A new Tropical Cyclone named NOCK-TEN formed over the north-western Pacific Ocean, near the Federated States of Micronesia, on 21 December. It then started moving north-west and it passed close to Yap island on 22 Dec morning (UTC), as a Tropical Storm. (ECHO, 22 Dec 2016)
Severe Tropical Storm Nock-ten (Nina) has maintained its strength with maximum sustained winds of 105 km/h near the centre and gusts of up to 130 km/h. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecasts that STS Nock-ten will intensify as it traverses the Philippines Sea but will slightly weaken when it makes landfall over the province of Catanduanes in the afternoon or evening of 25 December and will continue to cross Southern Luzon, National Capital Region and Central Luzon. Authorities have warned possible landslides and floods especially in low-lying areas. (OCHA, 23 Dec 2016)
Typhoon Nock-Ten entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 23 December. It intensified into a typhoon on 24 December and made landfall over Catanduanes province on the evening of 25 December, then crossed Albay, Camarines Sur, Southern Quezon, Laguna, Batangas and Cavite. The typhoon continues to weaken and is expected to exit landmass by 26 December and exit PAR by morning of 28 December. (OCHA, 26 Dec 2016)
As of 27 December, Typhoon Nock-ten has left the landmass and is now in the West Philippine Sea after making eight landfalls. Metro Manila, which had been forecasted to be struck with storm-force winds and moderate to heavy rainfall, was mostly spared as the typhoon weakened and the track moved slightly south. Only isolated low floods in some areas were reported in the capital. The main focus of the impact now appears to be closer to where the typhoon first made landfall in the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines Sur, which were affected by strong winds, heavy rains and storm surge. (IFRC, 27 Dec 2016)
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, or NDRRMC, as of 28 December, 98,308 families (485,789 persons) were pre-emptively evacuated in regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V and VIII. There are 132,908 families (602,770 persons) affected, with one confirmed death in CALABARZON. Ten deaths in other typhoon-affected areas are yet to be confirmed. As of 28 December, The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reports 77,925 displaced families (340,835 persons) in regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V and VIII, of which 42,531 families (179,269 persons) are staying in 507 evacuation centres. In Region V, there are 30,897 damaged houses of which 21,255 are partially damaged and 9,672 are totally damaged. (OCHA, 28 Dec 2016)
Damage reports are slowly becoming available as assessment teams are returning from affected areas. However, at the moment there is still no consolidated picture of the damages and needs of the assessed areas. While the overall impact of Typhoon Nock-Ten will only be determined upon completion of assessments, early reports from Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chapters show that it has left some substantial humanitarian needs. Several chapters in areas that were hardest hit have indicated that immediate needs are related to food, non-food, emergency shelter, water and hygiene items. Many people are also still inside evacuation centres. (IFRC, 28 Dec 2016)
On 29 December, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a 1.6 million Swiss Franc emergency appeal (USD 1.56 million, Euro 1.5 million) to help the Philippine Red Cross assist more than 20,000 people with emergency relief assistance and longer term recovery support. As of 29 December, there have been 10 confirmed deaths and at least 182,410 people (44,026 families) are still in evacuation centres. (IFRC, 29 Dec 2016)
As of 2 January, 1,986,960 people (446,496 families) had been affected by Typhoon Nock-Ten due to large-scale destruction of houses and livelihoods. An undetermined number of people are relying on food, water, shelter, and NFIs provided by government agencies and NGOs. Worst-affected locations are Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines Sur, in Bicol region, which account for over 1.4 million of the affected. (ACAPS, 03 Jan 2017)
As of 13 January, 116 families (753 people) remain displaced as a result of Typhoon Nock-Ten, which hit the Philippines on 25 December and damaged over 340,000 houses. (OCHA, 16 Jan 2017)
As of 18 January, only 7 percent of the IFRC's original 1.6-million Swiss Franc emergency appeal had materialized through hard pledges. With the appeal "significantly underfunded", PRC and IFRC are calling on partners to provide much-needed support to enable the delivery of assistance to affected populations. Initial assessments by PRC indicated that immediate needs for food, non-food items, safe drinking water and emergency shelter materials were essential to provide relief to affected households during the emergency phase. Shelter, livelihoods and risk reduction are top priorities for recovery. (IFRC, 18 Jan 2017)
By MJ Evalarosa, IFRC
The Philippine Red Cross, together with the state health department, and with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), recently rolled out an orientation on the Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Disaster (SPEED) programme. SPEED is a mechanism activated during emergencies to provide real-time health information to around 65 Red Cross community volunteers in the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur and Marinduque.
Reporting period: 25 Dec 2016 to 13 Jan 2017
Operation timeframe: 29 Dec 2016 to 30 Sep 2017
Appeal budget: CHF 1,600,392
N° of people targeted: 20,000 (4,000 families)
N° of people assisted: 6,200 (1,400 families)
25 December 2016: Typhoon Nock-Ten makes landfall in Catanduanes with 185 kph winds and gustiness of up to 255 kph.
by Astrid Zweynert | azweynert | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:13 GMT
"We see much more money being spent in responding to disasters and very little in preventing them"
By Astrid Zweynert
LONDON, Jan 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments need to step up efforts in preparing for disasters to cut the rising bill for helping people hit by crises, the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said.
