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    REPAIR OF ‘KILLER BRIDGE’ IN BATANGAS CITY STARTS


    11/04/2009 | 09:50 PM - GMA News.TV

    The public works department has started repairing a bridge in Batangas City that collapsed during the height of typhoon SANTI over the weekend, killing two people.

    Romulo Soriano was crossing the Bridge of Promise with his family inside their car when the infrastructure, located at Barangay Kumintang, collapsed, killing him and his three-year-old son Nicolo. His wife Malou survived the incident.

    It took authorities two days to find the victims' bodies.


    Victor Domingo, acting secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), ordered the swift reconstruction of the Bridge of Promise, which he said plays a key role in the transport of petroleum products to Metro Manila.

    "We are prioritizing the repair and rehabilitation of destroyed bridges so the people can move and transport goods, especially the Bridge of Promise, which is used by gas tankers to transport gasoline from the depot in Batangas to Metro Manila," he said.

    DPWH senior undersecretary Manuel Bonoan said there would be no fuel interruption in Metro Manila because fuel trucks could use alternate roads and bridges while the Bridge of Promise is under repair.

    "There are detour roads where people and fuel trucks can pass through,'' he said.

    The reconstruction of the bridge would cost about P76 million and would take about three months to complete.

    DPWH Region 4-A director Bonifacio Sequit said parts of the budget would be sourced from Batangas Rep. Hermilando Mandanas’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (pork barrel) for 2010.

    Aside from the Bridge of Promise, THREE OTHER BRIDGES, all in Majayjay town in LAGUNA, were also DAMAGED by SANTI, which exited the country Monday.

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    30 FAMILIES RESCUED IN ISABELA DUE TO HEAVY RAINS

    11/05/2009 | 01:38 AM - GMA News.TV

    BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – Some 30 families have been evacuated in San Mariano, Isabela on Monday due to continuous rains in the Cagayan Valley region.

    Joint teams from the Isabela Search Rescue and Response Team (ISRRT) and Isabela provincial police force reported that the rescued families who were trapped by flood waters in lower San Mariano’s sitio Pugo, barangay Maluno Norte have been rescued and are now safely housed in an evacuation center.

    LANDSLIDES have been reported in capital town Ilagan’s Camonatan village and two other villages in San Mariano including Sta. Filomena.

    MUDFLOWS were also recorded in District 1 of Benito Soliven town while hundreds of residents living near the Pinacanauan and Abuan Rivers in Ilagan were evacuated by rescue teams to higher ground.
    There were no reported injuries.

    A Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) service vehicle which was parked near a cliff reportedly plunged over after the weakened earth gave way to rushing waters.
    The vehicle’s four crew members who were undergoing road clearing operations escaped unharmed.

    Meanwhile, the overflow bridges in Gucab and Annafunan in Echague town and Alicaoacao in Cauayan City were rendered impassable as of Monday along with Minanga Bridge in San Mariano and Pigalo Bridge linking the towns of Angadanan and San Guillermo.

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    QUEEN MARGRETHE OF DENMARK VISITED VIETNAM WHICH WAS HIT BY A FATAL STORM

    (03-11-09: 18:34 - TV2 Gossip)


    At least 40 DEAD after a TROPICAL STORM ravaged VIETNAM during Queen Margrethe’s visit in Vietnam.
    But the Danish visitors are not in danger.

    At least 40 human lives lost and 11 missing in connection with the tropical storm MIRINAE that ravaged central Vietnam. This information was given by the Vietnamese authorities.

    For the time being, the Danish Queen Margrethe is on official visit in Vietnam. But the Danish visitors – the Danish Queen, the Prince Consort Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik and his wife Crown Princess Mary – were not in danger. On Tuesday, the Danish Queen participated in a series of events in Hanoi in Northern Vietnam.

    Various TOWNS in the provinces Phu Yen and Quang Ngai are FLOODED due to OVERFLOWING RIVERS. At some places the STREETS are FLOODED – the water depth is more than one meter according to the NEWS PORTAL VIETNAMNet.

    The storm with winds of up to 133 km per hour and 600 millimeter rains hit the provinces Phu Yen, Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai and Khanh Hoa on Monday.
    MIRINAE has destroyed more than 150 houses, and the roofs of several schools and health clinics have blown off.


    This Monday alone, Vietnam Airlines cancelled 34 flights to and from the central part of the country.
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    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA 5 NOVEMBER 2009

    The Philippines - GMA News.TV

    Laiban and San Roque: two dams, two protest actions

    (11/05/2009 | 06:22 AM - GMA News.TV)

    The two dams might be hundreds of kilometers apart; one is operational, the other still to be built. But both the proposed Laiban dam in Tanay, Rizal province and the gigantic San Roque dam in San Manuel, Pangasinan province have already generated volumes of turbulent debate on the pros and cons of harnessing rivers in such a massive way.

    Saying the Laiban Dam construction would only do harm than good, an indigenous peoples’ group opposed to the P50-billion dam project will seek a dialogue with the officials of the San Miguel Bulk Water Corporation on Monday next week.

    Napoleon Buendicho, tribal governor of the indigenous group, said the dialogue would be their main agenda when they reach Manila on November 9 after their 148-kilometer march from General Nakar town in Quezon province.

    “The construction of dam will deepen our POVERTY because it will destroy our means of livelihood. Not only that, it will also DESTROY Our CULTURAL TRADITION because it will submerge our communities and the sacred burial grounds of our forefathers," Buendicho said.


    Dubbed as “Lakad Laban sa Laiban Dam," the long-range protest action commenced on Wednesday with representatives from indigenous peoples, environmentalists, and non-government organizations joining the march.

    The planned Laiban dam will be constructed across the Kaliwa River in Tanay, Rizal by the water subsidiary of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) in partnership with two Japanese firms. The multi-billion project has been touted to be METRO MANILA’s “future water source."

    The project is in line with the aim of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to address the national capital region's expected water supply deficit of 1,600 million liters per day by 2015.


    CRITICS, however, rejected the project, claiming that it THREATENS the ENVIRONMENT and would render THOUSANDS of people HOMELESS and JOBLESS.

    The march is led by environmental group Save the Sierra Madre Network (SSMN), together with Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and the Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (Pakisama).
    Haribon Foundation, Freedom from Debt Coalition, Ysiro Land Farmers, Sagibin Indigenous People’s Organization, Green Convergence, Urban Poor Center for Community Action (UPCCA), COPE, Infanta Ecowaste Coalition, and the Prelature of Infanta, Quezon Province are also joining the protest.



    SAN ROQUE DAM PROTEST

    Meanwhile, other various groups are likewise set to hold a protest caravan against the SAN ROQUE DAM in PANGASINAN, which was blamed for THE MASSIVE FLOODING along the lower Agno river basin when Typhoon PEPENG hit northern LUZON last October.

    Militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said it has been almost a month since the disaster devastated the province but nobody has been held accountable.

    Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. said that aside from distributing relief goods to calamity-stricken areas, the group will conduct a signature drive aimed at supporting the growing calls to shut down the dam or at least drastically reduce its operation.

    Our mobile sign-up drive hopes to gather as many signatures as we can. We also want to support the people and their local officials who are considering the filing of a case against the San Roque dam officials," he said.
    The caravan will start from Quezon City, pass through Pangasinan, then up to Baguio City.


