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26 Jan 2015 description

PHILIPPINES

Storm

Storm Mekkhala affected Region V, VII and VIII. The government has evacuated 114,591 people as pre-emptive measures. As of now, only 420 people are still served inside evacuation centre.
The incident also claimed for 2 deaths.

THAILAND

Drought

Nong Ruea District in Khon Kaen Province experienced drought. The government supplied clean water to help 500 families in the area.

MALAYSIA

Flood

26 Jan 2015 description

Statement of Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer: On the armed encounter in Maguindanao

[Released on January 26, 2015]

We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the tragic encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao yesterday, January 25, involving the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police and various armed groups.

26 Jan 2015 description

Red Cross team from Zamboanga Chapter quickly responded to the scene of a bomb blast in Guiwan, Zamboanga City after an explosive device went off and killed one person and injured 52 more on January 23, 2015, according to report gathered by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Operations Center (as of 8am, January 24, 2015).

26 Jan 2015 description

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Monday 1/26/2015 - 05:36 GMT

Thirty police commandoes were feared dead after Philippine security forces clashed with Muslim rebels in the south, in rare violence that tested a nearly one-year-old peace accord, officials said Monday.

The eleven-hour gun battle took place when police entered the remote town of Mamasapano, held by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), around 3:00 am Sunday (1900 GMT Saturday) without coordinating with the rebels as required under a ceasefire agreement.

26 Jan 2015 description

By SALLY ATENTO-ALTEA

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan 26 (PIA) —The government is poised to move about 200 families from their shanties on hazardous areas in Camarines Sur for their own safety, a government spokesperson said Friday.

The plan is to save the informal settlers in Tinambac town from being sweeped away by floods and twisters, said Evelyn Jerusalem, the Department of Social Welfate and Development’s information officer for Bicol.

25 Jan 2015 description

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Sunday 1/25/2015 - 10:50 GMT

Philippine security forces and a Muslim rebel group said Sunday they had clashed in the country's south with an unspecified number of casualties, in violence rarely seen since the signing of a peace treaty.

Police commandos and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members fought near the remote town of Mamasapano on the main southern island of Mindanao before dawn, regional military spokesman Captain Joan Petinglay said.

23 Jan 2015 description

Zamboanga, Philippines | AFP | Friday 1/23/2015 - 13:26 GMT

One person was killed and 48 others injured Friday as a parked car exploded in the southern Philippines, with the local authorities blaming the blast on al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants.

Witnesses told police a parked car went up in flames and was torn to pieces in a powerful mid-afternoon blast that shattered glass panels in a commercial section on Zamboanga city's outskirts.

22 Jan 2015 description
report Mercy Relief

Singapore, 22 January - Mercy Relief’s 2nd phase of disbursement operations aid farmers in the Municipality of Esperanza in the Masbate Province to recover and rebuild their livelihoods after their crops were destroyed by Typhoon Hagupit.

21 Jan 2015 description

This edition of Humanitarian Exchange focuses on lessons from the humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan, the worst disaster ever to hit the Philippines. Making landfall on 8 November 2013, the typhoon killed more than 6,000 people and affected more than 14 million. It also triggered a swift, large-scale national and international (Level 3) response.

In the lead article, David Carden and Ashley Jonathan Clements highlight the important coordination role of the Philippines government in the response.

21 Jan 2015 description
report IRIN

LONDON, 21 January 2015 (IRIN) - When Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines in November 2013, the subsequent emergency response was a test case for the aid industry's aspiration to be accountable to affected populations.

The phrase became a term of art, with its own initials, AAP, and in the early days of the response the UN appointed its first ever AAP Coordinator.

21 Jan 2015 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China (No new update)

From 9 to 15 December 2014, Guangdong Province reported 44 new cases of laboratory-confirmed and clinically diagnosed dengue, 42.1% fewer than the number of cases reported in the previous week (76 cases). As of 15 December, the province reported 45,171 laboratory-confirmed and clinical cases of dengue from 20 cities.

21 Jan 2015 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

At 10:00 am today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 305 km east southeast of Tuguegarao City (16.9°N, 124.5°E). This weather system will not affect any part of the country and is expected to dissipate in 12 hours or less.

20 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 14–20 January

Cameroon: 50,000 people are estimated displaced due to the recent increase in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in the northern regions. In the past week, an attack on a military base in Kolofata resulted in 143 BH killed, subsequently, BH kidnapped 80 people from one village – with three killed and 24 later released. The conflict has escalated regionally, with Chad pledging military support in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram.

19 Jan 2015 description

Mozambique - Flood

In Mozambique 52 692 people have been affected and 22 332 people have been reported displaced. The National Authorities have opened 14 accommodation centres in Nampula and Zambezia. The numbers are expected to rise as the rain continues. 4 831 houses have been totally destroyed and 24 people are reported dead.

Mozambique's main north-south highway is impassable in two places in Zambezia province, where bridges have collapsed making overland transport impossible. There are urgent needs related to logistics.

19 Jan 2015 description

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 13 -- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through the Department of Agriculture VI has given a total of Php84M for rehabilitation of the agriculture sector affected by typhoon Yolanda last November 8, 2013 in Western Visayas.

Rene B. Famoso, regional rice program action officer in a statement said that a total of P44,858,240.00 were used to purchase 32,984 bags of certified seeds distributed to the affected farmers last year.

19 Jan 2015 description

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

"AMANG" has weakened into a Low Pressure Area. At 4:00 AM, it was located at 16.2°N, 122.1°E over the Vicinity of Casiguran, Aurora.

II. EFFECTS

A. PRE-EMPTIVE EVACUATION (Tab A)

• A total of 20,695 families 1113,160 persons were evacuated in the Provinces of Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Camarines Node, Camarines Sur, Leyte, Biliran, Eastern Samar and Samar (Western Samar)

B. AFFECTED POPULATION (Tab B)