Sunday, November 10, 2013

VIDEO. Philippines : Haiyan, "le typhon le plus puissant jamais connu"./Officials say death toll in Leyte province expected to be as high as 10,000

La Croix-Rouge philippine parle d'au moins 1 200 morts. 15 000 soldats sont dépêchés vers les zones les plus touchées...

La Croix-Rouge philippine a déclaré, samedi 9 novembre, avoir reçu des informations laissant penser que le super typhon Haiyan avait fait au moins 1 000 morts à Tacloban et 200 autres dans la province de Samar. Le bilan officiel provisoire, communiqué dans la matinée, n'est encore que d'au moins 100 morts. Il ne concerne que Tacloban, une ville de 220 000 habitants sur la trajectoire du typhon. De nombreuses villes sont injoignables pour le moment dans cette région où vivent 4 millions de personnes.

"On peut voir flotter plus de 1.000 corps à Tacloban, selon nos équipes de la Croix-Rouge", a déclaré le secrétaire général de la Croix-Rouge philippine. "A Samar, il y a autour de 200 morts. Les vérifications sont en cours."

Le typhon le plus puissant de l'Histoire ?
Le gouvernement a dépêché, samedi matin, 15 000 soldats vers les zones les plus touchées par Haiyan. Il a notamment envoyé des avions chargés de matériel de secours et de communication, des hélicoptères et des unités d'infanterie par camion et à pied.
Le typhon, doté d'un front de 600 km, a frappé les provinces orientales de Leyte et Samar, avec des vents atteignant des pointes de 315 km/heure, devenant ainsi le typhon le plus violent enregistré cette année sur la planète. C'est aussi l'un des plus forts à avoir atteint les terres depuis des décennies. Il devrait toucher les côtes vietnamiennes dimanche.
Jeff Masters, météorologue américain chez Weather Underground, une entreprise privée de météorologie, a indiqué cette semaine que Haiyan était "le plus puissant cyclone à toucher terre de l'Histoire". Il a été classé en catégorie 5, la plus élevée, avant d'être rétrogradé en catégorie 4. Le typhon le plus violent de 2012, Bopha, avait frappé les Philippines, laissant quelque 2 000 personnes mortes ou disparues sur Mindanao, une île du sud du pays.

  • As super typhoon Haiyan hits Philippines, UN and partners prepare to provide support

8 November 2013 – The United Nations and its partners are supporting the Government of the Philippines in assessing the damage caused by super typhoon Haiyan, which made landfall this morning in Guiuan on Samar Island and is currently making its way across the country.
“We are working closely in support of Government and local authorities to assess the life-saving needs of the people affected by this typhoon,” said Julie Hall, acting Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines.
The super typhoon, known locally as Yolanda, has ripped roofs off housing, uprooted trees and affected businesses, but the full extent of the damage will not be known until the storm has passed.
According to media reports, it is one of the strongest storms ever recorded, with sustained winds of 295 kilometres per hour (kph), placing it above the 252 kph threshold for a Category 5 hurricane, the highest category on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Three people have reportedly died, and seven others have been injured.
Haiyan is expected to travel over eastern, central and western Visayas, Bicol and Southern Tagalog, which have a combined population of 29.4 million people. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) described the typhoon as “violent” but said it is expected to weaken slightly on a trajectory towards Viet Nam.
The Government has taken preventative steps to save lives by moving people from coastal and low-lying areas known to be prone to flash flooding and landslides. The UN Humanitarian Country Team and partners have complemented these efforts by pre-positioning stocks to respond to life-saving needs of affected people.
“The Humanitarian Country Team and partners are fully prepared to support and assist the Government in response to this latest typhoon,” said Ms. Hall. “We will continue to support their efforts as we wait to see exactly the extent of the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan.”
The World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that 2.5 million people will require immediate assistance in the aftermath of the typhoon, and said it would participate in the Government-led assessment.
Haiyan is the third major crisis to hit the Philippines in just two months. In October, the Bohol earthquake affected more than 3 million people, triggering landslides engulfing entire homes, ripping apart bridges and tearing down centuries-old churches. Seven cities in three different provinces were initially affected. In September, tens of thousands were forcibly displaced by armed clashes in Zamboanga City in the southern part of the country.

  • Regional officials say that the death toll after Super Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines could reach as high as 10,000.
Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria said early on Sunday that he was briefed by Leyte provincial Governor Dominic Petilla and told that there were about 10,000 deaths on the island, mostly by drowning and from collapsed buildings.
Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim said the death toll in that city alone "could go up to 10,000".
Soria said that as much as 80 percent of the area in the path of Haiyan in Leyte province was destroyed.