    The caravan participants plan to distribute relief goods in Baguio and other areas in the Cordillera region that have been isolated or damaged by landslides during Pepeng’s destructive one-week spin across the region. – Aie Balagtas See, GMANews.TV


    3 people feared dead in Isabela province floods

    (11/05/2009 | 09:39 AM - GMA News.TV)

    Three missing people in Isabela are feared dead in the wake of floods caused by three days of heavy rains in the province, the local police chief said Thursday.
    Senior Superintendent Jimmy Rivera said the three - two from Santa Maria town and one from Ilagan town - were feared to have drowned.
    "We have three missing presumed to have drowned Wednesday. One is in Ilagan and two in Santa Maria," Rivera said in an interview on dzXL radio.

    In Casiguran town in Aurora province, meanwhile, a five-year-old boy was reported missing.
    A report by dzBB radio's Ronald Leander identified the boy as Enrique Caiclian.


    The report also said Calanguasan village in Casiguran remained flooded, while families evacuated from other flooded villages have started returning to their homes.
    In Isabela, Rivera said, low-lying areas were badly hit by floods due to three days of continuous heavy rains, though he said the rains had stopped Thursday.

    He also said there were LANDSLIDES in San Mariano and Benito Soliven towns but there were no reported casualties.


    A pickup of the Department of Public Works and Highways fell into a 30-foot ravine while conducting rescue and clearing operations in Sta. Felomina village in Santa Maria. No casualty was reported.

    Rivera said some 1,700 families or 32,700 people were displaced because of the floods.

    The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said in its 6 a.m. Thursday report that at least 6,656 families from 31 villages in Ilagan, Benito Soliven, San Mateo and Delfin Albano towns in Isabela were evacuated.

    A total of 24 families or 5,753 people were evacuated to the Carbonel Funeral Homes and Isabela National High School.


    IMPASSABLE BRIDGES, ROADS

    In Cagayan, the Tawi Overflow Bridge in Peńablanca, Pinacanauan Bridge in Tuguegarao City and Bagunut and Abusag overflow bridges in Baggao were impassable.

    Also impassable were:
    * Cansan Overflow Bridge in Cabagan; Pilig, Abajao and Pilig Alto villages
    * Minanga Bridge in San Mariano connecting Poblacion
    * Alicaocao Bridge in Cauayan City
    * Diator Overflow Bridge in Angandanan connecting San Guillermo
    * Sitio Pugo and Maluno Norte in Benito Soliven near Ilagan boundary
    * Cabisera 4 village in Ilagan


    FLOODS
    At least 18 villages in Casiguran and Dilasag towns in Aurora were flooded, with waters going up to neck-deep levels.

    The NDCC said 166 families or 795 people were brought to four evacuation centers.

    It also said the Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road in Cabangan River in Villa Aurora village in Maria Aurora town was impassable due to floods.


    DAMS

    Angat Dam released water due to large inflows of water, opening its spillway gates at 11 p.m. Wednesday to allow the inflow to pass through the spillway.
    The NDCC said that as of 4 a.m. Thursday, one gate was open.
    "Residents near the river particularly in the municipalities of Norzagaray, Angat, San Rafael, Bustos, Baliwag, Pulilan and Hagonoy are advised to take all precautionary measures," it said
    .

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    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA ON 6 NOVEMBER 2009

    Pagasa: Finally, A STORM-FREE WEEKEND

    (11/06/2009 | 08:21 AM GMA News.TV)

    Except for RAINS due to the northeast monsoon, the Philippines may finally expect a CYCLONE-FREE WEEKEND after experiencing stormy ones since late September.

    The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said there is no weather disturbance likely to affect the country this weekend.

    "For now there is no weather disturbance likely to enter Philippine territory this weekend," Pagasa forecaster Arnel Gonzales said in an interview on dzBB radio Friday.

    But Gonzales said there may still be some RAINS brought by the northeast monsoon in LUZON and VISAYAS. A WIND CONVERGENCE will affect Mindanao, he added. These may bring cloudy skies and rainshowers, he said.

    Gonzales also said a low-pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Philippine territory is still too far to affect any part of the country.

    "There is a possibility it may enter Philippine territory. November is a time powerful cyclones hit us. But there is also a possibility it may not pass through our area of responsibility," he said.

    But in its 5 a.m. bulletin for Friday, Pagasa said the whole country will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms.

    Pagasa also said strong to gale force winds are expected to affect the seaboards of LUZON.

    Only last weekend, Typhoon SANTI (Mirinae) charged through Southern Luzon and Bicol, leaving several people dead or missing.

    The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said that as of Thursday, the DEATH TOLL from SANTI had gone up to 26, with six still missing and 12 injured.

    Of the 26 fatalities, one was from Muntinlupa City in Metro Manila; 17 from Southern Luzon; and eight from the Bicol Region.

    The six missing included one from Muntinlupa City, one from Camarines Norte, and four in Laguna.


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    NDCC: 'SANTI' DEATH TOLLL CLIMBS TO 29, DAMAGE NEARS P500M
    (11/06/2009 | 12:27 PM - GMA News.TV)

    The death toll from tropical cyclone "SANTI" (MIRINAE) rose further to 29 Friday morning while damage to property it caused neared the P500-million mark, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said.

    In its 6 a.m. update, the NDCC said the fatalities included 11 from Laguna in Southern Luzon, and 10 from Camarines Norte in Bicol.

    At least six remained missing, including four from Laguna, and one each from Muntinlupa City and from Camarines Norte.

    The NDCC said at least 101,749 families or 483,490 people from 1,018 villages in 20 cities and 121 towns in 13 provinces were affected.

    Of these, 3,635 families or 18,562 people remained in 95 evacuation centers.

    Damage to property was estimated at P494.698 million, including P307.77 million in infrastructure, P97.968 million in agriculture, P37.05 million in fisheries and P45.41 million in schools.


    Some 6,655 houses were destroyed while 27,385 were damaged.
    Electricity was still being restored in some towns in Laguna, Quezon and Rizal provinces as of 6 a.m.

    Impassable roads and bridges included the Paete-Famy Poblacion Road which was submerged in knee-deep floods; and Camarines Sur-Caramoan Peninsula Road.

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    Special Report: CHILD VICTIMS OF STORM ONDOY REMAIN TRAUMATIZED
    (2009-11-06 08:12:45 - GMA News.TV)

    OTHER HEADLINES :

    A NIGHT OF MONSOON RAIN

    BSP keeps rates unchanged to support rehab efforts


    Deficit cap may be breached as govt spends for ONDOY, PEPENG DAMAGES


    (Update) Storm Mirinae death toll in Vietnam climbs to 87

    (11/04/2009 | 04:51 PM - GMA News.TV)

    (Update) VIETNAM STORM DEATH TOLL RISES TO 91


    (11/04/2009 | 09:47 PM - GMA News.TV)

    HANOI, Vietnam — The DEATH TOLL from Tropical Storm MIRINAE ROSE TO 91 in VIETNAM on Wednesday as authorities stepped up rescue and relief operations in affected areas of the central region.

    In the hardest-hit province of Phu Yen, 26 more deaths were reported as information trickled in from isolated areas, bringing the death toll there to 65, disaster official Dang Thi Lanh said Wednesday. An additional 13 people were missing.

    Elsewhere in the region, the storm and flooding left 26 people dead and five others missing, according to disaster officials and the government's Web site.


