The New Zealand government will continue to assist Fiji with rehabilitation works post Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Speaking to NZ based Radio Tarana Prime Minister John Key said they will continue with the financial assistance.
Key says this will probably be the single biggest event in the Pacific that NZ has assisted in so far.
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.
The Yemen HPF supported the strategic priorities identified in the 2015 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), and helped strengthen the humanitarian architecture, coordination mechanisms and programme cycle management of the humanitarian response. Some US$54 million were channelled to partners or committed in support of life-saving assistance to 3.4 million people affected by conflict.
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.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
From remote hillside settlements where families continue to huddle together in a single house, to a village having to manage the devastation in isolation because of a disease quarantine, the effects of Cyclone Winston are still fresh for many in Fiji.
Travelling around Viti Levu with our partners from the Archdiocese of Suva’s Commission for Justice and Development (CJD), we were able to see the full extent of the impact on people’s lives and grasp the enormity of the situation. Young and old, men and women have been traumatised by this disaster and are still in need.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development –Field Office VI (DSWD-FO VI) will release the shelter assistance, amounting to P8.2 million, for the municipality of San Dionisio in Iloilo by the first week of May, assured DSWD- FO VI Regional Director Rebecca Geamala.
The Municipality of San Dionisio is one of those where the DSWD implements directly the payout of the shelter assistance in as much as the local government unit does not have exemption from the election ban.
This revised Emergency Appeal seeks 7,093,143 Swiss francs (increased from 7m Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) to deliver assistance and support to some 50,000 people (increased from 38,500 people) for 12 months. The beneficiary population has increased mainly due to changes in the sectors of shelter and settlements; health; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH); and livelihoods.
105,000 people in Luzon and Mindanao were provided with food and cash assistance in March to improve their food security.
WFP has been providing technical support to the Government in conducting the Emergency Food Security Assessment to assess the impact of El Niño in Mindanao.
Ongoing military operation against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Mindanao triggers sporadic armed encounters which impact WFP operations in the area.
Suva, 28 April 2016
As momentum builds ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Fiji businesses have agreed to join forces with the Government, United Nations and civil society organizations to establish the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council.
“Tropical Cyclone Winston has clearly demonstrated that businesses are both an integral part of communities impacted by disaster and are major contributors to response and recovery in those communities,” Howard Politini, Vice Chair of the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation, said.
The Honourable Minister for Public Works and Ports, Senator Miriam Blanchard, gave a forecast of projects tendered to the tune of EC$7m to begin soon.
Senator Blanchard spoke at the ground breaking ceremony for the reconstruction of the West Bridge on Friday, 22nd April.
There, she revealed some 30 projects to commence after Erika hit Dominica with an over one billion dollar blow of infrastructural damage.
Tropical Cyclone FANTALA formed over the south-western Indian Ocean on 11 April. It then moved west, intensifying. It passed near Farquhar Atoll (Seychelles) on 17 April at 6.00 UTC with max. sustained wind speed of 241 km/h and on 19 April at 18.00 UTC with max. sustained wind speed of 157 km/h, causing widespread damage. On 21 April at 6.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 230 km southwest of the Agalega islands (Mauritius) and 640 km northeast of Madagascar and it had max. sustained wind speed of 167 km/h.
25 APRIL 2016
Samoa was hit by Tropical Cyclone Amos on Saturday 23rd April 2016.
The Government’s response and recovery efforts is outlined in this media release and is based on information collected from multiple government agencies – namely the Disaster Advisory Committee’s reports to the National Disaster Council.
Samoans are counting the cost of Tropical Cyclone Amos, which hit the country on Saturday night as a category three storm, with some surprised by an inaccurate forecast.
The Pacific nation escaped the worst after Amos sped past the main islands and weakened from a category four system that was earlier predicted to strike the capital, Apia, directly.
But damage has been reported to some roads, and heavy rain has brought flooding, particularly in the east of Suvai'i island.
Background and purpose
The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughts, floods and extreme hot and cold weather. While the El Niño itself has passed its peak and is now declining, its impact is still growing. Harvests in several parts of the world have already failed and are forecast to fail in other areas.
Following the 6.5 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes which struck Kumamoto Prefecture on 14 and 16 April, an estimated 60,000 people remain in more than 600 evacuation centres. With the resumption of basic services, the number of the evacuees has decreased from 112,100 people last week. The Government has secured apartment units for 8,350 households as temporary accommodation. On 22 April, the Republic of Korea delivered food, bottled water and blankets, by sending two military aircraft to Kumamoto Airport.
New tech allows for rapid and detailed assessments of vulnerable farmland
25 April 2016 - In a bid to stay ahead of the negative impacts of climate change, floods and typhoons on food security, the Government of the Philippines and FAO have started using unmanned aerial drones to assess where farmlands are most at risk from natural disasters and quickly assess damages after they strike.
Tropical Cyclone Amos has passed over Samoa at a lower intensity than predicted, however the category three storm has caused flooding and infrastructure damage.
Samoa appears to have emerged largely unscathed by Cyclone Amos, which hit the country overnight as a category three system.
Amos was forecast to directly hit Samoa as a powerful category four system, but it weakened overnight as it approached land.