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    Posted by engsol1500 earlier Sunday / 11.10.09

    After typhoon Ondoy, which claimed lives of about 150, I was not expecting that things could get worse. Apparently, the typhoon after Ondoy, Pepeng, was causing more devastation in the northern part of the country.

    This still have to be confirmed but I heard from a friend yesterday that the major roads to one city in the north, Baguio City, was destroyed, disrupting rescue and relief operations...

    Death toll from 'Pepeng' rises to 264; dozens more missingGMANews.TV - Sunday, October 11

    The death toll from tropical depression “Pepeng" rose to 264 Saturday afternoon as rescue workers dug up more bodies of missing people, reports from police and relief agencies said.

    Of the total, 222 were killed in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), mostly from landslides, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

    Chief Inspector Tessie Sarmiento, spokesperson of the CAR police, said at least 141 people have so far been confirmed dead in Benguet province, while the figure in Baguio City rose to 50.

    Twenty-eight bodies were recovered in Mt. Province, and one each in Abra and Ifugao.

    The figure is expected to rise further as total of 53 people have yet to be found in Baguio, Benguet and Mt. Province, police said.

    The number of injured people due to floodwaters and landslides totaled 71, with 48 coming from Benguet, 13 from Baguio City, six from Mt. Province, and two from Abra.

    A report of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said 34 more deaths were reported from La Union, five in Pangasinan and one in Ilocos Norte.
    Pepeng-related deaths earlier reported include two in Camarines Norte in the Bicol region, and one in Nueva Ecija.

    On Sunday, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is scheduled to visit Baguio and Benguet. On Saturday she was in the Cagayan Valley region to inspect typhoon damage. Storm signals lifted as ‘Pepeng’ moves farther away.

    For the latest Philippine news stories and videos, visit GMANews.TV
    Roads and damage Baguio remained isolated on Saturday as the three major roads that link the upland resort city to lowland provinces— Kennon Road, Marcos Highway and Naguilian Road — were closed by landslides.

    Buad Bridge and Manila North Road Km 211+109 at the boundary of La Union and Pangasinan collapsed. In Pangasinan, motorists going north were advised to take the following detour routes: Camiling Road going to Dagupan, Lingayen, and Binmaley; and Urdaneta and Binalonan going to Manaoag. In Zambales, floodwaters have subsided in the towns of Iba, San Miguel, and Botolan. Vehicles can now pass through the Carael Highway. Preliminary reports of damage caused by Pepeng totaled P5.08 billion, including P1.08-worth of infrastructure, and P3.99-billion worth of agricultural products. Damage to private property amounted to P2.77 billion. Some 20,700 houses were damaged, 1,796 of them destroyed and 18,196 partially damaged, according to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC). Even at nightfall on Saturday, rescuers were still digging up for possible survivors in landslide-hit villages in the Cordilleras. Relief operations, meanwhile, were in full blast in evacuation centers all over Pangasinan and other places where tens of thousands of people have been displaced by floods.

    Power failure continued to be experienced in some areas in Ilocos Norte due to damaged cable wires and fallen trees.

    Power interruption was noted in the towns of Santa, Magsingal, San Juan, Cabugao, Sinait, Lidlidda and San Emilio.

    At least one major road and 51 secondary roads and 11 bridges had been affected due to floods, landslides and mudslides. - GMANews.TV
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    I noticed two positive pieces of news here: "Storm signals lifted as ‘Pepeng’ moves farther away" and "In Zambales, floodwaters have subsided .."

    Now is the time where help from the outside world is really needed - with all these losses of human lives and damage to houses and infrastructure. A lot of reconstruction is needed.

    I checked the Text TV from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany without finding anything about the situation in the Philippines or otherwise in Southeast Asia. As Peter (Tonsu) wrote: The press media quickly moves on to focus on other news - and often the news are infotainment = a mixture of information and entertainment.
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    UPDATE OF THE SITUATION IN THE PHILIPPINES (source = GMANews.TV)

    The death toll caused by killer typhoon “Pepeng" (Parma) has risen to more than 300 - about 307 - in the various regions of Luzon, most of it in the Cordillera and Ilocos regions, as more bodies were retrieved from landslide-hit areas in Baguio City, the rest of Benguet province and Mountain Province.

    As of Sunday 5:30 p.m., the Office of Civil Defense - Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR) said they have already accounted for 231 deaths in the region due to at least 39 landslides.

    Of the 231 fatalities, OCD regional director Olive Luces said 152 were from Benguet, 50 were from Baguio City and 29 were from the Mt. Province.

