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21 Dec 2015 description

PHILIPPINES

On 18 Dec the President declared a State of National Calamity to hasten the rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation in response to Typhoon Melor (Nona). As of 21 Dec, the NDRRMC reported 41 deaths, 24 injured and 5 missing. International aid agencies are providing targeted humanitarian assistance and mobilising in-country resources to support the Government's relief operations. 41people dead

21 Dec 2015 description

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

a. The El Nino condition in the tropical Pacific ,remained strong. International climate prediction models suggest that the on-going strong El Nino condition is approaching its peak during the Nov-Dec-Jan 2015/2016 season and may gradually weaken from February 2016. Transition to ENSO — neutral condition is expected by May-June-July 2016 season.

15 Dec 2015 description

By Kate Marshall and Mary-Joy Evalarosa, IFRC

Philippine authorities pre-emptively evacuated 700,000 people in the path of Typhoon Melor which made landfall in northern Samar on Monday. The evacuations came following warnings of 4 metres storm surges in coastal areas in Bicol and the Visayas. More than half of the evacuees are in Albay, the most disaster-prone province that has become a showcase for successful disaster risk reduction management.

02 Dec 2015 description

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on 30 September announced that a mature and “strong” El Niño now prevails in the tropical Pacific Ocean, upgrading the categorization from “moderate” conditions observed in the four months since June.

27 Nov 2015 description

Following typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in Philippines), the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Philippines began to construct 2,000 prefab houses in hard-hit Ormoc. Construction at the resettlement site started on Sept. 27, 2014.

07 Nov 2015 description

Strong El Niño persists and further strengthens in the tropical Pacific

Observed weekly sea surface temperature anomalies (SSTA) in October 2015 were above 2.0°C indicating further intensification of El Niño condition in the tropical Pacific. Most ENSO prediction models suggest that the on-going strong El Niño condition may last until April-May-June of 2016. With further analysis of historical perspectives, climate models also show that the current El Niño is comparable or may even surpass the 1997-98 El Niño event.

05 Nov 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over 700,000 people remain displaced due to flooding caused by Typhoon Koppu.

  • Small-scale farmers in Central Luzon suffer dual effects of El Niño and the typhoon.

  • About 3,300 people, mostly indigenous Lumads, displaced in Surigao del Sur for two months.

  • Livelihoods key to the recovery of an estimated 28,500 IDPs in Zamboanga.

FIGURES

Typhoon Koppu

# of IDPs 713,600

# of IDPs in evacuation centres 9,100

19 Oct 2015 description

1. HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 4:00 am (Philippine Standard time), 19 October 2015, Typhoon KOPPU (Lando) is estimated to be in the vicinity of Santiago, Ilocos Sur, Philippines (17.3N, 120.4E). The typhoon continues to track westward with winds of 120 kph near the centre and gustiness of up to 150 kph. According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the local weather bureau, due to its slow movement, the effects of Typhoon KOPPU (Lando) will be felt until Wednesday, 21 October 2015.

14 Oct 2015 description

Strong El Niño is now in progress in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

Most of the ENSO prediction models indicate a continuation of strong El Niño conditions during October – December season, and may last until April-May-June of 2016. This on-going El Niño event is comparable or may even surpass the sea surface temperature anomalies (SSTAs) observed during the 1997-98 El Niño event.

12 Oct 2015 description

As early as April 2014, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has started preparing for the impacts of El Niño on the country’s agriculture sector.

“We will seed all [of the] seedable clouds; we will waste no opportunity,” Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said.

12 Oct 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Main season rice output in 2015 to decrease from last year’s record due to dry conditions

  • Cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year (July/June) forecast to increase from last year’s high level

  • Prices of rice stable over past few months

Main season rice output in 2015 to decrease from last year’s record due to dry conditions

10 Oct 2015 description

Pilar S. Mabaquiao

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) - - The anticipated occurrence of El Niño phenomenon is expected to bring impact among farmers which will also affect food production.

Engr.Juliito A. Pamiroyan Sr. Irrigators Development Officer of the National Irrigation Administration Antique encouraged Irrigators Associations (IAs) to disseminate the anticipated rainfall deficiency among its members and plan out for water distribution schedule and other mitigating measures.

09 Oct 2015 description

PASAY CITY, Oct. 8 -- The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is offering an enhanced emergency loan to active members and old-age pensioners affected by calamities in the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Isabela; municipalities of Baganga, Tarragona, and Manay in Davao Oriental; and Datu Piang in Maguindanao.

08 Oct 2015 description

Press Statement
Quezon City, 30 September 2015

A number of climate models show that the ongoing El Niño event is comparable or may even surpass the SSTAs observed during the 1997-98 El Niño. It is also predicted that the current El Niño and associated SST warming may further strengthen and is likely to persist until the second quarter of 2016. Adverse impacts include below normal rainfall that could lead to dry spell and drought conditions in most parts of the country until the first quarter of 2016. Warmer than normal air temperatures are also likely to be felt.

07 Oct 2015 description

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that a mature and strong El Niño now prevails in the tropical Pacific Ocean and may continue to intensify and persist until the second quarter of 2016. The 2015-16 El Niño event could be potentially among the strongest events since 1950.