Aid worker diary: Devastation in the Philippines
21 Oct 2013
More than 350,000 people have lost or fled their homes following the devastating earthquake that struck the central-Philippines island of Bohol on 15 October. OCHA’s Prerna Suri was part of a team that visited towns near the quake’s epicentre.
It's been five days since Roddel...
Philippines: Hope amidst the ruins of Bohol
16 Oct 2013
A joint OCHA/Government assessment team found severe damage in Carmen, the town at the epicentre of the earthquake that shook the central-Philippine island of Bohol on Tuesday (15 October). They also found a doctor who was determined to keep delivering for her patients in extraordinary...
Philippines: Escaping conflict in Zamboanga
4 Oct 2013
When the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex was built in Zamboanga, a cityon the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, its architect could never have imagined it would be used for anything but sports. But in recent weeks, the stadium became a temporary home to more than 70,000 people...
Pacific: Disaster simulation boosts readiness across three countries
3 Oct 2013
OCHA and its humanitarian partners have completed a disaster simulation across Tonga, Samoa and Fiji – the first time that such an exercise has involved multiple countries in the Pacific. The exercise is part of continuing efforts to strengthen community-, country- and regional-level...
Philippines: Satellite imagery pinpoints vulnerability
30 Sep 2013
The UN has used satellite imagery to map the humanitarian fallout of recent violence on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. Fighting between a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front and Government forces has left an estimated 131,000 people displaced and killed at least 130....