    The figure excludes the casualties from the series of landslides in Oct. 3, which Luces said resulted in the death of 19 people, 12 of them were from Benguet.


    The rest of the casualty count, based on the latest available report of the National Disaster Coordinating Council, include 49 deaths in the Ilocos region, three in Central Luzon, one in Southern Tagalog, and four in the Bicol region.

    Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan said that as of Sunday morning around 175 bodies were recovered from landslide areas in Benguet, the bulk of which were recovered from sitio Little Kibungan in Barangay Puguis in La Trinidad town, while the rest came from the areas in the municipalities of Mankayan, Itogon, Atok, and Tublay.

    Little Kibungan tragedy
    At least 50 bodies were retrieved from Little Kibungan alone, where 100 residents were reported missing after loose soil slipped down the slopes covering 36 houses on the hillsides on Thursday evening
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    UNICEF NEWS seen on website Sunday 11/10-09:

    UNICEF seeks $3 million for children affected by Indonesian earthquake

    UN Flash Appeal of nearly $75 million for assistance to victims of Ketsana/Ondoy

    UNICEF: Without a protective environment, it’s a harsh life for children

    Nearly 70,000 children return to classes following Indonesia earthquake

    UNICEF rapid response team on the ground in Samoa

    Joint press release
    UN Flash Appeal of nearly $75 million for assistance to victims of Ketsana/Ondoy
    MANILA, 7 October 2009 - The United Nations and the Government of the Philippines presented today in Manila a joint appeal seeking $74,021,809 to meet the urgent needs of one million of those affected by Tropical Storm Ondoy (international codename Ketsana). The appeal is for six months.

    The sudden storm dropped a month’s rainfall on Metro Manila and surrounding areas in around six hours, affecting almost four million people. More than a week after, around 335,000 people still remain in temporary evacuation centers, while many more continue to depend on humanitarian assistance from the government, and the national and international humanitarian community.

    “The Flash Appeal seeks to generate funds in key sectors including food, shelter, water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency telecommunications and logistics, child protection, coordination and camp management,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman who participated in the announcement. “It also provides for time-critical agricultural and early recovery programs.”

    The UN has delivered food and non-food items and is committed in supporting the relief and recovery efforts of the government as long as it is needed.

    “Families have lost their loved ones as well as their homes and livelihoods,” said Veneman. “Children have also been severely traumatized by the effects of the storms and getting them back into their daily routines is critical.”

    The United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Philippines, Ms. Jacqui Badcock, noted that “While normalcy may have returned to many parts of the capital, over a million people in affected areas continue to be in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. A major response from the international donor community is now absolutely essential if the current operation is to be scaled up to meet the needs on the ground.”

    Notes: A Flash Appeal is a request for funds by UN agencies responding to a sudden humanitarian crisis coordinate their response. It presents a unified set of funding needs to donors. It provides a concise overview of urgent life-saving needs and a plan to address acute needs for up to six months based on the best available information at the time of writing.

    The partnership between the UN and the Philippines began in 1945 when the Philippines joined 49 other nations in signing the United Nations Charter in San Francisco, USA. This partnership has progressed since then into a number of development initiatives, activities and programmes. Technical, financial and other forms of assistance to the Philippines began in the late 1940s, as the country recovered from the ravages of World War II.

    For more information, please contact:

    Ms. Marge Francia, Communication Officer, UNICEF,
    Tel + 632 901.0173, ++632 917.858.9447,
    E-mail: mfrancia@unicef.org

    Mr. Danton Remoto, Communication Officer, UNDP ,
    Tel + 632 901.0239, ++632 918.979.3665,
    E-mail: danton.remoto@undp.org

    Patrick McCormick, UNICEF NY,
    Tel + 1 212 326 7426,
    E-mail: pmccormick@unicef.org
    http://www.unicef.org/media/media_51364.html
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    GMANews.TV updates Sunday 11 October 2009:

    Rescuers rush to save Cordillera landslide victims

    » Classes suspended in storm-hit NLuzon towns

    » DA chief: 16K hectares crops in Cagayan lost to ‘Pepeng’

    Some 16,000 hectares of crops in Cagayan province were lost to typhoon “Pepeng" (Parma) after it swept through Northern Luzon last weekend, but Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap insisted that the crop damage will not affect food security.

    40 landslides in the Cordillera claim over 250 lives
    10/11/2009 | 04:20 PM (Update 2 - 9:20 p.m.)

    BAGUIO CITY - Over 40 landslides have decimated communities across the western half of the rugged Cordillera mountain range, claiming at least 250 lives with many more missing, after relentless rains brought by Typhoon Pepeng, according to the Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR).