"Imagine a strip one kilometre deep inland from the shore, and all the shanties, everything, destroyed," Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said after visiting coastal towns in Leyte, which was one of the worst-hit provinces in the east of the archipelago.
Earlier, the Philippines Red Cross estimated that more than 1,000 people had been killed in Tacloban and at least 200 in hard-hit Samar province when one of the strongest typhoons in history slammed into the country.
Gwendolyn Pang, secretary-general of the Philippine Red Cross, said on Saturday that those numbers came from preliminary reports by Red Cross teams in Tacloban and Samar, among the most devastated areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan on Friday.
"An estimated more than 1,000 bodies were seen floating in Tacloban as reported by our Red Cross teams," she told Reuters. "In Samar, about 200 deaths. Validation is ongoing."
She said she expected a more exact number to emerge after a more precise counting of bodies on the ground in those regions.

Communications cut off
The Philippines has yet to resume communications with officials in Tacloban, a city of about 220,000 that suffered the worst of the typhoon. Reports say the sea flooded the entire city.
It was a similar situation in the town of Palo, further south. It was said to be under three and a half metres of water.
One UN official said the damage was similar to the devastation caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.
The 'category five' storm weakened after hitting six spots in the Philippines and has been downgraded to 'category four', though forecasters said it could strengthen again over the South China Sea on its course to hit Vietnam.
More than 500,000 people have been evacuated in central and northern Vietnam as forecasters predict the typhoon will make landfall there on Monday morning.

According to Vietnam's national Television station, VTV, heavy rain and floods triggered from the typhoon have already killed six people in central provinces.
An average of 20 typhoons strike the Philippines every year, and Haiyan was the 24th in 2013.
Last year, Typhoon Bopha flattened three towns in southern Mindanao, killing 1,100 people and causing damage of more than $1bn.


  1. Typhoon Haiyan: Hundreds feared dead in Philippines...

    Hundreds of people are feared dead in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan swept through on Friday.

    Among the worst hit areas were the eastern island of Leyte and the coastal city of Tacloban, which saw buildings flattened in a storm surge.

    First reports said 100 bodies had been found there but the Red Cross later estimated a figure of more than 1,000, with 200 more deaths in Samar province.

    Hundreds of thousands of people are reported displaced from their homes.

    Typhoon Haiyan - one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall - is now bearing down on Vietnam, where tens of thousands are being evacuated.

    The BBC Weather Centre says the typhoon is expected to make landfall late on Sunday local time (between 03:00 and 09:00 GMT), although it will have decreased markedly in strength.
    Storm surges

    The latest report from the Philippines' Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council confirmed 138 deaths as of 10:00 GMT on Saturday. It said almost 350,000 people had been reported displaced........

  2. Cruz Roja teme que el tifón Haiyan haya dejado más de 1.000 muertos a su paso por Filipinas

    1. Es el tifón más potente de este año en todo el mundo
    2.Azota Filipinas con vientos sostenidos de 235 kilómetros por hora y ráfagas de hasta 315
    El presidente de Cruz Roja, Richard Gordon, ha admitido los temores de su organización de que el tifón 'Haiyan' haya dejado más de 1.000 muertos a su paso por Filipinas.

    Aunque la cifra oficial ha sido elevada por la agencia de gestión de desastres a 138, tras el centenar de víctimas comunicadas anteriormente, el portavoz de la agencia, Reynaldo Balido, ha reconocido que se espera que aumente a medida que las fuerzas de rescate llegan a las regiones afectadas. Según las autoridades, 118 de los fallecidos eran de la provincia oriental de Leyte, la más afectada por el tifón, mientras otros 16 murieron en la vecina Samara Oriental. Otras cuatro murieron en otras cuatro provincias diferentes.

    El Ministerio de Sanidad está pensando en un lugar para establecer tumbas colectivas. Partes de la ciudad de Tacloban, que tiene una población de dos millones de habitantes, "están completamente en ruinas" después de que el tifón arrasara la población durante la mañana del viernes, cuando el fenómeno meteorológico alcanzaba su máxima potencia, destrozando todos los sistemas de comunicación con la ciudad.

    'Haiyan', bautizado como 'Yolanda' por las autoridades locales, es el tifón más potente de este año en todo mundo y ha azotado Filipinas con vientos sostenidos de 235 kilómetros por hora y ráfagas de hasta 315. "Yolanda ha creado un daño masivo y casi ninguna casa ha quedado en pie" en las zonas más afectadas, declaró Balido................

  3. Philippine super typhoon kills at least 10,000, official says...

    (Reuters) - One of the most powerful storms recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines, a senior police official said on Sunday, with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region's main city.

    Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through Leyte province on Friday, said chief superintendent Elmer Soria, a regional police director.

    Most of the deaths appear to have been caused by surging sea water strewn with debris that many described as similar to a tsunami, leveling houses and drowning hundreds of people in one of the worst natural disasters to hit the typhoon-prone Southeast Asian nation.

    The national government and disaster agency have not confirmed the latest estimate of deaths, a sharp increase from initial estimates on Saturday of at least 1,000 killed.

    "We had a meeting last night with the governor and the other officials. The governor said, based on their estimate, 10,000 died," Soria told Reuters. "The devastation is so big."

    Witnesses and officials described chaotic scenes in Leyte's capital, Tacloban, a coastal city of 220,000 about 580 km (360 miles) southeast of Manila, with hundreds of bodies piled on the sides of roads and pinned under wrecked houses.