    In Phu Yen, soldiers in dozens of speed boats rushed instant noodles, water and clothes to victims in flooded areas who have gone hungry for the past several days, Lanh said. Three military helicopters were also dropping food to victims in isolated areas.

    Although flood waters were beginning to recede, many areas remain inundated.

    Authorities have evacuated nearly 15,000 people from Phu Yen. Some were rescued from rooftops, where they had scrambled to escape the overflowing Ha Thanh River.

    In the neighboring province of Binh Dinh, two military helicopters dropped food and water to villagers still stranded in isolated areas, said Ho Quoc Dung, deputy chairman of the provincial People's Committee.

    Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung sent a telegram late Tuesday urging local authorities to use all means to bring people still stranded to safety and provide them with temporary shelters and food, the government said on its Web site.

    The storm and flooding also left 52 people injured, destroyed or damaged 14,000 homes, and damaged about 12,400 acres (5,000 hectares) of rice and other crops
    , according the national committee for flood and storm control.

    MIRINAE hit the PHILIPPINES with TYPHOON strength over the weekend, KILLING 27 people before losing strength as it moved across the South China Sea toward VIETNAM .

    Both VIETNAM and the PHILIPPINES were still recovering from Typhoon KETSANA, which brought the Philippine capital of MANILA its WORST FLOODING IN 40 YEARS when it struck in SEPTEMBER. KETSANA KILLED 160 people in VIETNAM.

    In the PHILIPPINES, KETSANA and two later storms KILLED more than 900. Some 87,000 people who fled the storms were still living in temporary shelters when Mirinae struck
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    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA ON 7 NOVEMBER 2009

    TROPICAL CYCLONE SANTI DEATH TOLL CLIMBS TO 30

    (11/07/2009 | 12:35 PM - GMA News.TV)

    The death toll from tropical cyclone SANTI (Mirinae) rose to 30 on Saturday, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said.

    In its 6 a.m. report, the NDCC said the latest fatality was from Camarines Norte in Bicol, adding the other fatalities were from Metro Manila and southern Luzon.

    NDCC said the latest fatality was Arthur Tierra, 23, of Alayaw village in Capalonga town in Camarines Norte. It indicated he died of drowning.

    At least six people remained missing, including one each in Bicol and Metro Manila and four in Laguna, while 20 were injured.

    'Santi' affected at least 107,466 families or 510,161 people in 1,028 villages in 22 cities and 121 towns in 13 provinces.

    Of these, 5,213 families or 24,954 people are staying in 123 evacuation centers.

    At least 6,866 houses were destroyed while 28,211 were damaged.

    Damage to property was estimated at P494.698 million, including P307.77 million in infrastructure and P97.968 million in agriculture and P37.05 million in fisheries.

    Still impassable are San Isidro Bridge, Atillo Bridge and San Miguel Bridge in Majayjay, and Santo Angel Bridge, all in Laguna; Bridge of Promise along Batangas-Lobo Road and Colong-Colong Bridge along Palico-Balayan Road in Batangas; and the third concrete bridge along
    Marikina-Infanta Road in Rizal.

    Paete-Famy Poblacion Road is impassable to light vehicles due to knee-deep floodwaters, while Caramoan Peninsula Road along Presentacion-Maligaya section in Camarines Sur is passable to
    motorcycles only. - GMANews.TV




    IOM STARTS 2nd WAVE OF RELIEF WORK FOR RP CYCLONE VICTIMS

    (11/07/2009 | 02:03 PM - GMA News.TV)

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has started the "second wave" of its relief work for victims of recent cyclones, distributing hygiene kits to 8,000 families.

    An article on the IOM website said the hygiene kits, distributed to families in Muntinlupa City, is the second wave of its humanitarian aid.


    It said the 8,000 families were among those affected by tropical cyclone "Santi" (Mirinae), the most recent cyclone to hit the country.

    The IOM also distributed cleaning kits that included shovels, brooms, scrubs and gloves.

    It said the distribution of the kits will continue through the end of the week in two of the hardest hit areas – Region IV-A (Calabarzon) and the National Capital Region (NCR).

    Last October, IOM distributed 20,000 hygiene kits and water containers contributed by USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to typhoon-affected families in the two areas
    .

    Citing government figures, IOM said more than 60,000 families were affected by "Santi," straining the already stretched capacity of responding agencies.

    IOM has appealed for some $10 million to provide health services, emergency shelter and non-food relief items for the victims, and to help the government organize evacuation centres and other displacement sites.

    The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the European Commission (ECHO), and USAID (OFDA) have already committed nearly $2.25 million, which will allow IOM to help some 61,000 families over the next three
    .

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    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA 8 NOVEMBER 2009

    MAGNITUDE 4 QUAKE ROCKS CENTRAL VISAYAS

    (11/07/2009 | 06:07 PM - GMA News.TV)

    A MILD QUAKE rocked parts of Central Visayas Saturday morning, but state seismologists said NO DAMAGE was REPORTED or EXPECTED.

    The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake was recorded at 8:20 a.m. and measured at MAGNITUDE 4.

    It said the quake was tectonic and was felt at Intensity IV in Tuburan, Cebu; Intensity III in Cebu City; and Intensity I in Canlaon City.

    Phivolcs said NO DAMAGE or AFTERSHOCK was EXPECTED.


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    Update of the situation in Southeast Asia on 10 November 2009

    No relevant news from GMA News.TV (the Philippines) - which is really GOOD NEWS

    I have found the article below from the latest Unicef newsletter received 30 October 2009 describing UNICEF's WORK in connection with a natural disaster:

    Help for victims of flooding in the Philippines

    29-09-2009 - The devastation in the Philippines after the tropical storm Ketsana was enormous. Many thousands of children and families were on the run. UNICEF started distributing emergency and continued efforts the following days.

    Assistance was out within 24 hours

    Less than 24 hours after the tropical storm hit the capital Manila on 25 September, UNICEF was ready with both food and other relief to those affected. At the same time, UNICEF assisted the Filipino Social and Development Ministry in providing temporary shelter to the many who were forced to flee their homes.

    More than one million affected by floods

    As the tropical storm hit, the equivalent of one month's rain fell in just 12 hours. This resulted in large parts of Manila being flooded, and more than one million people were affected by the aftermath of the storm. 226,000 people fled their homes and were seeking refuge in 200 evacuation centers. In total 24 provinces in the country were concerned.

    Shocking devastation

    UNICEF chief in the Philippines, Vanessa Tobin, was even around the capital to look at the devastation: "I am shocked at the extent of damage in various areas, but I am also impressed by the cooperation and generosity manifesting itself in the city . Many have opened their homes for some of their country men who were more affected by this natural disaster, "says Tobin.

    More help on the way

    Vanessa Tobin said that UNICEF is already underway with more help: "Over the next 48 hours we will, among other things distribute water purification tablets and equipment to ensure clean water and packets / kits of the most necessary medical equipment. At the same time, we will distribute family kits containing, inter alia blankets and soap. We will also assist the government and other organizations in getting their help out to the right people," said Vanessa Tobin.

    New storms expected (NOTE: written on 29 September 2009)

    UNICEF is concerned for the future. The death toll is expected to rise, and we know from experience that children and families suffer a major health risk after flooding, when many refugees are assembled in small areas without clean water. Two new tropical storms were (THEN) on the way to the Philippines.

