Emergency and humanitarian action

Addressing health challenges in the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo

WHO Philippines

28 December 2012. Typhoon Pablo is one of the most destructive typhoons that hit the Philippines in 2012. The widespread damage to affected areas is considered the most devastating for a region that has never been affected by such extreme disaster in many years. The typhoon also hit a vulnerable population that lives in remote areas affected by armed conflict and civil unrest.

Earthquake hits Negros Oriental, Philippines

15 February 2012. A 6.9-magnitude undersea blind thrust earthquake occurred off the coast of Negros Oriental, Philippines, on Monday,
6 February 2012 at 11:49 PST (03:49 UTC), with the epicenter approximately 72 kilometers (44 miles) north of Dumaguete, Negros Oriental.

Heavy rains cause flooding in Fiji

25 January 2012. The Government of Fiji declared a national emergency on 25 January 2012 to deal with emergency situation caused by heavy rain from 23 to 25 January. Heavy rainfall was experienced over the western and northern divisions as a result of northwest winds pushing a layer of monsoonal air down over Fiji. A broad band of clouds and rain remained active stretching from Vanuatu to Fiji then southeast to Tonga. High tides enhanced further flooding in Ba and Nadi and other coastal low-lying areas of Fiji.

Tropical storm Washi hits the Philippines

18 January 2012. Tropical storm Washi (local name: Sendong) made landfall in the Philippines on 16 December 2011, affecting particularly the Eastern Visayas and Northeastern Mindanao regions. Affected more severely than others were the cities of Cagayan de Oro (CDO) in Misamis Oriental Province and Iligan in Lanao del Norte Province. Water surges as high as three meters brought about by overflowing rivers wiped out entire villages along river banks, catching many residents sleeping which resulted in a death toll more than double that which resulted from tropical storm Ketsana which affected Metro Manila in 2009.

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Emergency and Humanitarian Action
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World Health Organization
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