    The city and nearby villages as far as one kilometer from shore were flooded by the storm surge, leaving floating bodies and roads choked with debris from fallen trees, tangled power lines and flattened homes. TV footage showed children clinging to rooftops for their lives.

    Many internet users urged prayers for survivors in the largely Roman Catholic nation on social media sites such as Twitter.

    "From a helicopter, you can see the extent of devastation. From the shore and moving a kilometer inland, there are no structures standing. It was like a tsunami," said Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, who had been in Tacloban since before the typhoon struck the city.

    "I don't know how to describe what I saw. It's horrific."

    Mila Ward, an Australian citizen and Filipino by birth who was in Leyte on vacation visiting her family, said she saw hundreds of bodies on the streets.

    "They were covered with blankets, plastic. There were children and women," she said.

    Six people were killed and dozens wounded during heavy winds and storms in central Vietnam as Haiyan approached the coast, state media reported, even though it had weakened substantially since hitting the Philippines with winds gusts of up to 275 kph (170 mph).


  4. 1.7 mln Philippine children may be affected by super typhoon: UN...

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said here Saturday that up to 1.7 million Philippine children could be affected by super typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the country over the last 48 hours.

    As the full typhoon impact is being assessed, UNICEF's representative in the Philippines Tomoo Hozumi said, "With some 36 provinces reported by the government to have been hit by the typhoon -- the strongest ever to have made landfall anywhere in the world -- we know that a significant number of children will have been badly affected."

    "UNICEF's first priorities are focused on life-saving interventions -- getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families," Hozumi said in a statement.

    UNICEF would join a rapid assessment within the next days, as conditions allow more access to the hardest hit regions.

    The UN agency's supply systems were mobilized and UNICEF was ready with non-governmental organization (NGO) partners to help spearhead the response for children as access improves, said the statement.

    UNICEF staff already in the Philippines were being repositioned to deliver emergency response, with more colleagues on the way as backup, it said.

    UNICEF's supply division in Copenhagen, Denmark, was loading some 60 tons of emergency supplies, including health, medical and shelter equipment, onto trucks bounding for the Copenhagen airport for an emergency airlift.

    Other supply divisions in Europe and Asia were also airlifting water purification and storage equipment and sanitation supplies directly from suppliers to Manila, capital of the Philippines.

    The supplies were expected to arrive in the Philippines on Tuesday, the statement added.

  5. Les autorités craignent plus de 10 000 morts aux Philippines après le typhon...

    Selon de nouvelles estimations, environ 10 000 personnes sont mortes dans la province de Leyte, dans le centre des Philippines, après le passage du typhon Haiyan. "Nous avons eu une réunion la nuit dernière avec le gouverneur et les autres responsables. Le gouverneur a dit que selon les estimations, 10 000 personnes sont mortes", a déclaré le commissaire Elmer Soria, dimanche 10 novembre.

    La partie de la province située sur le passage du typhon, l'un des plus puissants à avoir jamais touché terre, a été détruite à 70 % ou 80 %, a-t-il ajouté. Des vents atteignant 275 km/h ont été enregistrés et la montée des eaux a englouti des villes côtières.

    Le précédent bilan fourni par les autorités faisait état de plus de 1 200 morts, dont mille dans la seule province de Leyte. Le typhon Haiyan a balayé vendredi et samedi le centre de l'archipel et se dirigeait dimanche vers les côtes du Vietnam, où des évacuations massives ont été ordonnées......

  6. Philippines battle to move storm aid...

    The authorities in the Philippines are struggling to bring relief to some of the areas worst affected by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the deadliest storms ever to hit the country.

    Up to 10,000 are said to have died in Tacloban city and hundreds elsewhere. Hundreds of thousands are displaced.

    The typhoon flattened homes, schools and an airport in Tacloban.

    Relief workers are yet to reach some towns and villages cut off since the storm.

    In many areas there is no clean water, no electricity and very little food.

    Thousands of troops have been deployed to the disaster zones and military cargo planes are flying in supplies. However, rescuers are hampered by debris and damaged roads.

    Pope Francis pleaded for aid for the victims in the mostly Catholic country, saying: "Sadly, there are many, many victims and the damage is huge. Let's try to provide concrete help.".....

  7. Typhoon warning: Vietnam evacuates 600,000 in fear of Haiyan devastation....

    As super-typhoon Haiyan has left some 10,000 dead in the Philippines, over 600,000 people have been evacuated as it approaches Vietnam. “Those who do not move voluntarily will be forced” to move, Vietnam’s flood and storm control department said.

    Vietnam is preparing its defenses after the storm annihilated the Philippines over the weekend, leaving thousands dead and a trail of devastation through Tacloban, the capital of Leyte province.

    Haiyan destroyed 70 percent to 80 percent of the area as it ripped through the province Friday, police chief superintendent Elmer Soria told Reuters. Aid workers are only now beginning to gain access to affected areas.

    The appropriate measures are being taken in Vietnam before the typhoon strikes. “We have evacuated more than 174,000 households, which is equivalent to more than 600,000 people,” the storm department said Sunday.

