Typhoon Maysak made landfall on Micronesia's Chuuk islands on 29 Mar 2015 and on Yap islands on 20 Mar and 1 Apr, causing substantial damages and prompting both Governors and the President to declare a state of emergency.(Govt, 2 Apr 2015) Following rapid needs assessments in Chuuk's state capital of Weno, it has been estimated that between 60 to 80 per cent houses are badly damaged, with over 800 homes destroyed and more than 6,000 people displaced and taking refuge with relatives or in over-crowded emergency shelters. The population of Chuuk is highly reliant on subsistence farming, and reports of 90 per cent damage to crops has left many with no alternative food sources. Yap's Ulithi Atoll took the most direct hit from the typhoon, with the majority of homes destroyed and reports of significant and widespread damage to crops and infrastructure as well as possible contamination of food and water sources. (IFRC, 4 Apr 2015)
Typhoon Maysak (known locally as Chedeng) weakened into a tropical storm as it made landfall in the coastal municipality of Dinapigue, Isabela province in the Philippines' northern Luzon in the early morning of 5 Apr, affecting 2,800 people in Isabela and Aurora provinces. All public storm warning signals were lifted on 5 Apr and 2,140 people that had pre-emptively evacuated were allowed to return to their homes. (OCHA, 5 Apr 2015)
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.
The following statement was formed at the Second Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum.
27SM Niue News: 2015 SPREP Annual Report is now launched
The SPREP Annual Report for 2015 is now available online having been presented at the 27th SPREP Meeting in Niue on Day one. The Report, available in both English and French outlines the activities and project implemented with members and partners in 2015 as the region strives to achieve the SPREP vision - a Pacific environment that sustains our livelihoods and natural heritage in harmony with our cultures.
In November 2008, USAID assumed responsibility for disaster response and reconstruction in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), reflecting the transition of FSM and RMI from U.S.-administered trust territories to independent nations. Under the new arrangement, FEMA provides USAID with funding to conduct response and reconstruction activities following a U.S.
Republic of Marshall Islands
February 03, 2016: RMI President H.E. Dr. Hilda Heine declares State of Emergency.
March 08, 2016: RMI President H.E. Dr. Hilda Heine declares State of Disaster.
April 27, 2016: U.S. President Barack Obama Declares Disaster in RMI.
21,000 people affected by severe drought conditions.
28 MILLION PEOPLE FORCIBLY DISPLACED BY CONFLICT AND DISASTERS IN 2015 AND MILLIONS MORE STILL INVISIBLE: IDMC NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS GLOBAL CRISIS OF INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT
Conflict, violence and disasters internally displaced 27.8 million people in 2015, subjecting a record number of men, women and children to the trauma and upheaval of being forcibly displaced within their own country.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Typhoon Assistance to Micronesia Tops US$10 Million
Over US$10 million – the lion’s share from USAID - has been allocated to support some of the most remote and delicate communities on the planet, in the far-flung Federated States of Micronesia (FSM.)
Typhoon Maysak hit the northern Pacific earlier this year, causing millions of dollars in damage and claiming four lives.
Press Release #1510-04
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
October 5, 2015
[FSM Embassy, Japan] - Following the Emergency Declaration of Chuuk State and Yap State soon after Super Typhoon Maysak ravaged the western islands of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the FSM Embassy in Tokyo convened traditional supporters and friends at the Embassy to give a briefing on the damages and call for assistance. The Embassy also coordinated with the FSM’s Honorary Consulate Offices in Hokkaido, Kansai, and Kyushu for donation drives in their respective regions.
About this report
In 2014, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand produced our foundational environmental report on issues affecting communities in Oceania. Small yet strong: Voices from Oceania on the environment drew on interviews with groups from our Caritas and Catholic networks to paint a picture of environmental changes and issues impacting the lives of people throughout the Pacific.
The head of the International Organisation for Migration in Federated States of Micronesia says he fears a worsening El Niño could hamper the country's recovery from Typhoon Maysak.
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Federated States of Micronesia - Over USD 10 million – the lion’s share from USAID - has been allocated to support some of the most remote and delicate communities on the planet, in the far-flung Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
Typhoon Maysak hit the northern Pacific earlier this year, causing millions of dollars in damage and claiming five lives. As USAID’s primary implementing partner, IOM has delivered emergency food, water, sanitation equipment and shelter materials to the worst-affected areas, and is now embarking on an ambitious reconstruction plan.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Typhoon Maysak made landfall at Chuuk lagoon on Sunday 29 March and Ulithi Atoll, Yap on 1 April while neighbouring islands within the two states also experienced strong destructive winds causing widespread damage to infrastructure, shelter and agricultural resources.
USAID continues to assist typhoon-affected communities
IOM provides nearly 690 MT of food assistance in Chuuk and Yap
FAO supports agricultural recovery for typhoon-affected households