Typhoon Bopha passed to the south of the larger islands in the Palau archipelago in the early morning of 3 Dec 2012 with winds of up to 250 km per hour, damaging and destroying buildings and infrastructure. The President declared a state of emergency. (OCHA, 5 Dec 2012)
In the Philippines, the typhoon, locally known as Pablo, made landfall three times as it passed through northern Mindanao, central Visayas, and Palawan on 4 Dec, affecting over 6.2 million people. Over 210,000 houses were damaged or destroyed. On 12 Feb 2013, the death toll stands at 1,146 with a further 834 people reported missing. There are still 8,925 people staying in evacuation centers, while 925,412 displaced people are seeking shelter elsewhere. Over 230,000 houses were damaged or destroyed. (OCHA, 12 Feb 2013)
On 10 Dec, the Government and the Humanitarian Country Team launched the Bopha Action Plan for Response and Recovery, which was revised on 23 Jan 2013 seeking $76 million, a 17 per cent increase from the $65 million originally requested. (OCHA, 25 Jan 2013)
This publication is an initiative of the Regional Consultative Group (RCG) on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination for Asia and the Pacific. The RCG seeks to not only link the region with the Global Consultative Group on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination, but also to provide a learning platform for good practice. This publication focuses on Asia and the five priority countries in this region that are highly vulnerable to large-scale natural disasters: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, and the Philippines.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration 3 Nock-Ten (Nina) (PAGASA), the Philippines is prone to tropical cyclones due to its geographical location which generally produce heavy rains, flooding of large areas and also strong winds which result in heavy casualties to human life and destruction to crops and properties. On average, the country is frequented by 20 tropical cyclones annually, almost half of which made landfall.
A map visual/infographic highlighting the tracks of destructive tropical cyclones, historical strong earthquakes, location of active volcanoes, active faultlines and trenches.
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Dear colleagues and partners,
The United Nations, the Government and the NGO community have historically shared a robust and stable partnership in the Philippines, a fundamental key to the success of our operations.
Zamboanga and Basilan emergency. For more than a week, fighting between a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) caused displacement of 96,680 people from 31 barangays in Zamboanga and Basilan. At least 76,155 people are now in evacuations centres and an unknown number of civilians remain trapped in the affected coastal villages
The Philippines is a country beset with frequent disasters and part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, so new ways to improve disaster preparedness and the resilience of the communities is a constant challenge for the Government and its humanitarian partners.
HRC – Oxfam and UN OCHA jointly facilitated the Affected Population Forum as a culminating activity of the duly conducted Community Consultations (during the mid and last week of May 2013) in some of the barangays of the municipality of New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province.
On 17 July, the second high-level panel of the 2013 ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment will explore how humanitarian organizations can seize the opportunities presented by new technologies to innovate and improve their response to disasters.
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Mid-Year Review requires US$47 million for conflict and typhoon-affected people.
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation delegation visit Mindanao
Humanitarian Country Team review aid effectiveness in retreat
Communicating with disaster affected people
Global humanitarian action at mid-2013 has entered uncharted territory in terms of the number of people needing help and resources still to be secured, mainly because of the Syria crisis. The Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan aims to help 6.8 million people inside Syria in 2013, and the Syria Regional Response Plan for refugees and affected host communities intends to help another 5.3 million people.
Since the Philippines (Mindanao) Humanitarian Action Plan 2013 was published in December 2012, communities in Mindanao continued to be affected by armed conflict, clan feuds, generalized violence and natural disasters. On 4 December 2012, Typhoon Bopha, locally known as Pablo, swept across Mindanao causing massive destruction particularly in Davao and Caraga regions in the east. Bopha affected over 6.2 million people and left 1,146 dead, 834 still missing and destroyed over 230,000 homes.
In 2013, the humanitarian community launched a Philippines (Mindanao) Humanitarian Action Plan for US$ 35 million to respond to humanitarian and protection needs in Mindanao.
Since the Humanitarian Action Plan was published in December 2012,Typhoon Bopha, locally known as Pablo, swept across Mindanao causing widespread destruction. The humanitarian community appealed for US$65 million under the Bopha Action Plan as an addendum to the Humanitarian Action Plan.
(Manila, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Geneva, 20 June 2013): A humanitarian partnership mission to the Philippines, led jointly by the Government of the Philippines, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), and the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines is ending its five-day visit today.
An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale affects more than 2,500 people in North Cotabato.
Most clusters reach Bopha Action Plan targets; residual early recovery, livelihood, agriculture, health, and education needs remain.
Affected communities participate in Bopha After Action Review.