    Mass evacuations are taking place in the central Da Nang and Quang Ngai provinces. Numerous schools have closed nationwide as people move to higher ground, and some shelters are “overloaded,” according to state-run VNExpress.

    “People must bring enough food and necessities for three days,” the report said. All boats have been grounded, with tens of thousands of those directed to take shelter situated in coastal areas. Residents of Hanoi are also preparing themselves for heavy rain and floods. The storm has already been blamed for the drowning of a school girl in the central Thua Thien Hue Province........

  8. PHILIPPINES. Typhon Haiyan : les rescapés pillent pour survivre....48 heures après le passage d'un des typhons les plus violents de l'histoire et qui a fait 10.000 morts, le centre de l'archipel est le théâtre de scènes d'horreur.

    Hébétés, les survivants du typhon fouillaient dimanche 10 novembre les décombres entremêlés aux cadavres dans le centre des Philippines, une région dévastée par Haiyan. Des habitants, armés et affamés, s'attaquaient aux magasins et aux convois apportant une aide insuffisante.

    Plus de 48 heures après le passage d'un des typhons les plus violents, le centre de l'archipel était le théâtre de scènes d'horreur, alors que les rescapés désespérés cherchaient à boire et à manger. A la lisière de Tacloban (220.000 habitants), une des villes côtières les plus touchées sur l'île de Leyte, des zones entières ont été détruites par des vagues de plusieurs mètres et des vents dépassant les 300 km/heure.

    Edward Gualberto titube sur les cadavres pour fouiller les restes d'une maison effondrée. Vêtu seulement d'un pantalon rouge, ce père de quatre enfants et conseiller local dans un village s'excuse de son apparence et de ses actions.

    "Je suis une personne décente. Mais si vous n'avez rien mangé depuis trois jours, vous en arrivez à faire des choses affreuses pour survivre", dit-il en mettant la main sur des boîtes de conserve, alors que les mouches volent au-dessus des corps. "Nous n'avons rien à manger. Nous avons besoin d'eau et d'autres choses pour survivre", ajoute-t-il.

    Son butin après une demi-journée passée à fouiller : paquets de pâtes, canettes de bière, boîtes de conserve, biscuits et sucettes, ainsi que du savon. "Ce typhon nous a enlevé toute dignité. Mais j'ai encore ma famille et j'en suis très reconnaissant".

    Ailleurs dans la ville, des rescapés adoptent des stratégies de survie plus agressives, profitant de l'absence des forces de l'ordre, qui ont quasiment disparu depuis le passage du typhon. Comme Edward Gualberto, ils expliquent n'avoir rien mangé depuis trois jours et les autorités admettent être dépassées et incapables d'acheminer l'aide sur place......

  9. Philippinen: Der Kampf ums Überleben....

    Jetzt geht es ums Überleben

    Nach dem Taifun "Haiyan" ist auf den Philippinen nichts mehr, wie es war. Im Katastrophengebiet herrschen Chaos und Verzweiflung. Allein in Tacloban, der Hauptstadt der vom Sturm besonderes betroffenen Provinz Leyte, könnte die Zahl der Toten auf 10.000 ansteigen, so der Stadtverwalter. Noch einmal so viele sollen es in übrigen Orten der Provinz sein. Auf Wegen und unter den unzähligen Trümmern liegen die Toten. Soldaten tragen sie auf Lastwagen, um sie abzutransportieren. Für die etwa 400 bislang geborgenen Leichen ist eine erste Massenverbrennung in Tacloban geplant.

    Wie viele Menschen letztlich Opfer der Katastrophe wurden, ist noch völlig unklar. Hohe Wellen hätten ganze Küstenorte weggeschwemmt, teilte die Polizei mit. Die meisten Opfer ertranken in den Wassermassen, die sich mit zahlreichen Trümmerteilen einem Tsunami gleich den Weg ins Landesinnere bahnten.....

  10. Taifun „Haiyan“ hinterlässt Tote, Not und Verzweiflung....

    10.11.2013 · Bis zu 10.000 Todesopfer soll Taifun „Haiyan“ allein in der Provinz Leyte auf den Philippinen gefordert haben. Hunderttausende warten im Katastrophengebiet auf Hilfe. Chaos bricht aus, Plünderungen folgen. In Vietnam rechnet man am Montag mit dem Eintreffen des abgeschwächten Tropensturms.

    Der Taifun „Haiyan“ hat Millionen Menschen auf den Philippinen in Not und Verzweiflung gestürzt. Auch zwei Tage nach seinem Durchzug konnte die Zahl der Toten nur geschätzt werden - auf bis zu 10.000. Zerstörte Flughäfen, Häfen und Straßen erschwerten die einsetzende Hilfe. Weil diese nur schleppend anlief, standen Hunderttausende Menschen auch am Sonntag noch in Trümmerwüsten. Viele Verzweifelte plünderten in der zerstörten Stadt Tacloban Geschäfte.

