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    WEST AFRICA


    Massive rain in 16 West African countries caused rivers and sewers to overflow their banks - more than half a million people are affected.

    (Responsible for page: Julie Lorenzen. Edited on 21 October 2009)

    It has been raining so much the last month in the city of Saint Louis in northern Senegal that it has caused overflowing sewers.

    "It does not smell good, and it is disgusting to see what's floating around. We are walking around in water up to our knees, and we have got on the rubber boots, "said relief worker Lisbet Elvekjær who has been sent to Senegal for the Danish Red Cross.

    Here she is distributing emergency aid and setting up tents for the roughly 264,000 Senegalese affected by the rainfall.

    SENEGAL IS PARTICULARLY HARD HIT BY FLOODS

    Out of the total of 16 West African countries plagued by flooding, Senegal, Niger and Burkina Faso are the countries most affected.

    In Senegal, the city of Saint Louis is one of the hard hit areas:"The water has penetrated into people's houses. Many places they have been forced to block mattresses up on bricks so that they can be dry. It goes without saying that when sewage mixes with rainwater, then it is extremely unhygienic, "says Lisbet Elvekjær.

    It has created an unhealthy mess, but fortunately there have been no cholera outbreak in Saint Louis.

    All the rain fell at the same time

    According to Frode Kirk who directs the Danish Red Cross' work in West Africa, the severe flooding is caused by all the rain coming at the same time this year.
    "Normally it would be raining from June to October, but rain was two months late, and now it all fell in September," he tells from the Senegalese capital Dakar.

    West Africa's coastline is one of the places in the world with most rain, and there will always be minor flooding at this time, but this year it has been extreme
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    THEME: Western Africa flooded in rain - October 2009


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    Emergency help for West Africa

    Expert: Flooding caused by climate change / global warming

    Case: Worst floods in 10 years

    Relief Workers: On the way to disaster area



    WEST AFRICA UNDER WATER

    16 countries are affected by floods

    More than half a million people in West Africa are affected - in Burkina Faso 150,000 people are affected whereas 264,000 in Senegal and nearly 67,000 in Niger are affected.

    160 people have died.


    Red Cross Relief Work in This Area

    Danish Red Cross has sent two relief workers and the equivalent of 750,000 Danish kroner from the Foreign Ministry to Senegal. Money is spent on tents.

    International Red Cross has distributed among other blankets, mosquito nets and soap to the thousands of people affected.


    Sources: OCHA and IFRC


    FLOODS CAUSED BY CLIMATE CHANGE / GLOBAL WARMING


    Part of the explanation of the floods in West Africa is global warming. But exhausted soil and too many people living in the slum of the big cities are also important explanations of the causes.


    (Responsible for page: Lene Vendelbo - Created 21 October 2009)

    Annemette Meyer, Climate Adviser to the Danish Red Cross, explains here why it has gone so bad in West Africa.

    Is climate change causing the floods?
    'Partly. In three hours Burkina Faso got a quarter of all the rain usually falling in a full year. It indicates that something is not as it used to be, and it is an indication of the changing climate. "

    Is climate change alone to blame for the violent weather?
    "No. It is also because there are too many people living on too unproductive soil/land. Historically, nomads have lived in this area, and the nomads have moved from one fertile place to another fertile place. Now many are trying to cultivate the soil, and the soil is often not suited for cultivation. Therefore, the soil is exhausted. "

    What do these people do to make it?

    "More and more people are seeking refuge in the slums of the big cities. They are living in fragile tin shacks without sanitation. This makes them extra vulnerable to floods and diseases'.

    Is West Africa going to feel climate change in the future?
    "Climate change is here to stay. Therefore, West Africa will experience that drought and flood succeed each other - not in a specific pattern, but as the wind blows. That is what makes climate change so difficult to handle. "



    UPDATE OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA ON 22 OCTOBER 2009

    'Ramil' slows down; Pagasa hints landfall delayed anew
    Roskilde 5 July 2009
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    THE SITUATION IN THE AMERICAN SAMOA

    UPS PARTNERS WITH THE RED CROSS TO PROVIDE RELIEF


    Thursday, October 22, 2009 — On Saturday, UPS delivered food and relief supplies to communities affected by the earthquake and tsunami in AMERICAN SAMOA. Additional supplies are scheduled to arrive in November by ocean freight.

    The shipments by UPS, which is a member of the Annual Disaster Giving Program of the American Red Cross, are supporting the ongoing relief efforts of the Red Cross in AMERICAN SAMOA in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck on September 29.

    In addition to our annual contribution, one of the strengths UPS brings is using our network to position needed supplies to support local recovery efforts,” said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation. "By donating funds, coordinating volunteer activities and moving supplies, UPS has been able to help provide some relief to those in need.”

