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03 Mar 2015 description

Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.

03 Mar 2015 description

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02 Mar 2015 description

MANILA (27 February 2015) – Access to sufficient and nutritious food is still limited in the Philippines despite recent progress, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, warned today at the end of her first fact-finding mission* to the country. Ms. Elver urged the Filipino Government to develop “a clear and comprehensive policy that promotes the right to adequate food.”

27 Feb 2015 description

Guiuan, Philippines | AFP | Friday 2/27/2015 - 12:01 GMT

by Hervé ASQUIN

French President Francois Hollande met survivors of one of the world's strongest typhoons in a remote Philippine coastal town on Friday, seeking to sound a global alarm on climate change ahead of a crucial UN summit.

Hollande is on a two-day trip to the Southeast Asian archipelago, regarded as a frontline state in the struggle against global warming, as part of his campaign to build diplomatic momentum ahead of the Paris summit in December.

26 Feb 2015 description

Overview

On 8 November 2013 the lives of millions of people in the Philippines were changed as Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the country. The natural disaster killed 6,300 people and left 4 million displaced. The assistance of numerous local and international actors was required to restore the livelihoods of the total 16 million individuals affected. The European Commission alone allocated € 43.6 million to address the humanitarian and development impacts of the emergency.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Red Cross EU Office

In the Philippines, isolated and disadvantaged communites who survived Typhoon Haiyan are still in need of relief aid. Larger response gaps persist in Western Leyte, which requires more attention than Tacloban and surrounding municipalities. Food distributions are ongoing and remain a priority need. Food prices remain inflated and thousands of people still don’t have the financial means to buy food or have sufficient access to markets. As the emergency phase transitions into early recovery, increasing emphasis is being placed on cash for work and cash transfer programmes.

26 Feb 2015 description

In November 2013, the strongest typhoon on record tore a path of destruction across the central Philippines, displacing four million people. In the disaster’s wake, the government adopted an ambitious plan to relocate 200,000 households away from at-risk coastal areas and resettle them out of harm’s way.

24 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 February 2015

Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.

23 Feb 2015 description

Manila -- The Philippine Red Cross will be sending out the third batch of corrugated galvanized iron (CGI) sheets today for four Yolanda affected provinces, namely Palawan, Iloilo, Tacloban, and Cebu to aid in the rehabilitation efforts in the said provinces. More than 152,000 CGI sheets will depart from the PRC national headquarters in Manila bound to Coron, Palawan by midnight today.

20 Feb 2015 description

The purpose of this paper is to review the multilateral response system for environmental emergencies, using,as a case study, the response to Super Typhoon Haiyan as conducted by UNEP and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

18 Feb 2015 description

ILOILO, 18 February 2015 – The first stakeholders' meeting and inception workshop was held on 17-18 February in Iloilo City, Philippines, to launch the Adopt-a-Municipality for Resilient Recovery - a project under the ASEAN Assistance for the Recovery of Yolanda-Affected Areas in the Philippines.

18 Feb 2015 description

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released P1.4 billion in emergency shelter assistance (ESA) to local government units (LGU) in Western Visayas for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.

Under the guidelines, beneficiaries of the ESA are families who have no permanent source of income or whose income is below the poverty threshold of the region; those whose houses were either partially or totally damaged and who have not received a similar assistance from other agencies or non-government institutions.

17 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 11–17 February 2015

Myanmar: Fighting between the Myanmar army and the MNDAA, an insurgent group in the Kokang area of Shan state, displaced tens of thousands of people. Some fled into central Myanmar, while between 30,000 and 50,000 are thought to have crossed into Nansan, Yunnan province, China.

11 Feb 2015 description

NATURAL DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

FEWER LIVES LOST

In 2014, Asia and the Pacific experienced 126 natural disasters, which affected a total of 85 million people. Significantly, casualties were a quarter of what they were in 2013, with nearly 4,000 people killed by disasters in the region. Floods and landslides were the primary causes of death according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).

10 Feb 2015 description

Millions are newly displaced each year in the Philippines, mainly by natural hazard-related disasters such as typhoon and floods, but also by conflict and violence most of which is concentrated in the southern island group of Mindanao. The number of people newly displaced fell by more than half, from 7.5 million in 2013 to around three million in 2014. The absence of a major disaster of equal severity to Haiyan – the super-typhoon which devastated the region in 2013 – largely explains this drop.

10 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 4–10 February 2015

Guinea: An increase in Ebola case numbers has been reported for the second consecutive week. Resistance to the response remains high in Forecariah, worst affected by the outbreak; though ten prefectures have reported at least one incident of resistance. Clashes between armed forces and the community were reported in Matoto, Conakry.

10 Feb 2015 description
report World Vision

Just weeks after typhoon Haiyan devastated Leyte, claiming more than 6,000 lives, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources imposed a 40 metre no-build-zone policy in Tacloban and neighboring towns.

The declaration was based on Article 51 of the Philippine Water Code, which restricts the building of structure 40 meters from the shoreline. This measure was taken to ensure that people no longer live in some of the most dangerous areas. The policy stirred debate not just among public officials but also within Haiyan-stricken populations.

09 Feb 2015 description

By Kate Marshall, IFRC

Just a few weeks ago the Red Cross and Red Crescent in the Philippines notched up more than 10,000 new houses as part of the overall Typhoon Haiyan recovery operation that began in March last year.

The number of houses constructed so far is more than 25 per cent of the overall new – or core – shelter target of 40,000.