As the Pacific braces itself for another cyclone season, UN Women is leading efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the centre of disaster preparedness, response and recovery work.
Date: 17 January 2017
• UNICEF and partners continue to meet on-going humanitarian needs, respond to small, localised emergencies and remain prepared to respond to requests for humanitarian assistance. UNICEF and partners reached more adults and children than planned, providing access to safe water, learning materials, safe spaces for learning, Vitamin A supplementation and deworming. Reports of Grave Child Rights Violations have been identified, verified and responded to.
At least 80 families were evacuated in the area of Omao, Cortés on January 11, due to a high tide. The Permanent Commission of Contingencies (COPECO) was providing relief to affected families. Waves of up to 12 meters high continued to affect the region and damaged some houses. (M: PROCESO)
UNICEF Pacific Representative, Mr. Sheldon Yett, presented his credentials to the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Hon. Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas
To date 73 per cent of children under five have been registered, while 86 per cent of children under 18 years have their birth recorded in the national birth registration system
Help, not heels and handbags in humanitarian crises
A new report has found that more than 70 shipping containers packed with high heels, handbags, heavy blankets, canned food and other unrequested goods were sent to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam in 2015. Ten months after the cyclone, 18 containers remained uncollected, accumulating nearly $2 million in storage fees, while more than half of the canned food items had expired.
Introduction: Anti-social behavior and self-preservation are often assumed to be normal responses to threats and disasters; on the contrary, decades of research and empirical studies in social sciences showed that pro-social behaviors are frequently common and that solidarity is the typical response to a variety of threats.
MANILA, Jan. 5 - In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to provide victims of Typhoon Yolanda a conducive and permanent resettlement area, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said that water tanks and jetmatic pumps have been installed in all resettlement sites of Yolanda victims.
“As promised, all resettlement sites are now provided with water. The Tacloban North Resettlement Site is now equipped with 67 units of 5 cubic meter and 70 units of 2 cubic meter stainless water tanks,” Villar said.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal raised over £95 million in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, and allocated approximately £6.4 million to British Red Cross. Of this, British Red Cross spent £1.8 million during the initial emergency response and the remaining £4.6 million during the recovery.
This evaluation looks at the DEC–funded parts of the recovery programme which focussed mainly on shelter and livelihoods assistance.
2017 Requirements: US$6,106,400
Written by Craig Burnett
Fishing is a way of life across the Philippines, so when Typhoon Haiyan hit the nation of many islands in 2013, we aimed to restore the livelihoods of fisherman in the form of new, more sustainable fishing vessels. Here’s what happened.
Period covered by this operation update: 8 November 2013 to 30 November 2016
Appeal target (current): CHF 94.53 million
Appeal coverage: 96 per cent
18 August 2015: The budget was adjusted downwards by 5 per cent, from CHF 99.88 million to CHF 94.53 million via Operations Update 13.
30 July 2014: A further revision of the emergency appeal was launched, seeking CHF 99.88 million to support 100,000 households (500,000 people) through December 2016.
This six-page case study details the barangays (native Filipino term for village or district) around Ormoc City, in the province of Leyte in the Philippines. Ormoc and its surrounds were significantly impacted by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, and humanitarian needs quickly grew. Recognizing that increased stress for those impacted by a natural disaster can lead to an increase in violence against children, members of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement enhanced child protection prevention work, using a youth-led, community-based approach.
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, with several earthquakes and around 20 tropical cyclones per year among other natural calamities.
In 2015, the European Commission made available a total of € 2.1 million in response to the decades-long armed conflict in the southernmost island of Mindanao, which has displaced more than 495 000 individuals since 2012.
Climate-related natural disaster shocks are expected to rise as the earth is getting warmer, which will adversely affect growth prospects globally.
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Dec. 20 (PIA) – Thousands of rural workers and micro entrepreneurs in Capiz and Iloilo gathered together to show their commitment and resiliency
Karen Tuason, Panay Island team leader of HEKS Swiss Church Aid and Task Force Mapalad, said that the event dubbed as “Pagtililipon,” (a local term for gathering) of the farmers and fisher folks including the micro entrepreneurs was organized to show that said rural workers can stand anew.
Super Typhoon Haiyan is the most devastating weather disturbance and the first major mega-disaster that hit the Philippines in recent memory. Its aftermath offers lessons that need to be factored into the country’s HADR policies, systems, and capacities if the country is to build resilience to increasingly frequent and extreme weather events like Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Cyclone season in the South Pacific has begun. New Zealand Red Cross will be closely monitoring the formation of tropical cyclones and their progression. We're working with communities to build their resilience, and are ready to provide early assistance to vulnerable communities who need it most.
Last year, the South Pacific cyclone season was one of the worst on record. Eight tropical cyclones hit the region, five of which were severe, including Tropical Cyclone Winston - the strongest cyclone to ever make landfall in Fiji.
- WFP provided food and cash assistance to 138,700 people in central Mindanao to improve their food security.
- WFP organized the second forum on Forecast-based Financing (FbF) in the Philippines and called on the national government and other stakeholders to strengthen the link between scientific information, early warning and disaster preparedness.