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27 Feb 2015 description

Guiuan, Philippines | AFP | Friday 2/27/2015 - 12:01 GMT

by Hervé ASQUIN

French President Francois Hollande met survivors of one of the world's strongest typhoons in a remote Philippine coastal town on Friday, seeking to sound a global alarm on climate change ahead of a crucial UN summit.

Hollande is on a two-day trip to the Southeast Asian archipelago, regarded as a frontline state in the struggle against global warming, as part of his campaign to build diplomatic momentum ahead of the Paris summit in December.

27 Feb 2015 description

Manila (ICRC) – Around 4,000 families displaced by the recent fighting between armed groups in central Mindanao are being assisted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

It is almost a month since people in the affected communities started to flee from their homes. Some have sought shelter in temporary evacuation centres, while others have been staying with relatives, in Pikit, North Cotabato, or in Pagalungan, Maguindanao.

26 Feb 2015 description

Overview

On 8 November 2013 the lives of millions of people in the Philippines were changed as Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the country. The natural disaster killed 6,300 people and left 4 million displaced. The assistance of numerous local and international actors was required to restore the livelihoods of the total 16 million individuals affected. The European Commission alone allocated € 43.6 million to address the humanitarian and development impacts of the emergency.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Red Cross EU Office

In the Philippines, isolated and disadvantaged communites who survived Typhoon Haiyan are still in need of relief aid. Larger response gaps persist in Western Leyte, which requires more attention than Tacloban and surrounding municipalities. Food distributions are ongoing and remain a priority need. Food prices remain inflated and thousands of people still don’t have the financial means to buy food or have sufficient access to markets. As the emergency phase transitions into early recovery, increasing emphasis is being placed on cash for work and cash transfer programmes.

26 Feb 2015 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

The cumulative number of reported dengue cases in 2014 was 47,331. This is about ten times and eighty times higher compared with the number in 2013 and 2012 respectively due to the dengue outbreak in Guangdong in end of 2014. In January 2015, 19 dengue cases were reported. This number is one-tenth of the previous month (December 2015), and almost the same as the same period in 2013 and 2012 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

26 Feb 2015 description

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner is joining a French delegation to the Philippines, led by President François Hollande, to highlight the fight against climate change and convene a forum intended to encourage faster and more determined action on the global challenge of climate change, ahead of the UNFCCC Climate Change talks in Paris later this year.

26 Feb 2015 description

The Philippine Red Cross, as the foremost humanitarian organization, is ready to extend assistance to the people displaced by the clashes between Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters along the border of North Cotabato and Maguindanao provinces.

The clashes started last Feb. 3 and have already led to the displacement of some 20,000 residents from at least two barangays in Pagalungan town and seven barangays in Pikit town.

26 Feb 2015 description

In November 2013, the strongest typhoon on record tore a path of destruction across the central Philippines, displacing four million people. In the disaster’s wake, the government adopted an ambitious plan to relocate 200,000 households away from at-risk coastal areas and resettle them out of harm’s way.

25 Feb 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Manuel Mogato

MANILA, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino called on Wednesday for autonomy for a Muslim region to end an insurgency there despite widespread misgivings after Muslim rebels killed 44 policemen.

Aquino has promised the largest Muslim rebel group in the predominantly Christian country autonomy in the southern region known as Bangsamoro in exchange for peace.

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24 Feb 2015 description

MANILA, Feb. 25 -- The Palace said it remains hopeful that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would stick to its commitment to peace, despite the bloody Mamasapano clash and the delay in the deliberations of the Bangsamoro Basic Law by Congress.

Congress has to complete the deliberations on the BBL at the committee level before adjourning on March 20, and resume deliberations at the plenary level when sessions resume on May 4.

24 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 February 2015

Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.

23 Feb 2015 description

Manila -- The Philippine Red Cross will be sending out the third batch of corrugated galvanized iron (CGI) sheets today for four Yolanda affected provinces, namely Palawan, Iloilo, Tacloban, and Cebu to aid in the rehabilitation efforts in the said provinces. More than 152,000 CGI sheets will depart from the PRC national headquarters in Manila bound to Coron, Palawan by midnight today.

23 Feb 2015 description

MYANMAR

Fighting that broke out on 9 Feb between the Government of Myanmar Army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and other armed groups has continued in the Kokang self-administered zone, northeast Shan State.

20 Feb 2015 description

Many residents in the province of Samar are struggling to cope with the consequences of protracted armed conflicts, compounded by powerful typhoons that have hit this underdeveloped area of central Philippines in recent years.

20 Feb 2015 description

The purpose of this paper is to review the multilateral response system for environmental emergencies, using,as a case study, the response to Super Typhoon Haiyan as conducted by UNEP and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).