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The Super Typhoon Haima slammed a large area of Luzon, in the north of the Philippines on the 19th of October 2016 and particularly damaged the town of Peňablanca in Cagayan Province, where it made landfall. With its wide diameter, the super typhoon battered five regions.

The typhoon also brought with it heavy rains which led to landslides, over-flowing of major river basins and their tributaries resulting in surface flooding, and submerging of low-lying areas affecting houses and farms.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Council in the Philippines and its regional counterparts; Local Government Units (LGUs), and various agencies have called for pre-emptive measures that includes activation of 24-hour operation centers, preposition of emergency supplies for relief and operational activities, pre-emptive and forced evacuation, cancellation of travel (by air and sea), cancellation of schools schedules, among others.

According to the Rapid Assessment carried out by the Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC) and Oxfam, an estimate of 13,297 families or 51,458 persons have been affected. Out of these, 10,606 families or 40,515 persons are staying in 334 evacuation centers currently while 2,691 families or 10,943 persons are outside of these centres.

As per initial partial reports:

  • Municipality of Baggao:
    -1,214 households evacuated
    -Initial estimate on damaged rice farms in Baggao only was put to PHP18 Million
  • Municipality of Lassam:
    2,757 population affected
    –  346 households are still flooded
    – 4,400 hectares of rice farms are damaged (2,150 totally damaged, 2,250 partially damaged)

As per the initial reports, 258 totally damaged houses, 2,868 partially damaged houses are reported in Lasam and Baggo municipalities. A total of 456 hectares of corn, cacao, vegetables, banana are also affected.

Pre-emptive and forced evacuations resulted in fewer casualties in all affected areas though there are some reported deaths and injuries. Clearing operations were immediately undertaken by LGUs and concerned agencies mainly to restore access to major roads.

Beddings, construction materials for house repairs, rehabilitation of damaged social structures such as schools and government buildings are an urgent need at the moment. Support to rehabilitation and recovery of farms of rice, corn and vegetables is also prioritized as this may result in food shortage as Cagayan and Isabela are two of the country’s primary source of rice and vegetables.

Community World Service Asia’s Response: Community World Service Asia is closely coordinating with its partner in the Philippines. Deployment plans have been shared and mobilization of its partners, local personnel and volunteers as well as inventory of stockpile.  Community World Service Asia will continue to monitor the situation and will plan its response considering the needs.

Contacts:

Emmeline Managbanag
Deputy Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: mae.managbanag@gmail.com
Cell: 0063 0908 102 1016

Palwashay Arbab
Head of Communications
Email: palwashay.arbab@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 42 3586 5338

Sources of Information: PDRRN field team

Picture Source: http://www.dhakatribune.com/

Typhoon Haima (Lawin) made its landfall over Penablanca, Cagayan at 11:00 p.m., 19 October, 2016 and brought havoc to the whole of Cagayan Valley and neighboring provinces of Kalinga, Apayao, Isabela and Ilocos Norte.

Heavy rains and strong winds left hundreds of damaged facilities, infrastructures, and disruption of major lifelines including total power failure and communication breakdown.

As of today, access to information has been difficult and sufficient information on the extent and impact of damage could not be gathered. However, initial partial reports indicate the following:

Partial report on affected population in the province of Cagayan:

  • Municipality of Baggao:
    18, 942 people or 4,365 families (flood)
    4,657 people or 1,235 families (landslide)
    23,599 people or 5,600 families TOTAL
    More or less 10,000 people in Evacuation Centers
    Road to Baggao not passable
  • Municipality of Sta. Ana:
    More than 10,000/ 2,000 affected by storm surge/flood from
    15 coastal barangays
    416 Evacuation Centers
  • Municipality of Allacapan:
    48 families reported to have evacuated
    Damaged to public infrastructures and an undetermined number of houses
  • Municipality of Lassam:
    Undetermined number of People in evacuation centers.

Action Taken:   

  • Initial support has been provided by Baggao Local Government Unit consisting 300 food packs /300 cavans of rice and 600 food packs  for Sta. Ana.
  • A composite team will proceed to Cagayan Valley to conduct Rapid Needs Assessment.