    American Red Cross Jumpstart Kits were a part of this latest shipment to American Samoa. The kit has items to help disaster victims with their short-term, immediate requirements, as well as aid for the long term. Each kit contains two blankets, a combination hand-crank radio, flashlight and cell phone charger, a mesh laundry bag, a first aid kit, note pad and pen, work gloves, face masks and a bath-in-a-bag all in one convenient, durable Red Cross backpack.

    Diapers, baby formula, towels, brooms and feminine hygiene products—all of which are in short supply on the island also arrived Saturday evening. The delivery included bolts of fabric that could be cut into lava-lava—the traditional skirt-like garment that is worn by men and women on American Samoa.

    “Thanks to the generosity of our Annual Disaster Giving Program members, we are able to mobilize human and material resources at a moments notice to provide lifesaving services,” said Jeffrey Towers, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “These funds, coupled with the support of the American public, are critical during hurricane season and enable the Red Cross to rush immediate relief to disaster victims before the first donation has been given. There are more than 300 workers from the American Red Cross, representing chapters on American Samoa, Hawaii and across the U.S. mainland, providing assistance to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

    ABOUT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

    The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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    UPS and the American Red Cross Team Up to Send Relief Flight to American Samoa

    Members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program Provide Support

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    WASHINGTON, Thursday, October 22, 2009 — UPS is delivering 70 tons of food and relief supplies to communities affected by the earthquake and tsunami in AMERICAN SAMOA, as a UPS relief flight has delivered the first payload to assist the ongoing recovery efforts, with additional supplies scheduled to arrive in November by ocean freight.

    The shipments by UPS, which is a member of the Annual Disaster Giving Program of the American Red Cross, are supporting the ongoing relief efforts of the Red Cross in AMERICAN SAMOA in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck on September 29.
    When disaster strikes, the Red Cross mobilizes volunteers and supplies into affected areas to shelter, feed and provide mental health counseling to disaster victims and emergency personnel.


    Thanks to the generosity of our Annual Disaster Giving Program members, we are able to mobilize human and material resources at a moments notice to provide lifesaving services,” said Jeffrey Towers, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “These funds, coupled with the support of the American public, are critical during hurricane season and enable the Red Cross to rush immediate relief to disaster victims before the first donation has been given.”

    Since the Annual Disaster Giving Program’s inception in 1997, members have pledged donations to the Red Cross in advance of major disasters to ensure an immediate response will meet the needs of people who are affected by disasters of all sizes, at no cost and regardless of income. This year’s members provided more than $20 million in funding for the Disaster Relief Fund.

    “In addition to our annual contribution, one of the strengths UPS brings is using our network to position needed supplies to support local recovery efforts,” said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation. "By donating funds, coordinating volunteer activities and moving supplies, UPS has been able to help provide some relief to those in need.”

    Individuals can join forces with companies who are members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program and help provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the recent earthquake and tsunami in AMERICAN SAMOA. Log-on to RedCross.org or call 1-800- RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.

    Other members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program include Altria Group, Inc., American Express, AXA Foundation, ConAgra Foods, FedEx Corporation, GE Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation, John Deere Foundation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Merck & Co., Inc., Morgan Stanley, Nationwide Insurance Foundation, Raytheon, Ryder Charitable Foundation, State Farm, State Street Foundation, Target, The TJX Companies, Inc. and UnitedHealthcare.

    About The UPS Foundation

    Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation’s major initiatives include programs that support community safety, nonprofit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, environmental sustainability and diversity. The UPS Foundation pursues these initiatives by identifying specific projects where its support can help produce a measurable social impact. In 2008, The UPS Foundation donated $46.9 million to charitable organizations worldwide. Visit community.ups.com for more information about UPS's community involvement.


    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

    For the situation in the Philippines, please see the threads: "The Philippines need your help" and "Californians please donate goods to aid the Philippines)
    Roskilde 5 July 2009
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    RED CROSS HELPING THE PHILIPPINES

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    RED CROSS MOBILIZES RELIEF SUPPLIES AND VOLUNTEERS AHEAD OF PHILIPPINES TYPHOON

    THIRD TYPHOON IN A MONTH threatens to cause more flooding and landslides in the Philippines

    By Eric Porterfield, Sr. Press Officer, American Red Cross

    Tuesday, October 20, 2009
    As residents in the flood-weary Philippines continue to recover from two recent typhoons, another storm heads for the NORTHERN LUZON REGION. TYPHOON LUPIT is expected to make landfall as a category 1 or 2 storm on Thursday with wind speeds in excess of 110 mph.

