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06 Apr 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2008.

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Programme summary: The 2008-2009 appeal to support the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) focused mainly on organizational development where emphasis was placed on the continuous expansion of volunteers based throughout the country and increasing the national society's capacity in disaster management and health care.

Financial situation: While the total budget for 2008 was placed at CHF 2,158,654 (USD 1.93 million or EUR 1.31 million), there were no funding contributions made to the 2008-2009 annual …

19 Jan 2009 description

The Ministry of Finance has been assigned by the Prime Minister to provide 16,350 tonnes of rice sourced from the national reserve as a hunger relief in the between-crop period and an assistance during Lunar New Year (Tet) to Thai Nguyen, Tuyen Quang, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Tri and Quang Nam provinces.

The Ministry has also been tasked to provide VND 34.5 billion sourced from the State budget in 2009 in order to support the central provinces to overcome the aftermath of the recent storm and flood.

In addition, 2.500 tonnes of rice sourced from the national …

31 Dec 2008 description

This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2008

In brief

Programme(s) summary: The 2008-2009 appeal to support the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) focuses on organizational development, with an emphasis on expanding its volunteer base throughout the country, as well as increasing its capacity in disaster management and health and care.

Financial situation: The total budget for 2008 is CHF 2,158,654 (USD 1.93 million or EUR 1.31 million). Unfortunately, there have been no contributions to this appeal to date, and therefore, no expenditure under this appeal.

12 Dec 2008 description

Press Release No: G/64/2008

UN's regional arm and Japan's space agency sign collaboration agreement

Bangkok (UN/ESCAP Information Services) - The use of space-based information and services to help reduce the risk of disasters in the Asia-Pacific region received a boost today with a collaboration agreement between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

At a ceremony held during the 15th meeting of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-15), on 12 December 2008, in …

03 Dec 2008 description

Kuala Lumpur, 2-4 December 2008

The ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) is cognisant of its significant initiative in 2004 to endorse its ASEAN Regional Programme on Disaster Management (ARPDM) which it launched as a six-year programme until 2010. ASEAN is proud of its pioneering ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER), which is a regional legal framework for multilateral cooperation and collaboration in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response in ASEAN.

28 Nov 2008 description

Vietnam, Nov 28, 2008 - Across Vietnam, incidences of dengue fever have been increasing since the beginning of 2008, with an estimated 78,000 people contracting the mosquito-borne disease, the Xinhua news agency reported the local newspaper Liberty Sai Gon as saying on Tuesday (November 25). It reported that the country has seen 79 deaths from 78,512 dengue fever cases, which is 13 cases higher then the number of cases during the same period last year, according to the ministry's statistics, Xinhua stated.

20 Nov 2008 description
report Oxfam

Executive Summary

Viet Nam is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. The government's impressive achievements in pulling millions of people out of poverty are seriously jeopardised by the likely increase in extreme weather events such as severe rainfall and drought, and by slow climate changes like sea level rises and warming temperatures.

20 Nov 2008 description
report Oxfam

Rising sea-levels, more intense typhoons, higher temperatures and increased flooding and drought threaten to drag millions of Vietnamese people back into poverty, an Oxfam report reveals today.

In the report, Viet Nam: Climate Change, Adaptation and Poor People, Oxfam shows how Viet Nam has led the way to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 but how the country, identified as among the ten most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, is set to see this success reversed unless urgent …

19 Nov 2008 description

Executive summary

The overall purpose of this 2009-2010 Plan is to coordinate and support International Federation efforts at country and regional level to assist host national societies to scale up their work in line with the Global Agenda. The Southeast Asia regional team based in Bangkok will continue to evolve its role as a part of the new secretariat zonal structure and operating model. This model has been designed in order to create a more unified approach to Federation support to national societies across the whole of Asia Pacific.

19 Nov 2008 description

Executive summary

This 2009-10 support plan inherits the approaches from the planning for 2008-2009 but scales down some activities so that they are more aligned with the pace of development of the organizational and personnel capacity of Vietnam Red Cross (VNRC) to implement this programme along with other initiatives of in-country partners as well as other national society priorities.

19 Nov 2008 description

Executive summary

Disasters in the Philippines in 2006 affected 8.61 million families (approximately 10.4 per cent of the country's population) and caused the deaths of approximately 3,000 people (3.59 per 100,000 inhabitants). Poverty among 27.6 million Filipinos (more than 32 per cent of the population) increases impact of disasters. Communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, dengue, and HIV continue to pose significant challenges.

12 Nov 2008 description



There were 4,812 persons; 146 trucks; 49 motor bancas; 11 vessels and 4 small cars stranded in various ports of Regions IV-A, V, VI, VII and VIII

Six (6) motorbancas (MBcas) capsized namely: MBca ROLIV which occurred in Brgy. Bangonon, Tagubanhan Island), M/B April Joy, M/B Jona I, M/B Nonoy Mike in Colebra Island, Concepcion all in Iloilo Province and 2 unidentified fishing boats in Pilar, Surigao del Norte

A drowning incident occurred on November 08, 2008 in Brgy. Marambong, Pandan, Catanduanes due to flashflood.

10 Nov 2008 description

Typhoon Maysak, which threatened central Viet Nam over the weekend, has moved south and weakened to the level of tropical depression, according to a report from the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecast.

The centre predicted that the tropical depression would move south and southwest, of the country's southwestern region, today at a speed of between 10 and 15km per hour.

The northern and central areas of the East Sea will continue to see strong winds, at levels 6 and 7, and rough seas.

The centre's director, Bui Minh Tang said that the typhoon early yesterday …

09 Nov 2008 description

This map illustrates satellite-detected water over the flood-affected provinces of Hanoi, Red River Delta Region, Vietnam. Probable flood waters were detected with DMC multispectral data acquired on 9 November 2008 at a spatial resolution of 32m. Pre-flood DMC multispectral data from 24 November 2005 was also used in this analysis. This flood assessment is a preliminary analysis & has not yet been validated in the field.

08 Nov 2008 description

DATE: 08 November 2008, 6:00 PM

References: Reports from OCDRCs IV-A, V, V1, 01, Vlll


- The low pressure area (LPA) East of Mindanao entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility 40 kms Northeast of Surigao City on November 06, 2008 and has developed into a Tropical Depression named "QUINTA".

07 Nov 2008 description

HANOI, Nov 7 (Reuters) - A tropical storm developing west of the Philippines could bring rain to disrupt Vietnam's coffee harvesting by early next week if it lands on the central coast, a storm-tracking website showed on Friday.

Tropical storm Twenty Four, or Maysak, is forecast to arrive in the province of Binh Dinh, to the east of Vietnam's Central Highlands coffee belt, the Tropical Storm Risk (www.tropicalstormrisk.com) site showed.

The storm, named after a tree in …