A Tropical Cyclone named NOCK-TEN formed over the north-western Pacific Ocean, near the Federated States of Micronesia, on 21 December. It then started moving north-west and it passed close to Yap island on 22 Dec morning (UTC), as a Tropical Storm. (ECHO, 22 Dec 2016)
Typhoon Nock-Ten entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 23 December. It intensified into a typhoon on 24 December and made landfall over Catanduanes province on the evening of 25 December, then crossed Albay, Camarines Sur, Southern Quezon, Laguna, Batangas and Cavite. (OCHA, 26 Dec 2016)
Initially, local disaster management officials were pressed to convince citizens to abandon Christmas celebrations and head to evacuation shelters. More than 400,000 people heeded the call and were evacuated across 18 provinces after local officials imposed forced evacuations and offered enticements, such as free Christmas dinners, at evacuation sites. (OCHA, 02 Feb 2017)
As of 27 December, Typhoon Nock-ten left the landmass moved out to the West Philippine Sea after making eight landfalls. Metro Manila, which had been forecasted to be struck with storm-force winds and moderate to heavy rainfall, was mostly spared as the typhoon weakened and the track moved slightly south. Only isolated low floods in some areas were reported in the capital. The main focus of the impact shifted closer to where the typhoon first made landfall in the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines Sur, which were affected by strong winds, heavy rains and storm surge. (IFRC, 27 Dec 2016)
On 29 December, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a 1.6-million Swiss Franc emergency appeal (USD 1.56 million, Euro 1.5 million) to help the Philippine Red Cross assist more than 20,000 people with emergency relief assistance and longer term recovery support. As of 29 December, there had been 10 confirmed deaths. (IFRC, 29 Dec 2016)
As of 18 January, only 7 percent of the IFRC's original 1.6-million Swiss Franc emergency appeal had materialized through hard pledges. With the appeal "significantly underfunded", PRC and IFRC called on partners to provide much-needed support to enable the delivery of assistance to affected populations. Initial assessments by PRC indicated that immediate needs for food, non-food items, safe drinking water and emergency shelter materials were essential to provide relief to affected households during the emergency phase. Shelter, livelihoods and risk reduction are top priorities for recovery. (IFRC, 18 Jan 2017)
As of 24 January, there were 368 people still displaced as a result of Typhoon Nock-ten, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (OCHA, 02 Feb 2017)
As of 31 January, the storm had affected 2.88 million people in Regions IV-A, IV-B, V and VIII. Roughly 393,400 buildings had been damaged, while 194,900 metric tons of rice, corn and high value crops totalling USD 90 million were recorded as agricultural production losses. (OCHA, 31 Jan 2017)
ACTED has been mobilised in the Sud and Grand’Anse departments since hurricane Matthew hit the region on 4 October 2016 to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to affected populations. In all sectors, needs reached high levels: Matthew caused terrible damages, casualties and losses, destroying houses, infrastructure and crops, and leaving 1.4 million Haitians in need of humanitarian assistance.
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.
In February 2017, WFP reached 73,732 people in Central Mindanao with a view to improving their food security.
WFP signed an agreement with the Office of the Vice President to fund a review that will look into creating an inter-agency commission for food security and nutrition.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), under instructions from President Rodrigo R. Duterte, continues to provide support and technical assistance to local government units to hasten the implementation of the Presidential Financial Assistance (5KPFA) for the Typhoon “Yolanda”-affected households with damaged houses in Regions VI, NIR, VII and VIII.
A map visual/infographic highlighting the tracks of destructive tropical cyclones, historical strong earthquakes, location of active volcanoes, active faultlines and trenches.
Raising an alert to the START Network about the crisis sparked by typhoon Nock-ten, which struck the Philippines on 25th December 2016, ACTED and other INGOs enabled the quick release of a START Fund* to respond to the emergency within 45 days. ACTED joined the START Network in May 2016: the emergency response to typhoon Nock-ten is the first operation implemented with funding from the START Network.
