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16 Jun 2009 description

by Erik Olsson, Siargao island, Surigao del Norte, Philippines

Rain, rain and yet more rain greets most visitors to Siargao Island.

Located on the extreme western Pacific rim, the island faces well over 200 days of heavy rainfall every year. In total it adds up to four metres, and it regularly triggers massive flooding.

"In addition, Siargao Island often bears the brunt of typhoons and storm surges," says Catherine Martin, manager of disaster management services at the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), "and it's also threatened by rising sea levels, …

09 Jan 2009 description

MANILA, 9 January 2009 (IRIN) - Flooding in some parts of Mindanao has exacerbated the humanitarian situation on the island after nearly five months of deadly fighting between government troops and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Heavy rains have caused rivers in the Cagayan de Oro and Lanao del Sur provinces to overflow their banks, while flash floods were experienced in the cities of Gingoog and Iligan.

Almost 40,000 people have been affected in 30 villages, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) reported on 8 January, with more than 900 homes …

08 Jan 2009 description

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last night directed officials of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Councils (RDCCs) of Regions X and Xlll to start immediately the rehabilitation of the areas in the two regions hit by heavy flooding last Saturday.

She said it was imperative that immediate action be taken to bring back normalcy to the lives of the residents affected by flooding.

The President issued the directive during the meeting with the RDCCs in the regions that she convened Wednesday evening at the Camiguin Highland Resort in Barangay Soro-Soro …

07 Jan 2009 description

Situation Overview

Governor Joseph C Cua of Catanduanes Province DPWH 5 has confirmed that the continuous heavy rains which occurred since last night triggered the occurrence of landslide and flooding along the Circumferential Road in said province.

Sections affected by landslide were Brgy Sipi, Bata; Bato-Linao; Tilod, Baras and Banabanaan in Caramoran; and 2 sections along Baras-Gigmoto Road.

One electric post in Viga-Bagamanoc Road collapsed due to landslide.

Minor floodings occurred in front of BMC Hospital in Virac.

07 Jan 2009 description

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was visibly moved here today (Wednesday, Jan.

06 Jan 2009 description

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) immediately came to the rescue of some 6,298 families affected by the flashfloods in the cities of Cagayan De Oro and Gingoog, Misamis Oriental due to continuous rains brought about by tropical depression "Auring."

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza I.

05 Jan 2009 description

Type of Disaster : Tropical Depression

Description : Report on the Effects of Tropical Depression "AURING"

Place of Disaster : Caraga region

Date and Time : Saturday, January 03, 2009 01:00 AM

Summary :

Initial report as of January 06, 2009

- Siargao Island has been declared under State of Calamity heavily affecting the municipalities of Sta. Monica and San Benito.

- One hundred sixty-five (165) families with 825 persons from five (5) barangays of San Benito were affected.

- The number of affected families in Sta.

05 Jan 2009 description

Type of Disaster : Tropical Depression

Description : Initial report on the Effects of Tropical Depression "AURING"

Place of Disaster : Cities of Cagayan de Oro and Gingoog, Misamis Oriental

Date and Time : Saturday, January 03, 2009 01:00 AM

Summary :

Initial report as of January 05, 2009

- Six thousand two hundred ninety-eight (6,298) families composed of 29,208 persons coming from twenty-four (24) barangays were affected.

- Nineteen (19) evacuation centers were opened to temporarily shelter 3,496 families with 16,160 persons while others transferred to …

04 Jan 2009 description

The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC)-Red Cross 143 volunteers and rescuers in Eastern Visayas and Western Mindanao have evacuated and provided food by setting up community kitchens today to nearly 5,000 families who were rendered homeless by Typhoon Auring.

Reports reaching the PNRC National Headquarters Operation Center (OpCen) in Port Area, Manila late yesterday said there were floodings in the provinces of Negros Oriental, Bohol and Samar in the Visayas; and Zamboanga del Norte, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro and Gingoog City in Western Mindanao.

At 6:30 PM of January 3, 2009, the …