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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

Snapshot 25–31 March 2015

Ukraine: Fears are growing of a new offensive in Mariupol, as non-government troops appear to be gathering nearby. A recent assessment has found that more than 1.6 million people need humanitarian assistance, nearly 1.1 million of whom are in non-government-controlled areas. 20–30% of IDPs are at risk of losing their status and benefits, due to a new mechanism to verify the addresses of IDPs.

31 Mar 2015 description
report Red Cross EU Office

In the Philippines, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Typhoon Haiyan recovery operation in the Central Visayas and Palawan is targeting 500,000 vulnerable people as they restore their homes and livelihoods. The operation, one of the largest and most complex yet mounted by the movement, has 17 in-country partners supporting the work of the Philippine Red Cross, including the IFRC and ICRC. See the latest recovery programme targets and achievements (March 2015).

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

Agriculture at increasing risk

Agriculture is a source of livelihood for over 35 percent of the world’s population. Natural hazards and disasters – such as floods, drought, storms, earthquakes, landsides, tsunamis or wildfire – disproportionately affect the small-scale farmers, herders, fishers and forest dependent communities who generate over half of the world’s agricultural production.

30 Mar 2015 description

Tropical Cyclone MAYSAK formed in the northern Pacific Ocean, near Pohnpei island, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), on 27 March and started moving west, intensifying rapidly. On 30 March, 6.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 130 km north-east of Faraulep island, Yap State (FSM) and it was a Typhoon with max. sustained wind speed of 167km/h.

• It affected Chuuk State with strong winds and heavy rainfall. As of 30 March, some damage to houses and power lines was reported (UN OCHA). Media reported at least four people killed in Chuuk State.

30 Mar 2015 description

To securely address the needs of displaced families brought about by the ongoing armed conflict in Mindanao, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to send additional food and non-food relief supplies in the affected areas.

As of today, the DSWD provided P24.76 million worth of assistance in the 13 towns of Maguindanao; in Pikit and Matalam, North Cotabato; and in Bitaugan, Surigao del Sur where a clash between the military and members of the New People’s Army (NPA) occurred on February 27.

30 Mar 2015 description

The sixth issue of the IPC Newsletter highlights important initiatives and technical developments undertaken at global level, among them the extension of the IPC Global Strategic Programme until 2018, the IPC-Chronic and Nutrition Working Group Meetings, the new IPC Quality Compliance Review Policy and Process, and the development of the IPC GSU Quality Compliance Review and Strategic Engagement Plan.

This issue also features recent IPC impacts, results and progress achieved at regional and country level in Africa, Latin America, Asia & Near East.

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


30 Mar 2015 description

BACOLOD CITY, March 29 (PIA6) – Disaster responders and mall employees here equipped themselves with more training for earthquake scenarios as they took part in the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill conducted by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) – Western Visayas Region recently held at SM City Bacolod.

28 Mar 2015 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


As of March 24, there were 41 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015 (19 cases in January and 22 cases in February). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2014), the number of dengue cases reported in China for the months of January and February 2015 has increased (Figure 1).


27 Mar 2015 description
report Guardian

The unequal distribution of aid following typhoon Haiyan has caused social divisions and feelings of resentment among some Filipinos

“Look at my house – it’s like a pigsty! My neighbours are lucky. They get to live as human beings, while this — this is for pigs.” In Cando’s community, where shanties display identical wooden walls and shiny white iron roofs, his house sticks out, looking askew and incomplete. His walls are sheets of corrugated iron tied together with a plastic tarpaulin as a makeshift roof, making the interiors stiflingly hot.

26 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank

Database to help inform development policies and programs in conflict-affected areas

MANILA, MARCH 24, 2015 – Comprehensive data about conflicts in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is now available to anyone with a computer or a mobile device with the launch of the Bangsamoro Conflict Monitoring System (BCMS) website.

26 Mar 2015 description

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

What's inside

  • Vanuatu – Are we communicating with cyclone affected communities?

  • Myanmar – Rakhine State community focus group discussions.

  • Philippines - Facebook goes free-of-charge with Smart Communications.

26 Mar 2015 description

DAVAO CITY, Mar 26 (PIA) All systems go for the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill set by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Davao Region.

Retired Brig. General Loreto Rirao, director of the Office of Civil Defense 11 and chair of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the NSED is set at 9:00 am, March 27 aimed at determining the level of awareness among the residents in coping with the tremor.