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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Philippines - Viet Nam - South Sudan

02 Nov 2020

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Parents line up with their children to register at an evacuation centre in Baseco Compound, Manila, following super Typhoon Goni, which made landfall in the Philippines on 1 November 2020. Credit: UNICEF/UN0358332/Piojo

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 2 November 2020

The Philippines

OCHA reports that officials from the Government of the Philippines and humanitarian teams are assessing damage following super Typhoon Goni, the strongest tropical cyclone this year, which made landfall in the eastern region of Bato, Catanduanes Island on 1 November.

Initial reports indicate that at least 16 people died in Catanduanes and Albay provinces following significant flooding and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure.

Heavy damage to agriculture was reported, with 18,000 farmers affected.

Typhoon Goni, which had maximum sustained winds of 225 km/h near its centre and gusts of up to 310 km/h, cut off communication and electricity in the worst-hit Catanduanes Island.

Provincial authorities estimate that at least 10,000 houses were either destroyed there or damaged and 11 towns in the province remain inaccessible.

The typhoon then hit the town of Tiwi in Albay Province, causing rivers to overflow and flood in most parts of the province. Albay Province is also home to the active Mayon Volcano – lava deposits from the volcano buried at least 300 houses in Guinobatan on 1 November.

UN agencies, together with national NGOs, civil society organizations and church groups, are conducting an inter-agency assessment in Albay Province following a request by the local authorities.

The Humanitarian Coordinator has reiterated the readiness of the humanitarian community to support national search and rescue and response efforts, noting that UN agencies and humanitarian NGOs are already working with relevant government authorities.

A number of donor countries have conveyed their readiness to support the response.

 

Viet Nam

OCHA reports that persistent torrential rains, widespread flooding and landslides triggered by a series of storms and typhoons, since early October, have left more than 270,000 houses flooded and damaged more than 37,500 houses in central Vietnam. About 57,000 people have been evacuated to temporary shelters.

Typhoon Molave alone, which hit Vietnam on 28 October, damaged around 92,000 houses. Some 159 people lost their lives and 71 others went missing, with millions more affected.
Many people have lost almost all of their household possessions and many others have become homeless.

A new cyclonic event, Goni, is expected to hit the central provinces of Viet Nam on Wednesday.

Goni is the tenth storm to hit Vietnam so far this year and the fifth storm to sweep through the central region within a month.

On 31 October, in consultation with the government, the UN released the Viet Nam Floods Response Plan seeking US$40 million to help 177,000 of the most vulnerable flood-affected people in the central provinces. The Plan covers six months and will consider both immediate humanitarian needs and early recovery activities.

 

South Sudan

The Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, has condemned the recent killing of an aid worker in the greater Pibor area, in a statement issued today.

The aid worker was shot dead on 29 October when a team of Plan International’s humanitarian workers was attacked by unidentified armed men on a road near Pibor town. Another aid worker suffered a serious gunshot wound.

The team was returning to Pibor on foot after delivering critical nutrition services to children and new mothers affected by violence and flooding in the area. Following the incident, the nutrition programme, funded by the South Sudan Humanitarian Fund, is temporarily suspended.