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05 May 2016 description
  • As of 4 May 2016, 57 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 44 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).

  • Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):

  • 44 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.

  • 13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

05 May 2016 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

•During Q1-2016, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by 14 percent year-on-year thanks to ample supplies and stock positions. The index is now at levels last seen in early 2007. The FAO global food price index is 15 percent lower than in Q1-2015.

05 May 2016 description

By Paul P.S. Teng

Synopsis

The world is experiencing a situation of slower economic growth and lower commodity prices translated into relatively lower Food Price Indices for many countries. This “new norm” benefits urban consumers but poses potential problems for agribusiness and rural producers, since, inter alia, it discourages them to invest. Will this “new norm” last? Or will it prove a “false dawn”?

Commentary

05 May 2016 description

This analysis of the economic recovery of households in the Philippines badly affected by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) explores how microfinance can improve its role before and after such disasters hit.

Microfinance is now an embedded feature of almost all low and middle income countries inextricably linked to the development of local markets and economies. These countries are often the most exposed to extreme climate events.

04 May 2016 description

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced today that it has released P842,500,000 to augment the Quick Response Funds (QRF) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The released funds will be used for the implementation of programs for El Niño, including the purchase of family food packs for prepositioning and disaster augmentation, cash or food for work programs, shelter assistance, and additional relief supplies._

04 May 2016 description

By MJ Evalarosa, IFRC

As it nears the end of its three-year operation to help communities to recover from Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Visayas region of central Philippines, the Red Cross has helped build or repair more than 72,000 homes.

04 May 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No updates)

As of 31 March, there were 91 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016 (28 in January, 45 in February, 18 in March). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2015), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2016 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

04 May 2016 description

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

a. The strong El Nino in the Pacific continues to weaken. Majority of climate models suggest that the condition in the tropical Pacific will return to neutral levels by mid-2016 (May-June-July 2016 season).

b. The weather systems that affected the country during the month of March were the Northeast (NE) monsoon, tail-end of cold front, easterlies and ridge of high pressure areas (HPA). No tropical cyclone has developed in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). The dry season in the country started during the month.

03 May 2016 description
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DFID Management Response to ITAD Evaluation of the UK’s Humanitarian Response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Section 1 – Context - English version

The evaluation focuses on both the initial response in the first 3 to 4 months, which constituted largely relief, and the transition to recovery during 2014. It addresses 3 evaluation objectives, with a particular focus on cross-cutting issues such as:

  • value for money (VfM)
  • accountability
  • violence against women and girls (VAWG) and protection
03 May 2016 description

MANILA, May 3 - The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) allotted Php539 million in emergency loan to active members and old-age pensioners in the El Niño-affected General Santos City in South Cotabato and the provinces of Guimaras and Sarangani.

The loan is open to 17,235 active members who are who are working or residing in the calamity-declared areas, are not on leave of absence without pay, have updated premium contributions, and have no unpaid loan amortization in the last six months. The 2,052 old-age pensioners in the said areas may also apply for the loan.

03 May 2016 description

A new road built with the support of WFP helps farmers in a village in Lanao del Sur get their produce to market faster and cheaper.

In the small agricultural community of Butig, Lanao del Sur, not so long ago farmers had to travel to and from the nearest town by foot or horse. They would spend Php25 to Php50 (around US$0.50 to US$1) for each sack of goods they needed to transport.

02 May 2016 description

The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.

02 May 2016 description

More than 1,900 completed shelters made for typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) affected families in Bantayan Island in Cebu were formally turned over to the beneficiaries by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on May 1, 2016.

The shelter project in Bantayan Island, particularly in the municipalities of Madridejos and Bantayan, were done by the PRC in partnership with German Red Cross and was done under PRC’s Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Program. More than 500 houses are still to be built in Bantayan Island for those who lost their homes to typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

02 May 2016 description

MYANMAR According to the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD), over 58,000 people have been affected and 21 people killed by strong winds, hail and heavy rains in various parts of the country since 19 April. The severe weather destroyed 1,900 houses and damaged a further 20,000 homes. Authorities are continuing to validate the impact of the disaster. The RRD is providing cash assistance and relief items to households whose homes were destroyed or damaged.

02 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • 32 of 81 provinces in the Philippines are suffering drought.

  • Small-scale farmers hit by the drought in parts of Mindanao are exhausting coping strategies while local authorities work to deliver assistance.

  • 23,000 people remain displaced in Zamboanga City two and half years after the September 2013 conflict.

  • The Philippines seeks international classification for its search and rescue teams.

  • Philippine private sector gears up disaster preparedness ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.

02 May 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Presidential Contenders Respond to Human Rights Watch Survey

01 May 2016 description

After one year of prevailing El Niño conditions in the Philippines, drought is taking its toll on agriculture and has affected tens of thousands of farmers especially in Mindanao.

About 40% of the country, or a total of 32 provinces, is likely to experience drought until the end of April 2016, according to the authorities.

Despite the assistance provided by the government and aid organisations so far, some farmers are resorting to various coping strategies to sustain their living. With the uncertainty of when the weather and climate will improve, and a strong

01 May 2016 description
report AlertNet

By Laurie Goering

DHAKA, April 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When residents of the low-lying Del Rosario slum settlement in Valenzuela City in the Philippines noticed floodwater was lapping half a finger's length higher up their homes each year, they decided it was time to do something.

Read the story on the Thomson Reuters Foundation