corps for their messages and for sending us phone credit. My grandson used the credit to send messages to my children to let them know that we are safe. It was very useful for us to get that in time,” said Paulita.

Our team is working hard to determine how Mercy Corps can best keep families on track to recovery after this second devastating storm in just 13 months. While the challenges in the Philippines are great, so is the will to rebuild.

Edgar Encina, a 50-year-old farmer who also received cash assistance after Haiyan, already emerged from his damaged home to quickly make repairs.

“Community members and extended families are coming forward to help one another rebuild. In the case of Paulita and Edgar — their neighbors and children helped them patch their homes together,” said Krishnan. “Many of them have collected scrap material, fallen branches, pieces of tin roofing and other materials from the debris to hurriedly patch together their homes. Our staff is inspired by communities coming together in the aftermath of the calamity, when many of them face the same challenges of rebuilding their homes and their lives."

Grace Tobio, our team lead in Eastern Leyte, added: “Thanks to the people we help, we are learning the meaning of resilience.”

Philippines: Heifer Philippines Families Safe Following Typhoon Hagupit

9 December 2014 - 10:15pm
Source: Heifer International Country: Philippines

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.

Initial reports from Heifer International’s Philippines office state that all Heifer project families are safe after Typhoon Hagupit, but many have reported damage to homes, crops and animal sheds.

Heifer International Philippines project participant surveys her damaged homeProgram Officer Nieva Sambas said the farming families she spoke to Tuesday experienced heavy rains and strong winds for almost 24 hours as the typhoon passed over the central region of the island nation this weekend.

"The good news is all project participants are safe, and as they said, they are more prepared now," Sambas said.

Heifer Philippines made broad preparations for the Typhoon Hagupit, called Ruby locally, ensuring that all staff and partners were aware of the incoming storm so that they could implement their Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction training (CMDRR). They moved animals and family to identified shelters, prepared food for at least three days and ensured adequate supply of fodder and medicine.

Three large Heifer projects, which support about 9,400 families, were in the path of the storm. Heifer Philippines has been working with farmers since 1954 and has 17 projects throughout the Philippines.

Sambas said initial assessments indicate a few farming families lost their homes to the typhoon and many others sustained at least partial damage. Seven goats were killed, and three-quarters of project participants said their animal sheds were either damaged or destroyed.

While Heifer is not a relief organization, we supplement the work of relief organizations to help our farmers recover and then shift to long-term solutions so our participants can be better equipped to handle disasters.

Heifer International is committed to supporting robust and sustainable communities in areas where we serve. In the event of a natural disaster, we implement longer-term rehabilitation and restoration of livestock and agricultural systems.

ABOUT HEIFER INTERNATIONAL

Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For information, visit www.heifer.org, read our blog, follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @Heifer or call 888.5HUNGER (888.548.6437).

Philippines: Satellite Detected Waters Over Can-Avid in Dolores Area, Eastern Samar, Eastern Visayas, Philippines (09 Dec 2014)

9 December 2014 - 9:49pm
Source: UNOSAT, UN Institute for Training and Research Country: Philippines

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) Response Situation Update (09 December 2014)

9 December 2014 - 9:47pm
Source: World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster Country: Philippines

Situation Overview

  • Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) first made landfall in Dolores municipality, Eastern Samar province on 5 December. The typhoon later past over the island of Masbate. Preliminary reports indicate infrastructure damage and some road closures in affected areas. Air and sea traffic has also been temporarily hampered in affected areas.

  • As of 5 a.m. 9 December, the Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced Ruby has weakened into a Tropical Depression maximum winds of 85kp/h with gusts of 100 kph.

  • The Government of Philippines activated their response clusters for Typhoon Hagupit. The Office of Civil Defence (OCD) remains, as secretariat of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), in charge of the “inter-pillar coordination”.

  • The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is in charge of the response pillar and has deployed coordinators to affected areas. The Government of Philippines has also activated a Logistics Response Cluster under OCD lead and DSWD response pillar.

  • WFP has offered to assist the Government where requested and act as co-lead, supporting the Government with logistics services, coordination & information sharing.