    Thousands of people are still living in evacuation centers, mostly schools, or living on the second floor of their homes as the first floor is still under water,” says Cristina Hammond, American Red Cross disaster specialist in the Philippines.

    The Philippines Red Cross staff and volunteers who have been preparing for and responding to typhoons for four weeks are pre-positioning more relief supplies and putting specially trained search and rescue teams with rubber boats on standby prior to the typhoon’s landfall. The Red Cross operations center in Manila is working hand-in-hand with weather forecasters and running around the clock to plan before the storm.

    Operations center staff are discussing how best to prepare and how to send reinforcements to help local staff and volunteers who are exhausted and that might also be affected by the storm,” adds Hammond.

    Within the last month, two other storms have hit the Philippines. Typhoons KETSANA and PARMA caused severe flooding and landslides, affecting 6.3 million people and killing 773.

    The AMERICAN RED CROSS has sent two disasters specialists and committed $900,000 to the Philippines to assist with the ongoing relief operation, including $100,000 of RELIEF SUPPLIES such as kitchen kits, blankets, jerry cans for collecting clean water and mosquito nets and a $500,000 grant from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.

    YOU can HELP the VICTIMS of countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

    [COLOR="Yellow"]DONATIONS to the International Response Fund can be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at www.redcross.org.



    GMA News.TV on Friday, 23 October 2009

    Ramil almost stationary; landfall delayed to Sunday

    More families evacuated in Cagayan, Ilocos areas as Ramil nears

    Pagasa: Ramil to make landfall late Friday or early Saturday


    RAMIL WEAKENS INTO A TROPICAL STORM

    10/23/2009 | 06:43 PM

    State weather forecasters decreased the number of areas under Storm Signal No. 3 as Typhoon Ramil weakened into a tropical storm Friday afternoon.

    In its 5 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Ramil's strength has decreased, now with maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph.

    Ramil remains almost stationary with its center 110 kms east northeast of Appari in Cagayan, Pagasa said. The Japan Meteorological Agency, however, showed the cyclone veering further away from northern Luzon.

    Repeatedly asked in an earlier media briefing about exactly when Ramil is expected to make a landfall, Pagasa spokesman Nathaniel Cruz emphasized that the exact time and place of the landfall is already immaterial, since even at the storm’s current position, northern Cagayan and the outlying islands are already feeling its full fury.

    Earlier at 10 a.m., Pagasa said Ramil packed maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph, prompting the state weather bureau to place under Signal No. 3 (where the strength of winds range from 101 kph-185 kph) the Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Calayan Island, Babuyan Islands, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte.

    But as of 5 p.m. only Northern Cagayan, the Batanes Group of Islands, Calayan Islands, and Babuyan Islands remained under storm Signal No. 3

    Areas under storm signal No. 2 (60-100 kph winds) are the rest of Cagayan, Ilocos Norte and Apayao, while under Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds) are Ilocos Sur, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Isabela, Ifugao, Quirino, and Northern Aurora.

    As in previous advisories, Pagasa reminded residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes under storm signals to take precautions against possible flashfloods and landslides.

    It also reminded those living along the coast in areas under signals No. 2 and No. 3 against storm surge and big waves generated by the typhoon
    .


    According to Pagasa, Ramil is expected to be 105 km northeast of Aparri by Saturday afternoon, 115 km northeast of the same area by Sunday afternoon, and 140 km north northeast of Aparri by Monday afternoon.

    RAMIL comes on the heels of two cyclones that devastated parts of NORTHERN LUZON: tropical storm "ONDOY," and typhoon "PEPENG." Both caused massive flooding and loss of lives in Metro Manila and other Luzon areas.

    Johanna Camille Sisante, GMANews.TV



    SIGNAL NO. WIND SPEED DURATION


    Signal No. 1 30 - 60 kph Expected in 36 hours
    Signal No. 2 61 -100 kbp Expected in 24 hours
    Signal No. 3 101-185 kbp Expected in 18 hours
    Signal No. 4 186 kph above Expected in 12 hours
    Roskilde 5 July 2009
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    The Philippines mentioned in Danish News from the Danish TV Channel DR1 at 21.20 (Friday 23 October 2009).

