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24 Jan 2017 description

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) allotted Php4.9 billion in calamity loan for its active members and old-age pensioners who were affected by typhoon Nina in the provinces of Albay, Batangas, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Marinduque, Quezon, as well as 6 areas in Oriental Mindoro.

A total of 7,952 active members and 820 old-age pensioners in Calapan City and municipalities of Naujan, Baco, San Teodoro, Pola, and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro may avail of the loan until February 17.

23 Jan 2017 description

The Philippines

AFFECTED AREAS

Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions

CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT

Disaster (Storm)

FIGURES

More than 2.5 million new displacements between 24 December and 11 January

23 Jan 2017 description

By Ginalyn B. Brioso

BANGUED, Abra, Jan. 23 (PIA) --Intensified information campaign, supplemental feeding and probe on behavioural aspect of the community are among the measures to be undertaken by government agencies to address the perennial malnutrition problem in the province.

This was agreed during the joint meeting of the Abra Provincial Nutrition Council, the National Nutrition Council and Department of Health –Cordillera last January 19 at the Abra Provincial Health Office.

23 Jan 2017 description

SRI LANKA

As of 17 January, an estimated 644,000 people across eight provinces have been affected by drought and salt water intrusion over the past four months. Batticaloa District in Eastern province is the worst affected with 302,000 people experiencing the effects of drought.

The Government has initiated water trucking in Batticaloa and taken measures to import additional rice in the event the prolonged drought has significant impact on food supplies. The President of Sri Lanka has established a Task Force to coordinate the response.

23 Jan 2017 description

PUBLIC WARNINGS:

People living near the mountain slopes and in the low lying areas of the above mentioned river systems and the local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMCs) concerned are still advised to be on alert for possible/further flashfloods and landslides and to take necessary precautionary measures.

ACTIONS TAKEN:

NDRRMC Advisory was disseminated to RDRRMC XI through facsimile, SMS and website for further dissemination to their LDRRMCs from the provincial down to the municipal levels.

21 Jan 2017 description

A total of P6,415,628.36 worth of relief assistance was provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to affected families of the cold front in Regions NIR, VII, VII, X, and CARAGA.

The said amount is part of the augmentation support of the Department to the affected Local Government Units (LGUs) which has provided P866,850.54 worth of relief assistance.

To date, there are 58,334 families or 276,860 persons in 482 barangays in the aforementioned regions affected by the tail end of the cold front.

20 Jan 2017 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past two weeks: o Angola

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past two weeks: o None

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past two weeks: o None

20 Jan 2017 description

DATU MONTAWAL, Maguindanao, Jan. 20 (PNA) -- At least 22,000 families have been affected by floods in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur following torrential rains brought about by inclement weather in Mindanao, disaster officials said Friday.

Myrna Jocelyn Henry, speaking for Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (HEART) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), said the floods have affected 16,145 families in eight municipalities of Lanao del Sur and more than 8,000 families in two Maguindanao flood-prone towns.

20 Jan 2017 description

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, January 19 (PIA) - - Some 2,882 families or 13,709 individuals from five barangays in Kapalong were affected by flooding as waters in Libuganon River spilled out this early morning due to incessant rains since Wednesday (January 18) night.

The identified barangays are Pag-asa, Florida, Mabantao, Maniki and Sua-on.

Municipal disaster risk reduction and management officer Gaspar Balinggao noted that among those affected, some 170 families are being evacuated in the Kapalong Municipal Gymnasium.

19 Jan 2017 description

Backing-up President Duterte’s ‘no relocation, no demolition’ policy, Secretary Ismael ‘Mike’ D. Sueno assured that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will continue to provide assistance to the transfer of informal settler families (ISFs) living in danger and high-risk areas, such as waterways in Metro Manila, to decent, safe and affordable in- or near-city socialized housing sites.

19 Jan 2017 description

Dear Action Against Hunger Supporters,

It’s an honor to report on a great year working together for nutrition security, to end hunger and all forms of undernutrition. For the New Year 2017, we are thrilled to start a new chapter of Action Against Hunger’s story.

18 Jan 2017 description

By MJ Evalarosa, IFRC

The Philippine Red Cross, together with the state health department, and with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), recently rolled out an orientation on the Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Disaster (SPEED) programme. SPEED is a mechanism activated during emergencies to provide real-time health information to around 65 Red Cross community volunteers in the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur and Marinduque.

18 Jan 2017 description

Reporting period: 25 Dec 2016 to 13 Jan 2017

Operation timeframe: 29 Dec 2016 to 30 Sep 2017

Appeal budget: CHF 1,600,392

N° of people targeted: 20,000 (4,000 families)

N° of people assisted: 6,200 (1,400 families)

Appeal History

  • 25 December 2016: Typhoon Nock-Ten makes landfall in Catanduanes with 185 kph winds and gustiness of up to 255 kph.

18 Jan 2017 description
  • Heavy rains and strong winds have been affecting the Visayas region and Mindanao over the past two days, causing floods and landslides. Approx. 209 mm of rain in 24 hours were recorded in Dipolog City (Mindanao island). As of 17 January, local media reported six deaths. 1 060 people have been evacuated and at least 5 000 people have been affected in Misamis Oriental Province.

17 Jan 2017 description

by Astrid Zweynert | azweynert | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:13 GMT

"We see much more money being spent in responding to disasters and very little in preventing them"

By Astrid Zweynert

LONDON, Jan 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments need to step up efforts in preparing for disasters to cut the rising bill for helping people hit by crises, the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said.

17 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• UNICEF and partners continue to meet on-going humanitarian needs, respond to small, localised emergencies and remain prepared to respond to requests for humanitarian assistance. UNICEF and partners reached more adults and children than planned, providing access to safe water, learning materials, safe spaces for learning, Vitamin A supplementation and deworming. Reports of Grave Child Rights Violations have been identified, verified and responded to.

17 Jan 2017 description
  • Tropical Depression ONE formed over the north-western Pacific Ocean on 7 January and moved over Mindanao and Visayas islands (Philippines), then dissipated over South China Sea. On 15 January, it formed again over the southern South China Sea and started moving west.

  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to reach the southern areas of Mekong Delta region as a Tropical Depression.

  • On 16 - 18 January, heavy rain and strong winds may affect the southern areas of Vietnam, southern Cambodia and southern Thailand.