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03 Jan 2015 description

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Saturday 1/3/2015 - 05:11 GMT

A soldier was killed and three others wounded when Muslim rebels simultaneously attacked military detachments in two southern Philippine provinces on Saturday, a military spokeswoman said.

An hour-long gun battle broke out when separatist rebel group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters raided a camp in President Quirino town in Sultan Kudarat province shortly after midnight, Captain Jo-ann Petinglay said in a statement.

02 Jan 2015 description

• The death toll due to the ongoing floods in Sri Lanka has increased to 39, while 38 416 people remain in shelters, more than 24 500 houses have been damaged and over 1 million people have been affected, the majority of which (930 100) in Eastern province, as of 2 January (DMC-SL).

01 Jan 2015 description

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to provide the needed relief assistance to survivors of Typhoon Seniang through the local government units (LGU).

In CARAGA region, the DSWD Field Office there has already provided 18,475 family food packs worth P7.7 million as augmentation assistance to Agusan del Norte (9,200 food packs), Agusan del Sur (3,375), Surigao del Sur (5,400), and Surigao del Norte with (500).

01 Jan 2015 description


  • At 4:00 am today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated at 210km South Southeast of Puerto Princesa City (7.9N, 119.2E). Tail-end of cold front affecting Bicol Region. Northeast Monsoon affecting Northern and Central Luzon
01 Jan 2015 description


  • At 4:00PM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 345km South of Puerto Princesa City (6.9N, 11.8E). Tail-end of cold front affecting Bicol Region. Northeast Monsoon affecting Northern and Central Luzon
31 Dec 2014 description

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Wednesday 12/31/2014 - 07:09 GMT

The death toll from flooding and landslides in the Philippines wrought by tropical storm Jangmi rose to 53 Wednesday, officials said, with some regions saying they were caught off guard by the deluge.

In Catbalogan town in Samar province 19 people died in a landslide that left homes and vehicles buried under rocks and mud, local Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan said, adding that the town had been surprised by the landslide.

31 Dec 2014 description

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to augment the relief resources of local government units (LGU) in CARAGA Region affected by Typhoon Seniang, which made landfall in the region yesterday.

As of December 29, 11 p.m., DSWD has provided 300 family food packs amounting to P125,496 to the LGU of Buenavista, Agusan Del Norte.

The Field Office has P35 million standby funds for the purchase of emergency relief resources and P16 million-worth of prepositioned food packs ready to be delivered to affected LGUs who will be requesting assistance.

31 Dec 2014 description

From the Department of Social Welfare and Development

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to assist local government units (LGU) in responding to the food and other needs in Seniang-affected areas in Visayas and Mindanao.

In Central Visayas, DSWD-Field Office VII released to Bohol province some 600 boxes or 6,000 tins of assorted goods, 4,000 pieces of noodles, and 320 pieces of blankets upon request of the LGU.

Likewise, two metric tons of High Energy Biscuits was sent to the province this morning through chopper.

31 Dec 2014 description

"SENIANG" has maintained its strength as it moves closer to Palawan.

31 Dec 2014 description
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31 Dec 2014 description

This Quarterly Update covers the activities of the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) between 1 October and 31 December 2014. It is also available to be read online or downloaded at www.internal-displacement.org.

IDMC, established by the Norwegian Refugee Council, is the leading non-governmental body monitoring internal displacement worldwide.

31 Dec 2014 description


  • Regional inflation has slowed in recent months in part because energy and crude oil prices have fallen on oversupply.

  • Early estimates indicate Typhoon Hagupit has caused US$ 224 million in crop losses in the Philippines.

  • In Sri Lanka, rice prices were 32.2 percent higher than one year ago because drought at the start of the cropping season reduced production by 29 percent.

  • Pakistan approved a subsidy for basmati rice farmers to offset recent price declines.

31 Dec 2014 description


Tropical Depression "SENIANG" has weakened into a Low Pressure Area.

31 Dec 2014 description

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