    Provincial governors, however, are claiming even higher numbers, as rescue and recovery teams are finding more bodies in mud and debris.

    While much of the current media coverage has been on the catastrophes in Puguis, La Trinidad in Benguet and Tadian, Mt. Province, most of the other landslides have escaped public attention, occurring in areas without power and communication, and isolated by sections of roads that have given way.

    Of the 250 officially recorded fatalities, OCD regional director Olive Luces said 164 were in Benguet, 50 in Baguio City and 29 in Mt. Province.

    However, Mt. Province Governor Maximo Dalog, interviewed today on GMA News, said his province has already recorded 40 dead with 10 missing. He was appealing for dogs that could sniff out bodies buried in the mud and choppers for evacuating the wounded, including one survivor who needed a foot amputation to save his life.

    "The magnitude of these landslides is the first time in recent memory," said Dalog. Hampering emergency operations in his province was the loss of electricity.

    Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan said that as of Sunday morning around 175 bodies were recovered from landslide areas in Benguet, most of which were recovered from Sitio Little Kibungan in Barangay Puguis in La Trinidad town, while the rest came from the municipalities of Mankayan, Itogon, Atok, and Tublay.

    KILLER SLIDE IN MT. PROVINCE
    In Mountain Province, 38 bodies were recovered on Sunday in Sitio Bulala, Barangay Kayan East in Tadian town, as an entire mountain slope gave way. Ten more are reportedly missing while the three injured were brought to the Luis Hora General Hospital in the nearby town of Bauko.

    A hill in Sitio Bulala collapsed at 6 p.m. on Thursday due to continuous and heavy rains brought by typhoon Pepeng. Of the 32 houses, 18 were damaged totally while five damaged partially. Able-bodied residents shown their traditional unity when they took the frontline of the rescue operations, local officials said.

    Meanwhile, in the nearby village of Bunga in Tadian town, a residential house was also buried in a separate landslide on Thursday afternoon, killing three family members while two survived.

    EXTENSIVE INFRA AND AGRI DAMAGE
    Typhoon Pepeng brought extensive damage to agriculture and infrastructure in the various Cordillera provinces and in Baguio City.

    The worst damage reported so far is in Apayao, where combined partial damage to agriculture and infrastructure amounted to around P1 billion, Governor Elias Bulut reported to media earlier.

    Kalinga province incurred partial damage to infrastructure worth P86.9 million, and crops worth P78 million, according to the PDCC.

    Earlier, Mountain Province reported infrastructure and agricultural damage worth more than P11 million, while Benguet reported infrastructure and agriculture damage worth P1.246 million, reported the CRDCC.

    Baguio City registered infrastructure damage worth P10.5 million while Abra registered damage to crops worth P1.32 million.

    The Cordillera remains isolated as the CRDCC reported Saturday morning that all national roads linking to the provinces of Abra, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Benguet, Apayao and Baguio City remain closed due to severe landslides and washouts.

    The Ileb Bridge which connects Kalinga to Cagayan is reportedly destroyed, forcing travelers to take a longer route.

    Meanwhile, CRDCC reported a total power blackout in Mountain Province while partial power interruptions were occurring in Benguet, Abra and Mountain Province. CRDCC has no report on the status of power in Apayao, Kalinga, and Ifugao.
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    no_wow from the Philippines added this to one of the Philippines thread: The damage brought by typhoon Parma was much worse than Ketsana. It just affected so many people from the countryside. According to the news, it has claimed over 200 lives already.
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    From the Press Centre

    News note

    UNICEF seeks $3 million to meet immediate needs of children affected by Indonesian earthquake

    JAKARTA, INDONESIA, 9 October 2009 — As part of the UN Humanitarian Response Plan to last week’s earthquake in Indonesia, which was launched today in Jakarta, UNICEF is seeking $3 million to help meet the costs of continuing its life-saving work in the affected area, establishing systems to protect vulnerable children and coordinating key parts of the massive aid operation currently underway.

    Priorities identified for affected children include securing adequate water supplies, preventing disease outbreak through improved hygiene, rapid training of local health workers on child nutrition, establishing temporary tent classrooms, delivering school supplies, and working with communities to prevent children being exploited in the aftermath of the earthquake that shook the province of West Sumatra on 30 September.

    Today’s Humanitarian Response plan underlines the determination of the UN system to support the Government of Indonesia and assist the process of recovery in West Sumatra,” said UNICEF Indonesia Country Representative Angela Kearney.

