Typhoon Usagi (locally known as Odette) struck the Philippines on 21 Sep 2013 in the southern part of Itbayat Island, one of the three main islands of the Batanes group of islands, affecting almost 48,000 people and causing severe damage to agriculture (OCHA, 23 Sep 2013).
In China, media reports say that two people are dead and two others missing in Taiwan Province, while in mainland China 25 people have died and more than 80,000 evacuated as Usagi made landlfall on 23 September (OCHA, 23 Sep 2013).
In the Philippines, monsoon rains worsened by Typhoon Usagi have caused flash floods and landslides, since the weekend of Sunday 22 September, affecting nearly 600,000 people, leaving at least 30 dead and two missing (IFRC, 28 Sep 2013).
Heavy monsoon rains exacerbated by the typhoon killed at least 36 people in Viet Nam and Cambodia (ECHO, 25 Sep 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.
A map visual/infographic highlighting the tracks of destructive tropical cyclones, historical strong earthquakes, location of active volcanoes, active faultlines and trenches.
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.
By: Rosa Bianca R. Pamintuan
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, April 15 (PIA) -- Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently hosted a consultation meeting for local government units in Zambales that were affected by the severe flooding and landslide caused by the typhoon Odette-induced southwest monsoon last year.
By: Marie Joy L. Simpao
OLONGAPO CITY, April 3 (PIA) -- Virginia Beach in the United States recently donated four rescue boats to its Philippine sister city of Olongapo in a bid to boost disaster response capabilities.
The boats, which amounts to $25,000 or P1 million, were solicited by Olongapo councilor Jong Cortez last September at the height of the worst flooding the city had experienced in years due to torrential rains caused by the Southwest monsoon that was enhanced by tropical storm Odette.
- Executive summary
Owing to the consecutive disasters that struck the Philippines in 2013, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) through the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), continues to implement activities as outlined in the IFRC’s development operational plan for 2013. PRC had been responding since August 2013 when typhoons and severe weather systems had affected the entire archipelago, including the strongest typhoon on record, Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, that killed more than 6,000 people.
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.
Snapshot 5 – 12 November
In Syria, the opposition agreed to participate in international peace talks in Geneva under the condition that President al-Assad is excluded from any transitional government, which constitutes a major obstacle to the initiation of the process as the Government stated it will not enter discussion if this demand is upheld. The peace dialogue has been repeatedly postponed and will not go ahead as planned in November. To date, the overall number of Syrian refugees is over 2.2 million and the number of people in need in the country stands at 9.3 million.
Snapshot 29 October – 5 November
In Syria, the opposition remains divided over their participation to proposed peace talks in Geneva, with a decision being expected by 9 November. In Damascus, the Government repeated that it will not enter discussions if President al-Assad is forced to resign. While the overall number of Syrian refugees went over 2.2 million, revised estimates indicated that the number of people in need in Syria has increased from 6.8 million in April to 9.3 million in late October. An estimated 6.5 million are internally displaced.
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.
Relief mission departs tomorrow
First tranche of aid to the Philippines, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam
The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) is leading relief efforts to Cambodia, Laos, Philippines and Vietnam following the widespread devastation caused by recent tropical storms and typhoons, and most recently, the earthquake in Bohol, Philippines.
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.
To help affected communities recover from the flash flood caused by typhoon Odette intensified by southwest monsoon, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) staff and volunteers conducted clean-up drive in affected barangays of Olongapo City.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon enjoined Red Cross 143 volunteers in every barangay to help clear roads, properly dispense trashes and extract muds from major streets and highways.
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.
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 24-30 September, 2013
PHILIPPINES As of 30 September, the conflict between Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and he Armed Forces of the Philippines which began on 9 September has eased. 178 hostages were released and 72 MNLF members were apprehended and or surrendered. Sporadic skirmishes have slowed down. nevertheless, 101, 801 people remain in 34 evacuation centers in Zamboanga and Basilian. 140 people have been killed.
Source: NDRRMC, OCHA
MANILA, 27 September 2013 (IRIN) - Experts in the Philippines are warning of further possible landslides in the north of the country, less than one week after the southwest monsoon rains brought on by Typhoon Usagi displaced more than 100,000 people and left 30 dead.