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06 Mar 2015 description

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, March 5 (PIA6) – Four hundred eleven core shelter units have been completed by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) as of Feb. 27 out of the 2,232 house construction target in view of its ongoing Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Phase assistance to identified sites in the province.

Tropical Storm (TS) Yolanda Operation Reporting Officer Alfred Dave See said that the completed units worth P105,000.00 each were already turned over to the beneficiaries as these are ready for occupancy.

06 Mar 2015 description

Manila, Philippines | | Friday 3/6/2015 - 12:47 GMT | 304 words

Super typhoon Haiyan and surging rice prices pushed the number of Filipinos living in poverty to 25.8 percent in the first half of last year despite strong economic growth, official data released Friday showed.

The 1.2 percent rise was compared to the 24.6 percent of people in the Philippines who were considered poor a year earlier, the Philippine Statistics Authority said in a statement.

06 Mar 2015 description

Jemin B. Guillermo

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, March 5 (PIA6) – Capiceños are grateful to the Japanese government for the continued help to supertyphoon Yolanda-affected residents in the area.

Panay mayor Dante Bermejo said that they are very thankful to the government of Japan for the various assistance to his people who were among the victims of typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

He said that the Japan government through the Japan Heart was the first to respond to his town in the aftermath of said devastating typhoon that displaced many of his residents.

06 Mar 2015 description

SAMAR, 5th March, 2015 (WAM) – The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) delegation headed by Dr. Hamdan Musallam Al Mazrouei, ERC's Chairman of the Board of Directors, today opened four schools in the South of Samar Province in the Philippines.

The event is in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan regarding provisions of humanitarian assistance at a value of US$10 million for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

06 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Suzanne Beukes

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 3 March 2015 – All roads leading to the small Malagasy village of Lohanosy have been washed away. Even the main road from the capital, neglected over the years, did not really stand much of a chance against the waters that rose and consumed what had been, at some point, a collection of rice fields.

05 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FAO has further raised its estimate of the 2014 world cereal production and its forecast for global cereal stocks. Early prospects for cereal supplies in 2015/16 are mostly favourable, partly sustained by large stocks accumulated over the previous two seasons.

  • FAO’s first forecast for global wheat production in 2015 indicates a likely small contraction, mostly reflecting an expected decline in Europe from last year’s record output.

04 Mar 2015 description
report Maplecroft

The strategic markets of Philippines, China, Japan and Bangladesh are home to over half of the 100 cities most exposed to natural hazards, highlighting the potential risks to foreign business, supply chains and economic output in Asia from extreme weather events and seismic disasters, according to new research from global risk analytics company, Verisk Maplecroft.

03 Mar 2015 description

Regional Overview

Malawi

As of 24 Feb 2015, a total of 39 cholera cases have been confirmed, 34 cases in Nsanje district with 2 deaths and 5 cases in Mwanza district. All cases have been in health facilities, not in displacement sites, and have been linked to the cholera outbreak in Tete Province in Mozambique. The Health Cluster is continuing to strengthen preparedness and response capacity.

Mozambique

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

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nearly 70,000 people fled their homes following armed encounters between the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the government forces in central Mindanao.

  • An estimated 124,000 people displaced by conflict across Mindanao in 2014.

  • Philippine Congress passed House Bill 5062 to enhance the protection of children in disasters and emergencies.

FIGURES

Displacement in Central Mindanao

03 Mar 2015 description

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

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03 Mar 2015 description

Executive Summary

Tonga is an archipelago composed of 172 islands spread across a combined land and sea area of 720,000km. According to the 2011 census, Tonga had a population of 103,252 people spread across 36 of the 172 islands. A population scattered so widely across such a large area can pose logistical problems for efforts to facilitate and finance disaster response.

03 Mar 2015 description

Executive Summary

In 2012 Tropical Cyclone (TC) Evan offered a distressing reminder of Samoa’s exposure to natural hazards. TC Evan came only three years after the earthquake and tsunami of 2009, which affected 2.5 percent of the country’s population, causing 143 fatalities and associated economic losses equivalent to 20 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

03 Mar 2015 description

Executive Summary

Vanuatu is susceptible to a variety of both hydrometeorological and geophysical disasters due to its location in the South Pacific tropical cyclone basin and the Pacific Ring of Fire. Hydrometeorological hazards include tropical cyclones, floods, and droughts, whereas geophysical hazards include volcanoes, earthquakes, and resulting tsunamis and landslides.

03 Mar 2015 description

Executive Summary

This note aims to build understanding of the existing disaster risk financing and insurance (DRFI) tools in use in Fiji and to identify gaps where potential engagement could further develop financial resilience. In addition the note aims to encourage peer exchange of regional knowledge, specifically by encouraging dialogue on past experiences, lessons learned, optimal use of these financial tools, and the effect they may have on the execution of post-disaster funds.

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.”

02 Mar 2015 description

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P1.15 billion to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the implementation of infrastructure projects in various regions affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

01 Mar 2015 description

Extension of lean season likely due to expected delay of harvests

  • Crop production prospects for the current season are mixed, due to cyclone damage and poor rainfall distribution in the south, where a delayed cropping season will extend the lean period of poor households by as much as one month.

27 Feb 2015 description

Points saillants

Grand sud :

  • 25% à 55% de déficit de précipitation entre septembre 2014 et janvier 2015 par rapport à la moyenne sur 15 ans.

  • Taux de malnutrition aigue severe (MAS) varie entre 2,3% et 9,2% apres mesure de perimetre brachial chez les enfants moins de 5 ans (<115 mm).

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.