Since 21 June 2011, Tropical Storm Meari has dumped heavy rains throughout the northern Philippines island of Luzon, including in the national capital region of Metro Manila, triggering flash floods that have affected at least 171,000 people (WFP, 24 Jun 2011).
As of 24 June 2011, at least 48,700 people have been evacuated at 23 evacuation centers in ALbay, Rizal, Zambales and NCR (Government, 24 Jun 2011).
Tropical Storm Meari hit China on 26 June 2011, with gales and downpours generated by Meari causing floods in 17 counties of three provinces on the east coast. The forecast suggests that the provinces of Shandong and Liaoning will get a break from the torrential rains on 29 June 2011 as Meari heads for the Korean Peninsula (Xinhua, 28 Jun 2011).
In Republic of Korea, as of 27 June 2011, at least nine people have been killed, mostly drowned in flooding as a result of the Tropical Storm (Thomson Reuters Foundation, 27 Jun 2011).
From 25 to 28 June 2011, Tropical Storm Meari affected most areas of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The typhoon brought a strong wind, heavy rain and tidal wave, claiming casualties and leaving more than 160 dwelling blocks destroyed and over 21,000 hectares of cultivated areas submerged, washed away and buried mainly in west coastal areas (Korean Central News Agency, 12 Jul 2011).
This reports covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2011
DISASTER EVENTS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC IN 2011
Asia and the Pacific continues to live up to its reputation as the world’s most natural-disaster-prone region. The International Disaster Database, EM-DAT, reports 89 natural-disaster events in the region in 2011. In terms of the number of events, China (14), Indonesia (6) and the Philippines (22) top the list. However, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand suffered the greatest number of lives lost.
From January to December, nineteen (19) TCs entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), ten (10) of them were destructive namely Tropical Storm (TS) Bebeng (May 8-11); Typhoon Chedeng (May 20-28); TS TS Falcon ( June 21-25) Typhoon Juaning, (July 25-28), Typhoon Kabayan (July 28-Aug 5); Typhoon Mina (Aug 21-29), Typhoon Pedring (Sept 24-28) , Typhoon Quiel (Sept 29 –Oct 2); TD Ramon (Oct 10-14); and Tropical Storm Sendong (Dec 15-18).
by Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, October 19 (PIA) -- Approximately 10,000 households in the town of San Simon in Pampanga affected by severe flooding brought by typhoon Falcon last June, are benefiting from the Food-for-Work project of the European Union (EU).
BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Natural disasters left 1,074 people dead or missing in China over the past nine months, according to a joint statement issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) and the National Disaster Reduction Commission (NDRC) on Monday.
Between January and September, natural disasters affected 480 million people nationwide, resulting in the evacuation or relocation of 9.12 million people, the statement said.
The disasters also incurred a total of 302.8 billion yuan (47.7 billion U.S. dollars) in direct economic losses.
- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The cessation of hostilities between the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) continued to be respected in the first half of the year, furthering the return and resettlement of the internally displaced people. However, the conflict-affected populations’ high level of vulnerability and the perseverance of violence connected to other armed groups and to clan violence (locally referred to as rido) have contributed to the persistence of humanitarian needs.
• The seasonal southwest monsoon aggravated by consecutive tropical cyclones brought heavy rains over Mindanao and other parts of the Philippines causing floods, flashfloods and landslides.
• The widespread flooding in Central Mindanao has affected 860,000 people. 455,000 home-based people in Maguindanao province are still in need of emergency relief and early recovery support.
• The provision of clean, safe water and waste management are the priority in the flood-affected communities in Maguindanao.
Pyongyang, August 4 (KCNA) -- In the wake of human and material losses in the DPRK caused by typhoon-5 and heavy rains from late June to mid-July, a rain-triggered flood has harassed the country again from late July.
South Hwanghae Province has suffered most seriously from the flood.
The government has launched a nationwide effort to stabilize the flood victims' living and rebuild wrecked dwelling houses and public buildings.
Through the patience, innate goodness, and generosity of the volunteers of Tzu Chi Foundation, around 994 marginalized families in Tabaco City, Albay received 20-kilogram sack of premium Taiwanese rice each during the organization's rice relief program which was conducted in the above-mentioned place last July 24.
The recipients came from Tabaco City's 15 barangays which include those of Tayhi, Cormidal, Bacolod, San Lorenzo, San Juan, Panal, Matagbac, Fatima, San Vicente, Divino Rostro, San Carlos, Cobo, Basud, Bongnabong, and Baranghawon.
by Larry Lopez
TABUK, Kalinga, July 18 (PIA) - - Small farmers in the province benefit from the cash-for-work aid from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as payment for labor rendered on typhoon rehabilitation projects.
The aid covers all eight municipalities of Kalinga and prioritizes farmers who do not have their own lands or those who fall under the agricultural workers sector.
UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist Esmaeil Ibrahim travelled to flood-affected communities in the Philippines to assess the situation of families, especially women and children. His report follows. By Esmaeil Ibrahim
Pyongyang, July 12 (KCNA) -- A nationwide effort has been launched in the DPRK to recover from damage caused by a recent typhoon.
Most areas of the DPRK were affected by typhoon-5 for three days from June 25.
The typhoon brought a strong wind, heavy rain and tidal wave to the DPRK, claiming casualties and leaving more than 160 dwelling blocks destroyed and over 21,000 hectares of cultivated areas submerged, washed away and buried mainly in west coastal areas.
Public buildings, production facilities, roads and river banks were wrecked or inundated.
Touched by the generosity and kindness shown by the members of Tzu Chi Foundation, Philippines last July 3 during the 2011 Prayer Vigil and Rice Relief Program which benefited an estimated 14,000 poor families in Marikina City, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Juliano-Soliman vowed to provide more support for the Buddhist organization in its various charity works nationwide.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, July 12 (PIA) -- Governor Lilia G. Pineda disclosed that the provincial government of Pampanga will prioritize the immediate clearing of waterways to avert flooding in Pampanga even as it plans to purchase necessary heavy equipment at the soonest possible time.
Pineda said that the clearing, dredging, and cleaning of clogged waterways especially along the downstream portion of Pampanga River should be immediately undertaken to prevent and minimize flooding in various parts of the province.
Natural disasters left 449 people dead and 100 missing in the country in the first six months this year, according to a government report published on Saturday.
Disasters inflicted a direct economic loss of 142 billion yuan (21.8 billion U.S. dollars) and forced 2.96 million people to evacuate from their homes where 274,000 buildings collapsed, said the evaluation report posted on the website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
On June 24 and 25, Tzu Chi volunteers in Manila delivered food and clothing to 7,000 people in Metro Manila who were forced to leave their homes by Typhoon Meari.
2 . Population Affected (Details on Tab A)
• A total of 370,459 families / 1,700,085 persons have been affected by floodings in 1,188 barangays of 91 municipalities and 21 cities in 12 provinces in five (5) regions
• Of the total affected, 593 families / 2,259 persons are still housed at 19 designated evacuation centers
This bulletin is being issued for information only. It reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have determined that external assistance from donors is not presently required. PRC is currently undertaking detailed assessments in affected provinces. Assessment findings will determine whether further action or external assistance will be required.
2 . Population Affected (Details on Tab A)
A total of 366,261 families / 1,683,545 persons have been affected by floodings in 1,148 barangays of 88 municipalities and 21 cities in five (5) regions
Of the total affected, 4,958 families / 24,243 persons are still housed at 78 designated evacuation centers