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Bangladesh + 10 others
Asia Pacific Appeal No. MAA50001 Annual Report

In brief

This annual report focuses on the work of the Asia Pacific zone office in 2009 to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation efforts to increase the impact of Asia Pacific national societies' humanitarian activities. 2009 has been a very busy but productive period as the zone office has responded to multiple disasters simultaneously, while carrying forward several new initiatives designed to increase the impact of its work with Asia Pacific national societies. Many national societies across the zone have maintained a high

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Philippines: Appeal 2009-2010 (MAAPH001) Annual report

This report covers the period 1 January to 31December 2009.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, IFRC - with its global network - works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Programme purpose:

The programmes for 2009 [as outlined in Philippines Country Plan 2009-2010] were in support of the Philippine

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Philippines: The Bicol Recovery Project: A new ray of hope for Bicolanos

Like the brilliant rays of the sun, Bicolanos devastated by the series of destructive typhoons which hit the Bicol Region since 2006 are starting to recover from their ordeal, with a lot of help from the Department of Social Welfare and Development-United Nations Development Programme (DSWD-UNDP) Bicol Recovery Project.

Like the brilliant rays of the sun, Bicolanos devastated by the series of destructive typhoons which hit the Bicol Region since 2006 are starting to recover from their ordeal, with a lot of help

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Afghanistan + 46 others
Impacts of Climate Change coming faster and sooner: New science report underlines urgency for governments to seal the deal in Copenhagen

Washington/Nairobi, 24 September 2009 -The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

An analysis of the very latest, peer-reviewed science indicates that many predictions at the upper end of the IPCC's forecasts are becoming ever more likely.

Meanwhile, the newly emerging science points to some events thought likely to occur in longer-term time horizons, as already happening or set to happen far sooner than had previously been thought.

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Conflict, flooding pose health risks in the Philippines - Podcast

Battered by conflict and flooding, hundreds of thousands of people in the Philippines have been displaced and face multiple health risks. In this episode we look at how WHO is working to respond to the enormous health challenges they face.

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Veronica Riemer: You're listening to the WHO podcast, and my name is Veronica Riemer. In this episode, we

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Conflict, flooding causing suffering in the Philippines

4 SEPTEMBER, 2009 ¦ MANILA/GENEVA- Battered by conflict and flooding, hundreds of thousands of people in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao have been displaced from their homes and face multiple health risks, including malnutrition, diarrhoea, respiratory illness and psychosocial trauma.

"Urgent financial and material support is needed to strengthen the health response to this humanitarian crisis and reduce the suffering so many people are facing," said Dr Soe Nyunt-U, the World Health Organization's representative to the Philippines.

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Australia supports climate change adaptation in the Philippines

The Australian Government will provide approximately Php123 million for three new projects that will further strengthen the Philippines' capacity to adapt to effects of climate change and reduce the risks of natural disasters, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Rod Smith announced today.

"Australia supports the Philippine Government's efforts in disaster risk reduction. While disasters cannot be avoided, we can significantly reduce the exposure and vulnerability of our people by increasing their knowledge and understanding of natural hazards," Ambassador Smith said.

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Philippines: Appeal No. MAAPH001, 2009-2010 Programme Update no. 1

This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2009.

In brief

Programme summary:

The 2009-2010 appeal is in support of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) plan. The national society's plan focuses on organizational development with the primary purpose of increasing the PNRC and local community ("barangay") capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability by maximizing the highly potential resources that PNRC has: its volunteers. The PNRC initiative known as Project 143 reinforces the presence of PNRC in all 42,000 barangays in the country.

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Afghanistan + 11 others
Asia Pacific food situation update - May 2009

EU pledges US$144 million to FAO's Initiative on Soaring Food Prices (ISFP)

Responding to food security concerns in developing countries which have been compounded by the global economic meltdown, the European Union (EU) has committed €106 million (US$144 million) to FAO's efforts in support of farmers hardest hit by the food and economic crisis. The EU assistance covers ten countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, including Afghanistan and Pakistan in this region. The biggest agreement so far between FAO and the EU, the aid package is

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Philippines: Farmers hit by changing rainfall patterns

Report
IRIN
MANILA, 18 May 2009 (IRIN) - Climate change is taking its toll on farming in the Philippines, with more than US$27 million damage done to crops and livestock by typhoons Kujira and Chan-hom, the National Disaster Coordinating Council reported.

The heavy rains unleashed by the two back-to back-typhoons earlier this month are generally not expected until June.

However, according to specialists, climate change will disrupt the planting calendar, affecting the quality of crops and ultimately the economy.

"Farmers have to learn to adapt

IRIN:

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Philippines: Thousands still need aid in wake of typhoons

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IRIN
MANILA, 12 May 2009 (IRIN) - Emergency relief efforts continue for people displaced by two back-to-back typhoons that wreaked havoc across large parts of the eastern and northern Philippines.

The storms displaced more than 400,000 people, the vast majority of whom have yet to return home, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) reported.

