Read about the legal issues related to planning for disasters and what happens after one strikes. The Committee's video on disaster preparedness was recently honored with a Gold Stevie® Award. Typhoon "LANDO" with International Name "KOPPU" has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in the afternoon of 14 October 2015. In 2015, ReliefWeb covered 88 natural disasters, with the Nepal earthquakes the most significant. Frequently Asked Questions - Get answers to common problems and learn more about ReliefWeb. The second session was dealt on the preparedness status from the Government forpromoting the unified flood response strategy.The second session started in the gracious presence of Sri Vyas ji, Principal Secretary,Department of Disaster Management, Govt. To ensure better preparedness, they are working according to the task force umbrellaplanned by them. Moderate to heavy rains, which began on 13 Jun 2014, caused flooding in Mindanao, southern Philippines.
Typhoon Rammasun made landfall over Lapu-Lapu in Albay province on 15 Jul 2014, killing some 100 people and destroying more than 100,000 houses. Typhoon Kalmaegi (known as Luis in the Philippines) made landfall on Luzon on 14 Sep causing floods mostly in mountainous and farming northern regions.
On 19 Sep, Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (locally known as Mario) made landfall on Cagayan and brought flooding in low lying areas of Luzon, including Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan and Rizal.
DAVAO ORIENTAL – Some 127 families in the village of Marayag in Lupon town have recently received a total of P 1.27 million Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), after their homes suffered damages due to a destructive flood brought about by LPA Agaton in 2014.
Turned over by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XI and the Provincial Government, each family beneficiary receives P10, 000.00. On 26 November 2014, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has developed into a Tropical Depression (TD) and was named "QUEENIE". On 26 November 2014, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Hinatuan, Surigaodel Sur has developed into a Tropical Depression (TD) and was named "QUEENIE". On 28 October 2014, local flooding incident occurred affecting twelve (12) barangays in Midsayap, Cotabato Province due to heavy rains. Report from the Capiz provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office as of 6 a.m. Of the total affected barangays, 17 were in Mambusao, 15 in Panitan, 13 in Sigma, six in Panay, five in Pontevedra, four each in Dao and Sapian, and one each in Ivisan and Roxas City. This indicates that hydrothermal processes may be underway beneath the volcano that may lead to more steam-driven eruptions. Background:The varied frequency and the impact of floods pose devastating impacts on resources andcapital of the disaster prone areas of the state. Sanjay Pandey, Convenor, B-IAG, talking about the inaugural session deliberations came out with some of the important points that should be kept in mind for developing the preparedness plan. Soma Sinha, Assistant Coordinator, Bihar IAG started the inaugural session by giving a brief introduction on B-IAG, its functions, roles and responsibilities etc.. This task force umbrella’s prime goal is to ensure the safety of therespective village during crisis.He shared the Save the children initiatives likedeveloping child friendly flood safe shelter (CFFSS) in Khagaria, Araria andMadhepura etc.
Julious Amit, IDF, Patna have stated that they had started working withthe support of Water Aid since 2007 on disaster preparedness in Samastipur,Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Madhubani districts etc.
Paras Nath Singh, CARD, Samastipur, reported that they are involved with various NGOs and are working with 40 villages with special emphasis on community mobilization. Rajan Kumar, Vikas Sarthi, Gopalganj, spoke that they have been working with the team of 15 member orgnaisations for ensuring the response during the flood. In Maguindanao province, 17,063 families (85,315 people) were affected across 16 municipalities according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council as of 26 Jun. As of 22 Sep, 11 people had been killed and around 1.1 million people had been affected across 27 provinces. Malanyaon, who led the turn over, said she hopes that the cash assistance would help residents repair and improve their homes. Intermittent rains was reported in Region VI and VII, while moderate to heavy rains were experienced in Zamboanga City and in the Provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur which started on 07 October 2014.
20 (PIA) – A total of 66 barangays in Capiz experienced flooding due to the continuous heavy rain here, October 19. Renu Kumari Kushwaha, Honorable Minister and Sri Vyas Jee Principal Secretary,Department of Disaster Management, Govt. The priority was given to the early warning system, information centers, availability of basic provisions like boats, hand-pumps, food, shelter, medicines, etc. She expressed that the basic objectives of the workshop is to assess the updates in preparedness activities being done by the non- government organisations and Government departments.