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    Updates of the situation in Southeast Asia

    No relevant news from the Philippines on GMA NEWS.TV

    No relevant news is good news.

    Below you will find an interesting report from Tomas Jensen, a Communications Specialist employed by UNICEF, giving an insight into the relief work done by UNICEF after the tsunami struck SAMOA and TONGA.

    Tomas Jensen writes from his UNICEF Pacific Office (SAMOA and TONGA)

    Tomas Jensen
    Communications Specialist
    the UNICEF office in Fiji.

    Office is currently working with the serious consequences of the Tsunami in SAMOA and TONGA.
    When time permits, he writes home to the UNICEF website on the situation and ongoing relief work.



    SUVA, on Saturday, 3 OCTOBER, 2009 in the morning

    Three days after the tsunami hit Samoa and Tonga:

    We have worked around the clock to send a UNICEF team to Samoa to ensure children and women quick and necessary help. We have also sent the first relief supplies and information materials off. It is clear now that this is a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions, and it will take a long time and many resources to get the affected areas back on their feet again. We need all the help we can get – to start with to have children vaccinated against measles, and to ensure that children and women are not subjected to physical abuse and that they have access to basic health services. We also have to restore sanitation in large areas. At least 150 people died, most of them children and elderly. In addition, more than 15,000 have been affected – having lost homes and possessions. There are also reports of entire villages that are deserted and totally ravaged.
    Tomas Jensen, UNICEF Pacific


    SUVA, on Monday, 5 OCTOBER, 2009 in the morning

    Our UNICEF colleagues in Samoa report that about 3,500 people have lost everything as a result of Tuesday's tsunami. It is estimated that many more - up to 15,000 - are affected, including 9,000 children. 135 have died - including many women and children. The devastation is enormous. 40 villages have been badly affected, out of these 20 villages are completely ravaged. Three schools in the south of Samoa, which was hardest hit, are also destroyed. The many affected are frightened and the children are without basic healthcare services and supplies to care for their many physical injuries. They do not have access to water and the environment is not safe. TONGA is also affected, but to a lesser extent.

    UNICEF cooperates with the local authorities and other international organizations to re-establish safe and secure environment for the children, and to re-establish schools. It is estimated that damage in Samoa alone financially amounts to more than 800 million Danish kroner. For a country like Samoa with a population of around 188,000 people and an annual gross domestic product of less than 25,000 Danish kroner per capita, the social and economic implications of Tuesday's tsunami are enormous / incalculable.
    UNICEF needs your support to help the affected girls and boys in Samoa and Tonga back on their feet.
    Tomas Jensen, UNICEF Pacific


    SUVA, on Thursday 8 OCTOBER, 2009 in the evening

    Children and adults in Samoa and elsewhere again got a fright, as there was yet another tsunami alert / warning in the Pacific at about 10:30 this morning. Several earthquakes hit the region around the island nation Vanuatu, but fortunately it did not result in more than the fright. From my colleagues in Samoa I can understand that the fright and fear could be traced clearly in the children and adults who had to flee in order to reach a higher location away from the water. They are all still very affected by last week's disaster and most of them swear that they will never again return to the water.

    In FIJI, we were also forced to send most people home, because the UNICEF Pacific office is located at the port in the capital SUVA. In the afternoon, when the alert / warning was lifted, we received the latest update from our colleagues in Samoa. Rescue work has progressed well and the water supply has been restored in the affected areas. Schools also reopened, but for children in the hardest-hit areas, there is no school. Five schools are completely destroyed and there is no transport to schools further away. In addition, many children's school uniforms washed away during the tsunami, and without school uniforms they cannot attend school. Therefore UNICEF is now focused on organizing school buses, and on ensuring that the affected children receive new school uniforms. Tomas Jensen, UNICEF Pacific


    SUVA on Thursday, 15 OCTOBER, 2009 in the morning

    In SAMOA, children have access to water again and are back in school. Relief work has changed from emergency relief to longer-term rehabilitation of the water supply, schools and health care in the most affected areas.
    We have trained school and health professionals to work with psychosocial support of the many affected children who have lost family, friends and everything they owned. In a few days, together with the local health authorities, we will start vaccinating all the children against measles.

    It is important that they are vaccinated now, because many children in Samoa are not vaccinated against measles, which can infect very quickly and be very deadly now, when many children are lumped together under unhygienic conditions.

    In the medium term, UNICEF will continue to deliver clean water to families who have lost their homes, ensuring transportation of school children to the schools which are again operational and establishing temporary schools in large tents supplied by UNICEF.

    In the longer term we plan to help to re-establish the water supply, sanitation and schools in the affected areas. We will also continue our long-standing efforts to overcome the psychological traumas this tsunami has created for children and their families. It is a long way before everyday life has returned to children and young people in Samoa, but we have begun well, and are well under way.

    Tomas Jensen, UNICEF Pacific

    Tomas Jensen
    Communications Specialist
    the UNICEF office in Fiji.


    Office is currently working with the serious consequences of the Tsunami in Samoa and Tonga.
    When time permits, he writes home to the UNICEF website on the situation and ongoing relief work.


    This report was a part of the UNICEF newsletter I received at the end of October 2009.
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    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA ON 11 NOVEMBER 2009

    2 KILLED BY STRONG CENTRAL INDONESIAN QUAKE

    (11/09/2009 | 10:50 AM - GMA News.TV)

    (Updated 11:59 a.m.) JAKARTA, Indonesia A strong undersea earthquake killed two people and damaged buildings on the remote island of Sumbawa in central Indonesia, officials said Monday.

    At least 20 people were hospitalized on the island after the 6.7-magnitude temblor, many of them with broken bones, said Rustam Pakaya, the head of the Health Ministry's crisis center. He said at least 40 people were injured.

    The quake struck at 3:41 a.m. local time (19:41 GMT) near a small island chain just east of the Lombok resort island. It had a depth of 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) and the epicenter was about 830 miles (1,335 kilometers) east of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

    TWO people were KILLED in a part of Sumbawa called Ambalawe, local government spokesman Abdul Wahab Usman said.

    "They were hit by a collapsing building," Usman said. "There are believed to be many injuries, but we are still checking."

    The quake damaged streets and schools, while a LANDSLIDE blocked a main road linking the town of Bima to the remote districts, he said.

    Indonesia is still clearing the rubble from a devastating 7.6 magnitude QUAKE on WEST SUMATRA that killed more than 1,100 people in September.

    Indonesia, a vast island nation of 235 million people, straddles a series of fault lines, making it extremely prone to volcanic and seismic activity. - AP


    MAGNITUDE-4.8 QUAKE ROCKS MINDANAO

    (11/11/2009 | 08:35 AM - GMA News.TV)

    A magnitude-4.8 quake rocked parts of Mindanao early Wednesday, as a result of the movement at Philippine fault zone, state seismologists said.

    Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) head Renato Solidum Jr. said there was no damage expected from the quake.

    "The Philippine fault zone moved, and the quake was felt at Intensity III in Butuan City, Surigao City and Dinagat Island," Solidum said in an interview on dzBB radio.

    Wednesday's quake occurred less than five hours after an ash explosion at Mayon Volcano in Bicol, but Solidum said there was no connection between the two incidents.