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Hagupit (as of 9 Dec 2014)

9 December 2014 - 6:42pm
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross Country: Philippines

Philippines: ICRC reaches remote areas affected by Typhoon Hagupit

We're currently entering remote areas of Samar and northern Luzon in the Philippines to get a better picture of the needs following Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby. Our teams have confirmed that damage to buildings and livelihoods is moderate in Samar, and they'll be assessing the situation in Sorsogon and Masbate provinces tomorrow.

Our map gives an impression of where we're operating.

Philippines: FAO praises government for early typhoon warnings to Philippine farmers and fishers

9 December 2014 - 4:09pm
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization Country: Philippines

Philippine farmers and fishers have felt the full force of typhoon Hagupit (locally known as Ruby) which has now swept through seven regions of the country, including the Visayas and Mimaropa areas that were severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan 12 months ago.

FAO-Representative in the Philippines, José Luis Fernandez praised the Government for its quick and timely early warnings and response to Hagupit, which included relocating livestock, pre-positioning seed stocks and advising farmers to harvest their crops in advance to safeguard agricultural livelihoods.

In addition, the Government issued warnings to fisherfolks to refrain from fishing and to ensure the safe keeping of their bancas (boats) and other fishing equipment. Latest government figures estimate a total of 55,850 hectares of damage and a production loss of 56,090 metric tonnes (rice, corn and high value crops) in the affected regions of Bicol and Eastern and Western Visayas.

“Initial reports indicate that Typhoon Hagupit has thankfully been far less devastating than Haiyan for the agricultural sector,” said Fernandez.

While the full extent of the damage is still being assessed, FAO remains concerned for populations such as upland farmers and indigenous peoples who often live in fragile and vulnerable ecosystems and which are highly susceptible to heavy rain, flooding and potential mudslides.

“Many farmers are still living in temporary housing and have now been exposed to extreme weather conditions and water entering their homes, which means their stored harvest and seed stock are at risk of being damaged or destroyed,” Fernandez said. “With approximately 70 percent of families in the affected regions either directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture and fisheries for their livelihoods, Hagupit could impact the recovery of Haiyan-affected farmers and fishers,” he added.

FAO ready to assist rehabilitation efforts

FAO-Philippines established seven field offices following Typhoon Haiyan with over 100 staff on standby to deploy to affected areas to assist the government and partners as needed.

FAO works closely with the Government, particularly with the Department of Agriculture (DA), coordinating both at national and regional levels, and has informed them of FAO’s readiness to provide assistance in damage, loss and needs assessments, and of the technical expertise available in the field to respond.

FAO will be supporting DA led assessments in Eastern Samar and Northern Samar and is geared to support assessments in other affected areas. Based on existing networks and suppliers, FAO stands ready to implement fast-track mechanisms for the procurement of seeds, tools and fertilizers if required.

Philippines: Typhoon Hagupit: assistance to vulnerable families

9 December 2014 - 4:02pm
Source: Handicap International Country: Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit lost much of its strength before exiting the Philippines, but areas hard-hit during the weekend suffered considerable material damage, with more than 20 lives lost. Handicap International teams are focusing their efforts on one of the most isolated areas, offering specific assistance to people the association was already working with before the disaster.

"On Tuesday, we are going to take a boat out to one of the islands worst affected by the disaster to visit the inhabitants," explains Henri Bonnin, Emergency Response Project Manager for Handicap International. "The aim is to measure the extent of the damage and provide immediate assistance to the most vulnerable families. We will no doubt need more boats because the only way of getting supplies to the island is by sea."

In Tacloban, home to one of Handicap International’s largest bases, the typhoon's visible traces are already disappearing thanks to the concerted action taken by the authorities, the local population and several NGOs. However, Handicap International still plans to visit the beneficiaries of its existing projects to assess their circumstances. Three mixed teams (composed of a team leader, a shelter specialist, and a nurse) will be deployed across three municipalities to visit the beneficiaries. The aim is to provide health care where necessary or adapt the aid they already receive (shelter, economic inclusion) to their current needs.

Philippines: Communication with Communities Situation Report - Typhoon Hagupit as of 9 Dec 2014

9 December 2014 - 3:56pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Needs:

• Affected communities need information on the ongoing humanitarian response activities.
• Key findings of the consolidated community feedback stressed the need for food, water and shelter.

