Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 4 November 2020
More than 2 million people in the Philippines have been affected by Super Typhoon Goni, which made landfall in Catanduanes Province on 1 November before crossing over to the main island of Luzon.
Pre-emptive evacuations by authorities saved hundreds of lives, while more than 360,000 people remain in evacuation centres.
Typhoon Goni, the world’s strongest typhoon of 2020, brought torrential rains, destructive winds and storm surges that damaged hundreds of houses and interrupted communication, water and power, particularly in the provinces of Albay and Catanduanes.
UN agencies, the Red Cross and humanitarian partners are conducting assessments in affected areas. They are also providing food, shelter kits and other non-food items and psycho-social services and supporting the government’s search-and-rescue efforts.
After sweeping through the Philippines, Typhoon Goni was downgraded to a tropical storm and is now forecast to make landfall in Viet Nam, north of the central area of Qui Nhon, tomorrow afternoon [5 November] local time.
Viet Nam is already responding to the impact of Typhoon Molave, which made landfall on 28 October.
On 31 October, the UN and partner organizations launched a six-month response plan seeking US$40 million to help 177,000 of the most vulnerable flood-affected people in Viet Nam’s central provinces.
Successive storms and flash floods have claimed the lives of at least 42 people in Cambodia. More than 161,500 houses have been damaged, according to the national disaster authorities.
The provinces most affected are in central and western Cambodia. As of 3 November, more than 800,000 people have been affected. This includes more than 388,000 poor and vulnerable people who need humanitarian assistance and longer-term support to access basic services and rebuild their livelihoods. A Humanitarian Response Plan is being prepared.
Today marks three months since the Beirut port explosions which affected thousands of people and caused widespread damage.
The UN and humanitarian partners continue to help those most in need. At least 180,000 people have received humanitarian assistance since August.
Further shelter repairs, food assistance and medical services are the top priorities reported by those affected by the explosions. Meanwhile, an unsteady and deteriorating economic situation, COVID-19 related lockdown measures and political instability have pushed vulnerable Lebanese and refugee families further into poverty.
COVID-19 remains a serious concern. As of 2 November, more than 83,000 cases have been diagnosed and 672 deaths recorded. Hospital capacity remains stretched.
To date, the UN-coordinated response to the explosions, seeking US$354.9 million to address immediate lifesaving needs for three months, is just under 36 per cent funded. Additional funds are needed to scale up relief efforts for the most vulnerable and to prevent the situation from worsening. Beyond humanitarian assistance, Lebanon still requires substantial and long-term assistance to support economic reform, recovery and reconstruction.