16 July 2014: The Philippines - Tropical cyclone Rammasun

SITUATION

• RAMMASUN (GLENDA in the Philippines) made landfall in Albay province (Bicol region) in the morning of 15 July (UTC), as a Typhoon; then it crossed Bicol, Calabarzon, Central Luzon and the National Capital Regions, slightly weakening. It moved into the South China Sea on 16 July morning. On 16 July, 6.00 UTC, its center was located approx. 100 km west of Central Luzon coasts and it had max. sust. winds of 148 km/h.

• In the next 24 h it is forecast to move north-west, strengthening, moving towards China and Vietnam (see inset map).

• Heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge affected the areas along its path in the Philippines on 15-16 July. Floods were reported in a number of municipalities of NCR, as well as in Marinduque and Mindoro Occidental; a landslide was also reported in Quezon. Electricity interruptions were experienced in nine Provinces and air, sea and road traffic were largely affected.

• As of 16 July (NDRRMC), there were 20 dead, over 500 000 people affected in six regions (24 348 in NCR, 1 372 in Central Luzon, 19 265 in Calabarzon, 3 559 in Mimaropa, 419 090 in Bicol region, 37 630 in Eastern Visayas) and 423 119 people inside 605 evacuation centres, most of which in Bicol Region (see table).

• As of 9.00 UTC 16 July, only Public Storm Warning Signal #1 (PAGASA) was in effect for several parts of Luzon.
Sources: GDACS, JTWC, JMA, PAGASA, NDRRMC (1,2), Media (1, 2, 3)