    “It is vital that special attention is paid to the needs of children and their mothers, who have been especially hard hit by this disaster,” added Ms. Kearney. “Children need to see that services are being re-established, that they are being afforded proper protection and that their lives can continue, despite the terrible experiences they have lived through.”

    In the days after the earthquake, UNICEF rushed more than 100 water storage containers – each with sufficient capacity for 5,000 litres of clean water – 20,000 jerry cans, 2,000 packages of water purification tablets, 40,000 hygiene kits containing buckets, soap, detergent, 250 school tents and 120 sets of school and recreational materials to the province.

    The children’s agency aims to support at least 50,000 families with this immediate aid, while over the three months covered by today’s Response Plan up to 200,000 people will be reached by UNICEF assistance.

    UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions
    . Its work, in close collaboration with national governments and other partners, is carried out with the sustained generous contributions received from governments, foundations, UN agencies, international financial institutions, individuals and businesses.

    For further information, please contact:
    Edward Carwardine, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Indonesia,
    Tel + 62 812 123 7252,
    E-mail: ecarwardine@unicef.org

    Patrick McCormick, UNICEF New York,
    Tel + 1 212 326 7426,
    E-mail: pmccormick@unicef.org

    http://www.unicef.org/media/media_51374.html
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    I am going to create a thread called "UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIA" to make it easy for those interested to have an overview of the situation there including what is going on in that region, the relief efforts of the relief organizations and some articles with reports for instance from the rescuers or someone from the relief organizations being in the area to get an overview of the situation etc.
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    New Updates from Red Cross 12/10 at 17.15:

    SUMATRA: Thousands of people were homeless on the Indonesian island of Sumatra last week after two major earthquakes - that is why the Danish Red Cross received four million Danish kroner from DANIDA for the massive reconstruction work.

    BURMA (aka. Myanmar): The wind continues to be frightening in Myanmar. Theme: A year has passed since Cyclone Nargis smashed into the Myanmar (Burma). Today the reconstruction of houses, schools and farms has started, but the horrors of last year are still haunting the survivors. Thousands are still traumatized by the disaster.

    COOPERATION WITH ECHO: The EU's humanitarian aid department, ECHO, support Red Cross relief work in several places in the world.

    Help for 10,000 victims of Typhoon Morakot. Typhoon Marakot, with its more than 160 km / h devastated the coasts of CHINA, PHILIPPINES and TAIWAN. Red Cross helps with everything from the evacuation and shelter to flip-flops and cookware.

    TAIWAN: Floods isolate typhoon victims: Typhoon Morakot that devastated TAIWAN recently was accompanied by floods and mudslides. Red Cross assists with search and rescue work.

    What the Danish Red Cross does:

    SUMATRA: Danish Red Cross has sent the equivalent of one million Danish kroner to SUMATRA. A large part of the mones goes to putting up 50 large tents to serve as temporary schools. 241 schools were so damaged during the earthquakes that they can no longer be used.
    In addition, the Danish Red Cross received 300,000 Danish kroner from the Danish embassy in Indonesia. They include the purchase of 2,000 blankets, 2,000 sarongs, 2,000 hygiene kits and 600 tarpaulins.

    http://drk.dk/nyheder/nyheder/fire+m...ordskaelvsofre

    These news items are also posted at UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA that will be the thread used by me in the future as it will contain updates from various sources and not only Red Cross, but also for instance UNICEF.

    Very soon - probably from Wednesday - I will only be posting in UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA. NANCY

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    I am going to create a thread called "UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIA" to make it easy for those interested to have an overview of the situation there including what is going on in that region, the relief efforts of the relief organizations and some articles with reports for instance from the rescuers or someone from the relief organizations being in the area to get an overview of the situation etc. NANCY
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    News from GMA News.TV - saw them 23:30 in the evening, Central European time

    Suits mulled vs San Roque dam operators over floods
    (Update 2 - 12:48 a.m. Oct. 13) Legal suits are looming over the operators of San Roque dam for allegedly failing to properly warn residents along the Agno river basin in northern Luzon that last week's release of water during the height of typhoon “Pepeng" would cause massive flooding.

