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Bangladesh + 9 others
Disaster Management Annual report 2008 - Appeal No.MAA00030

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008

In brief

Programme purpose: In order to achieve Global Agenda Goal 1, the disaster management programme places emphasis on a global disaster management capacity with a close integration between each of its components that increasingly reflects the new operating model.

Programme summary: This annual report aims at summarizing and highlighting progress achieved through the DM global programme during 2008. It places emphasis on outputs of individual plans that contributed to building the institutional capacity of the International

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ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) to hold first disaster relief exercise in the Philippines

Bureau of Public Affairs
Office of the Spokesman

Washington, DC
April 6, 2009

The United States and the Republic of the Philippines will co-sponsor the May 4-8 ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Voluntary Demonstration of Response (VDR) in the Philippines.

The ARF-VDR is a civilian-led, military supported demonstration designed to display ARF nations' capabilities. Following a hypothetical super-typhoon, participating countries will offer assistance in response to a Philippine Government request for international

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Philippines: Plan 2009-2010 (MAAPH001)

Executive summary

Disasters in the Philippines in 2006 affected 8.61 million families (approximately 10.4 per cent of the country's population) and caused the deaths of approximately 3,000 people (3.59 per 100,000 inhabitants). Poverty among 27.6 million Filipinos (more than 32 per cent of the population) increases impact of disasters. Communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, dengue, and HIV continue to pose significant challenges.

In line with the International Federation's Global Agenda, the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) is committed to

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India + 5 others
UN SG calls on ministers to champion risk reduction as core element of climate change adaptation, implement such policies as first line of defence


Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks to the ministerial meeting on "Reducing Disaster Risks in a Changing Climate":

Climate change is the defining issue of our era. Natural hazards are a perennial concern. This discussion brings the two issues together, and with good reason: better disaster risk reduction will also help us adapt to climate change.

Almost every day brings reports of serious damage and loss of life during a storm, flood, drought or other natural

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Philippines: Typhoon rehab almost complete, Nani reports

Alaminos City (26 September) -- Except for a few more houses to be built, rehabilitation of Alaminos from the onslaught of super typhoon "Cosme" sometime in May this year is now almost complete with the help of some 200 volunteers.

Mayor Hernani Braganza paid tribute to the volunteers whom he formed in to the Task Force Bayanihan for helping the city build at least 208 new houses to replace those that were totally damaged by the typhoon.

Aside from this, the task force helped repair damaged school buildings and restore partially damaged houses numbering some 3,000.

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Philippines: PGMA creates Cotabato Flood Control Task Force

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has created the Cotabato Flood Control Task Force (CFC-TF) to undertake an integrated flood-control program in the heavily-silted, flood-prone Lower Cotabato River Basin.

Torrential rains spawned by typhoons Frank and Cosme earlier this year triggered massive flooding in the Lower Cotabato River Basin, which covers the provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Saranggani, Sultan Kudarat, the City of Cotabato and parts of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Heavy siltation of the major rivers of

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Indonesia + 6 others
Announcement by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM): ASEAN's regional emergency response and humanitarian assistance capacities put to the test in simulated typhoon disaster scenario

Simulated Exercise: Typhoon Disaster Scenario

"In the early morning of 27 August 2008, Typhoon "X" with a velocity of 140 km/hour landed at Muang District, Rayong, an industrial and coastal province in Thailand. The typhoon caused heavy damage to houses, public buildings and facilities, cargo ships and fishing boats. It also damaged electricity poles, triggering a power shortage in the province. Moreover, it caused two chemical gas tanks and pipe racks in the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate to explode, resulting in

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Philippines: PGMA irked by slow pace of Cosme rehab in Pangasinan

Lingayen (9 July) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited the province again last Friday, her third since typhoon Cosme battered Pangasinan on May 17, to know the progress of rehabilitation work.

But the situation facing her and the province was practically the same as that on June 4 when the President went to barangay Portic in Bugallon for her second visit.

That time some 4,000 GI sheets were made available for distribution to victims of the super howler. She then directed concerned agencies like social welfare and public works to speed up the

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The Philippines: PGMA to inspect the ongoing massive reconstruction of 9,424 damaged houses

Bugallon, Pangasinan (3 June) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will inspect on Wednesday the on-going reconstruction of the 9,424 partially and totally damaged residences in this town by Typhoon Cosme last May 17.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the province said some 4,900 GI sheets roofing are being used for the repair of the damaged houses in the 24 most affected towns in Pangasinan including Bugallon.

The President would observe the unloading of the roofing materials from a DPWH truck and the on-going reconstruction

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Philippines: NDCC update - Rehabilitation efforts in the province of Pangasinan as of 03 Jun 2008

1. In compliance with HEPGMA's directive/pronouncements, the following are the activities undertaken by PDCC Pangasinan and RDCC member agencies in Region I on the rehabilitation efforts in the province of Pangasinan:

Education Sector

- The Province of Pangasinan provided P200,000.00 each for twenty hardest hit municipalities and cities in the province (Lingayen, Bugallon, Binmaley, San Fabian, Mangaldan, Aguilar, Calasiao, Infanta, Mabini, Labrador, Sison, San Jacinto, Mangatarern, Agno, Dasol, Basista, Manaoag, Bani, San Carlos City and Alaminos City) for the

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Factbox - Asia's worst recent natural disasters

May 26 (Reuters) - China put the death toll from the May 12 earthquake that struck Sichuan province at 65,080 with more than 23,000 still missing.