He expressed that theyhave been working in more than 25 villages focusing on water sanitation andproviding emergency kits, which comprises of basic relief materials like lifejackets, medicines, food, etc. A committee is being set up focusing mainly on the early warning system, processes and procedures. It intensified into a Tropical Storm (TS) while over the West Philippine Sea on 28 November 2014 before it exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the same day at 6:00 PM. A big force of volunteers has indeed been developed through this.He also suggested that there should be adetailed discussion on preparednessmeasures in all the areas and the contactinformation should be made available.
Sanjay Pandey,Convenor, Bihar Inter Agency Group briefed about the first session activities anddeliberations.Sri Vyas ji, started his deliberation with the emphasis on building synergybetween Government and Non-Government Organization for responding theflood in appropriate manner. Almost 130 hand-pumps and small basins will also bemade for children to ensue community level unified response.He also requestedMinister, Dr.
A flood information resource center has also been set up in many villages; these are act as sites for collecting the information updates and its dissemination to the concerned stakeholders.

He assured that in this way we could avoid theduplication of efforts in terms of preparedness. Santosh Dwivedi Programme Officer, WATER AID, Lucknow,expressed that they have demonstrated the best practices on WASH in 60villages across 5 districts of Bihar.
They have also identifies the shelter points for storage of floodrelief materials in the identified villages.Mr. Flood of 2004 demonstrates the severity of floodproblem when a vast area of 23490 Sq Km was badly affected by the floods of Bagmati,Kamla & Adhwara groups of rivers causing loss of about 800 human lives, even whenGanga, the master drain was flowing low. DevelopmentCommittees should be set up on a largescale awareness programmes andawareness workshops should often be held. He acknowledged that we areready for tackling the flood situation and we must welcome the monsoonsbecause that would be a boon for the farmers. He drew attention about their experienceswhile working in flood-prone areas like Saharsa, Madhubani and Sitamarhietc.He articulated that they shared it with Government authorities for its widerreplication, community consultation and general assessment of the flood situation.
Girish Peter, State Manager, CARITAS India, Bihar articulated thatCARITAS is working with 5 partner organizations in flood prone areas ofBihar. Vishal Vaswani, Consultant, Department of Disaster Management, talked about Bihar State Disaster Management initiatives on awareness generation and also mentioned about organising Chetna Rath in flood prone districts, He also talked about BSDMA involvement in promotion of Disaster Research in the state.Mr. Digamber Mandal, SCK, Madhubani acquainted that with the assistanceof UNICEF, disaster management committees have been setup in almost 25villages of Madhepur block of Madhubani district.
Focusing on the Kosiembankment at Beerpur, Supaul, he said that if it breaks, the flow would hitareas like Supaul, Madhepura, Saharsa, etc.
Theyhave worked on the issues of water and sanitation being faced by the community duringfloods.
Emergency response support team has been setup comprising 2members from each of the member organisation. Naveen Kumar Rai, from Bal Mahila Kalyan, Katihar expressed abouttheir involvement in creating awareness for flood preparedness throughorganizing meeting of kisan clubs, youth clubs and provided training ondisaster preparedness specifically for the highly susceptible areas.
He ensured that we have prepared to dealwith the situation and recommended that the preparedness plan of Bihar IAG should bedeveloped keeping in view of the existing situations.
The vital components of their interventions include identification and selection ofthe site by the community, orientation and training of village volunteers, construction ofall weather toilets and installation of raised platform hand pumps etc. Since the destruction caused can beintense, to avoid the disastrous consequences, we need to focus on multi-sectoral issuesarises during the flood. Sanjay Kumar, Jagaran Kalyan Bharti, Forbesganj, Araria expressed that they have formed a team of volunteers by involving about 54 non-government organisations of the area, who will be responsible for response actions as and when flood occurs. Due to lack of planned initiatives on mitigation andpreparedness measures has further increased the vulnerability of the state to the flood.However, with changing scenario and paradigm shift in Disaster Management is beingoccurred in the state of Bihar, as it has also carried out significant changes in itsapproach to tackle the issue more effectively and efficiently.