    On the other hand, the United States Geological Service (USGS) said the quake was recorded at 6:27 a.m., with the epicenter traced to 30 km northwest of Butuan.

    It said the epicenter was also 70 km south-southwest of Surigao, 105 km northeast of Cagayan de Oro City, or 770 km southeast of Manila.


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    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA ON 12 NOVEMBER 2009

    CLINTON ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $5.2-M US DISASTER AID TO RP

    (11/12/2009 | 08:58 PM - GMA News.TV)

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced on Thursday that her government will give an additional $5.2 MIO IN DISASTER RELIEF and RECOVERY ASSISTANCE to the PHILIPPINES, following a series of destructive storms that hit the country the past two months.

    Clinton made the announcement after her visit to the Malanday National High School in Marikina City, one of Metro Manila areas worst hit by floods brought by Typhoon ONDOY.

    The State secretary said the additional funds, which come on top of more than $14 million in rescue and relief aid that the US has already given the country, should be used to meet the needs of those affected by the cyclones and for the government’s DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS.

    I was saddened as so many here (were affected by) the recent storms and flooding. I want to convey the sympathy of the Obama administration and the US to the Philippines. You have shown great resolve in these great calamities," Clinton said in a speech in Malacańang.

    As Clinton arrived at the high school, she was greeted and applauded by students who waved Philippine and American flaglets in warm welcome, while she smiled and waved back. The students had been waiting for Clinton since noon.

    Clinton, together with Education secretary Jesli Lapus, also opened a book fair at the Malanday National High School where she DONATED 50,000 BOOKS. She also DONATED DESKS and ELECTRIC FANS to the HIGH SCHOOL, which had lost much of its equipment due to the floods caused by ONDOY.


    Security was tight during Clinton’s visit to the area, with policemen securing the school’s perimeter while the top State official went the rounds.

    3 CYCLONES – ONDOY, PEPENG and SANTI – battered various parts of LUZON the past two months, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless due to widespread FLOODING and LANDSLIDES.

    Andreo C. Calonzo, GMANews.TV

    HILLARY CLINTON LIKELY TO VISIT RP TYPHOON VICTIMS
    (11/10/2009 | 01:03 PM - GMA News.TV)

    While she will have just 24 HOURS IN MANILA, US SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON will likely try to squeeze in a visit to typhoon victims in her packed schedule, the US ambassador to the Philippines said Tuesday.

    US Ambassador Kristie Ann Kenney said in a radio interview that they are trying to fit in a POSSIBLE VISIT TO A RELIEF CENTER so Clinton can show her “SOLIDARITY" with the VICTIMS of recent cyclones “ONDOY" (KETSANA) and “PEPENG" (PARMA), which caused MASSIVE FLOODING in portions of METRO MANAILA the Ilocos, Cagayan, CENTRAL LUZON, SOUTHERN LUZON, and Cordillera regions.

    She wants to show SOLIDARITY WITH the PHILIPPINE PEOPLE in the wake of the STORMS and TYPHOONS. We are still developing her schedule but we very much expect to include a VISIT TO A RELIEF SITE so she can get a chance to see how people are doing and see how else we can continue to help our Philippine friends," Kenney told dzBB radio in an interview.

    During the recent cyclones that hit the Philippines, hundreds of US troops helped in the rescue and relief efforts. [Reference to this article: US troops help Philippines as storm toll tops 600 dated 10/11/2009 | 03:13 PM). In ONDOY and PEPENG’s aftermath, Philippine officials asked US TROOPS, who were in the country for an annual military exercise, to help with RELIEF OPERATIONS. About 700 US Marines and sailors were on hand to help out.

    The AMERICAN SOLDIERS ASSISTED the Philippine military in DISTRIBUTING RELIEF GOODS to calamity-stricken provinces.

    Japan-based American troops also helped in CLEANUP WORK in METRO MANILA, which experienced the WORST FLOODING in over 40 years after ONDOY dumped RECORD RAINS on SEPTEMBER 26.


    APEC MEETING

    Clinton's visit to the country on Thursday and Friday will come ahead of her trip to Singapore for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting.

    During her stay in the Philippines, Clinton will also talk with Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
    In Tuesday’s interview, Kenny said Clinton would likely discuss other issues such as making global jobs available to people. “I think she’ll be approaching much more in how can we keep working together and how we can use that influence in the region," Kenney said.

    Other topics that Clinton may take up with Romulo may include global issues like developments in Burma and North Korea, the economy, and “probably" counter-terrorism and climate change.

    “You know, the issues that affect not only America and the Philippines but our other Asian neighbors as well," she said.

    PHILIPPINE POLITICS

    Kenney said Clinton may also take up Philippine politics, but insisted the Secretary of State will not go into the specifics or endorse any candidate. She said Clinton will likely be more interested in a good election and a good transition of government.

    “It will be interesting to see how it goes. You cannot possibly be in the Philippines now without being caught up in election fever," Kenney said.

    “Sec. Clinton does not want to get into specific politics, she’s not going to support any one candidate or interfere in one way but I am sure she’ll be excited to think about a good election coming up how it will be transparent, a good transition between governments," she added.

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    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA ON 13 NOVEMBER 2009

    THE PHILIPPINES



    390 FAMILIES IN ALBAY EVACUATED DUE TO MAYON 'THREAT'

    (11/13/2009 | 08:57 AM - GMA News.TV)

    At least 390 families in Albay province in Bicol were preemptively evacuated amid increased activity at Mayon Volcano.

    Radio dzRH reported that the 390 families, or 1,665 people, from two villages in Daraga town were brought to the Daraga Supermarket for temporary shelter.


    The report said the town's local officials will meet Friday with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) to discuss the activity of the volcano.

    Earlier, Phivolcs advised residents to take precautions as Mayon spewed ash into the air before dawn last Wednesday.

    Phivolcs head Renato Solidum Jr. said residents should clean their surroundings after an ash fall as the ash poses a health hazard.


    "We have to remind our residents that ash poses a health hazard. Avoid the ash when possible. In case of an ash fall, close your windows if you are indoors. If outdoors, cover your nose with a handkerchief or a damp cloth", Solidum said in an interview on dzBB radio.

    He said ash fall remains possible even when Mayon is still under Alert Level 2. Phivolcs placed Mayon under Alert Level 2 last July 10.

    Solidum also advised residents to remove the ash from streets in their surroundings immediately after an ash fall, or at least pour water on them so the ash particles will not fly.

    On Wednesday, Mayon spewed ash more than a kilometer into the air but Phivolcs said there was no basis to raise the alert level for the volcano.

    In the meantime, Solidum said Phivolcs continues to keep watch over Mayon, particularly for a possible magmatic eruption.
    "We do not see a magmatic eruption soon but neither can we discount it at this time. It is always possible that volcanic activity will continue,"
    he said.

    He advised residents in the area to continue observing the 6-km permanent danger zone around the volcano, and the 7-km extended danger zone in the Legazpi City-Daraga area.

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    INDONESIA:

    REBUILDING LIVES AND BUILDINGS IN THE AFTERMATH OF WEST SUMATRA’s EARTHQUAKE

    http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/indonesia_51580.html

    By Lely Djuhari


    PARIAMAN, Indonesia, 29 October, 2009 It was the sudden, eerie stillness at her family’s small paddy field that gave Cici Yuhendri, age 11, an impending sense of catastrophe. The usual cacophony of the birds disappeared minutes before an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter-scale devastated her home in Indonesia’s West Sumatra Province.

