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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.

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17 Dec 2017 description

On 18 September 2017 Hurricane Maria struck Dominica with sustained winds of 260 km/h. The Category 5 hurricane caused widespread damage and destruction in Dominica, one of the poorest countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The UN estimated that the entire population suffered direct damage to housing and livelihoods. On 29 September 2017 a Flash Appeal was launched, seeking US$31.1 million to support the relief operations for three months. As of 15 December, $17.2 million has been contributed, including $3.0 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund.

17 Dec 2017 description
report United Nations

This report is produced by the United Nations in collaboration with humanitarian partners in Dominica. It covers the period from 30 November to 13 December 2017 and is the last situation report.

Highlights

  • A national wide assessment to identify and quantify the level of damage caused by Hurricane Maria on farm access roads is being conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Progamme (WFP). The first 14 farm access roads have been assessed and information on the required interventions is available.

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.

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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

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Below average cereal production estimated in 2017

  • Cereal imports anticipated to decline in 2017 marketing year

  • Hurricane Irma impacts food security in eastern provinces of Cuba

Cereal production in 2017 virtually unchanged from a year earlier

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.

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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.

16 Dec 2017 description

In her first Mission to Antigua and Barbuda after Hurricane Irma, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Jessica Faieta showed a strong commitment to support recovery efforts in Barbuda.

During a two-day mission that finalized yesterday, Ms. Faieta met with Prime Minister Gaston Browne, and discussed immediate and long-term support from UNDP to help “Barbudans get back home” with a home repair initiative. She reiterated UNDP’s commitment to the people and Government of Antigua and Barbuda.

16 Dec 2017 description

The end of the month of November also marked the end of the 2017 hurricane season. Even though Haiti was spared from the major hurricanes that hit the region, hurricanes Irma and Maria, still had an impact on the country, notably the Nord-Est department, which was classified in crisis phase (IPC phase 3) in the IPC report for October 2017 - February 2018. Grand'Anse department was also classified in crisis phase. The IPC report further revealed that about 1.32 million people are severely food insecure in Haiti.

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.

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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

Au cours de l’année 2017, la France a mobilisé en Haïti près d’1,7 millions d’euros d’aide alimentaire dont 1,5M€ ont été reversé au Comité Interministériel d’Aide Alimentaire (CIAA) en réponse à l’ouragan Matthew du 3 au 4 octobre 2016. L’Ambassade de France continue également d’appuyer le Programme National des Cantines Scolaires (PNCS).

Ces crédits ont notamment permis de réaliser des actions significatives telles que :

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

15 Dec 2017 description

SITUATION

  • Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Three quarters of the population lives on less than $2 per day, making Haiti extremely vulnerable to price spikes in the global food market as well as natural disasters.

  • Haiti remains susceptible to environmental shocks, such as Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, whose impacts continue to drive food insecurity across the country.