The Southwest Monsoon caused flooding in several areas of the Philippines since mid-June 2013, which was exacerbated by tropical depressions and storms.
From 21 Jul onward, floods following heavy rainfall affected 22 municipalities and nearly 250,000 people in Mindanao's Maguindanao Province (OCHA, 5 Aug 2013).
Starting on 17 Aug, heavy monsoon rains aggravated by Tropical Storm Trami (locally known as Maring) caused flooding and landslides in 11 provinces and Metro Manila on Luzon island. Several of these provinces were recently hit by Typhoon Utor. As of 22 Aug, 16 deaths had been reported, and some 186,700 people were in 590 evacuation centres while another 193,800 people had sought refuge with relatives and friends. (OCHA, 22 Aug 2013).
Typhoon Usagi (locally known as Odette) struck the Philippines on 21 Sep 2013 in the southern part of Itbayat Island, one of the three main islands of the Batanes group of islands, affecting almost 48,000 people and causing severe damage to agriculture.
Tropical Storm Wutip further enhanced the southwest monsoon, bringing rains and thunderstorms over the western sections of Central and Southern Luzon from 26 to 27 Sep.
Torrential rains brought by the Southwest Monsoon and the effects of Typhoon Danas (locally known as Ramil) between 4 and 8 Oct caused flooding and landslides across the Zamboanga peninsula including Zamboanga city. The living conditions of people displaced by fighting further deteriorated as a result of continuous heavy rains and strong winds. (OCHA, 8 Oct 2013)
Typhoon Krosa (Vinta) made landfall in Cagayan province on Luzon Island on 31 Oct, killing three people. Over 65,000 people were displaced and served outside evacuation centers. (Govt, 4 Nov 2013).
Tropical Depression Thirty (Wilma) moved over S Visayas on 4 Nov and crossed Palawan on 5 Nov, affecting ca. 700 people (ECHO, 6 Nov 2013).
Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines on 8 Nov as the strongest typhoon to hit the country in 2013.
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MANILA, Dec. 11 -- Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad has released P238.6 million to the National Housing Authority (NHA) to support the Housing Materials Assistance (HOMA) to victims of Typhoon Yolanda under the agency’s Emergency Housing Assistance for Calamity Victims Program (EHACVP).
Snapshot 12 – 19 November
Snapshot 5 – 12 November
In Syria, the opposition agreed to participate in international peace talks in Geneva under the condition that President al-Assad is excluded from any transitional government, which constitutes a major obstacle to the initiation of the process as the Government stated it will not enter discussion if this demand is upheld. The peace dialogue has been repeatedly postponed and will not go ahead as planned in November. To date, the overall number of Syrian refugees is over 2.2 million and the number of people in need in the country stands at 9.3 million.
CHF 475,495 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in deploying rapid assessment teams and delivering immediate assistance to 5,000 families (25,000 people). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Philippine Red Cross has placed its disaster response teams on standby for rapid deployment and preparedness stocks ready for dispatch, if required.
Summary: Typhoon Haiyan is currently making its way across the Pacific and has intensified into a category 5 typhoon (super typhoon).
PHILIPPINES, VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, THAILAND: Tropical Cyclone THIRTY
PHILIPPINES: Tropical Cyclone THIRTY-13
Snapshot 29 October – 5 November
In Syria, the opposition remains divided over their participation to proposed peace talks in Geneva, with a decision being expected by 9 November. In Damascus, the Government repeated that it will not enter discussions if President al-Assad is forced to resign. While the overall number of Syrian refugees went over 2.2 million, revised estimates indicated that the number of people in need in Syria has increased from 6.8 million in April to 9.3 million in late October. An estimated 6.5 million are internally displaced.
PHILIPPINES: Tropical Cyclones KROSA and THIRTY
• KROSA (VINTA in the Philippines) made landfall in Cagayan (northern Luzon) on 31 Oct as a Typhoon; then moved over the South China Sea, weakening. Strong winds and heavy rains affected N Philippines, killing 3 people, displacing ca. 66 000 people and affecting another ca. 220 400, mostly in Cagayan province, and damaging ca. 28 000 houses (as of 03 Nov 22:00 UTC, NDRRMC). In the next 24h it is forecast to move towards Vietnam, as a Tropical Depression.
C. Affected Population
A total of 445 families or 220,443 persons were affected in 537 barangays in 39 municipalities and 1 city in 5 provinces of Regions I, II and CAR
Out of the total affected, 13,722 families / 65,946 persons were displaced and served outside evacuation centers
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand will provide $850,000 in humanitarian assistance to the Philippines following the recent earthquake and flooding.
An estimated 370,000 people are living in temporary shelters after the 7.2 magnitude quake last month.
“The United Nations has launched an international appeal after an assessment revealed recovery needs are greater than first thought,” Mr McCully says.
PHILIPPINES, VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, LAO PDR and THAILAND
A number of storms are active in the NW Pacific and South China Sea.
Cyclone Krosa swept over the northern tip of the Philippines causing power outages in several provinces and causing the evacuation of about 380 people. The storm is now south of Hong Kong and is forecasted to turn sharply southward and hit central-southern Vietnam as a Tropical Depression on 5 Nov.