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China + 19 others
Asia and Pacific - Preparedness and Mitigation Programs Fact Sheet #1 (FY 2008)



Disasters including earthquakes, typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanoes, droughts, tsunamis, and wildfires affect populations throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Worsening socio-economic conditions of some populations are increasing the region's vulnerability. Demographic changes, urbanization, and environmental degradation have reduced

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Philippines: Annual Appeal No. MAAPH001 2008-2009 Programme Update no. 1

This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2008

In brief

Programme(s) summary:

The Annual Appeal to support the Philippines National Red Cross Society (PNRC) focuses on organisational development, with an emphasis on expanding its volunteer base throughout the country, as well as increasing its capacity in disaster management and health and care.

Financial situation:

The total budget for 2008 is CHF 2,158,657 (USD 1.93 million or EUR 1.31 million). Unfortunately, to date, there have been no contributions to this appeal, and therefore no expenditure under

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Indonesia + 6 others
Announcement by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM): ASEAN's regional emergency response and humanitarian assistance capacities put to the test in simulated typhoon disaster scenario

Simulated Exercise: Typhoon Disaster Scenario

"In the early morning of 27 August 2008, Typhoon "X" with a velocity of 140 km/hour landed at Muang District, Rayong, an industrial and coastal province in Thailand. The typhoon caused heavy damage to houses, public buildings and facilities, cargo ships and fishing boats. It also damaged electricity poles, triggering a power shortage in the province. Moreover, it caused two chemical gas tanks and pipe racks in the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate to explode, resulting in

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Philippines + 3 others
Southeast Asia Appeal no. MAA51001 Programme Update

In brief

Programme purpose: To coordinate and add support to the International Federation's (i.e. secretariat and partner national societies) efforts at country level to assist host national societies scale up their work in line with the Global Agenda.

Summary: The Southeast Asia regional team based in Bangkok has continued to evolve its role as part of the new Secretariat zone support set-up across the entire Asia Pacific. In line with the zonal strategy, this work has been in the following directions:

- Strategic guidance to country-level secretariat teams;

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Angola + 32 others
Health action in crises - annual report 2007

This year, three key developments have influenced WHO's emergency work: 1) the increasing demands from Member States to strengthen WHO's emergency response operations; 2) the implementation of the humanitarian reform, resulting in new responsibilities for WHO; and 3) lessons learned during recent crises. A wide range of strategies and initiatives have come to fruition as a result of intensive work with WHO's regional offices, other humanitarian partners, and donors.

A six-year strategy on strengthening country capacity for risk reduction and emergency preparedness has been

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Philippines: DSWD, Habitat for Humanity to build houses

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation, Incorporated (HFHP) recently signed a memorandum of agreement for the construction of 495 core shelter units for families displaced by disasters in the Bicol region.

Under the agreement, DSWD will release some P34.6 million as its counterpart for the construction of the housing units. Total project cost is P42.075 million. The HFHP, on the other hand, will hire labor workforce among the beneficiaries to maximize their participation.

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Bangladesh + 5 others
Asia - Pacific: Annual Appeals No. MAA50001 2008-2009

This appeal seeks CHF 2,019,827 (USD 1.8 million or EUR 1.22 million) to fund the planned programmes to be implemented in 2008-2009. Click here for budget summary.

This amount will be supplemented by CHF 8.2 million from the core budget to give an overall budget of CHF 10,219,826 (USD 9.14 million or EUR 6.19 million). This appeal document briefly covers the main outcomes the programmes seek to achieve over the next two years. More detailed information is provided in the 2008- 2009 Plan and Summary Matrix.

In a world of global challenges, continued

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Bangladesh + 6 others
WMO and Asian members tackle impacts of climate change on agriculture

Info Note No. 41

For use of the information media. Not an official record

Hanoi/Geneva, 19 December 2007 (WMO) - With climate change and drought threatening agriculture in Asia, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) met with regional members in Hanoi, Viet Nam, to promote sustainable farming practices to feed growing populations. The three-day meeting of WMO's Regional Association Asia Working Group on Agricultural Meteorology ended today.