Response:

In support to the CwC/AAP working groups in Tacloban and Borongan, PECOJON and Radyo Abante will produce 4, 000 copies of newsletters on relief operations and other humanitarian activities in the affected areas of Samar and Northern Samar.

• The Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) and the MicroMappers continue to provide real-time update on the impact of the typhoon. The result can be viewed in these links: http://bit.ly/1AMM8KL and http://micromappers.org/. Hundreds of Standby Task Force Volunteers (SBTFV) across the globe as well as the Rappler team and the Project Agos volunteers in the Philippines continue to crowdsource information via social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

• Project Agos was able to document at least 260 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.

• The CwC/AAP working group in Tacloban is developing a new communications strategy for typhoon Hagupit response. This includes updating contact lists to ensure wider reach of information using the frontline SMS tool, crafting key messages on various issues affecting the communities and enhancing the Community Response Map (CRM) tool. The said tool is part of the ongoing Pamati Kita project for post typhoon Haiyan that is used to document community feedback. IOM, Plan International and World Vision are the agencies taking the lead on this.

• Action Aid shared to the working group the CwC and AAP guidelines on adhering to humanitarian principles and standards for typhoon Hagupit response. To view the file, please see this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sipspdi5ty344kl/AAA7528WqUhtIGcokngv1VoUa?dl=0

• Aside from dispatching water and hygiene kits (with attached key messages and basic information), UNICEF provided power generators to the local health units in hardest hit municipalities of Dolores and Oras in Eastern Samar.

• The Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD) and Disaster Risk Reduction Network (DRRNet) Philippines are supporting the local government units (LGUs) of Eastern Samar, Leyte, Albay, Camarines Sur, Marinduque and Quezon in the conduct of needs assessments as well as response operations. As part of the post-Hagupit initiative, the DRRNet will conduct rapid field assessment or appraisals on the early warning systems (including the local flood early warning system or LFEWS) of the areas affected by the typhoon.

• The Caucus of Development Non-Government Organization Networks (CODE-NGO) has mobilized its “Task Force Ruby” from its members across Regions 4-B (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan or MIMAROPA), 5 (Bicol), 6 (Central Visayas), 7 (Western Visayas) and 8 (Eastern Visayas) to conduct series of assessments and support affected LGUs in the relief operations as well.

• The Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC)-First Response Radio (FRR) emergency radio equipment remains on a standby pending the assessment of the affected radio stations across regions hit by the typhoon. On the other hand, PECOJON plans to set up emergency broadcast in partnership with the local media and possible collaboration with the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities Network (CDAC-N) members.

Gaps & Constraints:

• Initial assessment reports are ongoing but no definite timeline on the results on the information needs of the affected populations is available.

• As most power lines were damaged, affected communities have less access to information and other updates on radio and TV. In the same way, coordination and information sharing have been difficult between two working groups in Tacloban and Borongan.

• Limited information on the status of possible affected media outlets in Masbate, Northern Samar and Samar is available. At this point, PECOJON reported that at least 32 journalists were affected by typhoon but no casualties are reported so far.

• In Batangas, affected communities relied on the barangay councils rather than on TV and radio with regard to updates on the relief distribution and impacts of the typhoon after the landfall.

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: Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby - Storm track and estimated wind speeds (as of 8th Dec 2014)

9 December 2014 - 3:20pm
Source: MapAction, Assessment Capacities Project Country: Philippines

Philippines: Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby - Storm track and estimated wind speeds (as of 9th Dec 2014)

9 December 2014 - 3:18pm
Source: MapAction, Assessment Capacities Project Country: Philippines

Philippines: CFE-DMHA Disaster Information Report: Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby), Dec. 8, 2014

9 December 2014 - 3:17pm
Source: Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance Country: Philippines

Key Concerns & Trends

• AFP reports most major thoroughfares are passable.

• TS Hagupit’s slow pace may lead to excessive rainfall over some areas, leading to possible severe flooding; rainfall in Albay province over Mayon Volcano may cause lahar flows (volcanic mud); dams in N. and S. Luzon could reach critical spilling levels and exacerbate flooding (OCHA).