Contacts:

Emmeline Managbanag
Deputy Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: mae.managbanag@gmail.com
Cell: 0063 0908 102 1016

Palwashay Arbab
Head of Communications
Email: palwashay.arbab@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 42 3586 5338

Sources of Information: PDRRN field team

source: The weather channel

Situation: Typhoon Haima has made landfall in the northern Philippines as a Category 4, making it the second typhoon of that intensity to strike the area in just a few days time.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) said that the center of Haima, known as “Lawin” in the Philippines, came ashore at around 11:00 pm Philippines time on Wednesday near Baguio in the Cagayan Province. Maximum sustained winds were 140 mph at that time, according to an advisory issued by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

After topping out at Category 5 intensity late Tuesday-early Wednesday, Haima weakened some just before making landfall on northern Luzon Island. It remains a powerful and destructive typhoon, however1. It is expected to move westward through the mountainous northern end of Luzon and will exit the landmass by Thursday. It is then expected to track towards southern China.

Heavy rain and strong, damaging winds will continue to hammer northern Luzon through Thursday. Coastal areas will see battering waves and storm surge flooding, as well. PAGASA also says a storm surge of up to 10 feet is possible along more surge-prone bays of northeast Luzon.

Signal No. 4 is also raised over the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Ifugao, rest of Abra and Calayan Provinces. The rest of Regions 1 and 2 are under Signal No. 3, while Central Luzon and parts of Region 4 are under Signal No. 2, The rest of Region 4, Region 5 and the National Capital Region (Metro Manila) are under Signal No.1 presently.

According to the United Nations Office of Coordination and Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), an estimate of 2.7 million people are likely to be affected while the communities located along the Agno and Cagayan rivers are at the highest risk. It is anticipated that mountainous and far flung areas will be difficult to access as there is a high possibility of damaged bridges, landslides and collapsed infrastructures. This will will hamper access to these communities especially in the mountainous areas of the Cordillera and provinces in Regions 1 and 2.

Community World Service Asia’s Response: Community World Service Asia is closely coordinating with its partner in the Philippines. Deployment plans have been shared and mobilization of its partners, local personnel and volunteers as well as inventory of stockpile. Community World Service Asia will continue to monitor the situation and will plan its response considering the needs.

1 https://weather.com/storms/typhoon/news/super-typhoon-haima-lawin-philippines-china-forecast

Contacts:

Emmeline Managbanag
Deputy Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: mae.managbanag@gmail.com
Cell: +63 0908 102 1016

Palwashay Arbab
Head of Communications
Email: palwashay.arbab@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 42 3586 5338

Picture: http://metro.co.uk/

Monsoon rains continued, with intervals, in different parts of the country leaving at least ten people dead and several other injured. Eight people are reported dead in Karachi, while two in Multan and Rawalpindi.

The rains combined with the strong winds have led to collapsing roofs, land sliding and flooding in low lying areas of the country. Most of the casualties are electrocutions and collapsing roofs in Punjab and Sindh provinces.

According to the Pakistan Metrological department, the highest volume of rain recorded in Sindh is 25mm in Tharparkar’s Chachro district.

In Azad Jammu & Kashmir(AJK), heavy rains has created mayhem as people have been stuck on roads due to landslides that have blocked the Azad Kashmir to Rawalpindi travel route.

A westerly wave also persists over the northern areas of the country. Under the influence of these meteorological conditions, rain showers and thunderstorms are expected at various localities in Punjab, Islamabad, KPK, Sindh and Kashmir, while in scattered places in FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Baluchistan in the next 48 hours. Heavy downpour may trigger flash floods and landslides in susceptible areas of Punjab, Baluchistan, KPK, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK.

Community World Service Asia is collecting information from different sources regarding the damages being caused by the rains and floods. Its emergency response teams are ready and will frame a response strategy, should there be any need of an emergency response.