    The viewers were told that a large part of the capital Manila was still flooded, that a total of 157 people had died and that 2000 people had caught a disease. We were also told that recently the Philippines were struck by 2 typhoons. Not mentioned was the threatening third typhoon.
    Roskilde 5 July 2009
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    From GMA News.TV Saturday 24 October 2009 at 9:26 Danish time


    After scare, 'Ramil' spares Luzon, heads for Japan

    After keeping much of Luzon on edge for over a week, Tropical Storm Ramil (Lupit) continued its erratic path but away from the mainland and towards Japan Saturday morning, sparing the Philippines a third disaster in less than a month.
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    EVEN THOUGH THE PHILIPPINES ARE SPARED A THIRD DISASTER, THE VICTIMS STILL NEED HELP ! As was said in the Danish News Friday evening: Large parts are still overflooded - many Philippines are still living in evacuation centers etc.
    Roskilde 5 July 2009
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    PHILIPPINES – source: GMA News.DK

    AFTER SCARE, 'RAMIL' SPARES LUZON, HEADS FOR JAPAN (Updated on 10/24/2009, 11:19AM)

    After keeping much of Luzon on edge for over a week, Tropical Storm Ramil (Lupit) continued its erratic path away from the mainland and towards Japan Saturday morning, sparing the Philippines a third disaster in less than a month.

    In its 5 p.m. advisory, Pagasa said Ramil was 425 km northeast of Basco, Batanes as of 4 p.m., maintaining its maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near center and gustiness of up to 120 kph.

    Only the province of Batanes was under Storm Signal No. 1 as storm signals elsewhere were lowered.

    Pagasa said Ramil is forecast to move northeast at 15 kph and be 700 km northeast of Basco, Batanes or 100 km of Okinawa, Japan on Sunday afternoon.

    “It might not hit Luzon," Pagasa weather bureau chief Nathaniel Cruz told GMANews.TV on Saturday morning. Cruz said that even though Ramil has not directly crossed northern Luzon as earlier forecast, it has battered parts of the Cagayan province with strong winds and rains in the past few days. Its effect had also been felt largely in the Calayan, Babuyan and Batanes island groups in extreme northern Philippines. "It already made landfall in a way, because of the swath of rain," he said.

    Pagasa also said that Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija has stopped releasing water as Ramil move further away from the country. The Ambuklao and Binga Dams in Benguet, however, continue to release water as of posting time.

    By Monday morning Ramil is expected to be 950 km northeast of Basco, Batanes or at 230 km east of Okinawa, Southern Japan.

    Pagasa reminded residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes under storm signals to take precautions against possible flashfloods and landslides.

    It also reminded those living along the coast in areas under signals #2 and #3 to be on alert against storm surge and big waves.



    GOOD NEWS

    In a separate interview with QTV's Balitanghali Saturday, Cruz said their monitoring showed no weather disturbance was trailing behind tropical storm Ramil in the Pacific Ocean.

    Cruz said this would mean the country would be free from any low pressure area at least in the next two to three days, during which time the country is expected to have fair weather.

    "This is a good news for us that we see no weather disturbances aside from Ramil," Cruz said.

    But the Pagasa official still advised the public not to let their guards down saying weather activities happening at sea could become unpredictable.

    Cruz also said that even if Ramil is on its way out of Philippine territory, fishermen are still discouraged from setting sail since water in affected areas could still become turbulent. - with Joseph Holandes Ubalde and Andreo Calonzo, GMANews.TV


    No weather disturbance to affect RP as Ramil exits

    (by Mark D. Merueñas, GMANews.TV - 10/24/2009 | 01:16 PM)

    After weeks of being visited by tropical cyclones, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the country could experience FAIR WEATHER in the next few days.

    Nathaniel Cruz, weather sciences bureau chief, told QTV's Balitanghali Saturday that their monitoring showed no weather disturbance was trailing behind tropical storm Ramil in the Pacific Ocean.

    Tropical Storm Ramil (Lupit) continues to move slowly away to Japan and is unlikely to make its expected Sunday landfall in northern Luzon.

    Cruz said this would mean the country would be free from any low pressure area at least in the next two to three days. "This is a good news for us that we see no weather disturbances aside from Ramil," Cruz said. But the Pagasa official still advised the public not to let their guards down saying weather activities happening at sea could become unpredictable.

    Cruz said for the remaining two months of the year, the public could still expect two to three more tropical cyclones to arrive in the country. Annually, the Philippines is visited by between 20 to 21 cyclones.

    He also said that while Ramil is on its way out of Philippine territory, fisherfolks are still discouraged from setting sail since water in affected areas could still become turbulent.

    Ramil was last spotted 340 km northeast of Basco, Batanes as of 10 a.m., with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near center and and gustiness of up to 120 kph.

    Batanes was placed under Storm Signal No. 2, while Calayan and Babuyan Islands were placed under Storm Signal No. 1 as storm signals elsewhere were lowered.

    Forecasters said Ramil is currently JAPAN-bound and is expected to be 230 kms east of Okinawa by Monday. GMANews.TV



    Pinoy kids sell their toys, raise P22K for typhoon victims

    Despite their young age, Filipino children in China managed to raise P22,807 for victims of cyclones Ondoy (Ketsana) and Pepeng (Parma) by selling used toys and belongings.


