- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 9 | 1 – 30 September 2015
- ICRC: Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan Response - Shelter Report 2015
- IFRC: Philippines: Typhoon Maysak DREF Final Report (MDRPH018)
Appeals & Funding
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman clarified that the construction of temporary transitional shelters for Lumads affected by the on-going armed conflict in Surigao del Sur was still a proposal that needed the concurrence of the affected families themselves and the local government.
“When I met with them, I told the community leaders to present this proposal to their constituents and get their opinion,” Sec. Soliman said.
MANILA, Oct. 12—The government always addresses the needs of indigenous people in Mindanao, Palace reiterated on Sunday in response to reports citing the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees saying that there were more than the reported 6,000 indigenous people who were displaced and deprived of protection from the state against militias and armed groups.
Strong El Niño likely to trigger drought and water shortages in large areas of the Philippines including food-insecure provinces of Mindanao.
Highland farmers in Maguindanao found particularly vulnerable to effects of El Niño.
An estimated 28,500 people remain displaced in Zamboanga two years after the September 2013 conflict.
About 4,200 mostly indigenous people newly displaced in northeastern Mindanao.
Access closures along the Nepal-India border and ongoing political unrest in the Terai region has constrained delivery of daily supplies and winterization materials. An estimated 81,000 households living in high altitude areas are at risk if winterization goods are not delivered within the next few weeks. In 120 displacement sites hosting some 59,000 people, about 85% of shelter, are not suitable for the coming winter. Fuel rationing has limited operations and aid.
MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao, Philippines - Showing their commitment to support those affected by small disasters and forgotten crises, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) and a consortium of international non-government organizations (NGOs) will continue working to help internally displaced people in Maguindanao.
IOM Shelter Operations
IOM’s unique position as an intergovernmental or- ganization allows it to work with quality and scale in natural disasters, conflict, and complex emer- gency settings, delivering urgent humanitarian needs. In this capacity, IOM has both operational and coordination roles, and works with partners through all phases of preparedness and response in support of national authorities. Since 2005, IOM has implemented shelter and non-food items (NFI) projects in over 40 countries.
Islamic Relief Worldwide has today published its annual report for 2014, which gives details of income and expenditure – and the positive impact achieved for millions of vulnerable people.
In 2014, our total global income reached £182 million – a growth of £62 million since 2012 – and voluntary income rose to a record high of 79 per cent of our total income. This year saw even more spending carried out directly through our field offices worldwide.
From the director
2014 was a devastating year with record numbers of people living in internal displacement induced by conflict, violence, disasters and natural hazards. Meeting the immense needs generated by these calamities remains one of the most challenging humanitarian tasks faced by the international community in modern times. To address these serious situations, IDMC in 2014 published 20 country overviews, 2 global reports, 8 thematic/technical reports, 32 blogs, 8 briefing/discussion papers, 22 submissions to human rights bodies.
CHINA / JAPAN
Tropical Cyclone Dujuan is currently a Category 4 storm about 200km east of Taiwan province of China.
The China Meteorological Administration issued warnings for the powerful typhoon which is scheduled to make landfall on 29 Sep. Given that there are public holidays in China, the government is working to ensure the safety of tourists visiting seaside areas.
In Japan, warnings for heavy rain, flood, storm, high waves and storm surge are in place for Ishigakijima and Yonagunijima. Flights and ships to/from these islands are cancelled.
After the killing of three civilians earlier this month in Surigao del Sur, approximately 3,500 people displaced from their communities took shelter at the provincial sports complex in Tandag City.
On 23 September, the ICRC and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) distributed a month of food rations, including 50 kilograms of rice, 24 tins of sardines, 5 litres of oil, 2 litres of soy sauce, 1 kilogram of salt and 2 kilograms of sugar, to help displaced families to sustain their basic needs.
2 886 individuals (572 families) are displaced in Tandag City (capital of Surigao Del Sur) sheltering temporarily in an open-air sports center. Most are Lumads, an indigenous group, who started to flee their homes and sources of livelihood in early September due to intensified conflict. Other displaced families are being housed by relatives.
IOM has conducted a needs assessment and identified the most pressing humanitarian needs as being: WASH, Emergency Shelter, Protection, Health (including psychosocial support) and Camp Coordination and Management.
New IFRC Report calls for greater recognition and support for local humanitarian actors
Local actors are often the most effective in conducting humanitarian operations. However, despite their critical role, they struggle to attract the funding and support they need.
The 2015 World Disasters Report – launched today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) – examines the complexities and challenges local actors face in scaling-up and sustaining their humanitarian response.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided, as of today, more than P2.3 million worth of relief supplies and other forms of assistance to the local government of Surigao del Sur for the evacuees of the on-going civil unrest in the province.
The relief supplies included 2,824 family food packs worth P1,181,335.68; non-food items such as plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, kitchen utensils, and hygiene kits amounting to P979,790; and, nutri-cereals worth P122,304.
DSWD also extended medical and burial assistance to some evacuees.
GENEVA (22 September 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, today called on the Philippines Government to launch a full and independent investigation into the killings of three human rights defenders in Surigao del Sur, Mindanao, which is currently affected by armed conflicts.
Bangladesh: 1.5 million people are affected by flooding, which has displaced around 320,000 people in the areas of Cox's Bazar, Chittagong, and Bandarban. Shelter, WASH and food security are key priorities. 15 out 24 rivers are over danger levels as heavy rainfall continues.
Libya: An estimated 2,244 people have died this year as a result of conflict, and nearly one-third of the country’s population is affected. Humanitarian access remains severely restricted.
CONTEXT — A NEW NORMAL
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman has instructed the DSWD-Field Office in CARAGA to continue to augment the resources of the provincial government of Surigao del Sur in order to meet the needs of families affected by the on-going civil unrest in the towns of Lianga, San Agustin, Marihatag, Tago, and San Miguel.
This after Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny T. Pimentel issued an urgent appeal to the national government for food supply as influx of evacuees continues.
MANILA, Sep. 22 -- The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently noted “encouraging progress” in the rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts in the areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda almost two years ago.
In Fiji, 50,000 people are now estimated to be affected by reduced rainfall connected with El Niño. The impacts of El Niño in Fiji are now well established with water shortages forcing the government to continue water deliveries in some farming communities and on the outer islands. The dry weather has cut the sugar cane harvest, reduced fruit and vegetable production and increased food prices. Farmers are reporting stock losses because of water shortages and the reduced rainfall is impacting on hydro-electric power generation capacity.
Using IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), a tool to track displacement, the IOM Office in Cotabato conducted an assessment mission on 17 September to identify the most pressing needs of the internally displaced persons (IDPs). The assessment was shared and discussed with local government partners. The most urgent needs identified are: upgrades of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities, the provision of non-food items, emergency shelter assistance, protection and health support.