Needs of vulnerable groups should be taken care of as a priorityand planning should be done accordingly.Mr. Demonstration ofWASH, development of emergency preparedness plan in Bihar and Capacity Building ofthe Govt.
Amar, Secretary, SSEVK, East Champaran articulated that there are various othersmall rivers, embankments, etc are also being affected by the flood.
Tushar Kanti Das, State Manager, Plan India expressed that Plan India is being involved in providing the relief and rescue training of volunteers at community level at the focal districts of the organisation. Pradeep Priyadarshi , Pragati Gramin Vikas Samiti, Patnaacquainted that since 2007, they have been working on the flood prone areaslike Madhepura and Supaul etc . Amar, SSEVK, East Champaran expressed that as we all know that both East and West Champaran hit badly this year due to heavy downpour. He informed that they have formed aDisaster Preparedness Samiti at village level in East Champaran, WestChamparan and Muzaffarpur and also established Apada Sahayata Kendra inthese areas.
He recalled about the recent flood taken place at Yogapatti, Nautan and Barria blocks of the West Champaran and Ramgarhwa in Banjari block of East Champaran . It would in fact be aboon, especially in the areas of East Champaran , as it is the famous land of ricecultivation. Banku Bihari Sarkar, Emergency Officer, UNICEF, Bihar field Office, shared the UNICEF emergency preparedness plan 2011. Annie Mishra, DPO, CARE gave updates about the operational areas and resources allocation during the flood. They have also setup information centers for providing latestinformations on flood situation.
He acquainted that response was definitely being taken but it was at the local level and people were regularly seeking for government response.further,he spoke that disaster management committees have been set up to provide therelief and rescue to the people in need. According to the information, the level of water in Bihar is falling rapidly andtherefore only the genuine problems should be given the priority.Mr.
He acquainted that they are ready for immediate response to 20000 population (4000 families) in case of any emergency.
She also informed that CARE-Bihar also have stocks of prepositioning materials for flood response. Munish Om Prakash Singh, KGVS, Araria informed that they have setup a co-ordination committee by involving the local NGOs for creating awareness on flood preparedness.
She recalled about the severity of Kosi flood2008, showed her deep concern about those people who have suffered due to lack of awareness on disaster preparedness.
Sanjay Kumar, Jagaran Kalyan Bharti, Forbesganj, Araria , informed that areas likeAraria and Purnea might be affected badly by flood.
He expressed that we are already working in the flood affected areas on rights of women and children, pre-positioning of emergency supplies like sanitation, health and education in the partnership of local NGOs etc.
The basic necessities like, food and shelter has been put on theuplands (Machan) for the storage of relief materials and temporary shelters have also beensetup for the animals. Water Aid, Lucknow , Honorable Minister launched a “Blue Book” on Disaster Management in Bihar developed by a team of disaster practitioners with the support of IDF-WATER AID.

She also talked about imparting the preparedness messages through mock drills and related awareness programmes.
Sri Vyas ji responded that thepreparedness measures have already been taken, as I said earlier. He also talked about UNICEF initiatives like developingpool of trained volunteers, community level flood preparedness through CBDRRprogramme.
Pankaj, JPSK, Bettiah informed that they are involved in developing stocks storage (umbrella, medicines, grains, etc.) and informations updates tools on the water level rise - fall and itsproper communication among the nearby people. He informed that a meeting to review the preparedness actions willbe held on 28 July and further action plan will be chalked out.Mr. She articulated about one of the very profound ideas to not only focus on Disaster like flood but also natural calamities like earthquakes, drought and fire, etc.
He also emphasizedthat priority should be given to those areasthat have a greater possibility of flood due tothe breakage of the embankments.Mr. He also shared about UNICEF support being provided for strengthening ofBihar IAG and developing partnership for preparedness and response with Red R India,OXFAM and Save the Children.Mr. Prem Kumar, World Vision, Bihar expressed that world vision has been working in districts like Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Ara, Nawada, Jamuai etc. The basic idea was to build a synergyamong BIAG members and Department of Disaster Management, Government of Bihar forflood preparedness in Bihar.The workshop was organised by Bihar Inter Agency Group with special support from IDF-Water Aid, UNICEF and CARITAS India. Tusar Kanti Das, State Manager, Plan India, Bihar, Mr.Subhasis Roy, Programme Manager, LWR and Mr. Babul Prasad, Chairman, IDF, Patnaraised the issue on the availability ofdrinking water, medicines and toilet facilitiesetc.