• Government teams conducted initial assessments in the first landfall area of Dolores, Eastern Samar. Damage mainly due to winds.
OCHA says priorities are access to food and water and debris-clearing.

• The GPH’s pre-emptive evacuations have most likely kept many people safe from harm.

• Access to island barangays a challenge due to rough seas; continued flooding will exacerbate delivery of relief to some areas.

• In Tacloban and Ormoc, and surrounding municipalities in Leyte province, there is minimal damage to infrastructure; roads are passable and people who were pre-emptively evacuated are beginning to return. Damage to agriculture and livelihood due to flooding is a concern for people still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan.

Philippines: Emergency aid in wake of Typhoon Hagupit

9 December 2014 - 3:04pm
Source: Islamic Relief Country: Philippines

December 9, 2014

Islamic Relief’s emergency response to the latest typhoon to strike the Philippines is to include distributing shelter and hygiene supplies in Eastern Visayas and Leyte.

Typhoon Hagupit, reaching speeds of 130km an hour, has affected over one million people in seven regions and Metro Manila in the Philippines. Power has been cut in 17 provinces across Visayas and Luzon, and communications lines are down in some parts of Leyte and Eastern Samar – making it challenging to establish the full extent of the damage.

Dozens are so far thought to have died. Currently, around 43,000 families are staying in evacuation centres but another 9,000 still need to be evacuated to safety. Schools and other public infrastructure have been damaged, and flooding is hampering aid efforts in some areas.

Urgent aid for affected families in Eastern Visayas and Leyte

Since the storm made landfall, Islamic Relief’s emergency teams have been on the ground assessing the urgent needs of affected communities. As part of our immediate response to the disaster, we have identified at least 3,000 households in need of urgent help in Eastern Visayas and Leyte.

We are already working to provide immediate support to 1,500 families. Tarpaulin, to be used as emergency shelter material, is to be provided to 500 families. Kitchen sets will also be distributed to 500 households and hygiene kits to around 500 families to help restore dignity and prevent the outbreak of communicable diseases.

The typhoon, known locally as typhoon Ruby, has weakened into a tropical storm and is expected to linger over the island archipelago until Wednesday evening. Islamic Relief Philippines continues to monitor the situation closely and we are working with the UN and other humanitarian agencies to respond to the disaster.

Supporting communities to rebuild and better protect themselves

In the aftermath of the storm, it is expected that communities will require support to repair homes and public buildings such as schools, as well as aid to address food security.

Typhoon Hagupit hit the Philippines just over a year after Typhoon Haiyan, which pounded the country with wind speeds of 300km an hour and took the lives of 6,000 people. Many of those affected by Hagupit were still working to rebuild their lives after Haiyan.

Islamic Relief began working in the Philippines in 2013, as one of the first international organisations to respond to Typhoon Haiyan. Our work includes helping Filipino communities to recover and better protect themselves from disasters.

Philippines: Disaster Risk Reduction and Children’s Rights to Education and Safety: Integrating Humanitarian Response and Development after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines

9 December 2014 - 2:40pm
Source: Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies Country: Philippines

Summary

This Paper was presented at Third International Conference on Human Rights and Peace & Conflict in South East Asia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Disasters represent a major humanitarian concern with increasing regularity and intensity due to climate change. Children are one of the most vulnerable groups during a disaster and new challenges arise for at-risk countries to guarantee children their inalienable rights. Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines has again brought these challenges into focus.

Philippines: Reproductive health care critical for pregnant women affected by Typhoon Hagupit

9 December 2014 - 2:37pm
Source: UN Population Fund Country: Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Two million people have been affected by Typhoon Hagupit (locally known as Ruby), according to the latest government figures in the Philippines. They include more than 30,000 pregnant women in seven regions who may be in need of reproductive health services, including facilities and supplies for clean deliveries to prevent maternal and newborn deaths.

In the wake of the typhoon, there have been reports of childbirths taking place in evacuation centres and at least one maternal death from pregnancy-related complications was reported in the province of Iloilo. About 100 childbirths are expected daily in the affected cities and municipalities, some of which may entail life-threatening obstetric complications.