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    » Senate cancels Christmas party; funds go to typhoon victims

    Flood in Pangasinan blamed on San Roque dam 2009-10-12 21:00:10

    'Pepeng' damage to agriculture worth P308 million 2009-10-12 20:59:31
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    UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIA ON 13 OCTOBER 2009

    http://www.gmanews.tv/index.html


    Residents of Taytay, Rizal wait in waist-deep flood for relief goods to be distributed Monday by World Food Programme Philippines. Veejay Villafranca-WFP

    At the Puguis Elementary School in La Trinidad, Benguet, Tuesday, President Arroyo hands out relief goods to landslide survivors. Thom Picana

    Air Force personnel help Catherine Vicente, a landslide survivor from Atok, Benguet after she was airlifted Tuesday to a hospital in Baguio. Dave Leprozo

    Baguio woes to ease as three major roads partially reopen
    Baguio City’s isolation caused by landslides and lowland floods is expected to ease with the partial reopening Tuesday of two more major roads leading there, allowing the delivery of limited supplies of food, fuel, and relief goods. Last weekend was the first time all roads to the tourist resort city were closed since the 1990 earthquake.

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    » Pepeng damage in Benguet almost P700M

    » Senate panel OKs P12B supplemental budget for Ondoy victims

    » Operasyon ng dam, budget sa kalamidad ipinasusuri sa Senado


    Rain-loosened mountain soil endangers Ifugao hospital
    LAGAWE, Ifugao – Typhoon Pepeng’s onslaught in northern Luzon has loosened the mountain soil in this capital town, which now threatens to bury the provincial hospital together with some 50 families who live within the hospital’s perimeter.
    Citing reports from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), provincial officials said a nearby mountain slope is in precarious condition, and continuous rainfall of at least four days may induce a landslide that could cover the whole hospital structure.
    Albert Indunan, Ifugao Governor Teodoro Baguilat’s executive assistant, told reporters that the ground itself on which the hospital building sits has also weakened due to the torrential rains brought by “Pepeng."
    “MGB cautioned us that mountain soil and debris could totally engulf the entire hospital even for a few days of nonstop rainfall," Indunan said.
    Ifugao’s 50-bed provincial hospital, located in Natuolan village along mountain slopes, was built in the 1980s. Indunan said the soil where the 30-year old provincial hospital building was constructed has become precarious.
    “As among the ten areas in the country that are landslide prone, we who live in the Cordilleras know for a fact that the condition of the soil here is unstable," he added.
    The recent typhoon that dumped record high rainfall in Northern Luzon has killed 238 in the Cordilleras alone as of last count.
    The provincial government allayed fears of hospital patients and nearby residents, saying that preparations have already been made for the expected arrival of more rains in October and November.
    At the same time, a new hospital building is expected to rise soon away from danger zone.
    According to Indunan, the national government through the Department of Health has already committed 50 percent of the P100 million total cost for the construction of a new 75-bed medical facility in the capital town. - Floro Taguinod, GMANews.TV

    OTHER REGIONS STORIES

    Food shortage in islands off Cagayan feared - 10/13/2009 | 07:55 PM
    Food and medical supplies in the islands dotting the Babuyan Chanel off the coast of Cagayan province are dwindling fast.

    Pepeng damage in Benguet almost P700M - 10/13/2009 | 07:22 PM
    Aside from recording the biggest number of deaths caused by typhoon “Pepeng," Benguet has also suffered millions of pesos in damage to infrastructure, agriculture, and private property.

    High tide aggravates flooding in 3 Bulacan towns - 10/13/2009 | 10:38 AM
    The high tide in Manila Bay on Monday worsened the flooding in three towns in Bulacan province on Tuesday, according to the head of the Central Luzon’s Office of Civil Defense.

    ALPA near Mindanao threatens to become cyclone - 10/13/2009 | 07:48 AM
    A weather disturbance near Mindanao that has intensified into an active low-pressure area (ALPA) is threatening to intensify into another tropical cyclone.

    Arroyo orders relocation of residents in Benguet, Mt. Province - 10/13/2009 | 12:39 AM
    President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has ordered the immediate relocation of residents in landslide-prone areas in Benguet, Baguio City and Mountain Province.

    Low pressure area spotted off Mindanao - 10/13/2009 | 12:24 AM
    The country has yet to recover from the devastation wrought by "Ondoy" and "Pepeng" but state weather forecasters on Monday said it is monitoring another low pressure area (LPA) that is poised to enter the country.
    In its 5 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 2 p.m. Monday, the LPA was spotted 790 kilometers east of northern Mindanao."
    Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. Luzon will have partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms," Pagasa said.
    Light to moderate winds blowing from the Northeast would prevail over Luzon and Visayas coming from the Northeast and North over Mindanao, it added.
    The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate except during thunderstorms. - Aie Balagtas See, GMANews.TV

    BAD NEWS: THE ALPA = ACTIVE LOW-PRESSURE AREA NEAR MINDANAO THREATENS TO BECOME CYCLONE
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    UNICEF NEWS