    „Verzweifelt nicht, die Hilfe ist auf dem Weg“, beschwor Präsident Benigno Aquino seine Landsleute bei einem Besuch in Tacloban. Tausende Tonnen Hilfsgüter seien auf dem Weg.

    Die Lokalbehörden fürchten inzwischen tausende Tote durch den gewaltigsten Taifun, der je Land erreicht hat. Der Polizeichef in Tacloban nannte 10 000 Todesopfer, aber die Regierung wollte das nicht bestätigen. „Die Zahlen sind alarmierend“ sagte Aquino. „Unsere Priorität sind aber die Überlebenden.“
    Die Katastrophenbehörde aus Eastern Samar östlich von Tacloban meldete 300 Tote und 2000 Vermisste. Auch auf den Inseln weiter westlich war die Zerstörung verheerend, wie Fotos zeigten. Ganze Ortschaften waren dem Erdboden gleichgemacht, etwa in Concepcion und Sara in der Provinz Iloilo. „Wir haben die Bergung der Leichen angeordnet und werden sie in Massengräbern beisetzen“, sagte der Präsident. „Weil sie ein Gesundheitsrisiko darstellen.“.....

  11. Taifun-Katastrophe„Es ist wie der Weltuntergang“

    Die Bilder erinnern an die Tsunami-Katastrophe vor neun Jahren: Der Taifun Haiyan hat die Philippinen mit verheerender Gewalt getroffen. Nach dem Sturm, dem Tausende zum Opfer fielen, regiert nun das Chaos.

    Manila/Tacloban/BerlinNach dem Taifun „Haiyan“ regiert im Katastrophengebiet der Philippinen das Chaos. Überlebende suchten am Sonntag verzweifelt nach Angehörigen und Nahrung. Rettungsteams konnten auch zwei Tage nach einem der schwersten Stürme aller Zeiten längst nicht in alle betroffenen Regionen vordringen. Augenzeugen berichteten von Plünderungen, das Rote Kreuz von Überfällen auf Hilfskonvois. Die Polizei schickte Verstärkung. Allein in der Provinz Leyte gehen die Behörden von 10.000 Toten aus.......

  12. Philippines : les ONG s'organisent et appellent aux dons....

    Malgré les difficultés d'accès aux zones sinistrées, de premiers avions de secours ont décollé vers les Philippines. L'enjeu est notamment d'éviter la propagation d'épidémies.

    Mobilisées depuis 48 heures, les ONG appellent les Français à les soutenir pour pouvoir agir auprès des victimes du typhon Haiyan, qui a fait plus de 10 000 morts aux Philippines et se dirige vers le Vietnam. En attendant les dons, elles tentent de s'organiser pour atteindre des zones difficilement accessibles.

    L'enjeu est "d'éviter que des épidémies se propagent par des contaminations d'eau et de mauvaises conditions d'hygiène", indique Bruno David, d'Action contre la faim, où une cellule de crise s'est réunie, dimanche. Mais, dans un premier temps, "l'idée est d'évaluer les besoins", explique Hugo Tiffou, responsable du pôle Asie à Médecins du Monde. "On ne connaît pas encore l'ampleur du désastre" mais les difficultés d'accès et de communication "vont clairement ralentir l'évaluation des besoins et le déploiement de l'aide humanitaire".
    Comment s'organiser ?

    "Les routes sont coupées, les télécommunications ne passent plus", déplore-t-on chez Action contre la faim, qui compte déjà "une centaine de personnes sur place, elles-mêmes affectées par la crise". Malgré tout, les secours se déploient déjà. ACF a affrété un avion avec "des kits permettant aux gens de rendre leur eau potable et de maintenir un niveau d'hygiène suffisant et des biscuits énergétiques".

    Médecins sans frontières a également envoyé des équipes sur place, ainsi que deux avions cargos qui "transporteront du matériel médical et logistique (notamment des tentes, des kits d'hygiène, du matériel nécessaire pour prendre en charge les blessés et effectuer des cliniques mobiles ainsi que des vaccins tétanos primordiaux dans ce type d'urgence)". L'Unicef aussi a fait partir 60 tonnes de matériel de secours.
    Comment aider ?

    "Affréter des avions coûte cher et on a vraiment besoin d'un soutien massif", souligne Bruno David, d'Action contre la faim, résumant l'opinion générale. La Fondation de France ainsi que de nombreuses ONG et associations (la Croix-Rouge française, Médecins du monde, Action contre la faim, le Secours populaire français, l'Unicef...) ont lancé des appels aux dons, espérant que les Français se mobilisent.

    Face à l'ampleur de la catastrophe, plusieurs pays et organisations internationales ont proposé leur secours, des États-Unis à l'Australie, en passant par l'Union européenne et l'ONU. Le pape a recommandé des prières mais aussi "une aide concrète". Le maire de Paris a annoncé qu'il demanderait au Conseil de Paris, qui se réunit mardi, "de voter une aide financière exceptionnelle d'un montant de 100 000 euros au profit de l'organisation non gouvernementale Action contre la faim".[lestitres]

  13. Philippines struggles to help desperate typhoon victims...

    Philippines rescue workers struggled to bring aid to famished and destitute survivors on Monday after a super typhoon that may have killed more than 10,000 people, in what is feared to be the country's worst natural disaster.

