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Ilocos Norte's evacuation centers get star-rating for looks, facilities

By: Freddie G. Lazaro

LAOAG CITY, August 27 (PIA) - Like hotels, Ilocos Norte's evacuation centers are now star-rated from one to a maximum of three stars depending on the presence of facilities and whether the physical appearance is pleasant.

Provincial Planning and Development Officer Pedro Agcaoili, secretary of the provincial resiliency task force, said evacuation centers are composed of primary and secondary schools, district hospitals, municipal auditoriums and churches.

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World + 2 others
Why Island Wisdom Is Crucial to Help Adapt and Prepare for the Impacts of Climate Change the World

Opinion by Han Seung-soo

For decades, small island countries have been warning the world about the consequences of climate change. While many countries have been debating whether climate change is even happening or who is to blame, small islands have just had to deal with its impact, from extreme weather to rising sea levels and increasing environmental vulnerability.

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How WFP And USAID Helped Prepare Sorsogon For Typhoon Glenda

One never knows the effectiveness of a disaster preparedness and response programme until a disaster strikes. So how did communities in Sorsogon fare when Typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasun) hit their province?

The Disaster Preparedness and Response (DPR) initiatives of the World Food Programme (WFP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), was recently tested when strong winds and rains battered the province of Sorsogon on Wednesday, the 15th of July this year.

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Guatemala + 4 others
REDLAC Nota Semanal sobre Emergencias - América Latina y el Caribe Año 7 - Volumen 369

Destacados

  • SISMOS: Intensos movimientos sísmicos sentidos en Perú, Chile y el estado de California en EEUU provocan diversos daños personales y materiales.

  • TEMPORADA DE HURACANES: El huracán Marie, de categoría 4, deja tres personas desaparecidas y 10,000 damnificados en el sur de México.

  • SEQUÍA: El Gobierno de Guatemala anuncia que necesita US$65 millones para atender la emergencia por sequía que afecta a 236,000 familias. El presidente pedirá ayuda internacional para enfrentar la crisis.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Philippines Construction Partnership to Provide Thousands of Temporary Homes for Haiyan Displaced

IOM and the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) today signed a partnership agreement to construct additional transitional shelters for Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines.

Nearly ten months after the massive storm, more than 24,000 people remain displaced and are still living in 64 sites across the affected areas. Many of these are tent cities and makeshift shelters located in coastal flood-prone areas.

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World + 3 others
Communications with Communities Asia-Pacific Newsletter August 2014

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.

Myanmar

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Bermuda + 4 others
Hurricane Cristobal kills four, churns towards Bermuda

08/26/2014 22:58 GMT

MIAMI, August 26, 2014 (AFP) - Strengthening Hurricane Cristobal killed at least four people in the Caribbean and then trained its deadly sights Tuesday on the holiday paradise of Bermuda, officials and meteorologists said.

The storm dumped torrential rain on the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Dominican Republic, triggering flooding and killing four people, authorities there said.

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Top PRC, ICRC officials inspect progress of recovery efforts in Samar

Basey, Samar – Philippine Red Cross officials together with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross assessed recovery efforts during a visit on Monday in Samar almost ten months after typhoon Yolanda devastated Eastern Visayas.

Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon accompanied ICRC President Peter Maurer during the visit to inspect the steady and rapid progress of recovery in Samar.

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Construction of Welafi Evacuation Centre progressing well

The construction of the Welagi Evacuation Centre in Taveuni is progressing well, says Director of the National Disaster Management, Mr Manasa Tagicakibau.

The construction of this centre would assist the people of Welagi during any natural disaster especially during cyclones or hurricanes.

Mr Tagicakibau added the project was initiated by the community in consultation with Government to mitigate disaster risks.

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Powerful Hurricane Marie sends pounding waves to Mexico

08/25/2014 17:23 GMT

CABO SAN LUCAS, August 25, 2014 (AFP) - Hurricane Marie was pounding heavy waves into Mexico's Pacific coast Monday, where three fishermen went missing after their boat capsized.

The eighth hurricane of the eastern Pacific season also damaged the property of some 10,000 families in the southern state of Oaxaca, officials said.

Marie, expected to reach southern California Tuesday, was headed up the coast of the Baja California Peninsula when it sank the fishing boat.

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One missing, 4,000 displaced by storm in Dominican Republic

08/24/2014 15:42 GMT

WASHINGTON, August 24, 2014 (AFP) - Tropical storm Cristobal headed toward the Bahamas Sunday after leaving one person missing in the Dominican Republic, US weather forecasters said.

The storm, which was upgraded from a tropical depression, had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles (75 kilometers) an hour, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

It predicted heavy rainfall of four to eight inches -- "with isolated amounts of 12 inches possible" -- for the Turks and Caicos islands and southeastern and central Bahamas, it said.

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Governments of Philippines and Japan join hands with UN-Habitat to help Typhoon Haiyan victims

Roxas City, 18 August 2014: The governments of Philippines and Japan have joined hands with UN-Habitat to offer help to those who suffered unmitigated losses from Typhoon Haiyan.

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Climate change a threat to Fiji’s food security

“Unless action is taken soon, climate change will drastically affect our food security and above all, affect different communities in Fiji.”

This was pointed during presentation by the Ministry of Agriculture at the National Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change workshop underway in Suva.

The Ministry’s economic planning officer Jone Raileabula highlighted that countries in the region including Fiji are experiencing the effects of climate change, including worsening coastal erosion and floods. This said has a severe impact on food security.

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More Support for Damaged Health Care Facilities in the Philippines

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AmeriCares

AmeriCares emergency medical aid, power generators and other humanitarian support are reaching health facilities in the Philippines damaged by Typhoon Rammasun. When the Category 3 typhoon struck in July, it left nearly 100 dead, destroyed homes, displaced hundreds of thousands of families and left millions without power.

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India: Cyclone Phailin (MDRIN013) DREF final report

Period covered by this update: 14 October 2013 to 14 May 2014 CHF 500,000 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to some 15,000 families (75,000 beneficiaries) and to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.