    “The earth beneath me shook from side to side,” she recalled. “Then, it jolted up and down; my knees buckled and all I could do was to collapse and whisper my prayers.”

    Cici dropped her stick, which she used for shooing away the birds feasting on the harvest-ready rice plants. She fell to the ground and clung to a clump of golden yellow stalks.

    HOMES DESTROYED

    When the quake subsided she called out to her older sister and raced back to their home – to their dismay, it had been levelled. Her mother and father, however, were safe. Her baby brother spent the next few nights refusing to leave his mother’s arms.

    Less than a week after the earthquake, Cici rejoined her friends at the local junior high school where now they are able to share experiences and comfort each other. Many children have expressed their fears for the future—of more earthquakes, more building collapses and the inability to rebuild their lives.
    To assist children in their recovery UNICEF and the Department of Social Affairs that has set up a joint Child Protection secretariat.
    “Children are resilient (robust). With the right support from their families and communities, it is amazing how they can cope,” said UNICEF Representative in Indonesia Angela Kearney.


    INTENSIVE TRAINING
    Intensive training is being provided to teachers and social workers on how to recognize psychosocial needs and provide support.

    According to official figures from the government’s National Disaster Management Agency, more than a thousand people died following the 30 September earthquake. But an important aspect of work now is to support those who survived.Many children have lost parents or have been taken into the care of relatives, friends and neighbours. Others are known to have left the area after the quake. However, the government estimates that more than one million people were affected by the earthquake, of which one-third are believed to be children. Helping them live through the coming weeks and months is a priority for UNICEF.

    SUPPORTIVE TEACHERS
    “My teachers were very kind and told me not to worry. Without them, I wouldn’t have come back to school. They are very supportive and told us to talk to our friends as much as we want; about anything,” Cici said.
    “My mathematics homework was just lying there in the dark last night. This stuff about the mean, modus and averages used to be so easy but now it is just flying about in my head.”

    Apart from the social worker and teacher networks, UNICEF is also supporting an Indonesian faith-based foundation, Muhammadiyah, with tents, educational toys, books and games. Nine children’s centres have already been established in Pariaman and three other districts affected by the quake.


    RAPID ASSESSMENT
    In the child-friendly spaces, children have the opportunity to play games, sing, dance and painting, all of which will help them to reduce feelings of isolation. The centres’ activities are also designed to help trained workers to identify those children showing signs of more serious distress, so that they can be provided with more specific support.
    UNICEF has also supported the Ministry of Social Affairs to undertake a rapid assessment of broader child protection concerns in Padang City, Pariaman City and Pariaman District, which found that there is currently no evidence of family separation, movement of children to other locations or trafficking. That is certainly good news, but the task of helping children rebuild their lives after the West Sumatra earthquake remains at the forefront of UNICEF’s activities.



    BREASTFEEDING ENCOURAGED FOR QUAKE-AFFECTED INDONESIAN MOTHERS

    By Lely Djuhari

    PADANG, Indonesia, 4 November 2009 – The stacks of formula milk in a former ballroom in the city of Padang, West Sumatra, had to be quickly removed. Though generosity motivated local companies to donate these supplies in response to the 30 September earthquake here, such donations could have proved fatal.
    In a crisis such as this, continued breastfeeding for infants is a far safer alternative to milk substitutes, which can be mixed with contaminated water and cause serious diarrhoeal disease.


    BREASTFEEDING REMINDERS
    Working closely with the Ministry of Health after the disaster struck, UNICEF quickly called local and national radio stations, asking them to broadcast requests to stop milk-substitute donations. Volunteers from a partner organization reminded mothers at temporary shelters not to stop breastfeeding.
    The result of these appeals – including a ban on the direct distribution of formula milk to survivors’ babies – was largely positive.


    “In disasters, given the likelihood of poorer environmental conditions such as the lower availability of safe water, it is crucial for mothers to continue breastfeeding their children instead of resorting to formula milk,” said UNICEF Representative in Indonesia Angela Kearney.

    INFANT FEEDING IN EMERGENCIES
    The day after the earthquake, UNICEF distributed information on infant feeding in emergencies to humanitarian communities and local authorities. This material was used by Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s second biggest faith-based organization, which had sent volunteers to distribute aid in a remote village in Agam District.
    When these volunteers approached Desi Fitria, who was eight-months pregnant at the time, she expressed apprehension about delivering her baby at the end of October.
    “The health centre I used to go to is completely destroyed. I may have to go to the one about two hours away,” she said.
    Despite such worries, she seemed relieved after listening to the volunteers’ advice - that breastfeeding in the first hour after birth, and exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months, would provide her baby with critical antibodies and nutrition for a healthy start in life.
    “It’s so much easier to breastfeed. I don’t have to worry about boiling water and cleaning cups, teats or bottles from there,” she said, pointing to the lake that she and others at a temporary shelter were using as a water source.


    DANGEROUS AID
    Previous experiences in Indonesia have shown that infant formula and powdered milk are common donations during emergencies. Unfortunately, these products are often distributed in an uncontrolled manner and consumed by infants and children who would otherwise be breastfed.


    Results of a UNICEF assessment carried out one month after the Yogyakarta earthquake in 2006 indicated that three out of four families with children under six months old had received donations of infant formula. This led to an increase in infant formula consumption from 32 per cent before the earthquake to 43 per cent afterwards.

    The rate of diarrhoea amongst infants less than six months old who received donations of infant formula were twice that of those who did not. On average, the rate of diarrhoea amongst children between six months and 23 months was five times the pre-earthquake rate.


    Such statistics underscore the importance of teaching continued breastfeeding during and after emergencies.

    GUARANTEEING HEALTH AND GROWTH
    Exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months of an infant's life followed by continued breastfeeding – with the appropriate supplementation – until the age of two is the single most effective means of guaranteeing infants’ health and growth.
    Infants who are breastfed in their early childhood grow to be bigger, stronger and better educated than those who are not
    .
    With campaigns to socialize the practice of breastfeeding by mothers of young infants being intensified throughout the country, communities facing sudden emergencies and natural disasters are becoming increasingly prepared to care for their infants under these stressful conditions.

    http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/indonesia_51629.html
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    I have not posted on the humanitarian threads during the past week-end simply because I couldn't find relief work-related news to report on Unicef's, Red Cross' or GMA News.TV's websites. NANCY / nancyk58

    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA ON 16 NOVEMBER 2009

    The latest news from UNICEF's Press Centre (UNICEF)

    Future generations in jeopardy unless urgent efforts are made to tackle undernutrition

    UNICEF Deputy Executive Director calls for immediate action to tackle food shortages in areas of Southern Sudan

    Statement by UNICEF Regional Director about the escalation in Northern Yemen

    UNICEF Executive Director raises child health and child rights in Mali

    UNICEF to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child



    EDUCATION PROVIDES A FUTURE FOR CHILDREN IN EARTHQUAKE-AFFECTED PAKISTAN

    (By Jasmine Pittenger - http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/pakistan_46013.html )

    MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 5 November 2009 The earthquake that devastated this region in 2005 was a catastrophe for schoolchildren in Pakistan. An estimated 17,000 students were killed in their classrooms, and 6,000 schools damaged or destroyed.
    For teachers and students, the events of that October morning are burned into their memories.

