Philippines: Typhoon Saola - Information bulletin n° 1
GLIDE n° TC-2012-000125-PHL
This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have determined that external assistance from donors is not presently required.
Summary: The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has swung to action as the effects of Typhoon Saola continue to be felt across the island of Luzon. Typhoon Saola was a tropical storm before it intensified, and is now slowly heading out of Philippine territory. As well as monitoring the situation around the clock, volunteers and rescue teams are responding to immediate needs of the most affected families. PRC has readied support vehicles and equipment such as rubber boats and ambulances for deployment, if needed.
Although it did not make landfall, Typhoon Saola (local name: Gener) enhanced southwest monsoon rains which caused flooding in low-lying areas of Luzon, including Metro Manila. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) update issued on 1 August 2012, effects of the typhoon have left at least 14 people dead, one missing and five injured. At the peak, some 1,900 families sought safer shelter in 43 evacuation centres, although most have started going back to their residences as flood waters subside.
Authorities at the provincial, municipal and barangay (village) levels responded swiftly to the situation and conducted pre-emptive evacuation of families in low-lying areas as well as search and rescue. Other actions include relief distributions and road clearing operations. Based on its mandate as auxiliary to the authorities in providing humanitarian services in times of emergency and disaster, PRC has served ready-to-eat meals, assorted food items and non-food items to more than 2,000 persons, mainly in evacuation centres.