    TACLOBAN, Philippines: Philippines rescue workers struggled to bring aid to famished and destitute survivors on Monday after a super typhoon that may have killed more than 10,000 people, in what is feared to be the country's worst natural disaster.

    Relief teams appeared overwhelmed in their efforts to help those whose homes and livelihoods were destroyed by Haiyan, which sent tsunami-like waves and merciless winds rampaging across large swathes of the archipelago on Friday.

    In Vietnam, more than 600,000 people were evacuated as Haiyan, which moved out of the Philippines and into the South China Sea on Saturday, made landfall there early Monday morning.

    Hundreds of Filipino police and soldiers were deployed to contain looters in Tacloban, the devastated provincial capital of Leyte, with gangs stealing consumer goods such as televisions.

    A long, snake-like queue formed in Tacloban's flattened airport as tired and hungry survivors, some who had trudged through mud and debris for several kilometres, sought the basic essentials for survival.

    "We want water and medicines for the injured. So if you can organise it, please, for us, don't let anybody come here who will just watch us and see us suffer, because we don't want that," Joan Lumbre Wilson told AFP, adding that authorities were struggling to cope with the sheer numbers seeking help.

    "They're trying to drive us away again, back to our places, where it's too far, and then do it again tomorrow (walk to reach the compound), and it's not fair on us," she said.

    "We're already tired, emotionally drained, physically exhausted."

    Witnesses on Sunday reported seeing looting and violence with President Benigno Aquino admitting it was a major concern. Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala told AFP on Monday 100 soldiers had been sent to help police restore law and order in Tacloban.

    New storm brewing......

  14. Asia o la cólera de la naturaleza....Del seísmo de Fukushima al tsunami que en 2004 devastó varios países, los desastres se ceban con el continente.....

    Raro es el año que la furia de la naturaleza no se ceba en el continente más poblado del planeta y deja a su paso un rastro amargo de devastación, muerte, dolor y desesperanza. Los 4.300 millones de habitantes de Asia se empeñan desde hace más de tres décadas en dejar atrás el horror de las hambrunas y la miseria que azotó a muchos de esos países, pero los hados parecen obstinarse en dar rienda suelta a su cólera en el escenario asiático.

    Las mismas imágenes que hoy contemplamos en Filipinas, donde la ciudad de Tacloban ha quedado reducida a escombros por el tifón Haiyan, sacan de la tumba del recuerdo el terremoto de magnitud 9,0 que, a primeras horas de la tarde del 11 de marzo de 2011, sacudió la costa nororiental de la isla japonesa de Honshu y desató un maremoto con olas de hasta 40 metros de altura que barrieron ciudades, aldeas y las torres de refrigeración de la central atómica de Fukushima, hundiendo a Japón en su mayor crisis nuclear tras las bombas de Hiroshima y Nagasaki. “Viviría con cortes de electricidad a cambio de erradicar todo lo nuclear”, declaraba a El País una superviviente de Hiroshima tras el pavor desatado en Japón al accidentarse la planta de Fukushima.........

  15. 9,5 Millionen Menschen durch "Haiyan" in Not.....

    Der verheerende Taifun "Haiyan" hat Vietnam und China erreicht, Hunderttausende sind auf der Flucht. Auf den Philippinen könnte die Totenzahl auf deutlich über 10.000 steigen.

    Taifun "Haiyan" hat am späten Sonntagabend die Küste Vietnams erreicht. Der Wirbelsturm traf um vier Uhr morgens Ortszeit (22 Uhr MESZ) etwa 160 Kilometer südöstlich der Hauptstadt Hanoi auf Land, wie das US-amerikanische Taifun-Warnzentrum JTWC mitteilte.

    "Haiyan" schwächte sich nach Angaben der Meteorologen inzwischen deutlich ab und erreichte Windgeschwindigkeiten von 120 Stundenkilometern. Landesweit mussten 800.000 Menschen in Sicherheit gebracht werden. Weil der Taifun seine Richtung änderte, dürften sich das betroffene Gebiet nach Angaben des vietnamesischen Roten Kreuzes von neun auf mindestens 15 Provinzen vergrößern.

    "Haiyan" ist einer der heftigsten Tropenstürme aller Zeiten. Am Freitag war er mit Windgeschwindigkeiten von mehr als 300 Stundenkilometern auf die ostphilippinischen Inseln Leyte und Samar getroffen. Dabei hinterließ er eine Schneise der Verwüstung in dem südostasiatischen Land.....

  16. Naturkatastrophe....Supertaifun Haiyan ist erst der Anfang...

    Kein Sturm brachte jemals größere Zerstörung auf die Philippinen als der Taifun Haiyan. Und er dürfte nur die Vorhut sein für weitere Stürme mit ähnlicher Zerstörungskraft, denn der Klimawandel verstärkt ihre Folgen.