The situation clearly demonstrates the need to ensure that pregnant women affected by Typhoon Hagupit continue to have access to maternal care services, including safe and clean deliveries, despite the precarious situation.

“The focus must now urgently be on ensuring that health facilities in the affected areas become fully operational again and that roads are cleared and transport available for women who will deliver, especially those who are still in evacuation centres,” said Klaus Beck, the UNFPA Country Representative in the Philippines.

Disaster preparedness is key

Initial reports indicate that the areas hit by the typhoon, including health facilities, have not been as heavily affected as they were when Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the same area last year. This is due in large part to the contingency measures that were put in place by the government as the storm was being tracked offshore.

Over the past year, UNFPA and its partners have provided significant assistance to local government units and helped train health-care providers and social workers to enable them to respond to the particular needs of pregnant and lactating women in emergency situations, and to protect women from the increased risk of gender-based violence.

Health service providers trained on the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP), a core set of reproductive health interventions that should be put in place in emergency settings, are ready to be deployed to affected areas to boost local health care capacities, if necessary.

Clean delivery and dignity kits ready for distribution

To date, UNFPA has pre-positioned 7,400 clean delivery kits that are ready to be distributed to pregnant women about to give birth in affected areas. The kits contain basic delivery supplies that can be used by a birth attendant in a health facility or evacuation centre to assist a woman giving birth.

At least 4,500 dignity kits for pregnant and lactating women (with babies six months and below) are also in place for distribution and UNFPA stands ready to dispense birthing equipment, supplies and medicines to damaged health facilities to restore their functionality.

“It would be a tragedy should any woman die given birth after having already survived Typhoon Ruby,” said Mr. Beck. “UNFPA remains fully committed to support the national and local governments to avoid this.”

In addition to ensuring safe deliveries, UNFPA is also looking into the protection needs of more than 500,000 women and girls of child-bearing age affected by the typhoon who are living either inside or outside evacuation centres, as cases of violence against women and children may increase while they are displaced.

To support the protection mechanisms for these women and girls, members of women’s community watch groups who had previously been trained on preventing violence against women and children in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan last year, stand ready to assist in the areas worst-hit by the typhoon this week.

Kits for the medical treatment of rape survivors are available for distribution to health facilities if requested.

For more information, please contact:
Arlene Calaguian Alano , UNFPA Communication Officer Tel: +63-901-0306
E-mail: alano@unfpa.org

Philippines: Philippines/Typhoon Hagupit: Disaster preparedness has helped to prevent further damage

9 December 2014 - 2:08pm
Source: Malteser Country: Philippines

Malteser International provides initial 50,000 Euros for emergency relief

The damage caused by Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines has not been as heavy as feared. „Disaster preparedness is vital. Our measures for disaster risk reduction have been successful and helped prevent further damage“, says Matius L. Krisetya, Malteser International partner program coordinator in the Philippines. “All the houses that we have rebuilt in the villages in the provinces of Samar and Bantayan after typhoon Haiyan have resisted the storm. In each house we could even provide safe shelter for further families."

In close cooperation with the Philippine association of the Order of Malta, Malteser International will bring food and hygiene kits to the most affected families on the island of Samar. The teams are going to assess the damage and the people’s needs in the communities and villages of Samar. “The actual extent of damage will only become clear in the next few days, when power and communication channels will be restored “, reports Krisetya, who will leave Manila for eastern Samar on Wednesday. “Some main roads are still inaccessible due to flooding, landslides and fallen trees.”

Malteser International will provide initial 50,000 Euros for first emergency relief measures.

Last weekend, typhoon Hagupit raged in the central Philippines. Millions were without electricity since Friday. One year after typhoon Haiyan, numerous people were left homeless for the second time. Malteser International and the Order of Malta Philippines also provided emergency resistance after typhoon Haiyan and still support reconstruction and rehabilitation on the islands of Samar and Bantayan.

