The Pacific Region had nine major emergencies between November 2013 and June 2014.The 2014 - 2015 cyclone season has been one of the most active in terms of the number and intensity of cyclones, as well as the length of season. A total of 9 cyclones were observed with five of these having significant humanitarian consequences.
Following the 7.8M earthquake which struck on 25 Apr and the 7.3M earthquake on 12 May, a total of 8,631 people are confirmed dead, with 14 bodies still unidentified. Nearly 460 health facilities are destroyed. Over 25,000 classrooms collapsed while an additional 10,000 require repair. 456 health facilities destroyed 25,000 classrooms destroyed The monsoon rains are expected to arrive in two weeks, further complicating relief efforts by blocking access routes and exposing over 760,000 families with damaged or destroyed homes to heavy rainfall.1
Normal to below normal rainfall is evident in many Pacific Island countries, with the Pacific Ocean showing renewed signs of El Niño development. There is a 50 per cent chance of an El Niño forming by the end of 2014. Water conservation measures are recommended.
Drought conditions are being monitored on Emau Island, located in North Efate in Shefa Province. The island, with a population of 1,000 has not had rainfall since June 2014.
The Pacific Region had five major emergencies in the 2013-2014 cyclone season. There were two severe cyclone events, one in Palau and the other in Tonga. A third cyclone is Vanuatu, caused a high loss of life across affected communities despite its reduced intensity. There was flash flooding in the Solomon Islands from a tropical depression and king tides in the Marshall Islands. This snapshot provides brief overview key statistics of the season
It has been over three months since Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines killing over 6,200 people, with nearly 1,800 individuals still missing. Humanitarian and early recovery activities are ongoing in a variety of locations. The Strategic Response Plan for Typhoon Haiyan remains only 45% funded.
Source: OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin No. 1
It has been over three months since Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines killing over 6,200 people, with nearly 1,800 individuals still missing. Humanitarian and early recovery activities are ongoing in a variety of locations. The Strategic Response Plan for Typhoon Haiyan remains only 44% funded.
Source: OCHA Sit Rep No. 34
Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): More than two months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, shelter continues to be a major concern. Priorities are now shifting towards self-recovery support; that is, providing families with tools, building materials and the know-how to repair their homes. However, efforts have been hampered by a severe funding shortage. Current funding levels allow for the distribution of self-recovery shelter kits for 175,000 people but this is less than 3 per cent of the target.
Source: OCHA Sit Rep No. 31
Philippines - Heavy rains hamper humanitarian activities in Bopha-affected areas. The revised Action Plan was launched in Manila on 25 January asking for US$76 million. As of 19 Jan, nearly 6,500 people are displaced in evacuation centers while nearly 845,000 are displaced outside of formal centers.
Indonesia - Mt. Rokatenda erupted on 3 Feb resulting in the evacuation of a number of villagers. The local authorities distributed 11,000 masks to villagers remaining on Palue island, where the volcano is located.
Philippines - TC Bopha (Pablo) struck the southern Philippines in early December. The risk of floods and landslides due to heavy rains persists in typhoon-affected areas hampering humanitarian activities. The revised Action Plan was launched in Manila on 25 January asking for US$76 million. A low pressure area continues to affect areas in Mindanao causing flash floods and a landslide affecting nearly 40,000 people.