    Unicef.org news (1:30am, 14/10-09 Central European Time):

    Unicef.org news (1:30am, 14/10-09 Central European Time):

    Back to school in Samoa

    UNICEF and partners provide a safe environment for tsunami-affected children


    UNICEF in Emergencies

    PHILIPPINES: Executive Director visits flood-stricken areas
    Indonesia: UNICEF delivers hygiene kits to quake zone

    India: Flash floods affect 2 million people

    UNICEF seeks $3 million for children affected by Indonesian earthquake

    UN Flash Appeal of nearly $75 million for assistance to victims of Ketsana / Ondoy

    Back to school in Samoa: UNICEF and partners provide a safe environment for tsunami-affected children
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    [B]RED CROSS NEWS / http://www.redcross.org/ B]

    AmeriCorps Contributes to Red Cross Relief Efforts in American Samoa

    A Texas-sized Show of Support for National Guard Troops

    Red Cross Aids Storm-Plagued PHILIPPINES (see below)


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    Disaster Online Newsroom [/B ]

    Red Cross Aids Storm-Plagued PHILIPPINES (Friday, October 09, 2009)
    Typhoon Parma is back. After cutting through the north part of the Philippines a week ago, it reversed course and returned on Friday morning as a tropical storm. Contending with widespread flooding, the global Red Cross network is now responding to immense humanitarian needs from this disaster as well as the recent Typhoon Ketsana.
    Staff and volunteers with the Philippine National Red Cross are helping hundreds of thousands of people in evacuation centers across the country. The government estimates that nearly 40,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed by the storms.
    “Multiple Red Cross responses during the past two weeks emphasize the value of our global network,” says Alex Mahoney, manager of disaster programs for Asia with the American Red Cross. “The Philippine National Red Cross was already on the ground, responding immediately to local needs. Meanwhile, we are sending financial assistance, supplies and a shelter specialist to support their relief operation.”
    Specifically, the American Red Cross has mobilized aid to help those that need it most:
    It is providing $950,000 in financial assistance and relief supplies to address the typhoons' impact in the Philippines and Vietnam.
    It has tapped its pre-positioned stocks for both of these countries, sending thousands of insecticide-treated bed nets, jerry cans and blankets from its warehouse in Kuala Lumpur.
    It has also sent an expert in shelter coordination to assist with local operations in the Philippines.

    On the ground, the Philippine National Red Cross has been providing food aid to more than 40,000 families, as well as other relief items like hygiene kits.

    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.

    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.
    http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/...0089f0870aRCRD

    On Oct. 9, the American Red Cross received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. government for typhoon relief in the Philippines. The grantor - the U.S. Agency for International Development - administers the U.S. foreign assistance program, providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 120 countries worldwide.
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    UPDATES ON SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA 14/10-09

    http://www.gmanews.tv/index.html


    62 towns in the nation's rice granary still flooded (10/13/2009 | 09:30 PM )
    Three days after Typhoon Pepeng exited Philippine territory, vast areas in central Luzon remain flooded, with the nation's leading palay-producing province, Nueva Ecija, suffering from the most widespread flooding. Arayat town in Pampanga province - without the media attention directed at other towns - is enduring the deepest floodwaters, up to seven feet.
    Data culled by GMA News Research from the Regional Office of Civil Defense for Central Luzon showed that as of Tuesday 23 out of Nueva Ecija's 32 towns, or nearly 72 percent, are still dealing with floods, although the waters are less than a foot deep or not as bad as those in adjacent towns of nearby provinces.
    In 2008, Nueva Ecija topped the nation in rice production with 1,372,378 metric tons, more than 300,000 metric tons more than second leading producer Isabela. Nueva Ecija also led the nation in onion production.
    A close study of the map shows that the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, and Bulacan still have a total of 11 towns that are submerged in at least two feet of water.
    These include the towns of Arayat, Bacolor, Masantol, San Luis, Macabebe and Sto. Tomas in Pampanga; La Paz, Paniqui, Moncada and San Manuel in Tarlac province; and Calumpit in Bulacan province.
    Tarlac is the country's seventh leading rice producer with over a half million metric tons in 2008.
    In Pampanga, Arayat town suffered the worst flooding, with five of its barangays (villages) submerged in six to seven-foot deep floodwaters. This was followed by Bacolor and Masantol towns.
    In Bulacan, Calumpit town was flooded by at least four feet, while in Tarlac, La Paz town remained submerged in at least three feet.

    Meanwhile, floods in the following areas (orange) have already receded:
    Palayan City, Nueva Ecija;
    Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija;
    Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija;
    Licab, Nueva Ecija;
    Sta. Ana, Pampanga; and
    Guagua, Pampanga.

