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30 Mar 2015 description

VANUATU

As of 27 Mar, Tropical Cyclone Pam affected 166,000 people on 22 islands. 15,000 homes were destroyed leaving some 75,000 people in need of emergency shelter. Emergency food distributions are taking place across the affected islands, however long-term food assistance is urgently needed to avoid a secondary crisis. An appeal was launched requesting nearly US$30 million for emergency assistance.

166,000 people affected
15,000 homes destroyed

PHILIPPINES

26 Mar 2015 description

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

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  • Vanuatu – Are we communicating with cyclone affected communities?

  • Myanmar – Rakhine State community focus group discussions.

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09 Mar 2015 description

PHILIPPINES

As of 5 Mar over 82,000 people are displaced due to continuing insecurity in the provinces of North Cotabato and Maguindanao in Central Mindanao. This is an increase of about 12,100 people over the previous three days, according to the authorities of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). As of 4 Mar, over 64,000 people were staying in 48 evacuation centres across 12 municipalities, while others were hosted by relatives and friends. The situation along the border of the two provinces has stabilised.

03 Mar 2015 description

Armed conflict, clan feuds and generalized violence caused protracted displacements in Central Mindanao from 2012 to 2014. At the end of 2014, more than 77,000 were still without durable solutions, including 30,000 internally displaced peoples (IDPs) in Zamboanga City.

03 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nearly 70,000 people fled their homes following armed encounters between the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the government forces in central Mindanao.

  • An estimated 124,000 people displaced by conflict across Mindanao in 2014.

  • Philippine Congress passed House Bill 5062 to enhance the protection of children in disasters and emergencies.

FIGURES

Displacement in Central Mindanao

03 Mar 2015 description

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02 Mar 2015 description

INDONESIA

Whirlwinds in East Java, East and West Nusa Tenggara and Yogyakarta provinces have caused considerable damage to houses and three casualties - one in Lumajang (East Java), one in Sumba (East Nusa Tenggara) and one in Yogyakarta. Over 115 houses in East Java, 85 houses in West Nusa Tenggara and three houses in Yogyakarta were damaged. Local authorities removed debris and provided construction material for home repairs. The Indonesian Red Cross provided relief items to affected families in East Java.1

3 people killed

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

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).

16 Feb 2015 description

INDONESIA

On 9 - 12 Feb heavy rainfall fell on the island of Java, including the capital Jakarta. Local authorities have reported four casualties and temporary displacement of almost 7,100 people. All IDPs returned to their homes by 13 Feb. Government agencies, Indonesia Red Cross, NGOs, military and police provided search and rescue support and relief to the displaced.

4 people killed

7,100 people evacuated

PHILIPPINES

11 Feb 2015 description

NATURAL DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

FEWER LIVES LOST

In 2014, Asia and the Pacific experienced 126 natural disasters, which affected a total of 85 million people. Significantly, casualties were a quarter of what they were in 2013, with nearly 4,000 people killed by disasters in the region. Floods and landslides were the primary causes of death according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).

09 Feb 2015 description

BANGLADESH

Political instability in Bangladesh has led to incidents of violence and vandalism in several areas of the country including the capital. On 5 Feb, a truck was firebombed in the northern city of Bogra, killing the driver and a passenger, as activists enforced a month-long nationwide blockade of roads, railways and waterways ordered by former premier Khaleda Zia in pursuit of a general election. The fresh wave of violence has resulted in the deaths of at least 42 people. This instability is currently disrupting working modalities for UN staff.

02 Feb 2015 description

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

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30 Jan 2015 description

On 9 September 2013 in Zamboanga City in Western Mindanao, fighting broke out between a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). 16 months later, nearly 20,000 people are still in evacuation centres (ECs) and transitional sites (TSs).
The Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) plans to provide permanent housing for about 35,000 displaced people by June 2015. In the meantime, displaced families are being transferred to TSs like Masepla from the largest remaining EC in the JFE Sports Complex.

30 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• 20,000 people still remain in transitional shelters in Zamboanga – a 14 per cent decline in the last three months.

• 19 tropical storms affected the Philippines in 2014; the storm season was less active than the previous year.

• The Government focuses on disaster preparedness, calling for a “whole-of-society approach”.

• Evacuation orders lifted as the Mayon Volcano alert level is lowered.

• The Government invests in long-term solutions to resettle those regularly exposed to the threat of volcano eruption.