    Blamed for disaster, floodway settlers are immovable force

    (by Johanna Camille Sisante, GMANews.TV)
    10/24/2009 | 06:18 PM

    A month after ‘Ondoy’, communities obstructing the nine-kilometer-long Manggahan Floodway – one of the nation’s largest flood control structures -are still there, setting the stage for a repeat of the flooding that occurred when water quickly breached its banks. Jam Sisante reports.
    Roskilde 5 July 2009
    Herning 16 August 2009

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    I N D O N E S I A

    BBC World Text TV on 24 October 2009:
    STRONG QUAKE HITS OFF INDONESIA

    A magnitude 7 earth quake has hit off the Coast of INDONESIA according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The quake was reported to have occurred in the BANDA SEA near the Maluku Islands to the east of East Timor.

    The quake struck at a depth of 92 miles / 148 km, USGS reported. Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami alert.

    Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, one of the most active areas for earthquakes and volcanic activity in the world.


    ZDF Text TV: Indonesian authorities issued tsunami alert after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake. The quake shook the eastindonesian Maluku islands, and the epicentre was 165 km under the bottom of the sea. No reports of any tsunamis or devastation on land.

    On 30 September a magnitude 7.6 earthquake on the westcoast of SUMATRA caused devastation. More than 1,100 people were killed, and hundreds of people were wounded.


    Text TV from the Norwegian Channel TV2:

    TSUNAMI ALERT IN INDONESIA.

    The quake hit off the coast of the eastern INDONESIA.

    The US Geological Survey (USGS) measured the quake at 7.0, whereas the Indonesian authorities measured it at 7.3.

    In September 2009 PADANG on the island of SUMATRA was hit by a heavy quake that caused substantial damage and devastation and cost more than 1,000 human lives.
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    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER 2009

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    Plans drawn up for RP's post-disaster assessment

    10/23/2009 | 01:33 PM

    Post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA) is being scheduled by the government and its development partners to determine the extent of the damage caused by storms Ondoy and Pepeng and to draw up reconstruction and recovery plans.

    The Finance department and the World Bank, in a joint statement issued on Thursday, said the assessment would cover a gamut of sectors, infrastructure, impact assessment, and overall disaster preparedness.

    "The huge tasks at hand — both in terms of short-term recovery and long-term reconstruction — demand no less than a concerted response from all sectors of society and the global community," Finance Secretary Margarito B. Teves said.

    World Bank Country Director Bert Hofman said: "The PDNA will serve as a framework by which the country could mobilize greater support from the broader global community for recovery and reconstruction..."

    The government, widely criticized for its rescue and relief response, is currently scrambling to secure rehabilitation funding, proposing the issuance of P50 billion in reconstruction bonds and the realignment of existing multilateral loans.

    Other participating development partners are the United Nations, Asian Development Bank, and the European Commission.

    Agreement on the PDNA was said to have been reached the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank annual meeting in Istanbul earlier this month.

    A team of local and international experts are already meeting with state agencies and local governments to plan for the assessment. The results of the PDNA are expected to be completed within November.

    The initiative seeks to assess the damage, losses, and needs of calamity-struck areas, and to mobilize resources. It is also expected to result in recommendations for short, medium, and long-term recovery and reconstruction.

    Mr. Teves said the multi-sectoral reconstruction commission formed recently by Malacañang would be meeting with the development partners and the private sector.


    Ondoy devastated parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces last September 26, while Pepeng hit the country on October 3. Both storms caused some P27.7 billion worth of damage and killed over 850 people.



    The government and its development partners are also planning to devote this year’s Philippine Development Forum to raise donations for devastated areas. The annual event is scheduled for next month.

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    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER 2009


    PAGASA: ‘RAMIL’ TO EXIT RP SUNDAY, BUT RAINS STILL LOOM

    (10/25/2009 | 07:55 AM ) From GMA News.TV

    Tropical storm “RAMIL" (LUPIT) continued to move farther away from Philippine territory, heading toward JAPAN on Sunday morning. But rains still loom over Extreme Northern LUZON and other parts of the country.

    In its 5 a.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said there is no indication of Ramil making a U-turn.

    "We expect it to exit Philippine territory later on Sunday. It is heading for the southern islands of Japan," Pagasa forecaster Lenny Ruiz said in an interview on dzBB radio.

    He also said there is no low-pressure area or weather disturbance now within the Philippine area of responsibility.

    As of 4 a.m., Ramil was 560 km northeast of Basco, Batanes, with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph, Pagasa said.