    » DPWH sees full repair of roads to Baguio in 1 month

    » Flooding in Albay province prompts evacuations

    » NDCC: ‘Pepeng’ death toll now 375, damage breaches P8B mark
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    BBC World Service Text TV: Tsunami Drill across Indian Ocean:
    18 countries in the Indian Ocean region are taking part in an exercise to evaluate the response of the region's tsunami early warning systems. The test will simulate the earthquake that struck off the northwest coast of Sumatra 2004 when 250,000 people were killed - more than half of them in the Indonesian province of Aceh. The drill is taking place today on the World Disaster Reduction Day. ZDF Text TV also mentioned this drill taking place on the "Welttag zur Katastrophenbekämpfung".

    ZDF Text TV: Suffering following natural disasters: UN: 2,3 mio people died (in the past 3 decades).
    According to information given by UN, 2,3 mio. people died in the past 3 decades from 1975 to 2008. 8,000 earthquakes, storms, floodings, landslides and fires caused enormous human suffering and vast devastations. In particular people in the poor countries are struck by these disasters.

    Danish DR1: INDONESIA: Those missing after the earthquakes now declared dead
    300 missing are now declared dead, so that the official death toll now amounts to 1,115 people. Enormous relief operations are on-going to help thousands of people who are homeless due to the earthquakes. The heaviest earthquake measured 7,6 richter and damaged Padang severely - Padang is a city of more than 1 mio inhabitants.
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    NEWS FROM DANISH RED CROSS 14/10-09:

    http://drk.dk/nyheder/nyheder/myggenet+til+tyfonofre


    MOSQUITO NETS TO TYPHOON VICTIMS

    After two severe typhoons hit the Philippines last month, the Danish Red Cross now sends emergency aid for the equivalent of 750,000 Danish kroner.

    Responsible for page: Julie Lorenzen. Edited on 14 October 2009

    It corresponded to a whole month's rain, when the typhoon "Ketsana" hit the Philippines on 26th September and laid much of the capital Manila under water. Following "Ketsana", the typhoon "Parma" ravaged in the northern part of the country and resulted in severe flooding and landslides.

    Over six million people are affected by both natural disasters, at least 530 have died while more than 400 are wounded.

    Emergency aid for the equivalent of 750,000 Danish kroner

    The situation is now so serious that the Danish Red Cross sends emergency aid for the equivalent of 750,000 Danish kroner - the money will go to buy 11,000 mosquito nets, 3,050 water cans, 1,500 hygiene kits and 383 kitchen sets to the many victims. The money comes from the Foreign Ministry's trade allocation.

    Appeals recently issued
    The goods, Danish Red Cross sends to the Philippines, is a contribution to the appeal of just 34 million Danish kroner that the International Red Cross has just issued. Money from the appeal will go to help 200,000 people for one year with, among other, relief, clean water and medical care.

    Diarrhea and skin diseases ravaging
    The two typhoons have resulted in almost 20,000 families having lost their homes, while more than 46,000 houses have been destroyed. Many are still forced to live in their partially flooded homes.
    The number of cases of diarrhea and skin diseases increases with the recession of the water masses.

    Volunteers work around the clock
    Thousands of volunteers from the Filipino Red Cross has since 26 September worked around the clock to help the many affected and traumatized people with i.a. first aid and psychological support.
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    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/174656/d...-a-dams-deluge

    Downstream, no time to escape a dam's deluge
    ANDREO CALONZO and SOPHIA DEDACE, GMANews.TV10/14/2009 | 09:28 PM

    Before the flood came the siren.
    In the midst of Typhoon Pepeng’s powerful downpour, Gerald Lomibao, 23, a resident of Binmaley, a town four hours drive from San Roque Dam, heard the siren. Then barangay tanods rushed by to remind him that the siren meant that the dam was about to release water and Gerald and his family had three hours to evacuate to higher ground.

    But in 15 minutes the flood had arrived, creeping steadily higher until the Lomibao family had to flee to an upper floor.

    As the worst floods in the history of Pangasinan slowly subside, and residents ponder their ruined homes and property, the inadequacy of warning given by both the dam operators and local governments is only one issue that is spurring outrage from residents, senators, and activists,

    Pangasinan’s provincial government and Senator Chiz Escudero have threatened to file law suits against the San Roque Power Corporation, which operates the dam along the Agno River. Senate hearings began Wednesday morning on the role the dam’s water release played in the flood.

