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25 Apr 2018 description

In 2017, rural families in the Philippines struggled to regain their livelihoods after a succession of strong typhoons, drought and conflict decimated crops, farm animals and productive assets. Missing the imminent planting season would have meant that agriculture-dependent families would have gone without income for at least three months – relying solely on food assistance.

29 Aug 2017 description



From the middle of October until the end of December of 2016, very heavy rainfall caused by a combination of tropical depressions and the North-Eastern monsoon produced five consecutive periods of flooding in eighteen provinces in central Vietnam (North Central, South Central Coast, and the Central Highland regions), significantly affecting their people and economies.

21 Jun 2017 description


  • Cereal production in 2017 forecast close to last year’s high level

  • Cereal imports in 2017/18 marketing year (July/June) forecast to expand to record level

  • Prices of rice generally stable in recent months

  • Large number of people affected by typhoons and El Niño in 2016

Cereal production in 2017 forecast close to last year’s high level

31 Mar 2017 description

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration 3 Nock-Ten (Nina) (PAGASA), the Philippines is prone to tropical cyclones due to its geographical location which generally produce heavy rains, flooding of large areas and also strong winds which result in heavy casualties to human life and destruction to crops and properties. On average, the country is frequented by 20 tropical cyclones annually, almost half of which made landfall.

02 Mar 2017 description

As livelihood recovery efforts continue, farmers in the rice-producing provinces of Aurora and Nueva Ecija are optimistic that the upcoming harvest can help them rebound from the devastating impacts of Typhoon Sarika and Super Typhoon Haima (local names: Karen and Lawin).

At least 4 300 families that were able to replant their damaged farms with assistance from the Department of Agriculture (DA) are currently receiving supplemental fertilizer and other farm inputs from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

02 Feb 2017 description


• Typhoon Nock-Ten-affected regions sustain heavy damage to agriculture and infrastructure as humanitarian actors find ways to further assist government recovery efforts.

• A Catanduanes community finds that preparedness and evacuation measures can achieve zero casualties.

• FAO augments government assistance to Typhoon Sarika and Haima-affected farmers.

• Flash flooding displaces thousands in Mindanao and Visayas.

• An inclusive dialogue with stakeholders ensures a safe and dignified return for Lumads in Mindanao.

20 Nov 2016 description


  • Typhoons Sarika and Haima have negatively affected central and northern parts of Luzon, but overall impact on 2016 cereal crops expected to be limited

  • Cereal import requirements in 2016/17 marketing year (July/June) forecast to remain high

  • Prices of rice stable in recent months

  • Typhoons negatively impacted livelihoods and food security of affected households

Cereal production in 2016 forecast to recover from last year’s reduced level

19 Nov 2016 description

This map illustrates satellite-detected potentially damaged buildings in Enrile town and surroundings, Cagayan Province, Philippines. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Pleiades satellite image acquired on the 25 October 2016 as a post-image. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis identified 661 potentially damaged structures within the map extent of which 591 were identified inside the town of Enrile. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT.

19 Nov 2016 description

This map illustrates satellite-detected potentially damaged buildings in Alibago village, Enrile Municipality, Cagayan Province, Phillippines. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Pleiades satellite image acquired on the 25 October 2016 as a post-image. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis identified 303 potentially damaged structures inside the village of Alibago. The depiction and use of village locations acquired from OSM, are not warranted to be error-free nor do they imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.

04 Nov 2016 description


• In mid-October, the Philippines was struck by two typhoons in close succession, Sarika, a Category 4 event on 16 October and Haima, a Category 5 event on 19 October. Central and northern parts of Luzon were the most affected areas.

• Strong winds, heavy rains and localized floods caused the loss of life and severe damage to the agriculture sector, including losses of the main staple rice paddy crop, as well as of maize and other high value crops. In addition, losses were reported in the livestock and fishery sectors.

24 Oct 2016 description


On 19 October, Category 4 Typhoon Haima (locally named Lawin) made landfall in Cagayan province. After landfall, the storm left a broad path of debris, causing flooding and landslides, and damaging about 46,000 houses. As of 24 October, authorities have confirmed eight fatalities and approximately 159,000 people remain displaced (38,000 people are staying inside evacuation centres and 121,000 people outside of evacuation centres). The Government is leading the humanitarian response and has declined an offer of international assistance.

23 Oct 2016 description


The Philippines was hit by two typhoons in this period of time. The first typhoon, named Sarika, has damaged 12,777 houses and affected 300,386 people in the central and northern Luzon. The second typhoon, i.e. Haima, also affected about 158,000 people and caused 14 death in northern Luzon.


Flood affected 1,000 families in Palopo, South Sulawesi Province. Flood also submerged 747 houses in Luwu District.

Nearly 15,500 people were reportedly affected by flood in Nagan Raya, Aceh Province.


17 Oct 2016 description

Typhoon Sarika

Typhoon Sarika (Karen) made landfall in Baler, Aurora province, at 2:30 a.m. on 16 October. It slightly weakened while crossing Central Luzon but slightly intensified as it moves away from the Philippines. As of 6am 17 October 2016, Typhoon Sarika is out of the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) and all Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals (TCWS) have been lifted.

Typhoon Haima

16 Oct 2016 description

Another Tropical Cyclone (TC) is developing in the Pacific Ocean, namely Tropical Cyclone Haima. It moves West Northwest heading to the northern part of the Philippines and slightly above the track of Tropical Cyclone Sarika with wind speed peaking up to 259 kph. It is stronger than the Tropical Cyclone Sarika. Flash flood, landslide and strong wind may occur in the areas within the projected path.