The Republic of Palau consists of the western-most group of the Caroline Islands in Micronesia and lies an almost equal distance from the Philippines to the west, Papua New Guinea to the south, and Guam to the Northeast. It consists of over 340 islands.4 Palau is vulnerable to a variety of man-made and natural disasters with the potential to have a large impact on the economy and population. Historically, this has included typhoons, tropical storms, droughts, and a bridge collapse.
The Philippines’ poor track record in reconstructing cities affected by disaster and conflict is manifest in Marawi’s case, a year since the siege.
Dakila Kim P. Yee - 23 May, 2018
El Secretario para Asuntos de Vulnerabilidad y Director General de Protección Civil, Jorge Meléndez basándose en el Informe Especial No. 2 del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales: “Oleaje más rápido y alto arriba a la costa de El Salvador”; emite AVISO DE OLEAJE INCREMENTADO EN ALTURA Y RAPIDEZ que arribará a la costa de El Salvador generado por tormenta extra-tropical ubicada en el Hemisferio Sur.
YVONNE SU, LADYLYN MANGADA & JESSA TURALBA - 27 APR, 2018
Tacloban City’s 'Home of the Happiest People' tourism campaign is a cover up of five years of devastation in a disaster-stricken city.
The Tacloban City Government has launched a marketing campaign branding the city as the “Home of the Happiest People in the World.”
As part of an ongoing effort to promote disability-inclusive humanitarian action in Pacific countries, this policy brief identifies priority actions for disaster readiness, response and recovery. It has been prepared through a collaborative approach and should be a key reference in the future, promoting coordination across all levels and stages of the humanitarian cycle in the Region.
Promoting inclusion in Pacific humanitarian action
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967. The Member States of the Association are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. ASEAN collectively has a population of over 600 million people with the third largest labour force in the world, and by 2050, ASEAN is expected to rank as the fourth-largest economy in the world. Yet, ASEAN is also the most natural disaster-prone region in the world.
• Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region experience a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanoes. El Niño and La Niña phenomena occur periodically, exacerbating the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Unplanned urban expansion, environmental and natural resource degradation, and land-use management challenges also increase populations’ vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards.
Climate change is emerging as a potent driver of internal migration. The report Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration (2018) projects that, by 2050, without concrete climate and development action, just over 143 million people—or around 3 percent of the population across Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South Asia —could be forced to move within their own countries to escape the slow-onset impacts of climate change.
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The Impact of Disasters on Agriculture and Food Security 2015 showed that a staggering 22 percent of total damage and loss from natural disasters in developing countries was absorbed by the agriculture sector alone.
Natural disasters may cause suffering and threaten life, but they can also promote economic growth.
The Government of Japan turned over the Lawaan Municipal Hall to the Government of the Philippines in a ceremony held on February 22, 2018 in Lawaan City, Eastern Samar. The Lawaan Municipal Hall is one of the projects under the Japan-funded “Program for the Rehabilitation and Recovery from Typhoon Yolanda”. Second Secretary Shintaro Ichiki of the Embassy of Japan, Municipal Mayor of Lawaan Florencio Almeda and Regional Director of DILG Marivel C.
A warehouse in Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, holds 10 huge shipping containers filled to the brim with discarded goods and rotting food. This is what’s left of the massive piles of donations sent to the South Pacific nation in the aftermath of the most powerful storm to strike the remote island group, nearly three years ago.
In total, Vanuatu received donations that filled 77 large containers after Cyclone Pam ripped through the country in March 2015. Heartfelt offerings perhaps, but unfortunately much of it was unusable.
The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is part of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies. UNDAC was created in 1993. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. UNDAC, as a tool of OCHA, also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.
By Denis McClean
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 February 2018 - Just five months after the September earthquakes which completely destroyed 60,000 homes, more than 30,000 have been rebuilt by affected families provided with cash and technical assistance from the Mexican authorities.
In a first for Mexico, the authorities restored hope to affected communities across seven states, by issuing a total of 170,000 debit cards which allowed each family to draw up to US$8,000 to rebuild or repair their homes, in the first such experiment by the Mexican government.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) turned over another 650shelters for Yolanda survivors in the town of Sta. Fe, Leyte as part of the organization’s commitment to the ongoing Yolanda recovery program.
During the ceremonial turnover at the Sta. Fe Municipal Gymnasium on Friday, PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said the new shelters would ensure the resilience of Yolanda-affected families to future disasters.
February 10th, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has handed over 650 housing units to homeless families in the Municipality of Santa Fe, Leyte Province, the Philippines. This ushered in the end of Phase II of a comprehensive development programme in the regions hit by the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan. Done in cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross, the undertaking consumed a budget of $ 2,256,209 (or nearly QR 8.2 million).
Typhoon Haiyan (Philippine name, ‘Yolanda’), made landfall in the Philippines on 8 November 2013. It is considered to be one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded in world history, based on maximum wind speed, with a wind gust reaching up to 320 km/hour at its peak.