    The region received a record amount of rainfall starting October 8, compelling the dam operators to release enormous flows of water that eventually found its way into the homes of the Lomibaos and ten of thousands of Pangasinan residents. A dam that fills up and overflows is in danger of collapsing.

    “With or without the dam, standard operating procedure," said Romualdo Beltran, the director for Dam, Reservoirs and Waterways Division the National Power Corporation (Napocor), which owns the San Roque Dam. Beltran spoke at a forum on the flood at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus on Tuesday.

    Engineering professors at the forum questioned the timing of the water release. "Why did they have to wait for the water to almost overflow before opening the gates?" Guillermo Tabios III of the National Hydraulic Research Center asked. "They should have released water as early as October 4, when the water already exceeded 280 meters."

    Beltran said no one knew that Pepeng would bring a 100 year rain, meaning rainfall that occurs only once every century. The heaviness of the downpour filled up the reservoir so quickly that all six gates of the dam had to be opened.

    Pangasinan provincial administrator Rafael Baraan, in the midst of relief operations in his still-flooded province, lamented the rate of release.

    They told us they will release water by Thursday afternoon. They said they would release 2,500 cubic meters per second. But by 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. Friday, they were already releasing 5,072 cubic meters of water.

    “Why would they release so much water in so little time?"

    It’s that same water that Gerald Lomibao and his family had no time to escape. At the time of this posting Wednesday evening, the Lomibaos and four other families were huddled on the second floor of the Lomibao home, with waist-deep water barely moving on the ground floor. – GMANews.TV
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    Danish Text TV (TV2) at 20:38: EARTH QUAKE HITS TSUNAMI-RAVAGED SAMOA

    The earthquake measured 6,0 richter and hit an area near the western part of Samoa in the Pacific Ocean according to the US Geological Surveillance Center. It is less than 2 weeks after the series of tsunamis hitting the group of islands after a quake that measured 8 richter. The epicenter of the quake is west of Apia in the western part of Samoa.
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    THE PHILIPPINES NEED YOUR HELP

    PHILIPPINES: Article as of 8 October 2009

    UNICEF Executive Director visits flood-stricken Philippines

    By Pamela Pagunsan

    MANILA, Philippines, 8 October 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visited the Philippines yesterday to see the damage done by Tropical Storm Ondoy and subsequent massive flooding.

    Residents of Santa Cruz village in low-lying Pasig City, metro Manila, experienced floodwaters three and a half feet deep. They were forced to evacuate to the nearby Liberato Damian Elementary School for safety.
    During the first few days after the storm hit on 26 September, the school was home to 700 people, 300 of them children. Veneman met and spoke with children and mothers who remain in the school.
    "My heart goes out to the families I met today, who now have no home but the corner of a school classroom," said Veneman. However, she added: "It was encouraging to see some children back in school, which brings a sense of normalcy to their lives after going through such a disaster."

    Displaced families
    One of the mothers Veneman met was Rossana Balboa, 40, who is staying in a classroom on the Liberato Damian school's third floor with members of her family and five other families.
    "It's been very difficult. My husband is sick and because of the flood he doesn't have work, so we don't have money for medicines," she said, crying as she told her story.
    It takes about 30 minutes to get from the evacuation site to Ms. Balboa's house, which is only accessible by boat or by wading in knee-high water. Her older children are guarding the house and their belongings, while the little ones – including the youngest, just 10 months old – stay at the school with her.

    Essential supplies
    Veneman also spoke with sixth-grader Jaime de Venecia, Jr., who is living on the school's fourth floor with eight other families.
    "I want to go back to school when the waters subside. I want to finish my studies and get a job, even as a janitor, just so I can help my father," he said.
    UNICEF has provided the Pasig City authorities with family kits containing necessities such as water cans, blankets, mosquito nets and sleeping mats for the evacuees. In addition, it has distributed kits with essential medicines for use by health workers in the affected communities, as well as water and hygiene kits to ensure that families have safe water for drinking and cooking.
    Educational materials – including a 100-book library to replace the materials that were lost in the flood – will also help to provide a sense of normalcy for children.

    Meeting with the President
    At Villamor air base in Manila, Veneman met with the President the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. They discussed the flood response and the emergency relief needs that UNICEF can meet, as well as ongoing efforts to promote the rights of all children in the country.

    While in the Philippines, Veneman also launched the UN flash appeal in which UNICEF is requesting $12.7 million to assist flood victims in the areas of safe water; school supplies; essential medicines to prevent disease outbreaks; and the registration and protection of children who have become separated from, or have lost, their parents.

    Other articles will follow later.
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