Defence Secretary Gilberto Teodoro, also chairman of the NDCC, said medicine, food and aid workers had been airlifted to areas in northern Luzon, devastated by Storm Chan-hom, which made landfall

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Philippines: NDCC update situation report No. 15 re effects of TY "Dante" (Kujira)

Source: DSWD-DROMIC, DOH-HEMS, OCDRC V, DA V, DPWH V

I. Situation Overview

A. Chronology of Typhoon Dante (KUJIRA)

April 29, 2009

5 AM- two low pressure areas (LPAs) were monitored at 80 km northeast of Catanduanes and 480 km west of Mindoro.

5 PM - two LPAs were located at 140 km east of Albay and 280 km northwest of Mindoro.

April 30, 2009

11 AM -TD "CRISING" developed from LPA west of Mindoro while the other LPA was located in the vicinity of Albay.

May 1, 2009

5 PM - the LPA near Albay developed to

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Aid rushed to 64,000 displaced by Philippine typhoon

MANILA, May 9, 2009 (AFP) - Food, medicine and housing materials were being rushed Saturday to tens of thousands of people displaced by a typhoon that lashed the northern Philippines, rescuers said.

The death toll from Typhoon Chan-hom, the second typhoon to hit the country in a week, rose to 27 as more of the affected areas restored downed power and communication lines.

At least 47 tonnes of rice were sent to the region around the cape of Bolinao, where 12 people died as the typhoon wrecked homes and toppled power lines, the civil defence office said in a statement.

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Philippines: NDCC update situation report No. 14 re effects of TY "Dante" (Kujira)

Glide No. TC-2009-000088-PHL

Sources: PAGASA, DSWD-DROMIC, DOH-HEMS, OCDRC V, PCG

1.0 Overview of the Effects

1.1 Areas Affected and Total Population Affected/ Displaced (Details on Tab A)

- The total areas and population affected - 44,835 families / 246,170 persons in 400 barangays of 47 municipalities and 3 cities in 5 provinces of Region V.

- A total of 22 evacuation centers are currently accommodating 583 families or 3,123 persons affected while others are staying with their friends and relatives.

1.2 Casualties (Details on Tab B)

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Philippines: NDCC update situation report No. 13 re effects of TY "Dante" (Kujira)

Sources: PAGASA, DSWD-DROMIC, DOH-HEMS, OCDRC V, PCG

I. Weather Update

Intensified Typhoon "DANTE" continues to move farther away from the country. At 10:00PM, 5 May 2009, it was located at 1,340 kms east of Basco, Batanes (19.4ºN, 135.7ºE). Its maximum sustained winds is 140 kph near the center with gustiness of up to 170 kph, moving east northeast at 22 kph. Typhoon "DANTE" is expected to be at 1,720 kms east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan by tomorrow morning. With this development and unless recurvature occurs, this is the final bulletin on this weather disturbance.

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Philippines: DSWD Secretary Cabral flies to Bicol to assist victims of typhoon "Dante"

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral flew to the Bicol Region and led the relief operations in the hardest hit municipalities of Sorsogon by typhoon "Dante."

Secretary Esperanza Cabral together with National Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro, Undersecretary Antonio Golez and DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera visited Barangay Hubo of Magallanes, Sorsogon to personally assess the damage caused by Typhoon Dante and provide immediate assistance to the victims. Barangay Hobo is one of the hardest hit areas in the province of Sorsogon.

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Philippines typhoon kills 27, new storm approaches: govt

MANILA, May 6, 2009 (AFP) -

The death toll from a typhoon that lashed the Philippines rose to 27, with over 54,000 people left homeless, the government said Wednesday, as they warned of a new storm gathering in the South China Sea.

State weather forecasts said Typhoon Kujira has now blown out of the Philippines after dumping heavy rains and causing floods and landslides in the eastern Bicol region at the weekend.

Twenty-one of the casualties were recorded in the town of Magallanes in Sorsogon province, where a landslide buried

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Philippines: NDCC update situation report No. 11 re effects of TY "Dante" (Kujira)

Source: PAGASA, DAWD-DROMIC, DOH-HEMS, OCDRC V, PCG

I. Weather Update

A. Weather Forecast as of 5:00AM 05 May 2009

At 2:00 AM today, 05 May 2009. TY "Dante" was located based on satellite and surface data at 840 kms east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora (17.1=B0N,131.0=B0E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph. It is forecast to move east northeast at 22 kph.

II. Overview of the Effects

Region V was first affected by landslides and floodings caused by heavy rains earlier brought about by TD Crising.

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Philippines: Families affected by "Dante" now reached to more than 10,000

As of 8:00 a.m. today, a total of 10, 137 families were affected, 23 confirmed dead and 4 were injured as tropical storm "Dante" paved its way to the whole region of Bicol and left the Philippine area of responsibility.

The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Disaster Management Services (DMS), through Red Cross 143 volunteers already distributed disaster relief to all the families affected. Red Cross 143 volunteers also provided blankets, plastic mat, sardines, noodles and rice to the families on affected areas.

"PNRC volunteers are ready to provide