- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue Issue 5 | 1 – 31 May 2015
- ICRC: Central Mindanao update, May 2015
- WFP Philippines | Brief Reporting period: 01 January – 31 March 2015
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A. Situation Overview
• At around 1:50 PM of 14 November 2014, an encounter between military troops and lawless elements occurred at Barangay Bud Bunga, Municipality of Talipao, Sulu Province and resulted to forced evacuation.
• As of November 27, 2014, a total of 469 families/1,663 persons were affected in the following barangays:
I. ALERT STATUS OF MAYON VOLCANO
A. Alert Level 3 is still in effect as of 8:00 AM, 05 December 2014. At this present stage, potentially eruptible magma has already been intruded beneath the edifice. At any given time in the following weeks to months, this magma can eventually be erupted quietly as lava flows or explosively as vertical eruption columns and pyroclastic flows or both. Mayon Volcano's seismic network detected three (3) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
Typhoon "RUBY" has gained more and slightly slowed down as it continues to move west northwest towards eastern visayas.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW:
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". It made landfall in Surigao del Sur on 26 November 2014 between 5:00 to 6:00 PM. 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.
Episcopal Relief & Development has reached out to the Episcopal Church in the Philippines and its development arm, E-CARE, as Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) approaches the country with wind gusts of up to 150 miles per hour.
The Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP) and E-CARE have been monitoring disaster preparedness efforts in at-risk communities and organizing shipments of relief supplies to send once travel bans have been lifted. Staff in Manila have stockpiled food, water and other items at the Church office, and cleared rooms to host evacuees.
Typhoon Hagupit has slightly weakened as it moves towards Eastern Visayas Region with maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h.
Hagupit is projected to make landfall between Northern Samar and Eastern Samar provinces during the night of 6 and 7 December.
The President of the Philippines chaired the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to oversee the preparedness efforts ahead of the typhoon’s landfall.
Philippines - IOM in the Philippines is racing to prepare for the imminent landfall of Typhoon Hagupit (local name Ruby), a huge storm, which in the worst case scenario could affect up to 32 million people.
Forecasters are moving towards consensus on the direction and force of the typhoon, which weakened slightly overnight, but is still a Category 5 storm and likely to have considerable impact.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
Typhoon "RUBY" has slightly weakened as it continues to move west northwest towards the Eastern Samar - Northern Samar area.
Typhoon Hagupit (local name Ruby) has gained strength in the western Pacific and is expected to intensify further as it heads towards the Philippines.
Should it make landfall, Typhoon Hagupit could pose a serious threat to lives, homes and livelihoods in the Philippines. It is possible that Typhoon Hagupit could impact Central Luzon and Mindanao and cross through highly populated areas including the Visayas region which was hit by Typhoon Haiyan last year.
Evacuating homes and preparing supplies
Barely 13 months after typhoon Haiyan devastated provinces in Eastern Visayas in the Philippines, the survivors’ recovery hopes are now threatened as they brace for another super typhoon Hagupit (local named Ruby).
World Vision Response Director Andrew Rosauer has mobilized the emergency response team in Tacloban City today, on standby and ready to respond in case the impact of Hagupit will be severe. “We have the resources at hand to support families and communities around areas in Samar, Leyte, Ilo-ilo and Aklan where we have ongoing Haiyan recovery work.”
This situation report introduces Super Typhoon Hagupit's intensity and track, the regions to be affected in the Philippines and the potential damages of Super Typhoon Hagupit. It then presents historical background and details on the current situation in the Philippines, previous typhoons in the Philippines, the casualties and damages associated with them, as well as facts and figures related to other hydro‐meteorological disasters in the Philippines.
1. Brief description of the emergency and impact
Typhoon Hagupit, now known in the Philippines as Ruby, continues to approach the Eastern Visayas. At the time of writing, it is still not clear where or when or indeed if the storm will make landfall in the Philippines. The storm is currently categorized as a category 5 ‘supertyphoon’ with current wind speeds estimated to be reaching 195kph and increasing.
Save the Children staff across the country are preparing for the impact of the storm, prioritizing the needs of children, targeting them with safety messages and making sure they understand about the approaching storm.
GENEVA, 4 December 2014 - Government and schools were closed today in the Philippines coastal city of Tacloban as thousands of families flocked to evacuation centres ahead of the feared arrival of another “super typhoon” at the weekend.
Typhoon Hagupit, locally named Ruby, intensified into a super typhoon earlier today, carrying sustained winds of 240 kph and gusting to 296 kph. It could intensify in the next 48 hours before making landfall on Saturday.
A typhoon internationally named Hagupit, (locally named Ruby) is currently approaching the Philippines and is expected to make landfall on Saturday or Sunday.
If it makes landfall, Typhoon Ruby is likely to devastate communities still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan, which made landfall on 7 November last year and affected 14 million people, killing over six thousand people, destroying or damaging over a million homes and displacing four million people.
ActionAid has started preparing communities to evacuate and is available for interviews from London and the Philippines.