The meeting started 17 December, the same day the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported

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800 volunteers help typhoon-affected families rebuild lives in the Philippines

They Work On 50 Houses In Bicol Express Build

MANILA, 12th October 2007: When some 800 volunteers arrived in the typhoon-struck Bicol region for a build with Habitat for Humanity Philippines, incessant rain was the unexpected welcome. Undaunted, some removed their shoes, others donned raincoats but all soldiered on in Anislag village, Daraga town, where 25 duplexes, or 50 houses, were to be built in partnership with typhoon-affected families. Each duplex comprises two adjoining houses.

The volunteers were taking part in a

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China + 2 others
Typhoon Lekima kills 12 in Southeast Asia

KY ANH, Vietnam, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Typhoon Lekima lashed Vietnam and southern China with torrential rains and high winds, killing at least seven people, damaging hundreds of homes and disrupting air, sea and train travel, officials said on Thursday.

The storm, which killed at least five people in the Philippines last weekend, swept into central Vietnam from the sea on Wednesday night, blowing roofs off houses, sinking scores of fishing vessels and grounding flights before moving to Laos.

The typhoon raised rivers to dangerous

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Philippines: Tropical Storm "HANNA" as of 6:00 AM, 1 Oct 2007

Situation Overview

- The southwest monsoon induced by Tropical Storm Hanna affected Regions V, X, XII, CAR and NCR and triggered the occurrence of landslide in Barangay Upper Pitawan, Hingyon, Ifugao, big waves in Barangay Lun Padidu, Malapatan, Sarangani and flooding in Hinigaran, Isabela, [log, Valladolid and Pontevedra, Negros Occidental.

- There were 2,532 families or 12,515 persons affected in the above areas with 225 families 11,037 persons evacuated.

- Nine (9) persons were reported dead, one (1) missing and one (I) injured in Ifugao due to landslide and one

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Tropical storm Lekima leaves 10 dead or missing in Philippines

MANILA, Sept 30, 2007 (AFP) - Tropical storm Lekima killed nine people and left another missing in the Philippines after unleashing landslides, floods and big waves, rescuers said Sunday.

The weather bureau here lowered all cyclone alerts on the main island of Luzon as the storm dissipated into a weaker tropical depression in the South China Sea.

A landslide buried two houses in a mountain village near the town of Hingyon late Saturday, killing eight people, the civil defence office here said.

One other family member was missing while

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Philippines: Tropical Storm "HANNA" as of 12:00 NN, 30 Sep 2007

Situation Overview

CAR Kalinga A total of 350 families/2, 100 persons houses partially damaged.

Two (2) communal irrigation systems were affected in Brgy. Ginaang, Pasil with 3 (CIS) in Lubuagan were damaged: Wa-it (totally washed-out) and Taba-Taba (partially damaged) due to continuous rains. The estimated cost of damage is P180,000.00.

As of 10:00 AM today, 30 September 2007, Binga and Ambuklao Dams are still opened 1 gate each (Binga-1.5m and Ambuklao-1 m) as the water level has almost reached its critical level.

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Afghanistan + 22 others
Use of modern technology for disaster management in Asia-Pacific focus of UN meeting

UN News Service
Harnessing modern technology and increasing regional cooperation in disaster preparedness could save lives and help prevent some of the billions of dollars in property damage each year across Asian and the Pacific, United Nations officials stressed today at a meeting in Bangkok.
"Many lives could be saved and tragedy mitigated, if effective disaster management measures are undertaken," Kim Hak-Su, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), said in an opening address to the UN
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Bangladesh + 16 others
Asia - Disaster Preparedness Programs Fact Sheet #2 (FY 2002)


Note: This updates Fact Sheet #1 dated November 15, 2001


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Afghanistan + 7 others
OXFAM Emergencies Bulletin Dec 1999 Asia

Afghanistan has suffered appallingly through 19 years of civil war and subsequently has some of the worst indicators of human development in the world. The Taliban, an Islamic Fundamentalist party currently control 90% of the country, including the capital Kabul. Their government is not officially internationally recognised and President Rabbani, overthrown by the Taliban, still has a seat at the UN. In the north and the east of the country, warlords have joined together to form the Northern Alliance, fighting the Taliban before each rainy season.