Philippines: 9 December 2014: The Philippines - Tropical Cyclone HAGUPIT

9 December 2014 - 12:16pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Philippines

Situation

• HAGUPIT (RUBY) is currently moving over the South China Sea, away from the Philippines, as a Tropical Storm. In the following 24h, it is forecast to continue moving over the South China Sea, weakening further. As of 9 December afternoon, all Public Storm Warning Signals had been lifted in the Philippines.

• HAGUPIT has been affecting the Philippines with heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge. According to the latest NDRRMC report (as of 9 December, 7.00 UTC), eight people were killed and 2 243 479 people were affected. Floods have been reported by the NDRRMC in the provinces of Quezon and Laguna (Calabarzon region) and in Marinduque (Mimaropa region), and a State of Calamity has been declared in Albay, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes in Bicol Region and in San Pablo City of Laguna province. According to the latest reports received from the ECHO rapid assessment teams, Batangas and Masbate suffered only light damage due to an enhanced level of preparedness of the local authorities. In some areas, the population is already returning to their homes.

• Eastern and Western parts of Samar Island have been identified as the worst hit areas so far. Road to Dolores is still blocked and communications remain difficult. Compiling of the overall picture of damage and needs is ongoing. No request for international assistance for the time being.

• ERCC is considering the activation of Copernicus EMS for satellite imagery related to damage assessment. This will be done in coordination with other similar efforts of international partners.

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Hagupit Situation Report No. 4 (as of 9 December 2014)

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

Highlights

  • Typhoon Hagupit (locally known as Ruby) has steadily weakened into a tropical depression as it travelled west across central Philippines.

  • 1.7 million people are in 5,193 evacuation centres across areas affected by the storm.

  • Major supply routes are now passable and all airports are operational.

  • The authorities continue to assess the situation to establish the full extent of the typhoon’s impact and the needs of the affected people.

  • The Philippines Humanitarian Country Team is providing targeted assistance with in-country resources to complement government’s relief efforts and are standing ready to support further as needed.

Situation Overview

Tropical Storm Hagupit (locally known as Ruby) steadily weakened into a tropical depression as it travelled west across central Philippines and away from the country at 13 km/h. All public storm warning signals have been lifted.

As of 9 December, the typhoon has affected some 492,700 families (2.2 million people) across seven regions (Metro Manila, IV-A, IV-B, V, VII, VIII and Caraga) according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). Of these, 369,200 families (1.7 million people) are in 5,193 evacuation centres.

Local authorities report that people are beginning to return to their homes. To date, the Government has confirmed eight deaths (including at least two boys and a girl) and 151 injuries from the typhoon.
Major supply routes in Region VIII (Eastern Visayas) are now passable and some ferry services have resumed operations. All airports are operational and telecommunication systems are beginning to be restored. In Eastern Samar province, it will take an estimated two weeks to restore electricity.
According to field missions by the Government and humanitarian partners in the provinces of Eastern Samar and Northern Samar, the priorities are food, emergency shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). There are reports of significant shelter damage in Borongan City and the municipalities north of the city (San Julian, Sulat, Taft, Can-Avid, Dolores, Oras, San Policarpo, Arteche and Jipapad). Authorities are validating the number of destroyed or partially damaged houses.

The Government continues to deliver relief goods to the affected areas. In Eastern Samar, additional airlifts arrived in Borongan on 9 December. General food distributions are ongoing in the affected municipalities. A supply hub was established in Maslog municipality to reach remote areas of Jipapad municipality which can only be accessed by boat.

Initial estimates by the Department of Agriculture indicate that total damages to agriculture could be around 1.3 billion pesos (US$28 million). With some 70 per cent of families in the affected regions dependent on agriculture and fisheries for their livelihoods, Hagupit could slow the recovery of Haiyan-affected farmers (including coconuts) and fisherfolks.

Reports so far indicate the scale and severity of the impact of the typhoon was not as great as initially feared.

Authorities are leading assessments to identify the needs and the number of people requiring assistance in shelter, food, health, WASH, camp coordination and camp management, nutrition, agriculture and education, amongst others. Protection requirements also need to be assessed. However, logistics and transportation to carry out assessments and support operations, particularly in remote island communities and Northern Samar, are constrained. Results of some of these assessments are expected by 11 November.

Tropical Depression Hagupit is now expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by 11 December.