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18 Dec 2017 description

To improve health of women and girls in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Central America, Grand Challenges Canada and partners launch or scale-up 18 projects, bring Canada's new Feminist International Assistance Policy to life.

Toronto - Grand Challenges Canada today announced 18 projects extending innovative forms of health-related lifelines to some of humanity's most acutely impoverished, neglected and vulnerable women and girls, supported by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.

17 Dec 2017 description

Many areas were flooded, damaging crops and infrastructure

MANILA, Dec 17 (Reuters) - At least 26 people were killed while several residents were missing in an island province in central Philippines after tropical storm Kai-tak brought heavy rains that triggered landslides, local authorities and media said on Sunday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

17 Dec 2017 description
  • On 17 December, Tropical Cyclone KAI-TAK (named URDUJA in the Philippines) has weakened into a Tropical Depression and is crossing the Samar Sea. Kai-Tak is expected to move slowly to west across the Central Philippines through the next 2 or 3 days. In past 2 days there has been 500-900 mm rainfall across central Philippines, causing floods and landslides.

17 Dec 2017 description

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17 December 2017

At 2:00 AM, TS "URDUJA" remained almost stationary over the Northern portion of Samar Province. At 4100 AM, Tropical Depression outside PAR was estimated at 2,040 km East of Mindanao with maximum sustained winds of 40 kph and gustiness of up to 50 kph.

17 Dec 2017 description

The scale of the destruction, pain and misery wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the central part of the Philippines on November 8th, 2013, was staggering. The initial response provided life-saving support to millions of people in the affected region, however, the greater challenge has been to ensure that recovery and reconstruction efforts will leave devastated communities better prepared to withstand future shocks. The world may now be wondering how Typhoon Haiyan survivors have rebuilt their communities?

17 Dec 2017 description

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has turned over 100 houses and a health facility in a relocation site built for Yolanda survivors in San Remigio, Cebu as part of the organization’s commitment to the ongoing Yolanda recovery program.

During the ceremonial turn over on Friday, Philippine Red Cross Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said the new houses and health facility would ensure the resilience of Yolanda-affected families to future disasters.

17 Dec 2017 description

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16 December 2017

At 2:00 AM, TS "URDUJA" remained slow-moving off the coast of Eastern Samar while maintaining its maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

At 5:00 AM, "URDUJA" has slightly intensified and began to move closer towards Samar Island with maximum sustained winds of 80 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 95 kph. It is forecasted to move West Northwest at 10 kph.

17 Dec 2017 description
  • 189.9 M required for 2017

  • 102.2 M contributions received, representing 54% of requirements

  • 87.7 M funding gap for South East Asia

All figures are displayed in USD

16 Dec 2017 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

Aid in Danger partner agency incidents. Partner agencies operate in ten countries. Agencies reported four incidents in three countries. No security measures taken to protect staff, assets and programmes were identified. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is not a complete count nor representative. For other incidents recorded by the Aid in Danger project, including from open sources, please see NGO Security Incident Overview.

16 Dec 2017 description

Pre-emptive evacuation

  • 4,327 families

Total affected persons

  • 158,166 persons

  • (35,021 families)

Philippines

✓ 356,490 family food packs have been prepared

✓ PHP 245 million have been allocated as standby funds.

✓ Province-wide work and classes have been suspended.

✓ Landslides was report in Mimaropa and Region VIII.

✓ Flooding was also reported in Mimaropa and Region VI.

16 Dec 2017 description

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15 December 2017

TS "URDUJA" has slightly intensified as it continues to move slowly off the eastern coast Samar Island. At 4:00 AM, the center of TS "URDUJA" was estimated based on all available data at 205 km East of Borongan City, Eastern Samar. It has maximum sustained winds of up to 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It is forecasted to move Northwest at 5 kph.

16 Dec 2017 description

Situation Overview

On 12 December 2017, the monitored Low Pressure Area east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has developed into a Tropical Depression and was named “Urduja”. It has intensified into a Tropical Storm as it continued to threaten Samar provinces on 14 December 2017.

1. Status of Affected Families / Persons

35,188 families or 158,700 persons are affected in 326 barangays in Regions V, VIII and CARAGA (see Table 1).

2. Status of Displaced Families / Persons

16 Dec 2017 description

The government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), launched its operations center in Marawi, DSWD OIC-Secretary Emmanuel Leyco said on Friday, December 15.

“This shall serve as the nerve center for our operations in Marawi to make sure that the initiatives of the Department will match the requirements of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the area,” Leyco announced in the Bangon Marawi press briefing in Malacañang.

16 Dec 2017 description

We welcome the approval of both houses of Congress to extend the proclamation of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao beginning January 1, 2018 until December 31, 2018.

16 Dec 2017 description

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

On 15 November 2017, Kanlaon Volcano's seismic monitoring network recorded two hundred seventy nine deep (279) volcanic earthquakes. Since 18 August 2017, the number of volcanic earthquakes detected per day has continued to increase. There has been no visible degassing or steaming from the active vent this year, although increased unrest could possibly develop into steam-driven or phreatic eruptions at the summit.

16 Dec 2017 description

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

12 December 2017

At 5:00 PM, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility) developed into a tropical depression and was named "URDUJA". It has a maximum sustained winds of up to 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kph as it moves in a north northwest direction at 6 kph.

At 10:00 PM, the center of Tropical Depression (TD) "URDUJA" was estimated as 415 km East Northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

13 December 2017

16 Dec 2017 description

Situation Overview

On 12 December 2017, the monitored Low Pressure Area east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has developed into a Tropical Depression and was named “Urduja”. It has intensified into a Tropical Storm as it continued to threaten Samar provinces on 14 December 2017.

1. Status of Affected Families / Persons

35,021 families or 158,166 persons affected in 322 barangays in Regions VIII and CARAGA (see Table 1).

2. Status of Displaced Families / Persons