On 12 January, alert level-4 (hazardous eruption imminent) was raised over Taal Volcano located in the Calabarzon region 70 km south of the capital Manila. Seismic activity was also recorded in Tagaytay City, Cabuyao, Laguna, Talisay, Alitagtag, Lemery and Bauan, Batangas, with over 75 volcanic earthquakes felt at an intensity ranging from II to V as of 5 a,m. These developments signify likely continuous magmatic intrusion beneath the volcano, which may lead to further eruptive activity. More than 300 domestic and 230 international flights were cancelled as the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport was closed overnight. National authorities are leading the response, assisted by the Philippine Red Cross, and have deployed rescue teams for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has conveyed readiness of the Humanitarian Country Team to provide support if needed. More
IOM has welcomed the commitment by Indonesia and Malaysia to allow thousands of migrants – currently abandoned at sea by smugglers – to come ashore and receive life-saving assistance. IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said today in Geneva: “We commend the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, in particular, for committing to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the some 7,000 irregular migrants still at sea.” Continue reading
The General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness in 2012, recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.
In an intense year the largest natural disasters in 2013 were heavily concentrated in Asia and the Pacific. The year was marked by 137 natural disasters in the region, compared with 93 separate events in 2012. Continue reading
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has created an infographic showing the first 100 days of the humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan, locally know as Yolanda.
UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos will visit the Philippines from 26 to 27 February to assess the humanitarian response almost four months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the country, affecting an estimated 14 million people. Continue reading
The OCHA Asia-Pacific Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot for 18-24 February 2014 focuses on the volcano activity and flooding in Indonesia and the Dengue Fever outbreaks in the Pacific Islands. Continue reading
Nearly four months after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated parts of Bohol Island in the Philippines, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Luiza Carvalho, is calling on donors to provide an additional US$19 million for urgent shelter needs, as well as health, education and early recovery efforts in the affected areas. Continue reading
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is currently engaged in mobilizing large-scale emergency humanitarian efforts for four major crises around the world, including Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Philippines. Continue reading
The recovery process in the Philippines has been steady but uneven, the United Nations top relief official said today, urging donors to increase support for the $788 million response plan for Filipinos, who continue to depend on humanitarian support, particularly to rebuild their homes.