By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay
NAGA CITY, Jan. 15 (PIA)—“I am thankful to all of you for the big help you have extended to us. Our house was totally destroyed and our things were all soaked in water. Now, we can put something to shelter us.”
These were the simple words of Margie San Juan, a mother of 5 from Zone 2, Minalabac town whose house was demolished by typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-ten) before 2016 ended.
Typhoon Nock-ten, known locally as Typhoon Nina, made landfall over Catanduanes on December 25 this past year. As it brought great damage to local residents, Tzu Chi volunteers reached out to help. After surveying the disaster areas, volunteers held an aid distribution, including giving victims emergency money to get through the days ahead. Following a disaster site assessment in the first week of January, Tzu Chi provided Php5, 000 cash assistance to families who lost their homes to the storm.
WFP supported the Government of the Philippines in its humanitarian response following Typhoon NockTen through logistics assistance.
WFP reached 130,400 people in Mindanao to improve their food security.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
a. Oceanic and atmospheric indicators had reached weak La Nina levels in October 2016 (PAGASA termed as borderline La Nina), but this was not sustained. However, La Nina-like conditions continue, as impacts have been seen in some flood- and landslide-prone areas in the country. It is likely that ENSO-neutral conditions will prevail in December-January-February 2017 season.
MAKATI CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA) -- The Makati City Council has approved the release of P15-million as financial assistance to 27 local government units (LGUs) directly affected by Typhoon Nina in the provinces of Quezon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, and Marinduque.
Mayor Abby Binay had initiated the move as an expression of sympathy and support for the typhoon victims of the said LGUs, all of which are sister-localities of the city.
Legazpi City, Albay – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Field Office (FO) V has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Bicol Region and Educo, a non-government organization (NGO) based here, for the provision of food assistance to the volunteers of DepEd’s Emergency Brigada Eskwela who will help in the repair and rehabilitation of schools that were damaged by Typhoon Nina.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to release P513,722,930 anytime soon as an initial funding for its Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for households whose houses were partially and totally damaged by Typhoon Nina.
The typhoon displaced thousands of families and damaged houses in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas regions when it hit the country on December 24-27, 2016.
MANILA, Jan. 12 - Department of Health - MIMAROPA Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo recently visited municipalities in the provinces of Marinduque and Oriental Mindoro and delivered financial assistance and medicine supply to areas affected by the recent Typhoon Nina.
On Christmas 2016, typhoon Nock-ten ("Nina" in the Philippines) made its first landfall in the Bicol region (Eastern Philippines) on 25 December. This category 4 typhoon made eight successive landfalls, striking the island province of Catanduanes before continuing towards the capital, Manila, passing through 15 provinces across four regions. With winds of 235 km/h and 285 km/h gustiness, Nock-ten caused massive destructions and affected over 2.1 million people.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to strengthen its coordination with local government units (LGUs) in assessing the needs of families affected by Typhoon Nina to ensure that they will regain their normal functioning the soonest time possible.
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 6 - The province of Marinduque received P6.3 million worth of agricultural assistance from the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the rehabilitation program for both agriculture and fishery industries badly damaged by typhoon Nina.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol led the distribution of equipment to almost 500 affected farmers and fisherfolk during the stakeholders’ consultation in Boac, Marinduque on January 5, 2017.
“I am amazed by the resilience of the Marinduque people,” Piñol said.
More help is on its way.
10 days after Typhoon Nina (international name Nock-ten) hit provinces in Bicol, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to deploy teams to help in the relief distribution in the hardest hit provinces as part of the emergency operations.
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 5 - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has begun to process its Emergency Shelter Cash Assistance Project (ESCAP) for Typhoon Nina-affected families in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and Bicol.
Under the directive of DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo, teams have already begun to assess and validate the total number of partially and totally damaged houses in the affected regions to determine the amount needed for the target beneficiaries.
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 5 - With its 24/7 power restoration efforts, the Department of Energy (DOE), together with its private institution partners has resumed electricity supply to 1,003,519 households or about 57% re-energization of Typhoon Nina-affected areas as of 4 January 2017.
Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said, “After restoring power in town centers and nearby communities, our ground personnel are working round the clock, even double time to bring back the power supply to all affected households in Southern Luzon and Bicol regions.”
QUEZON PROVINCE, Jan. 4 - Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Administrator Billy Andal promised to aid all the coconut farmers to help them get back on their feet after experiencing the devastating typhoon Nina.
“We are really devastated when we heard the news. Imagine losing thousands or even million-worth of your crop? We lost hundreds of thousands of coconut trees at a time when we are trying to plant more to replace the senile and damaged trees of the past,” stressed Andal.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
23 December 2016
The Severe Tropical Storm (STS) with international name NOCK-TEN entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was named "NINA". It has a maximum sustained winds of up to 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph and it is forecasted to move West Northwest at 20 kph.
24 December 2016
Typhoon Nock Ten (locally known as Nina) struck the Philippines, making eight landfalls between 25 and 26 December, with gusts of up to 285 km/h and winds of 235 km/h. Affected areas are the Bicol region (Region V), Mimaropa, Calabarzon and Eastern Visayas (Region VIII). Nearly 2 million people were affected and at least three people were killed. 1.4 million of the affected are in Cantanduanes, Albay, and Camerines Sur, in Bicol.