    It is forecast to move northeast at 15 kph and is expected to be 860 km northeast of Basco, Batanes or at 200 km east-southeast of Okinawa, Southern Japan Monday morning.

    Pagasa’s 5 a.m. weather bulletin said “Extreme Northern Luzon will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms."

    Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northwest to Southwest will prevail over Northern Luzon and coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough, it added.

    Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the Northwest to Southwest with slight to moderate seas except during thunderstorms.

    On the other hand, Pagasa warned strong to gale force winds associated with Ramil will still likely affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon. - GMANews.TV


    [COLOR="Yellow"]‘RAMIL’ SLOWS DOWN IN EXIT FROM RP; U-TURN STILL FEARED[/COLOR]

    (10/25/2009 | 05:50 PM)
    Tropical storm "RAMIL" (international name LUPIT) slightly slowed down Sunday afternoon as it continued to exit Philippine territory. State weather forecasters however remain wary of a sudden U-turn.

    In its 5 p.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration indicated it is not discounting a "recurvature" by "Ramil."
    "Unless recurvature occurs, this is the final bulletin on this weather disturbance," it said.

    A 4:40 p.m. forecast by the Japan Meteorological Agency indicated "Ramil" was heading northeast and is not likely to make a U-turn.


    Philippine authorities are wary of a U-turn made by a cyclone similar to the case of "PEPENG" (PARMA) earlier this month. "PEPENG" eventually made landfall thrice in NORTHERN LUZON, causing floods and landslides, and killing more than 400 people.


    As of 4 p.m., Pagasa said "Ramil" was 780 km northeast of Basco, Batanes or at 175 km southeast of Okinawa, Southern Japan. It packed maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph, and was moving east-northeast at 15 kph.

    Pagasa forecast "Ramil" to be 370 km east-northeast of Okinawa, Southern Japan by Monday afternoon.

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    JAPAN, THAILAND DONATE TO RP CYCLONE VICTIMS

    (10/26/2009 | 12:11 AM )

    The Philippines received a major boost from two key partners of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in disaster management efforts during the Asean summit in Thailand.

    Malacañang on Sunday announced that Japan would donate three Doppler radars to the Philippines to complete the 12-radar system the Philippines needs in weather forecasting capabilities.

    “Included of course are the technical support and Official Development Assistance (ODA)," a Palace statement quoted Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, who accompanied President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to the Asean summit, as saying.

    The Palace said Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama also relayed to Mrs. Arroyo his condolences to the victims of cyclones “ONDOY" (KETSANA) and “PEPENG" (PARMA), which killed more than 700 people and left billions worth of damages in agriculture and infrastructure.

    He also wished the country’s immediate recovery during a bilateral meeting with Mrs. Arroyo on the sidelines of the 15th Asean Summit.
    For her part, Mrs. Arroyo congratulated Hatoyama on his election as Prime Minister and on his party’s historic victory. She said she is looking forward to a strategic partnership of the Philippines and Japan under his leadership and invited him to visit the Philippines.

    While in Thailand, Mrs. Arroyo also received Thailand’s commitment to donate 620 metric tons of rice for the victims of the tropical cyclones. The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs made assurance that 100 metric tons of rice, as well as medicines, will be sent to the Philippines by the end of the month.

    Another 520 metric tons of rice, this time upon the initiative of the Thai trade representative and coursed through the Asean Plus 3-East Asia Emergency Rice Reserve, will follow in February 2010.

    On the other hand, Malacañang said a Philippine public-private sector body heading the reconstruction of infrastructure wrecked by the two cyclones may benefit from a $15-billion commercial credit from the People’s Republic of China.

    The commercial credit will be available to the 10 Asean member-nations in the next three to five years, although the Palace said the decision rests on the newly created commission.

    Trade Secretary Peter Favila pointed out that the commission, not the government, is making a study on the actual damage and the cost needed to fund the rehabilitation program.

    At the Asean summit, Mrs. Arroyo proposed that the release of fund from the $120-billion Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralization (CMIM) to a distressed Asean member must be quick and with less conditions.

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    Brewing storm likely to hit RP in 3 days – Pagasa

    (by Sophia M. Dedace, GMA News.TV
    10/26/2009 | 06:02 PM )

    After Typhoon Ramil spared the Philippines over the weekend, another weather disturbance is threatening to hit the country within the next three days, the state weather bureau said Monday afternoon.

    Prisco Nilo, head of the Philippine, Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the cyclone (named Tropical Depression 23) could enter Philippine territory on Thursday October 29 or Friday October 30.

    It would be named SANTI once it enters the Philippine area of responsibility. Next to Pepeng, Quedan, and Ramil, the new weather disturbance is the FOURTH CYCLONE to visit the PHILIPPINES for the month of October.

