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21 Jan 2016 description

When Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) swept through the central Philippines on 8 November 2013, the storm affected some 14.1 million people and caused more than USD 700 million in damage to the agriculture sector, severely threatening the country’s food security.

The typhoon’s record intensity destroyed crop fields, orchards, fishing boats and gears—virtually all productive assets that rural and coastal families base their livelihoods upon.

21 Jan 2016 description

In 2015, 14 typhoons and tropical storms entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility, 9 of which made landfall. Typhoon Koppu (known locally as Lando) in October and Typhoon Melor (Nona) in December displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Luzon. Government-led military operations in central Mindanao led to displacement of over 120,000 people, while 24,600 displaced people in Zamboanga City are still waiting for permanent housing. Minor eruptions and abnormal activities of Mayon, Bulusan and Kanlaon volcanoes prompted the authorities to raise alerts.

21 Jan 2016 description

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on 30 September 2015 announced that a mature and “strong” El Niño now prevailed in the tropical Pacific Ocean, upgrading the categorization from “moderate” conditions observed in the four months since June.

20 Jan 2016 description

Strong El Niño still persists in the tropical Pacific Ocean

Sea surface temperature anomalies (SSTAs) in the equatorial Pacific are still beyond 1.5°C, indicative of a strong El Niño event. The highest running three-month SSTA so far, was recorded in October-November-December 2015. Transition to El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) – neutral condition is expected by May-June-July 2016 season.

19 Jan 2016 description
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Opportunities for peace in 2016

Cyprus: The resumption of peace negotiations in 2015 and the confluence of factors linked to them (the commitment of local leaders, international support and the mobilisation of non-governmental actors from both communities of the island in favour of dialogue, as well as tangible results including but not limited to significant confidence-building measures) provide a historic window of opportunity to achieve a definitive agreement despite obstacles related to the circumstances and the background of the dispute.

18 Jan 2016 description

PHILIPPINES

The number of displaced families in North Cotabato province temporarily increased from 186 families to about 600 families (2,800 people) following armed conflict over land between two clans associated with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on 7 Jan. About 60 per cent of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) returned home by 12 Jan. Remaining IDPs are staying with friends or relatives. Initial assistance was provided by municipal authorities.

2,800 people displaced

18 Jan 2016 description

HUMANITARIAN CONCERNS AND RESPONSE IN THE PHILIPPINES

The year 2015 was challenging for the Philippines due to several internal armed conflicts and other situations of violence that led to the displacement of around 100,000 civilians, mainly in Mindanao. Typhoons have also brought significant humanitarian consequences in some parts of the country.

18 Jan 2016 description

Ben Moses Ebreo

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Jan 17 (PIA) – Fifty eight families in the upland town of Sta. Fe town recently received cash assistance from the provincial government here in order to rebuild their houses wrecked by the recent onslaught of typhoon ‘Lando’ in the province last year.

The cash assistance ranging from P3,000.00 for partially damaged houses and P5,000.00 for totally damaged houses of the typhoon victims is part of the calamity funds given by the provincial government for calamity victims in the province.

18 Jan 2016 description

Situation to Date

In June 2015, drought conditions monitored by satellite showed high water deficits in various parts of the country. Cambodia suffered from a 2015/16 El Niño-induced drought that could rival the devastating effects of the 1997-98 episode.

Cambodia is considered by international institutions a moderate priority country23 among those most-affected by the 2015/16 El Niño. Areas of growing concern are located around the centre of the country and the North West.

Weather Patterns

17 Jan 2016 description

MANILA, Jan. 17 -- Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles expressed her gratitude to the support and attention that the international community is giving to the Bangsamoro peace process, noting that these indicate the level of success the Philippine government has achieved in pushing peace in Mindanao.

16 Jan 2016 description

NEW YORK, 15 January, 2016 – More than 12 million children in over 46 countries have better schools, teachers and learning materials, thanks to a 13-year partnership between the IKEA Foundation, Save the Children and UNICEF.

15 Jan 2016 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam's Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) tool develops a holistic, landscape-wide understanding of vulnerability and links up actors across various levels of governance to jointly identify and analyse root causes of vulnerabilities for distinct social groups and later design programmes and risk reduction initiatives accordingly, ensuring that they are equitable, gender-sensitive and effective.

15 Jan 2016 description
report ShelterBox

Just before Christmas, category 4 Typhoon Melor caused catastrophic damage to the region of Northern Samar in the Philippines. Homes, crops and livelihoods were totally destroyed in many communities.

ShelterBox has been aiding the recovery by working with French aid agency ACTED to provide vital shelter materials and tools to 400 families in the areas of Palapag and Mapanas.

These two areas were the hardest hit by the typhoon. No home escaped damage, and at least half of them were destroyed completely.

14 Jan 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

General inflation in the region was estimated at 2.3 percent, and food price inflation at 2.6 percent in November compared to one year ago.

  • In China, prices for fresh vegetables rose as unusually cold weather in November hampered transport and disrupted supplies to markets.

  • In Indonesia, drought conditions linked to El Niño over large parts of the country resulted in major delays in planting of the main season crops.

14 Jan 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 31 December, there were 3,884 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September and October. From 1 to 31 December 2015, 62 dengue cases were reported with no associated deaths. The number of cases in the month of December decreased sevenfold compared to the number reported in the previous month (n=470) and lower than the number of cases reported in December 2014 (n=180) (Figure 1).

Malaysia (no update)

13 Jan 2016 description

Typhoon Melor (also locally knows as Nona) struck the Philippines on December 14th 2015, killing 42 people and causing important damages, and generating some huge needs in the typhoon-affected areas. In the Northern Samar province, where the typhoon made landfall, almost 41,700 houses were totally damaged, 140 families evacuated, and various municipalities were flooded.

13 Jan 2016 description

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan 12 (PIA) — The regional field office of the Department of Agriculture here eyes to begin cloud seeding operations next week, an official of the agency confirmed.

Zaldy Boloron, regional technical director for operations of DA 12 confirmed in a radio interview that personnel from the Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM) are here to conduct final assessment prior to the cloud seeding.

“Next week, we could immediately begin cloud seeding,” he said.

12 Jan 2016 description

At-risk populations—the poor, powerless, and vulnerable—play an enormous part at every level of government anti-poverty and development work. They are the primary focus of the 26 government agencies that make up the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster. They are also squarely in the cross-hairs of every natural disaster that hits the country, with those capable of moving to safer locations generally glad that they can still do so.