Yudhishtira Panigrahi, Programme Coordinator-DRR, Save the Childrenstarted his presentation by talking briefly about Save the Children and itsperpetual motto of “first to come and last to go”.
World Vision formed Child protection clubs, disaster management plans under its CBDP programme.
Ramesh Pankaj from MDA, Muzaffarpur expressed that since last 5 years, they have been making efforts in creating awareness for a preparedness and response in Katra block during flood.
Gautam, JJS, Patna updated about the volunteers training andensure their availability in 12 village of Madhepura district. Another vivid suggestion was to focus on the use of Hindi language in verbal and written Lt o R: Honorable Minister, DDM, GoB, Dr.
He spoke that we had startedworking in 1919 with the focus on protection of women and children in Bihar.They are working to ensure a child friendly spaces equipped with appropriatelearning opportunities. He also informed that we have grain banks, facilities for women care and having a better and regular communication within the District and State Government.Mr.
Beenita Prasad, Red Cross Society, Patna gave a brief introduction on the Red Cross Society and notified that they are working at district, block and the village levels and a State Disaster Response team has also been setup to ensure a systematic and resourceful floodpreparedness outcome.
Kaushal Kishore, SPKGS, Khagaria informed about the preparednessinitiatives taken by them, which include the setting up of disastermanagement committees at panchayat level which will be responsible forproviding training on preparedness among the vulnerable groups. Kapileshwar Ram, PGVS, Patna expressed that they have experience of drought preparedness at places like Arwal, Gaya, Jehanabad Nawada, and also having the experience of flood preparedness in Saharsa and Supaul districts through involvement a network of various organizations . The mobile aid team has greatimportance not only in health camps but alsoin many other contexts. One of the issue that they are focusing on is theeducation of children even after the occurrence of destruction.
Renu Kumari Kushwaha observed the flood preparedness materials developed by IDF- Water AidMs. Girdhari Ram, VMV, Bettiah talked about the organisationinitiatives on relief and rehabilitation and volunteers training. Apart from them more than 70 representatives from Government Department,non-government organizations from various districts of Bihar, representatives fromacademic institutions, grassroots disaster management practitioners including mediapersonals participated in the workshop.
It is more important toprovide these facilities to the affected people and keeping the drinking water fresh by useof halogen and chlorine tablets. Vandana Singh, Red Cross Society, Patna spoke that they haveestablished information communication network which are responsible fordisseminating the messages on flood situation promptly to people in needduring the emergencies.
Executive Summary On 15th July, 2011, B-IAG conducted a one day pre-monsoon workshop on the Sharing Preparedness Measures on Flood Response in Bihar-2011. Satyendra Prasad, Navjagriti, Saran informed that Navjagriti has been working in 83 villages of Khagaria, Samastipur, Sitamarhi and Saran districts on flood and water logging issues. We all are aware of the destruction caused by the flood, especially in flood prone areas like Supaul, Saharsa, Madhepura, East Champaran,West Champaran, Araria, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, etc.
DRR committees have been setup, preparedness materials and rescue kits have been prepositioned in these villages. So, it was good to learn that the organizations were mainly focusing in the area of public awareness, water and sanitation facilities, providing rescue kit, availability of potable drinking water, grain banks etc. All these villages have the grain banks facility to fulfill the needs of villagers during the extreme situations.Ms. Lajwanti Jha, MBJS, Saharsa informed that MBJS has worked out forchecking up of raised land spaces that have been used for relief materialsstorage, shelter spaces etc.
She showed her deep concern about the people who have left out in availing the preparedness benefits due to lack of awareness among them.
Sri Vyas ji, Principle Secretary, Department of Disaster Management, conversed about the ways of developing the synergy between Governmental and Non-governmental organization on disaster management and preparedness measures.

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