    He added that the following areas should brace for the weather disturbance’s effects: Visayas, southern Luzon, Bicol Region, Central Luzon, and Metro Manila.

    Nilo said the tropical depression was spotted at the Marianas Islands. It was located at 2,800 kilometers east of Visayas packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour. It is forecast to move west northwest at 19 kph.

    He, however, said that TD 23 had already intensified into a storm even if under Pagasa’s classification, a tropical depression becomes a storm if its strength had already exceeded 65 kph. - GMANews.TV


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    My use of colours when posting:

    Red is used to express danger / take care / warning / alert / description of devastation, death toll, wounded

    Green is used to express hope / danger is over / help and donations given

    Yellow is normally used as something between red (danger) and green (hope). A situation might develop into danger / devastation / death, but might also clear up]


    I have checked several countries' Text TV, as well as the websites of Red Cross, Unicef and GMA News.TV without finding any relevant news.
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    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN THE PHILIPPINES

    Pagasa: New cyclone may make landfall Saturday

    10/27/2009 | 08:17 AM

    If it stays on its course, a new cyclone heading for the Philippines may make landfall on Saturday night, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Tuesday.

    Pagasa head Prisco Nilo said the cyclone, to be code-named "SANTI" once it enters Philippine territory, will make itself felt as early Friday night.

    "It may make landfall Saturday evening. But it is still at sea and far from land. The chances are, it will gain strength before making landfall," Nilo said in an interview on dzXL radio.

    Citing data they have gathered so far, Nilo said the cyclone is due to enter Philippine territory Thursday evening, and bring rains and winds Friday evening.

    But he admitted there is little chance the cyclone will go the way of "RAMIL" (LUPIT) that skipped the country.

    In a separate interview, Pagasa forecaster Elvie Enriquez said the cyclone will likely affect Eastern Visayas.

    "Given its present heading, it will likely affect first Eastern Visayas, including Samar and Leyte," she said in an interview on dzBB radio.

    Enriquez also said that after "SANTI," at least four more cyclones are expected to enter Philippine territory.

    "Based on weather patterns in the past years, we expect two cyclones to enter Philippine territory in November, one more in October, and one in December," she said.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in its 6 a.m. report, said the cyclone had been upgraded into a tropical storm and is moving toward Guam.

    It said the cyclone was moving west-northwest at 17 mph (27.35 kph) with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (64.37 kph). - GMANews.TV
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    STORM HEADING FOR RP INTENSIFIES


    10/27/2009 | 11:03 PM

    The tropical storm heading for the Philippines intensified further Tuesday night and now has an INTERNATIONAL CODE NAME, MIRINAE.

    In its 5 p.m. (Manila time) report, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said MIRINAE was about 160 miles (257.495 km) northwest of GUAM.

    MIRINAE - which will be code-named SANTI upon entering PHILIPPINE territory - was moving west-northwest at 20 mph (32.187 kph). The storm packs maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72.42 kph), the NOAA said.

    "It is expected to intensify over the next 24 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (96.56 km) from the center," it added.

    On the other hand, the Japan Meteorological Agency's 8:40 p.m. forecast indicated the cyclone may affect parts of Northern, Central and Southern LUZON, and Central and Eastern VISAYAS by FRIDAY.

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    UNICEF NEWS (26-10-09)

    50 Million Danish Kroner to Those Starving in East Africa

    26-10-2009 - The humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and in southern Sudan is extremely critical, and more than 23 million people are dependent on food aid.

    Millions granted to support UNICEF's work

    The Danish Development Minister has therefore decided to grant 50 million Danish Kroner in aid to the World Food Program and to UNICEF's work to feed the starving population.

    The Minister is concerned

    Ulla Toernaes, the Danish Development Minister said: "I am very concerned about the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa. Global climate change already seems to worsen the food security of many of the world's poorest countries finding it increasingly difficult to feed their populations."

    Aid targeted on pregnant women and young children
    "I have therefore decided to grant 50 million Danish Kroner to help the needy in Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and southern Sudan. The money will primarily finance food. Aid is particularly targeted on vulnerable groups like pregnant women, nursing / breast-feeding mothers and young children, but we will also focus on older children suffering from malnutrition."

    23 million dependent on food aid

    UN estimates that 23 million people depend on food aid in the Horn of Africa. Many households, no longer having seeds and cattle, need assistance to restart their own food production.

    Region affected by conflict

    Apart from drought and food shortages, the region is affected by complex and extensive conflicts both deriving from and reinforcing the internal tensions and tensions across countries.

    Lack of food leads to displacement

    Shortages of food and deteriorating security have led to displacement of large numbers of people and it contributes to raising the level of conflict.

