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17 Dec 2015 description

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) deployed assessment teams in areas hit by typhoon Nona to report on damages to infrastructure and basic lifelines in the wake of the typhoon. The assessment team went to Leyte and Northern Samar where they report disruptions in electricity and telecommunication lines.

17 Dec 2015 description

DATE: 16 December 2015, 8'00 PM


Tropical Storm (TS) "NONA" with International Name "MELOR" has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in the morning of 12 December 2015.

17 Dec 2015 description


• MELOR (locally known as “NONA”) has weakened into a Low Pressure Area in the morning of 17 December, while it was moving off the western coast Luzon. Heavy rains are still affecting several areas of Luzon, causing floods, landslides and rivers to overflow. The government reported 8 deaths and 68,100 people still temporarily staying in 248 evacuation centres.
• Over the next 24 h light to moderate rainfall and thunderstorms may still affect Luzon.

16 Dec 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

MANILA, 16 December 2015 — UNICEF commends the Philippine government’s preparedness actions which minimized damage to life and property as Typhoon Melor/Nona exits the country. Improved government coordination, preemptive evacuations and responsive planning have shown that a disaster-prone country can come together to protect the lives of its citizens, especially its children.

16 Dec 2015 description
report UN Women

Fund for Gender Equality’s global grant-making portfolio hits 80 Countries in six years

Date: 16 December 2015

Media Inquiries:
Oisika Chakrabarti: oisika.chakrabarti[a]unwomen.org
Sharon Grobeisen: sharon.grobeisen[at]unwomen.org

16 Dec 2015 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children calls for urgent passage of the bill before end of 16th congress

Dec. 16, 2015 – As “Melor” ravages vulnerable regions in the country, Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality chaired by Sen. Pia Cayetano yesterday sponsored Senate Bill (SB) 3034 that consolidated earlier Senate versions of Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act, a landmark legislation that requires national agencies to create a comprehensive plan that will protect the rights of children vulnerable to and affected by calamities.

16 Dec 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere


As of 30 November, there were 3,822 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September and October 2015. From 1 to 30 November 2015, 470 dengue cases were reported. The number of cases in the month of November in 2015 has decreased threefold compared to case numbers reported in the previous month and considerably lower than the number of cases reported in 2014, for the same reporting period. (Figure 1)


16 Dec 2015 description

THE PHILIPPINES. After making the 1st landfall in Batag, Nothern Samar, on 14 December, Typhoon Melor (Nona) continued to move westward. More landfalls were reported from Sorsogon, Masbate, Romblon and Oriental Mindoro in the last 2 days. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated that the typhoon would exit Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) and gradually weaken and dissipate on Saturday, 19 December.

16 Dec 2015 description

As of 2 a.m., December 16, a total of P42,237,310 worth of relief assistance has been provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to local government units (LGUs) in Regions IV-A, V, and VIII for distribution to families affected by typhoon Nona.

Of the amount, P38,995,900 went to the LGUs of Albay with P10,316,104; Camarines Norte, P4,965,236; Camarines Sur, P10,671,552; Catanduanes, P7,040,260; Masbate, P1,111,620; and, Sorsogon, P 4,891,128.

16 Dec 2015 description
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The situation

As of 8 PM, 15 December, Typhoon Melor (locally known as Nona) was located 125 km Northwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro with maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the centre and gustiness of up to 160 kph, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

16 Dec 2015 description

By Andy McElroy

BANGKOK, 15 December 2015 – More than 700,000 people in the central Philippines have been evacuated to safety ahead of a powerful typhoon in the latest example of the country’s ‘early warning early action’ approach to protect lives, livelihoods and assets.

Ahead of Typhoon Melor making landfall, the authorities warned of strong wind, heavy rain and high waves which could trigger floods and landslides and put traditional thatched homes and crops at risk.

16 Dec 2015 description
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At 1:20 p.m. local time (0520 Universal Time) on December 14, 2015, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this view of Typhoon Melor over the eastern Philippines. (Locally, the storm is known as “Typhoon Nona.”)

16 Dec 2015 description
report AmeriCares

AmeriCares Philippines team continues to provide critical medical and humanitarian aid to communities heavily affected by recent typhoons.

In early response efforts to Typhoon Koppu, the team distributed family emergency kits in the northern region of the country. The initial aid was followed by the delivery of critical supplies and equipment to damaged health facilities, including a generator for the Rural Health Unit of Dipaculao, Aurora, allowing them to resume admitting patients for their birthing facility and continue their vaccination program.

16 Dec 2015 description

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Wednesday 12/16/2015 - 10:43 GMT |

by Joel GUINTO

Rescuers on speedboats hauled rain-soaked residents off rooftops in the Philippine countryside on Wednesday after Typhoon Melor killed at least 11 people and cut power for millions.

The typhoon, which tore in off the Pacific Ocean on Monday afternoon, caused widespread flooding across the northern and central regions and also dumped heavy rain on the sprawling capital of Manila.

16 Dec 2015 description


16 Dec 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Tue, 15 Dec 2015 06:22 GMT

MANILA, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Philippine Maoist-led rebels on Tuesday declared a 12-day ceasefire to mark Christmas, ordering guerrilla units to halt offensive operations against military targets and businesses from construction and mines to plantations.

Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet

16 Dec 2015 description

• MELOR, after making a third landfall in the vicinity of Pinamalayan in Oriental Mindoro province (Mimaropa region), continued moving west over the island. On 15 December at 6.00 UTC its centre was located over Naujan municipality in Oriental Mindoro province and it had max. sustained wind speed of 213 km/h.

• Over the next 24 h it is forecast to gradually weaken while entering the west Philippine sea.
GDACS estimates approx. 4.2 million people exposed to Typhoon force winds.