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06 Jul 2015 description


Heavy rainfall across West Bengal caused landslides killing an estimated 40 people with many still missing.
Continuing rainfall is impeding relief efforts as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) attempts to carry out rescue efforts.
There is a shortage of food and safe drinking water in the affected areas.

40 people dead

The NDRF is working alongside national disaster teams at the landslide sites. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue up to 9 Jul.


06 Jul 2015 description


  • Zamboanga Communications Working Group readies over 28,000 remaining IDPs for durable solutions.

  • Back-to-school campaign benefits conflict-affected children in Mamasapano.

  • Communication, accountability and community participation prompted for better humanitarian response and preparedness.

  • Carpenters build resilience in communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan.


Zamboanga Crisis

02 Jul 2015 description

From 2012 to 2014, over 370,000 people have been displaced by armed conflict involving non-state armed groups. In February and March 2015, a-month-long joint law and order operations led by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) left over 125,000 people displaced in 15 municipalities of the province of Maguindanao in Central Mindanao.

02 Jun 2015 description

Two months after the government’s joint law enforcement operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), over 32,200 people in 21 displacement sites (DSWD-IOM Assessement 22 May) remain displaced in five municipalities of Maguindanao. With the majority of the IDPs back in their places of origin, local governments and aid agencies have extended assessments and recovery support in their return sites, while continuing to provide humanitarian aid to the remaining IDPs in evacuation centres.

01 Jun 2015 description


  • Over 28,000 IDPs continue to long for durable solutions in Zamboanga.

  • Field assessments and recovery support for IDPs stepped up in Maguindanao.

  • Cash Working Group sets priority actions in preparation for the next emergency.

  • Assistance to revitalize seaweed farming rebuilds crisis-affected coastal communities

11 May 2015 description


Emergency shelter remains the top response priority, especially with the imminent monsoon rains. Other priority needs include sanitation and hygiene support, household items, medical kits and supplies, food and protection.
To date, 70,000 tarpaulins and nearly 6,000 tents were distributed; nearly 370,000 people received food; more than 345,000 people were provided with safe drinking water and more than 250,000 people with hygiene support.

70,000 tarpaulins delivered

370,000 people received food

02 May 2015 description

In February and March 2015, a-month-long law enforcement operation (LEO) lead by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) left over 120,000 people displaced in 13 municipalities of the province of Maguindanao. As of 24 April, some 43,900 IDPs remain in 32 evacuation centres (ECs) in six municipalities of Maguindanao.

01 May 2015 description


  • About 60 per cent of IDPs in Maguindanao province return home, while some 43,900 people remain displaced

  • Preparedness efforts champion Typhoon Maysak response

  • WASH Cluster steps up assistance to droughtaffected IDPs in Zamboanga

  • Community consultations in Mamasapano reveal unmet needs of IDP women

22 Apr 2015 description

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) respond to environmental emergencies through the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU). JEU combines UNEP's environmental expertise with the OCHA-coordinated humanitarian network. This helps to ensure an integrated approach by coordinating international efforts and mobilizing partners.

21 Apr 2015 description

Ben Pickering joined OCHA Philippines in May 2014 to manage the humanitarian hub in Zamboanga City, Mindanao. His role was to help local authorities and the wider humanitarian community in the coordination of humanitarian assistance to all affected people.

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20 Apr 2015 description


The Second Phase Harmonized Assessment Report for Tropical Cyclone Pam was released on 17 Apr. Revised Government figures estimate 188,000 people in 23 islands are affected by the cyclone, up from the initial figure of 166,000 people in 22 islands. Key priorities outlined in the report include addressing health risks by immediately providing access to safe water supply and restoring sanitation structures.

188,000 people affected

19,500 children vaccinated