- OCHA Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 8, 1 to 31 August 2016
- WFP Philippines Country Brief, August 2016
- IPI - Reimagining Peacemaking: Women’s Roles in Peace Processes
Appeals & Funding
- National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC)
- PAGASA (Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration)
- Philippine National Disaster Response Pillar
- IOM Humanitarian Compendium
- Food Security Cluster: the Philippines
- Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Since 18 September, torrential rainfall has caused flooding, mud flows and landslides in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. As of 22 September (09:00, UTC+8), 14 deaths were confirmed and nine people were reported missing while an additional 5,400 people were temporarily relocated. 81,000 people across 28 counties and 13 cities in the two provinces have been affected, including over 8,000 people who need immediate assistance. Local disaster management authorities have provided relief assistance to the affected communities.
Super Typhoon Meranti (Ferdie) has maintained its intensity and is expected to pass through the Batanes Goup of Islands on the morning of 14 September 2016. Currently it has a maximum sustained winds of up to 215kph near the center and gustiness of up to 250kph moving at 23 kph. Tropical cyclone warning signal (TWCS) 4 has been issued for Batanes and TWCS 3 for Babuyan group of islands (Calayan).
Mines and Unexploded Ordnances (UXOs) in farmlands, roads, villages and waterways in Mindanao continue to cause harm to the community, with children being the most vulnerable.
In preparation for La Niña in the coming months, the authorities have issued a directive for all local governments to carry out disaster preparedness measures and develop La Niña action plans.
There is growing capacity and political will in AsiaPacific governments to lead in disaster management.
Since the end of July, more than 422,000 people across Myanmar have been displaced by monsoon flooding. As flood waters recede, affected communities are beginning to return home. Local and regional governments continue to lead the response in collaboration with national partners and the private sector.
International organizations are providing targeted assistance upon the request of authorities, particularly for additional food supplies. To date, no major gaps have been identified.
422,000 people displaced
Welcome to the Second Edition of the Regional Consultative Group (RCG) on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination for Asia and the Pacific Newsletter.
We are glad to share the latest updates in relation to the RCG as well as other UN-CMCoord projects in the Asia-Pacific region:
Second Session of the Regional Consultative Group (RCG) on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination for Asia and the Pacific;
UN-CMCoord Course for the Pacific;
Updates on the development of Common Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination Standards.
As of 8 August, nearly 360,000 people have been displaced by seasonal monsoon flooding in Magway, Mandalay, Sagaing, Kachin, Ayeyarwady, Mon, Yangon and Bago. Of the total displaced population, 200,000 people are in Magway. State and regional authorities are providing food, water, NFIs, cash and construction materials. Humanitarian organizations are also supporting the government’s response with additional food support. Flood waters are gradually moving south towards the Ayeyarwady Delta as monsoon rains continue to affect various parts of the country.
The Philippines is actively working towards fulfillment of WHS core commitments.
Farmers are just beginning to recover from the effects of El Niño as La Niña begins.
Typhoon Koppu in October 2015 displaced over one million people. The Central Emergency Response Fund was a key tool for the international humanitarian community to support the Government.
July is National Disaster Consciousness Month to raise awareness of the country’s disaster awareness programmes.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that El Niño ended in June. Tropical Pacific surface temperatures have returned to neutral condition. Meanwhile a weak La Niña is favoured to develop (55-60% chance) towards the end of 2016 (Sep-Oct-Nov). The monthly forecast for August indicates that most of the country will have near normal rainfall while September to December will have above normal rainfall. Prolonged wet conditions may cause flooding and rain-induced landslides.
Potential Impacts of La Niña
Since 18 July, continuous heavy rainfall affected several areas of northern, central and eastern China triggering floods and landslides. As of 21 July, around 10.5 million people were affected in eight provinces (including Shanxi, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Liaoning, Shandong, Henan, and Inner Mongolia). An estimated 337,000 people were temporarily relocated due to floods.
The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.
At least 11 countries across Asia-Pacific experienced severe weather conditions due to El Niño.
In February, Tropical Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone recorded in the South Pacific, devastated Fiji.
In DPR Korea, 18million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance – 2016 response plan severely underfunded.
Tropical Storm Roanu triggers worst flooding in Sri Lanka in 25 years; preparedness actions mitigated loss of life in Bangladesh.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Increased rainfall has eased the drought situation in most parts of Papua New Guinea, however, severe food and water insecurity persists in remote, isolated and inaccessible areas. Following an inter-agency food security verification exercise, an additional 46,000 people have been assessed as requiring food in Milne Bay province. This brings the current total of people in need of food assistance to 226,000 people. The Government, together with WFP and local churches, are working on a joint plan to respond to needs identified in Milne Bay.
On 8 July Typhoon Nepartak made landfall near Taitung, Taiwan Province of China, as a Cat. 4 super typhoon with wind speeds of 234 km/h. Three people were reportedly killed and nearly 17,400 people were evacuated as a result of the storm, which caused storm surges and widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure.
Torrential rainfall over the middle and lower Yangtze River during the past week exacerbated flooding in the surrounding areas. The most recent rainfall affected nearly 2.8 million people in 11 provinces (Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou, and Yunnan). At least 14 deaths have been recorded and some 20 people are reported missing, with 120,000 people temporarily relocated due to the recent flooding.
Civil-military coordination facilitates the essential dialogue and interaction between civilian and military actors in humanitarian emergencies necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles, avoid competition, minimize inconsistency, and when appropriate, pursue common goals.