Here are some of the region's worst recent natural disasters.

Dec. 26, 2004 - ASIA - The number of dead and missing from an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia and subsequent tsunami is at least 232,000. The quake measured 9.15 in magnitude.

March 28, 2005 - INDONESIA - Nearly 1,000 people are killed after a quake of magnitude 8.7 strikes the coast off Indonesian island of Sumatra.

July/Aug - INDIA - More than 1,000

Reuters - AlertNet:

For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit

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Philippines raises storm toll to 57

MANILA, May 26, 2008 (AFP) - The death toll from a tropical storm that ravaged the northern Philippines last week has risen to 57, with belated reports of 13 more deaths, the civil defence office said Monday.

At least 29 people were also injured by tropical storm Halong, which caused widespread flooding and landslides on the country's main Luzon island, it said.

The area was without electricity and telephone links for days after Halong blew out of the Philippines on May 20.

The civil defence office said repairs were continuing in storm-hit areas.


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Philippines: NDCC update - Situation report 14 on the effects of Tropical Storm Cosme as of 6am 26 May 2008

I. Highlights

- There were 259,618 families/1,392,102 persons affected in 1,477 barangays, 73 municipalities and 7 cities in 5 provinces of Regions 1, III, VI and CAR. The estimated number of population served both inside and outside evacuation centers were 58,496 families/300,953 persons. Details in Tab A

- Fifty eight (58) persons were reported dead and 29 injured. Details on Tab B

- There were '162,195 houses damaged: 43,365 totally and 118,830 partially. Details on Tab C.

- The estimated cost of damage to infrastructure

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Philippines: Cosme leaves 53 dead, 29 injured, 115,000 houses damaged - Palace

Typhoon Cosme's swath of destruction has left 53 people dead, 29 injured, some 252,000 families were affected, and 115,000 houses destroyed.

This was revealed in an interview over DzRB this morning by Deputy Spokesman Anthony Golez who said the affected families are spread over 1,459 barangays in 73 municipalities, seven cities and five provinces.

The said local government units (LGUs) are themselves scattered over four regions - three in Northern Luzon (Region I or the Ilocandia, Region III or Central Luzon, and the Cordillera Administrative

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Philippines: Gordon sends PNRC water sanitation bladders to storm-struck Pangasinan barangays

Philippine National Red Cross Chairman and Senator Richard J. Gordon sent water sanitation facilities to two barangays in Dagupan City, Pangasinan to help victims affected by tropical storm Cosme. Gordon earlier received reports that water sources in barangays Lasit Chico and Malued are contaminated because of the storm.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo commended the Philippine National Red Cross for its swift emergency response to the needs of Dagupan City in Pangasinan during the height of tropical storm Cosme. President Arroyo extended her congratulations to the PNRC during

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The Phillipines: President orders release of P500 million for emergency shelter assistance for Pangasinan and Zambales

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today ordered the release of P500 million for emergency assistance to owners of houses damaged by typhoon Cosme.

The President who arrived at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Complex here at 11 a.m. on board the presidential helicopter met with local government executives and National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) and instructed the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Social Security System (SSS) to extend calamity assistance to its members.

She also ordered the Department of Education

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Philippines: PGMA presides over disaster-coordinating meeting in typhoon-hit Pangasinan

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presided over the National Disaster Coordination Council (NDCC) meeting here today to look into the status of rescue and relief operations being conducted in the three provinces hardest hit by typhoon 'Cosme.'

Cosme (international code name: Halding) battered Region 1, particularly western and central Pangasinan and some municipalities of La Union, in the late afternoon of May 17, dumping torrential rains and spawning strong winds that caused massive flooding, and destruction to property on a gargantuan scale.

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Philippines: PGMA helps typhoon victims in 3 provinces rebuild their houses

STA. CRUZ, Zambales - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo promised today the residents of this town that she would help them reconstruct their houses destroyed by typhoon Cosme.

The President made the promise in her brief speech before she personally distributed packages of relief goods from the Office of the President and different government line agencies at Alfonso Tongson Municipal Park in this capital town.

Compared to other towns, typhoon Cosme caused heavier damage to Sta. Cruz with the majority of its electric posts

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Philippines: PGMA vows gov't help for Iloilo to get back to life after 'Cosme'

BACOLOD CITY-President Gloria Macapagal -Arroyo vowed today to help Iloilo province 'get back to life' after it was heavily battered by typhoon 'Cosme' last week.

After acknowledging the presence of Iloilo Gov. Neil Tupas at the Local Peace and Security Assembly for Western Visayas at the Planta Centro Bacolod Hotel here, the President took note of the heavy damage 'Cosme' left on the infrastructure and agriculture of the province.

'There are so many families affected by Cosme. The government will sent assistance to let you get back to your