Contacts:
Muhammad Fazal
Associate Director
Emergencies/DRR/Climate Change
Email: fazil.sardar@communitryworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 332 5586134

Palwashay Arbab
Head of Communications
Email: palwashay.arbab@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 42 3586 5338

Sources:
www.tribune.com.pk
www.samaa.com
www.express.com.pk

Flash floods have swept away two passenger vehicles in the southeast area of the Khost province in Afghanistan. This has resulted in the death of 17 people, including women and children. As local officials announced on Tuesday, the torrential floods have also led to human casualties and financial losses in other areas of the province.

According to Shahdam Hilal, Interim Head of NDMA[1], Afghanistan, the floods have caused most damage in the Yaqubi and Haroonkhel districts located in the outskirts of Khost City.

The flooding had resulted due to a constant downpour of heavy rains in the province. A bus coming from across the border to the Khost capital was swept away in Haroonkhel area as it continued to rain.

As per latest reports released by UNOCHA[2], eight houses have been totally destroyed, while eighteen have been partially destroyed in the affected areas by the rains and subsequent flooding on Tuesday.

Community World Service Asia Response:

Community World Service Asia is closely monitoring the situation and if the need arises, will respond to the disaster accordingly.

Contacts:

Nejabat Khan Safi
Associate Director
Email: nejabat.safi@communitryworldservice.asia
Cell: +93 78 468 6250

Palwashay Arbab
Head of Communications
Email: palwashay.arbab@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 42 3586 5338

Sources:
www.afghanistantimes.af


 

[1] National Disaster Management Authority
[2] United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Photo: http://www.samaa.tv/

At least 43 people, including eight security officials, have reportedly died after the westerly wave of monsoon rains entered the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan late on Saturday night. The district of Chitral in this northern part of KPK has so far been the worst hit by the flash floods that followed soon after the rains.

As many as 17 people are reported missing in Ursoon Village of Chitral while many more have been injured as clouds of water burst into the area.

The continuing heavy rainfall destroyed around 30 houses in villages near the Pak-Afghan border.

Monsoon rains in Pakistan began late Saturday and continued to shower for hours, with hard-hitting rain covering the KPK province the most. KPK has been most affected by monsoon flooding in Pakistan in the recent years.

Pervez Khattak, Chief Minister of KPK Province, declared red alert in the flood hit areas of Chitral and has announced monetary compensation for the flood affected families.

Community World Service Asia is currently monitoring the situation. The organization’s emergency response team is ready and will start emergency relief activities if required.

Contacts:
Muhammad Fazal
Associate Director
Emergencies/DRR/Climate Change
Email: fazil.sardar@communitryworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 332 5586134

Palwashay Arbab
Head of Communications
Email: palwashay.arbab@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 42 3586 5338

Sources:
www.tribune.com.pk
www.samaa.tv

Today on World Refugee Day the number of displaced people is at it’s highest ever. Though the impact of this refugee crisis will be felt for many years to come but we will continue to look for ways to contribute.

We must address this global crisis with sustainable solutions to empower refugees with dignity and opportunities.

On this day lets stand #WithRefugees as one community, beyond beliefs and borders.

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Children waiting for their turn to be examined by the doctor

The government in Sindh is considered as the main provider of preventive care throughout the province and a major provider of curative services in most of its rural areas. Health services in the public sector are provided through a tiered referral system covering a  range from primary, to secondary and tertiary medical facilities. Primary care facilities include basic health units (BHUs), rural health centers (RHCs), government rural dispensaries (GRDs), mother and child health (MCH) centers and TB centers.

Unfortunately, most of these facilities lack the provision of a broader range of preventive and curative health services. The Taluka (Administrative division) and seventeen district headquarter hospitals in rural Sindh are responsible for providing medical care to the people of these areas. However, many are unable to benefit from these health care institutions due to the lack of technical assistance and the poor infrastructure.

The public health system in Sindh is unable to cope with the mounting health challenges that people are facing in the province. The province’s  district of Umerkot faces the highest national statistics on human and material health care shortages.