    “We were taking our tests when everything started shaking,” recalls Iqura Rehman, 10. “The teacher said, ‘Run,’ so we ran. We weren’t able to understand what was happening.... We thought that everything was finished.”

    UNICEF supplied a temporary school in a tent was pitched amidst the destruction. Within a month, classes resumed. Still, parents hesitated to send their children to school.

    “So many children lost their lives in schools, it was not easy to convince parents to send them back,” says teacher Nabila Kiani. “We teachers went from house-to-house to ask parents to send their children back to school.”


    THE NEW SCHOOL
    Now, with help from UNICEF, girls in a quake-affected migrant village have a new school. The Mohajir Colony Government Girls’ School is one of 100 schools built by UNICEF as of last month, with 186 more due to be completed by the end of 2010. Nearly every day during the school's construction, young girls would travel down the narrow path to peek into a window and imagine what was to come.

    “When they were building our new school, we were already happy and excited,” says fourth-grader Zeenat Ghutam, 10. “We knew it was for us, but we weren’t expecting it to be so beautiful. On the first day of school, a month ago, I had a feeling I don’t have words for. How can I explain what it’s like to walk into a school that’s more beautiful than our own homes?”

    IMPORTANT ROLE FOR TEACHERS

    Rehabilitation became an opportunity to ‘build back better.’ This means that the 286 new schools being built with UNICEF support are earthquake-safe. “We’re not scared now because this is a new building, not like our old school, and we know it’s earthquake-safe,” says fourth-grader Shazia Ali Lone. Teachers have played an important role in helping the government, with UNICEF assistance, to re-enrol about 428,000 children, including over 186,000 girls. The enrolment drive includes 36,000 children who were out of school prior to the earthquake.


    “My mother helps me with my homework,” says Zeenat. “She can only do this because she went to school. To educate a girl is to educate a whole family. We know that women doctors are much needed in our country.”


    BUILDING A STABLE FUTURE

    The new schools are spacious, with at least one square metre of classroom space per child. They promote good hygiene through sanitary toilets and handwashing stations. Teachers are trained in child-friendly methods to support and empower children and are prohibited from using corporal punishment.

    School tents and emergency supplies such as School-in-a-Box kits, blackboards, recreational kits, furniture and textbooks were also provided.

    “EDUCATED WOMEN are far more likely to have EDUCATED CHILDREN,” says UNICEF Deputy Representative in Pakistan Luc Chauvin. “WOMEN WITH ACTIVE VOICES IN THEIR FAMILY's ECONOMIC LIVES are better at ensuring that the family’s resources go toward building a more stable future. We also know that women with at least a basic education are proven to have FEWER, HEALTHIER and BETTER-NOURISHED CHILDREN.”


    RELATED (NOT NEW) STORIES from http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/pakistan_ xxxx.html

    'Building back better' for students in earthquake-affected Pakistan
    By Solmaz Dabiri - SHATAY VILLAGE, Pakistan, 17 October 2008
    (http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/pakistan_46013.html)

    Sabnan’s story: Support for the most vulnerable in Pakistan quake aftermath
    By Antonia Paradela - BALOCHISTAN, Pakistan, 31 October 2008

    A model school for girls and boys is building back after Pakistan floods By Fatima Raja - BALOCHISTAN, Pakistan, 3 October 2007
    Roskilde 5 July 2009
    Herning 16 August 2009

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    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA ON 17 NOVEMBER 2009

    PHILIPPINE FIRMS PREPARE FOR THE NEXT 'ONDOY' AND 'PEPENG'

    (11/17/2009 | 07:04 PM - GMA News.TV)

    The devastation caused by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng prompted listed companies to ramp up their allocation for disaster recovery program.

    At a briefing at the Philippine Stock Exchange on Tuesday, company officials cited measures such as ensuring that all operating units have adequate power supply even during period of prolonged power outage and activating emergency responses during calamities.

    Officials of Manila Water Co. Inc., SM Investments Corp., San Miguel Pure Foods Inc. and Robinsons Land Corp. admitted that their operations and businesses were affected by the destructive weather disturbances.

    Pure Foods, according to company president Francisco Alejo III, had suffered damages of goods and property worth P1.5 billion.

    “Calamities have to be factored in," Alejo said.


    Most of the damage were on the company's plant in Marikina City, where Pure Foods kept stocks of processed meat products, and its warehouse in Pasig City.

    Despite this, Alejo said most of the damages were covered by insurance.

    Meanwhile, SM Investments had to do some “engineering changes" such as placing their power sources on the upper portion of the building.

    “We have old and new malls. In the past, power sources are in the basement," said Cora Guidote, SM Investments vice president for investor relations


    Two SM malls were affected by the flooding – SM Centerpoint in Sta. Mesa, Manila and SM Rosales in Pangasinan. SM has network of 35 malls and 111 stores in the country.

    Because the two SM malls had to be temporarily closed for rehabilitation, some 6,200 workers are also presently out of work.


    Guidote said SM was committed to expedite the rehabilitation of the malls within two months to help their displaced workers.

    Henry Yap, RLC general manager, said that because of the calamities, his company's building management team's capability is being reviewed and modified according to the needs of their mall and BPO office tenants, mostly run by foreign groups.

    Metro East, one of RLC's malls, was flooded on the lower floors.

    Owing to the massive flooding, Yap said, Filipinos may begin to favor residing in high-rise buildings.


    Frank Beaumont, Manila Water group director, said that before the flooding some of their units had no power generators. After Ondoy and Pepeng, however, the company has ensured that all their units had a minimum three-day standby power supply.
    Cheryl M. Arcibal, GMANews.TV
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    UNICEF DENMARK - GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS THAT YOUR FRIENDS DO NOT NEED

    Gifts your friends do not need (verdensgaver = world gifts)

    17-11-2009 - Skip the traditional Christmas gift / present and give instead a gift that really helps. This is the invitation of UNICEF, which - on Verdensgaver.dk - sells gifts of the sort that your friends do not need.

    Mosquito nets and vaccines

    On Verdensgaver.dk UNICEF has set a number of its most popular products for sale. However, it is not the classic well-selling articles such as Christmas cards or sweatshirts with the UNICEF logo, but mosquito nets, vaccines and other help / relief articles / items, saving children's lives in developing countries.

    Christmas gift
    Gifts from Verdensgaver.dk do not take up space under the Christmas tree. UNICEF sends the gift to children needing help. When you buy a World Gift, you will receive a gift certificate, which, for example, you can give as a Christmas gift.


    Carefully selected among UNICEF's help / relief articles
    World gifts are carefully chosen among the many special items that every day throughout the year, UNICEF sends to children in the world's poorest countries. There is an urgent need for these things, and UNICEF knows from experience that the organization makes a huge difference for the children who receive them.


    Gifts / donations save lives

    This year, UNICEF sells 23 different World Gifts. You can buy:

    Mosquito nets for five families for (the equivalent of ) 179 Danish kroner: They protect children against the malaria mosquito, which is Africa's biggest killer despite its modest size.

    120 vaccines for (the equivalent of) 150 Danish kroner: These vaccines protect children against infectious diseases such as polio and measles.

    Powder against dehydration for (the equivalent of) 453 Danish kroner: The powder restores the fluid balance of children whose lives are threatened by dehydration due to diarrhoea.

