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Humanitarian Snapshot - Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong) - as of 30 January 2012

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Responding to tropical storm Sedong

When tropical storm Sedong hit the Philippines in December 2011, the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) through member ACF and with support from ECHO extended its presence in the country in order to fill important gaps in coordination and to provide technical support.

Tropical storm Sedong

From the very first stage of the emergency, the CaLP’s support was appropriate and effective in addressing the needs of stakeholders and filling gaps in coordination.

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UNICEF urges vigilance as malnutrition increases in Sendong-hit areas

Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, 1 February 2012 – Over a month since Tropical Storm Sendong (international name Washi) devastated communities across northern Mindanao, many children are still suffering. According to the latest figures by nutrition experts, the acute malnutrition rate in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities has increased significantly and raises concerns.

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2011 - A Year of Weather Extremes, with More to Come

Analysis by Janet Larsen and Sara Rasmussen*

WASHINGTON, Feb 1, 2012 (IPS) - The global average temperature in 2011 was 14.52 degrees Celsius (58.14 degrees Fahrenheit). According to NASA scientists, this was the ninth warmest year in 132 years of recordkeeping, despite the cooling influence of the La Niña atmospheric and oceanic circulation pattern and relatively low solar irradiance.

Since the 1970s, each subsequent decade has gotten hotter - and nine of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred in the 21st century.

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Supporting the victims of Typhoon Washi

On Friday 16th December, 2011, tropical storm Washi, locally known as Sendong, brought 10 hours of torrential rains that triggered disastrous flash flooding across Mindanao, in the south of the Philippines.

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Southern Philippines’ Conflict: Quest for a Settlement

Chongtham Gunnamani Research Intern, IPCS email:

The 24th round of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to end the decades old conflict was concluded on 11 January 2012 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The joint statement of the talk spoke of constructive discussion on substantive issues between the parties. The talk apparently also formulated a draft road map towards a resolution of the Bangsamoro demand for an independent Muslim state.

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Disaster risk reduction office beefs up action in preparation for La Nina

By Irma A. Guhit

SORSOGON CITY, Feb.1 (PIA) -- El Nino was felt in 2011; it will be La Nina's turn this year and provinces have been instructed to prepare for any eventuality. The Sorsogon Provincial Disaster Risk Management Office (SPDRMO), in its continuing effort to heighten awareness about La Nina, is urging its members to intensify activities in support of La Nina awareness.

SPDRMO spokesperson Vhon Andre Labalan, explained the needed harmonization of efforts of member agencies especially in its preparations being done for the coming La Nina.

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Asian Nations Spending to Reduce Costs of Disastrous Floods

Voice of America

The rising cost of floods in Asia is forcing governments to increase spending on water management plans aimed at preventing future disasters. Thailand says it is trying to prevent a repeat of last year's disastrous flooding.

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she is confident her government can prevent a repeat of the 2011 flood disaster by spending $11.5 billion to develop new water-resource management systems.

She predicted the Thai economy will grow by five percent this year, boosted in part by government spending on water management infrastructure.

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Changing climate, changing disasters: pathways to integration

Changing climate, changing disasters: pathways to integration (and accompanying policy brief) is an essential step-by-step guide for more joined-up thinking and action in disaster risk management, especially for sudden and slow-onset disasters exacerbated by climate change. It supports disaster risk practitioners to:

  • connect with colleagues in development and climate change adaptation by creating a shared ‘language’ of resilience

  • assess existing (or develop new) organisations, policies or programmes and build partner networks to fill capacity gaps

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Mindanao mayors gather after Typhoon Sendong

BANGKOK, 31 January 2012 - Mayors from the Mindanao region in the Philippines recently ravaged by Typhoon Sendong have been tasked to invest more in prevention and mitigation measures, by one of last year’s recipients of the prestigious Sasakawa Award.

The call was issued by disaster risk reduction (DRR) champion vice-Mayor Al Arquillano from San Francisco, in the Camotes Islands, who won the award for making his municipality safer against disasters.

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Tropical Storm Washi - Situation Report No. 16, 31 January 2012


· Shelter assessment reports damage to 70% of houses in areas surveyed, with 30% of these dwellings having been destroyed or washed away

· To date, nearly 7,000 adults and 15,000 children have been provided with psycho-social support

· Up to 50% of logs and debris has been retrieved and cleared in coastline areas of Iligan; further clean-up works are urgently required outside city centers of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro

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