From the Department of Budget and Management
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the release of P592 million to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to fund the various rehabilitation projects supporting the victims of Typhoons Mario and Luis living in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
In 2014, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) intensified its operations to support the recovery of people affected by previous disasters, specifically Typhoon Bopha which struck eastern Mindanao on December 2012; the 2013 typhoons and floods season which devastated parts of eastern Luzon; the Central Visayas earthquake on October 2013 which destroyed a large part of the province of Bohol; and most notably, Typhoon Haiyan which struck in November 2013 and killed more than 6,800 people and affected more than six million people across several provinces.
At 11:56 local time on 25 Apr a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, with the epicenter in Lamjung District, 80 km north-west of Kathmandu. Aftershocks continue to occur, including a 6.7 magnitude earthquake on 26 Apr. Many people remain outside their houses in fear of further aftershocks. The Government reports more than 2,200 deaths, over 5,800 injuries. These figures are expected to increase as information becomes available.
2,200 people killed
5,800 people injured
The Pacific islands are renowned for their natural beauty. But sadly, poor waste management is a major threat to sustainable development in Pacific island countries and territories. It has negative impacts on biodiversity, water quality, fisheries, agriculture, tourism and quality of life in general. Notably, some types of waste also pose a grave threat to human health.
A partnership between the European Union and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) promises to address some of the Pacific region's most pressing, and dangerous, waste issues.
The following syndromes have been flagged:
· Acute Fever and Rash: Marshall Islands, Palau
· Influenza-**like illness:**American Samoa, Tonga
· Prolonged Fever: Tonga
· Outbreaks are on-going in Cook Islandsand**Marshall Islands.**Weekly number of cases in American Samoa, Kiribatiand Samoa have reduced significantly**.**
Les alertes suivantes ont été signalées:
• Fièvre éruptive: îles Marshall, Palau
• Diarrhée: Palau
• Syndrome grippal: Samoa américaines, Tonga
• Fièvre prolongée: Tonga
Autres mises à jour:
Thigh-deep in the same mud being cleared from underneath our four-wheel drive, the tropical rain begins to pour down on us again and the challenges of distributing relief supplies outside Port Vila, Vanuatu become very apparent.
We’re just half an hour’s drive from the centre of Port Vila, and yet the sealed road to Rango Rango village quickly became a mud-slick, deeply rutted track as we made our slow way into the hills to deliver 50 Caritas tarpaulins to families that emergency supplies have yet to reach.
A cheque of more than $150,000 was handed over today to the Government of Vanuatu by the Fijian Government to specifically assist the students of Vanuatu whose lives and studies were affected by Tropical Cyclone PAM.
Reactivation of health activities: Procurement of, and arrangement for transportation of equipment, infrastructure and supplies needed to restore health services at 8 priority sites ongoing. Human resource identification to fill vital gaps in service provision (national and international through FMT with specialised care capacity) continues.
New case study: Community World Service Asia - Capacity building strengthens quality and accountability in the Philippines
This case study highlights the capacity building that Community World Service (CWS) Asia undertook in the Philippines following typhoon Yolanda in 2013. It details how to maintain focus on HR during a disaster, particularly regarding the skills, knowledge, and attitude required and expected of an aid worker to deliver high quality services to communities.
French Polynesia has presented six containers of relief supplies to Vanuatu following the damage caused by Cyclone Pam last month.
23 April 2015 The Governor of Ha’apai, Hon Mo’ale Finau was the guest of honour in the handing over ceremony of six (6) completed two-room cyclone houses on Saturday 7th of March, 2015 at ‘Uiha, Ha’apai.
‘After surviving Typhoon Haiyan, we had to cope with three more typhoons. But now that we have moved into our new shelter, I know my family is finally safe.’ These are the words of Anna Lisa Calvadores, a young mother who lives in small, tight knit community on an exposed hillside in Eastern Samar in the Philippines.
SAMAR – On 22 April, the European Union and the Philippines Red Cross will officially hand over 2,000 temporary core shelters to families affected by Typhoon Yolanda in Samar. Another 1,000 families were given shelter repair assistance.
Over 575 ongoing activities by more than 30 organizations on 32 islands
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Micronesia is working under the leadership of the State and FSM National Governments, and in tandem with local partners, to identify and meet immediate humanitarian needs emerging from Typhoon Maysak.
Between April 8 and 13, IOM participated as an observer on Preliminary Damage Assessments in Yap and Chuuk conducted jointly by the Governments of the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia to evaluate the impact of Typhoon Maysak.
MANILA, April 22 -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has approved the release of P2.259 billion in financial assistance to national government employees who were affected by Typhoon Yolanda and the Bohol earthquake, Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said on Wednesday.