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Typhoon Haiyan Facts and Figures (19 Feb 2014)

In the 100 days following the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, the International Committee of the Red Cross has provided jointly with the Philippine Red Cross large-scale emergency assistance in the island of Samar. At present, early recovery activities continue to gain momentum to support communities in rebuilding their lives.

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Nutrition Cluster Weekly Update, Region VIII, Philippines February 26th 2014

Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programs in Region VIII—Mobilization and screening

To identify and refer children who are acutely malnourished, children aged 6-59 months are screened using a Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) measurement.

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Smiles and songs help overcome hardship

By Fae Cheska Marie Esperas
Visayas Protection Project, CFSI Field Office Guiuan

It has been an ongoing struggle to improve the quality of life for residents in the municipality of Kananga in Western Leyte, which was hit by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November last year. But for 11-year-old Angelica Fuentes, every day brings with it a new reason to celebrate life and the simplest of joys.

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PLDT distributes Sacks O' Joy to Yolanda survivor kids through Operation Blessing

It’s Christmas all over again!

It felt like Christmas all over again as PLDT sent 4,000 bags of gifts, called Sack O’ Joy, for distribution to child survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas, through the efforts of Operation Blessing.

The kids patiently waited in line during the gift distribution and they were overjoyed upon opening their gift bags containing a pair of slippers, a coloring book, and a toy.

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 26 February 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Australia, Malaysia and Singapore have been experiencing a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend increased in New Caledonia and Lao PDR however, reported cases remained lower than 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Cambodia, Philippines and Viet Nam.

Lao PDR experienced a large dengue year in 2013, peaking in August 2013. However, in early 2014, dengue activity remains low, and substantially lower than during the same time period in 2013.

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Typhoon Yolanda — WASH Cluster Response Bulletin – January-February 2014

WASH Cluster hits around 87% coverage for water and hygiene; sanitation activities behind with 18%

The National WASH Cluster continues to strive in reducing public health risks by immediate and long-term WASH support as the Philippines marks the 100th day since Yolanda (Haiyan) made its landfall on November 8, 2013.

The cluster has now reached 82% of its water targets. To date, 1,240,435 individuals affected by the typhoon have received access to safe water. For Water kits, 248,069 have been distributed benefitting people (as of 20 February 2014).

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Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Periodic Monitoring Report Covering Nov 2013 to Jan 2014

Key achievements towards strategic objectives until 31 Jan

• Immediate food assistance provided to more than 3.2 million affected people

• More than 75,000 boys and girls received blanket supplementary feeding

• 413,000 people reached with cash assistance

• Provision of emergency shelter assistance to 432,000 households

• Initial livelihood support intervention to 80,000 households with rice seed input packages

• 38,000 affected workers engaged in restoration of public and economic infrastructure through cash for work

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 18 - 25 February

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin, Bohol Earthquake Special Issue | February 2014

Four months after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Bohol Province on 15 October 2013, significant needs in shelter, early recovery and health services remain. The earthquake destroyed or damaged the homes of 367,760 people.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 24 February 2014)

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated areas in nine regions of the Philippines and affected over 14 million people, including some 5 million children. While many affected people have begun returning home and are either rebuilding their houses or setting up temporary makeshift shelters, over 4 million people remain displaced. In addition to food, water and emergency shelter, the highest priority needs include tools and materials to rebuild housing, and livelihoods support.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Operation Blessing Holds Free Cataract Surgical Mission For Typhoon Survivors

To carry on with its mission of transforming lives, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, in partnership with the Visayas Chapter of the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology and Western Visayas Medical Center, held a Cataract Surgical Mission on recently in Iloilo.

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Distributing hygiene kits to stranded island communities

Little was left after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck Homonhon Island in Eastern Samar province on November 8 last year. The typhoon, which wreaked havoc throughout the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, destroyed all forms of transportation on the island, leaving local communities stranded and isolated.

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Ifugao barangay officials learn about geo-hazard maps

By: Dan B. Codamon

LAGAWE, Ifugao, Feb. 25(PIA)- - One hundred four newly elected barangay officials of this province recently attended a training on the use of multi-hazard maps conducted by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) here.

The training aims to increase the level of awareness of the participants on the utility and application of hazard maps as a tool in mitigating and managing natural and man-made hazards as well as their applications in local development planning.

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Davao Oriental thanks national government for its assistance toward recovery from typhoon ‘Pablo’

CATEEL, Davao Oriental, Feb. 25 -- For mobilizing the entire national government machinery to address their urgent concerns following the onslaught of super typhoon ‘Pablo’ (Bopha), the people of Davao Oriental thanked President Benigno S. Aquino III during the ‘Pulong Bayan sa Cateel’ program held Monday morning in this town’s municipal plaza.

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DILG strengthens efforts on disaster preparedness in NorMin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Feb. 24 (PIA) – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) gears up efforts to ensure “zero casualties” during disasters.

Hence, DILG conducted activities for disaster preparedness in Northern Mindanao underscoring the importance of being ready and taking action to strengthen risk management will local partners.

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8 Million More Filipinos Including Yolanda Victims to Benefit from Expanded Community-Driven Development Project

World Bank

Newly-approved project to empower more communities to participate in local planning, budgeting and implementation of projects that help reduce poverty

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Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 21 | 13 – 25 February 2014


  • Humanitarian partners issue first Typhoon Haiyan Periodic Monitoring Report.

  • Public information materials developed to strengthen transparency and accountability to affected people.

  • Regular UNHAS operations have ended for the Haiyan response; some 82 organizations benefitted from the common service.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Typhoon Haiyan 3 months on: emergency response to early recovery

Unprecedented destruction

When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on 8th November 2013 the destruction left in its wake was unprecedented. Haiyan was one of the strongest Typhoons ever to make land fall. The storm and storm surge from the ocean that followed left a path of destruction across the Visayas region of the Philippines.

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For recovery work in Philippines, money transfers made easy

Life has been difficult for Mary Ann Arandia since Typhoon Haiyan hit in November, leaving behind a staggering amount of debris and destruction.

“I felt helpless,” she said. “I felt like I was going to die, that we would not be able to survive.”

When the storm subsided, Arandia and her young family took stock. Barangay 64 in Tacloban City was under a pile of debris; its gymnasium was a twisted puzzle of metal rafters.

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Typhoon Haiyan: Three months on, huge needs remain

"Right now we’re finishing the last of our emergency distributions—mainly food and hygiene kits—and we’re working on restoring essential services to stimulate the markets and promote livelihoods. We’re also providing nutritional and psychosocial support, and giving access to water and sanitation in evacuation centers and in private shelters. Different areas have been hit differently, so it’s important for us to identify and meet the specific needs of each population."- Chiara Saccardi, ACF Emergency Coordinator in the Philippines