    UN appeals for aid

    In order to try to solve the drought problem as a regional problem, the UN has drawn up a regional appeal for support. According to the UN assessment, the region will also in 2010 be affected by food shortages.

    Aid goes to Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan

    The Danish support will be provided to UNICEF and the UN World Food Program WFP's work in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan.

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    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN THE PHILIPPINES from GMA News.TV

    Storm ‘Santi’ may enter RP Thursday; govt readies relief goods

    10/28/2009 | 09:47 AM

    The tropical storm heading for Philippine territory east of Northern Luzon accelerated slightly Wednesday and may enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) as early as Thursday morning.

    But the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said “MIRINAE" (to be codenamed “SANTI" once it enters PAR) may also make an early exit, likely on Sunday.

    "It may enter the Philippine area of responsibility as early as Wednesday night or early Thursday," Pagasa head Prisco Nilo said in an interview on dzXL radio early Wednesday.

    Nilo said the storm continues to intensify and its winds may reach up to 200 kph.

    Citing data they have gathered so far, he said the storm may hit Central LUZON and even affect METRO MANILA.

    Nilo added that two to three more cyclones might hit the country after Santi.

    Relief preparations

    Following President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s order to pre-position relief goods to prepare for the coming storm, DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral said her agency is pinpointing the areas in Southern Luzon and the Visayas that the cyclone will likely hit this weekend.

    We are ready to pre-position stockpiles of goods so they can be used immediately," Cabral said in an interview on dzRH radio.

    Mrs. Arroyo ordered relief caravans moved to their intended destinations beginning Wednesday
    , before the new storm hits this weekend.

    A Malacañang statement said President Arroyo gave the order at a Cabinet and National Disaster Coordinating Council meeting in Pampanga.

    It said the President particularly ordered pre-positioning of assets to Northern and Central LUZON.

    In a separate interview on dzBB on Wednesday, Pagasa’s forecaster Ben Oris said they do not expect the storm to affect the country immediately.

    “We may feel its effects perhaps on Saturday," Oris said.

    He said that if MIRINAE stays on its course, it may hit east of Northern Luzon. But he also said the storm is likely to make an early exit on Sunday.

    Storm location

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 6 a.m. report said Mirinae’s center was about 410 miles (659.83 km) west northwest of Guam.

    It said Mirinae was moving west northwest at 22 mph (35.405 kph), with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120.701 kph).

    On the other hand, the Japan Meteorological Agency’s 5:45 a.m. report indicated MIRINAE is heading for Northeast LUZON and may affect the WHOLE of LUZON and most of the VISAYAS by FRIDAY.

    Pagasa’s 5 a.m. bulletin indicated that as of 2 a.m., Mirinae was estimated at 1,640 km east of Northern Luzon.

    The storm packed maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph and is forecast to move west-northwest at 28 kph
    .

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    'SANTI’ INTENSIFIES INTO TYPHOON, TO INTENSIFY FURTHER

    10/28/2009 | 08:07 PM

    A tropical cyclone heading for the Philippines intensified further into a typhoon late Wednesday and remained on course towards northern LUZON, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    In its 5 p.m. report, NOAA said "MIRINAE" slightly accelerated at 27 kph.

    "It is expected to intensify during the next 24 hours. Typhoon force winds extend outward up to 40 km from the center and tropical storm force winds extend upward up to 185 km from the center," it said.

    NOAA said "Mirinea" was about 997 km west-northwest of Guam as of 5 p.m. and packed maximum sustained winds of 160 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

    The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said typhoon "Mirinae" was 1,390 km east of Central Luzon as of 4 p.m.

    The cyclone will be code-named “SANTI" once it enters Philippine territory, which Pagasa said could be on late Wednesday or early Thursday.

    The Japan Meteorological Agency's 5:45 p.m. report said "Mirinae" may make landfall in the eastern part of northern Luzon and may affect parts of the Visayas as well this weekend while the nation observes All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day.

    Because of this, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., who also heads the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), warned the public of the risks of going to the cemeteries.

    “We see difficulties if our countrymen are not aware of the coming typhoon and they are planning to visit their relatives at the cemeteries. They may be trapped there and this may cause traffic congestion in the streets and may delay the response and relief efforts that may be needed to be done," Teodoro said in a press briefing in Camp Aguinaldo Wednesday.

    He urged the public to visit their dead relatives before Saturday. “Let us avoid visiting our relatives at the cemeteries and if they really need to make a visit, we can do it earlier, before Saturday."

    Teodoro said a food caravan is scheduled to leave for southern Luzon on Thursday as part of the government’s pre-positioning of relief goods in preparation for Santi.

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