Providing Shelter kits to address urgent needs of vulnerable families
Three powerful typhoons ploughed across the northern Philippines in October and December 2016, striking at the heart of the most important agricultural region of the country. Typhoon Sarika struck prime rice growing areas in mid-October 2016, causing widespread flooding and wind-related crop damage. It was followed several days later by Super Typhoon Haima, which stuck further north. Finally, Super Typhoon Nock-Ten ravaged the minor producing region of Bicol southeast of the capital, Manila, on Christmas day.
QUEZON CITY, Feb. 16 - To show that the Social Security System (SSS) cares for its members and pensioners, the pension fund distributed relief goods to 1,000 families from four barangays in Bicol- Magurang, Alnay, Basud and Gabon- which were affected by typhoon Nina last February 11, 2017.
WFP concluded its emergency support to the El Nino-affected populations in central Mindanao.
Pepsi Corporation donated funds for the school meals programme. The contribution will help provide hot, nutritious lunch meals to thousands of children from conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.
Typhoon Nock-ten (Nina) lashed the Philippines on Christmas Day 2016, particularly the province of Catanduanes. Some 400,000 houses were either completely destroyed or heavily damaged. ACTED, in consortium with Action Against Hunger and Handicap International, is providing an integrated emergency for water, hygiene, sanitation and shelter assistance to over 3,200 families people by facilitating distributions of hygiene and shelter repair kits. 1,400 shelter repair kits are being distributed by the teams, while 140 cash for workers are hired to support the repair.
The post-typhoon rehabilitation effort and assistance program to affected over 86,000 affected farmers in three provinces of the Bicol Region is under way.
The Department of Agriculture regional office in Pili, Camarines Sur announced it has started distributing palay, corn and assorted vegetable seeds and seedling of various fruit trees.
Also included in the assistance package worth over P720-million are drugs and biologics for animals, reported DA-Bicol regional executive director Dr. Elena B. delos Santos during a management committee meeting here.
NAGA CITY, Feb. 3 - The Social Security System (SSS) launched a more responsive Calamity Relief Package for members affected by Super Typhoon ‘Nina’ by offering a calamity loan assistance starting February 3, 2017.
SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said that the calamity loan is a new and separate loan window from the regular salary loan for members. The calamity loan for those affected by typhoon “Nina” allows members to borrow up to P16,000 if they are paying contributions based on the maximum monthly salary credit (MSC).
• Typhoon Nock-Ten-affected regions sustain heavy damage to agriculture and infrastructure as humanitarian actors find ways to further assist government recovery efforts.
• A Catanduanes community finds that preparedness and evacuation measures can achieve zero casualties.
• FAO augments government assistance to Typhoon Sarika and Haima-affected farmers.
• Flash flooding displaces thousands in Mindanao and Visayas.
• An inclusive dialogue with stakeholders ensures a safe and dignified return for Lumads in Mindanao.
Natural hazards and disaster events affected more than 10 million people in the Philippines in 2016. El Niño and tropical cyclones topped list of events with significant impact. For the first seven months of the year, El Niño contributed to several hundred million dollars in crop losses across the country, impacting the production of rice, vegetables and high-value crops. Thousands of farmers and their farmlands were affected. As the country entered typhoon season, drought gave way to tropical cyclones.
New York, NY, Jan. 10, 2017— Super Typhoon Nock-Ten (local name: Typhoon Nina) made landfall in the Philippines between Dec. 24 and 26, 2016, with winds up to 180 miles per hour. The typhoon left destruction in its wake, including many damaged roads, schools, houses and crops. According to the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, nearly 500,000 people were evacuated ahead of the storm, and almost 2 million were affected.
The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) allotted Php4.9 billion in calamity loan for its active members and old-age pensioners who were affected by typhoon Nina in the provinces of Albay, Batangas, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Marinduque, Quezon, as well as 6 areas in Oriental Mindoro.
A total of 7,952 active members and 820 old-age pensioners in Calapan City and municipalities of Naujan, Baco, San Teodoro, Pola, and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro may avail of the loan until February 17.
Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions
CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT
More than 2.5 million new displacements between 24 December and 11 January
By MJ Evalarosa, IFRC
The Philippine Red Cross, together with the state health department, and with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), recently rolled out an orientation on the Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Disaster (SPEED) programme. SPEED is a mechanism activated during emergencies to provide real-time health information to around 65 Red Cross community volunteers in the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur and Marinduque.