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11 May 2015 description


Emergency shelter remains the top response priority, especially with the imminent monsoon rains. Other priority needs include sanitation and hygiene support, household items, medical kits and supplies, food and protection.
To date, 70,000 tarpaulins and nearly 6,000 tents were distributed; nearly 370,000 people received food; more than 345,000 people were provided with safe drinking water and more than 250,000 people with hygiene support.

70,000 tarpaulins delivered

370,000 people received food

02 May 2015 description

In February and March 2015, a-month-long law enforcement operation (LEO) lead by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) left over 120,000 people displaced in 13 municipalities of the province of Maguindanao. As of 24 April, some 43,900 IDPs remain in 32 evacuation centres (ECs) in six municipalities of Maguindanao.

01 May 2015 description


  • About 60 per cent of IDPs in Maguindanao province return home, while some 43,900 people remain displaced

  • Preparedness efforts champion Typhoon Maysak response

  • WASH Cluster steps up assistance to droughtaffected IDPs in Zamboanga

  • Community consultations in Mamasapano reveal unmet needs of IDP women

22 Apr 2015 description

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) respond to environmental emergencies through the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU). JEU combines UNEP's environmental expertise with the OCHA-coordinated humanitarian network. This helps to ensure an integrated approach by coordinating international efforts and mobilizing partners.

21 Apr 2015 description

Ben Pickering joined OCHA Philippines in May 2014 to manage the humanitarian hub in Zamboanga City, Mindanao. His role was to help local authorities and the wider humanitarian community in the coordination of humanitarian assistance to all affected people.

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20 Apr 2015 description


The Second Phase Harmonized Assessment Report for Tropical Cyclone Pam was released on 17 Apr. Revised Government figures estimate 188,000 people in 23 islands are affected by the cyclone, up from the initial figure of 166,000 people in 22 islands. Key priorities outlined in the report include addressing health risks by immediately providing access to safe water supply and restoring sanitation structures.

188,000 people affected

19,500 children vaccinated

07 Apr 2015 description


As of 3 Apr, 166,000 people remain affected on 22 islands. 50,000 people received emergency shelter assistance, 20,000 received hygiene kits, and nearly 11,000 children were vaccinated against measles. Despite the provision of assistance across all sectors, needs remain, with an estimated 110,000 people are in need of drinking water. On 2 Apr Government-led teams completed a round of assessments to ascertain humanitarian and early recovery needs across several sectors. A Flash Appeal for nearly US$30 million remains 64 percent unfunded.

03 Apr 2015 description

This is an OCHA Flash Update on Typhoon Maysak.

Typhoon Maysak (known locally as Chedeng) further reduced its strength as it continued to approach the Philippines, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). As of 3 April, 8 a.m. (local time), Typhoon Maysak was located 745 km east of Virac, Catanduanes province in central Philippines, with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h, gusts of up to 180 km/h (Category 1), moving west northwest at 15 km/h. The typhoon’s diameter reduced from 760 km to 450 km.