Typhoon Utor (locally known as Labuyo) made landfall over Aurora province in the eastern part of the Philippines' Central Luzon region in the early morning of 12 Aug 2013 with a category 3 status, affecting 281,700 people in 16 of the countries 80 province. Eight people were killed and almost 60,000 left their homes and took shelter. Over 12,000 houses were damaged of which 1,440 (or about 12 per cent) were destroyed. (OCHA, 15 Aug 2013)
In China, heavy rains and flooding caused by the typhoon affected 4 million people in the southern Guangdong Province, with 20 people killed and seven missing. 513,000 people were relocated and 19,000 houses were damaged. The national Government has launched an emergency response to help disaster relief. (OCHA, 19 Aug 2013)
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.
By: Thelma C. Bicarme
CABARROGUIS, Quirino, June 29 (PIA)—The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office here has reported that the 2,691 identified victims of the Typhoon Labuyo had already received their emergency shelter assistance of P5,000 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
In her report to the Provincial Peace and Order Council last week, Laura Matammu, provincial social welfare and development officer, said a total of P19,152,525.00 has been disbursed to the beneficiaries.
BY: CARLO LORENZO J. DATU
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, May 26 (PIA) -- Around 7,000 indigents in the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales who were displaced by tropical disturbances and torrential rains last year are bound to benefit in the Tulong Alalay para sa mga Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) program of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Summary: This update summarizes the progress made since the allocation of Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) – and subsequently the launch of emergency appeal to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in providing assistance to families affected by typhoons and floods on Luzon Island – until 15 March 2014.
Natural Disasters in Asia-Pacific 2013
Regional Humanitarian Partnerships Forum 2013
Partnering with Regional Organizations
NATURAL DISASTERS IN ASIA-PACIFIC 2013
Period covered: 16 October to 31 December 2013
Appeal target (current): CHF 1,856,354
Appeal coverage: The appeal is 54 per cent covered in hard and soft pledges.
· On 19 September 2013 an emergency appeal was issued for CHF 1,856,354 to deliver assistance to 15,000 families (75,000 people) in eight months.
· On 26 August 2013 a preliminary emergency appeal was launched for CHF 1,681,554 to deliver assistance to 15,000 families (75,000 people) in eight months.
In Syria, fighting has intensified in October with the Government gaining control of strategic areas around Damascus and south of Aleppo. Meanwhile, while the number of Syrian refugees has reached almost 2.2 million people, parties to the conflict and international actors are increasingly focused on the Geneva II conference scheduled to take place in November after having been postponed several times.
Snapshot 08 – 15 October
In Syria, heavy fighting is ongoing in Rural Damascus, Dar’a, Aleppo, Idleb and Homs, with government forces making gains in Rural Damascus while the opposition has won ground in Dar’a. Despite the call of al-Qaeda’s leader for opposition fighters to unite, inter-group fighting has escalated in Aleppo over control for neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, the Syrian National Council announced that it did not intend to participate in the proposed Geneva II peace talks.
Period covered: 19 September to 6 October 2013
Appeal target (current): CHF 1,856,354
Appeal coverage: The appeal is 30 per cent covered in hard and soft pledges, with more pledges in the pipeline. Additional donations are needed to deliver timely assistance to affected families.
This operations update focuses on the relief phase.
An emergency appeal was issued on 19 September 2013 for CHF 1,856,354 to deliver assistance to 15,000 families (75,000 people) in eight months.
The British Red Cross has released £50,000 from its Disaster Fund, to provide emergency cash grants to people affected by recent typhoons and flooding in the Philippines. The lives of 2.5 million people have been affected by the disasters, with 21 people killed and 800,000 people forced to leave their homes.
In Syria, heavy fighting continues between the Government and opposition groups as well as infighting within the opposition. Against this background, the UN Security Council endorsed the Russia-US agreement on the elimination of Syria’s chemical stockpile. There are now over 2.1 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. As of 27 September, heavy shelling is preventing an estimated 70,000 Syrian refugees from crossing into Jordan, leading them to face severe food insecurity as they remain stranded on the border.
Snapshot 16-23 September
This emergency appeal seeks CHF 1,856,354 in cash, kind, or services to support the Philippine Red Cross in delivering humanitarian assistance to 15,000 families (75,000 people) within eight months. The operation will be completed by the end of April 2014 and a final report will be made available by 31 July 2014, three months after the end of the operation.
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
Snapshot 09 – 16 September
In Syria, heavy fighting continues, with air-strikes on opposition controlled areas in Damascus and on-going offensives in Aleppo, Rural Damascus, Idleb, Homs and Al-Hasakeh. Meanwhile, after three days of talks in Geneva, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reached an agreement on a disarmament proposal under which Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons are to be eliminated by mid-2014. The Syrian Minister for Information has indicated that Syria will abide by the terms set out in the plan.
Snapshot 02 – 09 September
Period covered: 26 August to 4 September 2013
Appeal target (current): CHF 1,681,554
Appeal coverage: The appeal is 20 per cent covered in hard and soft pledges. Donations are encouraged to enable Philippine Red Cross to meet the needs of affected families.
Almost exactly a year after monsoon rains battered Manila and nearby regions in August 2012, the Philippines is once more bearing the brunt of extreme weather. Two typhoons in the space of a week have devastated areas in the north of the country.
Christian Aid has released emergency funds to local partner organisations to provide essential food and basic household items such as sleeping mats, blankets, and buckets for vulnerable families affected by recent floods in the aftermath of Typhoons Utor and Trami and severe monsoon rains.