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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.

02 Apr 2015 description

Typhoon Maysak (known locally as Chedeng) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility late in the evening of 1 April (local time), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). As of 2 April, 10 a.m., Typhoon Maysak was located 915 km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar province in central Philippines, with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h, gusts of up to 210 km/h (Category 2), moving west-northwest at 19 km/h. It had a diameter of 760 km.

Following is a planning scenario based on information from the authorities:

01 Apr 2015 description

From 2012 to 2014, armed conflicts in Mindanao involving non-state armed groups displaced over 370,000 people. In North Cotabato and Maguindanao, intermittent firefights became repeated phenomenon disrupting physical and psychological wellbeing as well as livelihoods of many residents.

In February and March 2015, a-month-long law and order operations lead by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) left over 91,000 people displaced in 13 municipalities of the province of Maguindanao.

31 Mar 2015 description


  • Over 91,000 people displaced by armed clashes in Central Mindanao
  • Protection Cluster continues to advocate durable solutions for all IDPs in Zamboanga
  • IDP women in Mampang take an active role in camp management
  • Weak El Niño may trigger drought and erratic behaviours of tropical cyclones in the coming months


Central Mindanao Displacement

30 Mar 2015 description


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


26 Mar 2015 description

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