Community World Service Asia has been working in the health sector in Pakistan for the past thirty years. Through this experience, the organization has learnt that project interventions must work towards strengthening the existing government structures regardless of its weaknesses. This approach results in a more  sustainable impact instead of working in isolation or parallelly to the system.

Based on a recent rapid assessment carried out by Community World Service Asia, development of  three RHCs in villages Nabi ser, Dhoror Naro and Hyder Farm were proposed and approved. These RHCs aim to benefit a combined population of around 98,341.

To ensure long-term sustainability, the project’s plan is to work in close coordination with the government health department thus aiming to bridge the gaps in services such as provision of human and material resources. This includes working closely with female medical officers and para-medical staff, provision of essential medical supplies/equipment, necessary maintenance and repair of existing medical facilities as most of them have been damaged due to the floods that hit the province  in years 2010 and 2013. Through this project, preventive and curative services will be developed, as well as  the capacity of the government health staff will be enhanced.

In Umerkot, three RHUs in Hyderfarm Taluka Umerkot, Nabisar Taluka Kunri and town committee Dhoronaro have already become operational providing curative and preventive health services to the communities. At the initial stage, the infrastructure of the dilapidated RHCs was worked upon and these units were provided essential equipment required to cater to the health needs of the community. In the health facilities located at Hyderfarm and Nabisar, an outdoor patient departments (OPDs) providing free consultations and essential medicines to patients has also been set up. Additionally, labour rooms have been made operational at all the three health facilities. Medical services are provided by health staff including female medical officers, lady health visitors (LHVs), medical technicians and social mobilizers at these facilities.

These health services are focusing on the reproductive health of women of child-bearing age. Disease Early Warning System (DEWS) and Health Information System (HIS) have also been established at both the health facilities. Information from these centres is regularly shared with the district government and Community World Service Asia’s head offices.

  • 44,341 community members have received preventive and curative healthcare
  • 16,802 patients are provided with general out-patient department (OPD) care
  • 2,184 pregnant women received Antenatal check-ups
  • 560 postnatal check-ups conducted
  • 501 community members practising child spacing
  • 21 Deliveries facilitated
  • 34 delivery kits provided for safer deliveries made at home
  • Labour and Consultations rooms repaired 3 hospitals
  • Six health committees formed (3 for men and 3 for women)
  • District health advocacy forum established
  • Established DEWS and HIS in two health facilities
  • 24,294 individuals participated in health education sessions
  • 4,379 women and children assessed for malnutrition
  • 16,802 patients received free of cost essential medications
  • Proper referral system setup for complicated cases

    For the second consecutive year, an extreme heat wave has hit South Asia. To prevent the loss of lives, we have been working towards spreading awareness via social media and radio. Our health centers running in various parts of Sindh have been equipped to provide immediate care to those suffering from heat-related illnesses. In this video message, we would like to appeal to our partners and donors to support us further as we continue to save lives of the vulnerable.

    Thank you to the support of all our international partners who have helped launch the response to this life threatening natural calamity! Y Care International The United Methodist Church Church of Scotland CWS Start Network UMCOR – United Methodist Committee On Relief

    A result of global warming, an extreme heat wave has hit India and Pakistan for the second consecutive year. In India, more than 100 people have lost their lives due to severe heat with temperatures soaring as high as 40°C and above. The worst affected areas include western Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, eastern Rajasthan and some parts of Madhya Pradesh.

    While last year, the heat wave struck Karachi and other parts of Sindh in June, this year it has hit the province even earlier. A heat wave alert for Karachi had already been issued by the Meteorological Department for three days starting from today (Friday).

    Doctors have just confirmed the first death from heatstroke near Manghopir Mazaar, as reported by Geo TV.

    In this time of need, we have issued an appeal to our partners and are still receiving pledges to provide life saving services to communities in Sindh province.

    Our social media campaign will be starting from today and is aimed at creating awareness regarding heatstroke and necessary precautions that must be taken during the heat wave.

    Other than spreading awareness, we will also be setting up health centers to provide immediate care to those suffering from heat-related illnesses.

    Sources: Reuters, GEO Tv