    Nutritious (nourishing) nut mixture for (the equivalent of) 261 Danish kroner.
    Effective treatment of malnourished children. Three packs a day for a couple of weeks are enough to save a child's life.

    View all gifts at Verdensgaver.dk



    I was on the internet googling "Unicef gifts" to find some online UNICEF shops in various countries. I not only found that but also found (and saw)

    The Gift - a short film from UNICEF UK
    . It is a dramatisation of a new poem by Simon Armitage, narrated by actress GWYNETH PALTROW.
    Watch the film and support our Born Free from HIV campaign to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. thegift.unicef.org.uk/

    Inspired Gifts Helps Fight HIV: UNICEF's Store Offers Christmas gifts. Inspired Gifts, an online store run by UNICEF, offers Christmas and holiday presents that help fight HIV by supporting the work being done around the world. aidshiv.suite101.com/article.../inspired_gifts_helps_fight_hiv

    Shop UNICEF :: U.S. Fund for UNICEF - UNICEF USA
    When you purchase UNICEF Cards & Gifts you are doing much more than sending a goodwill gesture. You are making a real difference in the lives of children.
    www.unicefusa.org/shop/

    UNICEF USA: Inspired Gifts
    Since 1947, the US Fund for UNICEF has supported the work of UNICEF by fundraising for its programs and increasing public awareness of the challenges. inspiredgifts.unicefusa.org/

    Home | Shop UNICEF Canada
    Shop UNICEF · Cards & Gifts · Gifts of Magic · Education Resources ... Learn about UNICEF's work for children and how your support can help us. www.shopunicef.ca/

    Gifts of Magic | Shop UNICEF Canada
    Learn about UNICEF's work for children and how your support can help us fulfill our mission. Help · Gifts of Magic - www.unicefgiftsofmagic.ca/

    Cards & Gifts - www.supportunicef.org/catalog/
    If your country is not listed below, we are sorry that UNICEF products are not yet available. Click Here to locate your local UNICEF. www.supportunicef.org/catalog/

    Buy cards and gifts - UNICEF UK - Homepage
    www.unicef.org.uk/store/

    UNICEF Inspired Gifts | Charity Christmas Cards & Gifts | United.
    UNICEF Inspired Gifts virtual charity gifts provide real, life saving and changing items to children and communities throughtout the world.

    www.charity-gifts.org/unicef-shop.php

    Verdensgaver.dk (Unicef Danmark)

    I saw the Gift and it was really good - I am glad to see that Gwyneth is supporting this good cause - go see it yourself: The GIFT - a short film from UNICEF UK. - a dramatisation of a new poem by Simon Armitage, NARRATED BY actress GWYNETH PALTROW. Watch the film and support our Born Free from HIV campaign to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. thegift.unicef.org.uk/
    Roskilde 5 July 2009
    Herning 16 August 2009

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    BritishRedCross's CHILE Earthquake Appeal: http://www.redcross.org.uk/donatesection.asp?id=77029
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    Donations possible via text, phone or the "Hope for Haiti" Web site until July 2010

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    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA ON 18 NOVEMBER 2009

    Weather forecast for the Philippines today: 23°C to 32°C.

    At 2 p.m. Wednesday, a shallow low-pressure area (SLPA) was estimated at 590 km east of Mindanao while a northeast monsoon affects northern Luzon.
    Roskilde 5 July 2009
    Herning 16 August 2009

    HELP CHILE AND HAITI by making DONATIONS to ONE OF THESE RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS:

    BritishRedCross's CHILE Earthquake Appeal: http://www.redcross.org.uk/donatesection.asp?id=77029
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    Updates of the situation in Southeast Asia on 18 november 2009

    http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.94aae335470e233f6cf911df43181aa0/?vgnextoid=e370f2fa2f305210VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCR D

    American Red Cross Launches “Gifts that Save the Day” Holiday Campaign

    New survey shows many people will cut holiday activities, but still plan to give to charities


    National Headquarters
    2025 E Street, N.W.
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    Contact: Public Affairs Desk

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    Phone202) 303-5551

    WASHINGTON, Wednesday, November 18, 2009 — Many people are cutting back on gift-buying, parties and travel this holiday season, but support for charitable giving remains strong as people believe it is more important this year to give to charities because of the economy, according to a new national survey for the American Red Cross.

    The Red Cross survey found that many people are tightening their belts this holiday season, with 29 percent cutting back on money spent on holiday gifts; 31 percent planning to spend less for parties this year; 40 percent cutting back on spending for holiday decorations; and 44 percent reducing their travel costs. However, only 20 percent planned cuts in their donations to charity, with 17 percent planning to spend more and 62 percent planning to spend the same.

    The findings are all the more remarkable given the fact that the survey, conducted November 5-8, shows nearly one in four (23%) had their salary or hours reduced this year, with 14 percent saying they had been laid off from their job and 41 percent losing money in the stock market.

    However, because of the economy, 67 percent say it is more important this year to give something to charity.

    The Red Cross announced the survey findings as it kicked off a new “Gifts that Save the Day” holiday giving campaign featuring an online gift catalog and national broadcast, print and online advertising.

    “In this season of hope and in these tough economic times, people want their gifts to really matter, and the new Red Cross campaign offers a way for people to give a gift that can save the day for those in need,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross.

    Through the online catalog at www.redcross.org/gifts, people can make a donation that could provide food and shelter for a disaster victim for a day; a military comfort kit with a robe, phone card and other supplies for a wounded warrior; or a month of basic necessities for a family in another country who lost everything in a disaster.

    In addition, the online catalog provides an opportunity for people to give a charitable gift while doing their online shopping. Although retail sales are projected to remain flat this holiday season, online holiday gift-giving is expected to grow by 4 percent.

    Gifts made through the catalog are contributions towards a Red Cross program area, not a donation to a specific project or item. The donations will be used to provide assistance where it is needed most within the program area; remaining money is put to use where it is needed most.

    “These have been turbulent economic times for the Red Cross and other non-profits, with more and more people seeking help,” said McGovern. “The Red Cross is working very hard to raise money now so the organization can be there tomorrow with help and hope when people need it most.”

    A key part of the 2009 Red Cross holiday campaign will be national advertising, including national cable television, in-flight magazines and online advertising urging people to make a donation to the Red Cross.

    The television ads, which start November 23, mark the first time since 2003 that the Red Cross has done national television advertising during the holiday giving season. The advertising will support the end-of-year giving campaigns of the Red Cross and of chapters throughout the country.

    The Red Cross ads feature photos and images of people being offered comfort and help by the Red Cross after a disaster, when they need life-saving blood or following a local home fire. The ads seek to capture the “Red Cross moment” when people go from despair to hope, and urge people to give the gift that saves the day. The advertising was produced by Russ Reid and the voiceover is by award-winning actor Jimmy Smits, a member of the Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet.

    “We know these are difficult times for families and businesses across the country, but the Red Cross has seen that when Americans are in need, America always responds,” said Jeffrey Towers, chief development officer at the Red Cross. “The holiday season is traditionally a time of hope and generosity, and this campaign gives us all a chance to make a difference in someone’s life.”

    The telephone survey of 1,001 U.S. adults 18 years and older was conducted November 5-8, 2009 by CARAVAN® Opinion Research Corporation. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

    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.
    Roskilde 5 July 2009
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