    BerlinAus dem All sah es so aus, als hülle ein Wattebausch die Philippinen ein. Hoch über der Erde lässt sich nur schwer begreifen, welche zerstörerische Energie dieses weißwirbelnde Monster namens Haiyan aufbrachte. Seit Menschengedenken erlebten die Philippinen keinen so katastrophalen Taifun.

    ......Durchaus möglich, denn einzelne Wetterphänomene sagen nichts über langfristige Klimaveränderungen aus. Die offenbaren sich nur im Blick zurück. Grund zum Optimismus gibt es hingegen nicht. „Weitgehend unumstritten ist eine Zunahme der stärksten Stürme“, schreibt etwa der Klimatologe Stefan Rahmstorf vom Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung in seinem Blog KlimaLounge.

    Damit sind tropische Wirbelstürme der Kategorie vier oder fünf gemeint, mit Windgeschwindigkeiten ab 250 Kilometern pro Stunde. Von 1981 bis 2008 stieg ihre Zahl seit Beginn der Satellitenmessung deutlich an.

  17. Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines declares state of calamity...

    The Philippines President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity to speed relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

    In a statement, he said the two worst affected provinces, Leyte and Samar, had suffered massive destruction and loss of life.

    Thousands of survivors are still desperately waiting for the aid effort to reach them.

    More than nine million people have been affected in the Philippines. Many are now struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean drinking water.

    A picture is slowly emerging of the full damage wrought by the storm:

    The exposed easterly town of Guiuan, Samar province - population 40,000 - is said to be largely destroyed
    Tacloban, Leyte province, was largely flattened by a massive storm surge and scores of corpses are piled by the roadside, leaving a stench in the air as they rot, say correspondents. Hundreds of people have gathered at the airport desperate for food and water, others trying to get a flight out
    Disaster worker Dennis Chong told the BBC that assessments in the far north of Cebu province had shown some towns had suffered "80-90% damage"
    Baco, a city of 35,000 in Oriental Mindoro province, was 80% under water, the UN said.

    A huge international relief effort is under way, but rescue workers have struggled to reach some towns and villages cut off since the storm.

    However, reports from Tacloban say that soldiers have been on the streets distributing food and water to some residents and the US military has sent marines to the city. .....

  18. Nach dem Taifun Haiyan.... Notstand auf den Philippinen ausgerufen...

    Der philippinische Präsident Aquino hat den nationalen Notstand ausgerufen. Auch vier Tage nach dem schweren Taifun Haiyan können Helfer auf den Philippinen noch immer nicht alle Regionen erreichen. Es wird befürchtet, dass die Zahl der Todesopfer auf weit über 10.000 steigen könnte.

    Nach dem Taifun „Haiyan“ hat der philippinische Präsident Benigno Aquino am Montag den nationalen Notstand ausgerufen. Dieser Schritt war zuletzt am 7. Dezember 2012 nach dem Taifun „Pablo“ sowie am 20. Dezember 2011 nach dem Tropensturm „Sendong“ erfolgt. Mit der Ausrufung des Notstands sind Preiserhöhungen für Lebensmittel und bestimmte Güter des täglichen Bedarfs sowie Medizin und Treibstoffe verboten. Zugleich verpflichtet sich die Regierung zu zinsfreien Darlehen für Katastrophenopfer.

    Als Soforthilfe für die betroffenen Regionen stellte Aquino am Montag weitere 19 Millionen Euro bereit. Für Wiederaufbauhilfe könne der Staat auf insgesamt 323 Millionen Euro aus Nothilfe-Fonds und Reserven zurückgreifen. Vorrangig sei die Verteilung von Nahrungsmitteln, Trinkwasser und Medikamenten in den am schwersten betroffenen Gebieten, so Aquino. „Mein Appell an Sie alle ist: Die Ruhe zu bewahren, zu beten, zu kooperieren und einander zu helfen. Das ist das, was uns aus dieser Katastrophe wieder aufhilft“, sagte der Präsident......

  19. U.S. sends aircraft carrier to aid disaster-stricken Philippines...

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered the aircraft carrier USS George Washington and other U.S. Navy ships to make best speed for the Philippines to aid disaster relief efforts there, the Pentagon said Monday.

    Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement that the aircraft carrier, which carries 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft, is currently in Hong Kong for a port visit. The crew is being recalled early from shore leave and the ship is expected to be underway later Monday evening.

    In company with the carrier will be the cruisers USS Antietam and USS Cowpens, and the destroyer USS Mustin. The supply ship USNS Charles Drew is already underway and will rendezvous with the group as they get closer. USS Lassen got underway Sunday for the region.

    Embarked on board USS George Washington is Carrier Air Wing Five, which has a collection of aircraft designed to perform various functions including disaster relief and includes Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 flying the MH-60S Seahawk; and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77 flying the MH-60R Seahawk.

    The Pentagon said these ships and aircraft will be able to provide humanitarian assistance, supplies, and medical care in support of the ongoing efforts led by the government and military of the Philippines. The ships should be on station within 48-72 hours.

    Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on Friday and Saturday. An estimated 10,000 people in central Philippine province of Leyte might have been killed.

  20. Philippines typhoon: President lowers death toll estimate...

    The President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, says the death toll from Friday's typhoon may be lower than first thought.

    In an interview with CNN, he said the number of 10,000 killed was "too high" and the figure was more likely up to 2,500.

    The UN says more than 11 million people are believed to have been affected and some 673,000 displaced.

    The relief operation is being stepped up, but many are still without aid.....

  21. Tacloban rehabilitation needs to focus on building climate-resiliency...

    MANILA, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Efforts to rehabilitate Tacloban from the devastation wrought by typhoon Haiyan need to focus on making this central Philippine city climate-resilient.

    This will ensure that the city won't suffer again from another massive loss of life and property caused by extreme weather events such as Haiyan. Tacloban is one of the most vulnerable Philippine cities to climate change and is thus likely to be pummeled again by strong typhoons and heavy flooding.

    "We should rebuild a better Tacloban city," Voltaire Alferez, national coordinator of Aksyon Klima (Philippine Climate Network) said an interview with Xinhua. Alferez said structures and buildings that will be built should be able to survive the possible disasters caused by a shifting climate.

    Typhoon Haiyan, one of the world's strongest storms recorded in history, hit central Philippines in November 2013, and killed over 6,000 people, affected 16 million people and damaged more than 30 billion pesos (667 million U.S. dollars) worth of property and crops.

    Haiyan wreaked havoc in the Visayas region, but it was Tacloban city in Leyte province which have the most casualties owing to a storm surge that smashed its coastal communities.

    Haiyan showed how vulnerable Tacloban city was to climate change - a fact that was revealed in a study issued last month by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation.

    According to the study, "Business Risk Assessment and the Management of Climate Change Impacts", Tacloban is within the " jaws of a climate sandwich." Located on the the northeastern coast of Leyte, Tacloban doesn't only sit inside the typhoon belt but also faces the eastern seaboard which exposes this urban center to climate-related risks.

    The study said Tacloban's weather is getting "wetter" as demonstrated by the sharp rise in its average annual rainfall - from 1,853 millimeters in 1998 to 4,768 mm in 2011. Cyclones were also getting stronger in the last five years.

    This doesn't bode well for a city susceptible to heavy flooding and landslides. Floods will submerge its low-lying wetlands while landslides can obliterate its upland villages.

    The all too real danger posed by Tacloban's geographical location and changing weather patterns mean it's necessary for local officials to rebuild this city into a city that can adapt and mitigate the risks brought by climate change...............

  22. Needs remain 'enormous' in Philippines 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan - UN ...

    16 February 2014 – The United Nations and its partners in the Philippines are warning today that millions of people still require urgent assistance to rebuild their lives and livelihoods, 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, cut a swath of devastation across the archipelago.

    “The authorities, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, and the Filipino people should be commended for the pace of progress that we have seen in the first 100 days. But we cannot afford to be complacent,” said Luiza Carvalho, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines.

    In a news release hailing the marked progress in the massive Government-led relief operation since the storm swept ashore on 8 November killing nearly 6,000 people and displacing 4.1 million at the height of the emergency, Ms. Carvalho noted that in the days, weeks and first months that followed, in support of the Government, the UN and partners helped provide food, medicine, water and sanitation and hygiene assistance.

    “We distributed tents and tarpaulins so that 500,000 families would have some form of a roof over their heads and implemented emergency employment programmes that helped them get back on their feet and pumped money into local economies,” she said, adding that while ensuring that farmers were able to go back to their fields in time to plant, the UN and partners also helped remove more than 500,000 cubic metres of debris from hard-hit Tacloban alone.

    “[Yet] the need for durable shelter for millions of people whose homes were damaged or destroyed is critical,” said Ms. Carvalho urging the international community to help ensure that the gains made thus far are not rolled back as devastated communities begin the difficult process of recovery from the storm.

    She stressed that millions of livelihoods were destroyed or impaired when the typhoon tore down or damaged 33 million coconut trees, flooded fields with salt water and took away or wrecked 30,000 fishing vessels.

    “As the Philippines marks 100 days since the devastating super typhoon struck…we are supporting the authorities to help survivors find closure and ensure that the affected regions build back better and safer so that the next massive storm does not bring the terrible levels of devastation that we saw with Haiyan,” said Ms. Carvalho.

    The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) for is now prioritizing programming for shelter and livelihoods, while continuing to assist the most vulnerable people with life-saving assistance and protection services.

    This support for the Government's early recovery efforts was foreseen in the HCT's Strategic Response Plan (SRP) which covers the 12 months following the typhoon. Of the $788 million required for the SRP, 45 percent has been received. The typhoon affected 14 million people and destroyed or severely damaged more than a million homes.

    “Our achievements in the first 100 days of the response were made possible by generous donor contributions for the relief phase of our plan,” Ms. Carvalho said. “The Filipino people in the affected areas deserve our continued support as they remain determined to recover in the face of immense obstacles and personal tragedy.”

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