OCHA Flash Update No.2 Philippines | Typhoon Nock-Ten, 28 December 2016

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 28 Dec 2016

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Situation overview

As of 27 December (11:40 p.m., Manila time), Typhoon Nock-Ten (locally known as Nina) left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Typhoon Nock-Ten made landfall as a Category 3 tropical cyclone over Bato, Catanduanes on the evening of 25 December, with winds up to 235 km/h and gusts up to 285 km/h. It also made landfall in Camarines Sur, Quezon, Marinduque, Batangas and Occidental Mindoro. The heavy rains and winds cut power lines, damaged homes, roads, crops, infrastructure, and caused landslides and flooding in the southern Luzon region.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (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.

Damage to agriculture and fisheries in the Bicol region alone is estimated at PhP4 billion (US$80 million), according to the Department of Agriculture. Eighty-five per cent of an abaca plantation was damaged in the Catanduanes province, the biggest producer of the national fiber in the world.

Disaster preparedness and Government response

The NDRRMC has deployed a rapid response team to assess the damage and conduct an aerial survey of the affected region. According to the NDRRMC, the government is focusing its response operations in the Bicol region, particularly in Catanduanes.

DSWD and local government authorities have provided relief assistance worth P 31 million ($624,400) to affected families. An additional 65,000 family food packs were delivered to Region V, while another 68,000 pouches of ready-to-eat meals were provided to travellers stranded in ports. Military C-130 planes are being utilised to transport relief packages to DSWD warehouses in Cebu City and Manila.

The Department of Health (DOH) deployed nine health assessment teams in Region V to assist with medical needs and assess damage to health facilities. Based on initial reports, eight facilities were damaged but remain functional. Medicine worth P31 million ($623,000) was pre-positioned in DOH regional offices, while P41 million ($824,000) worth of supplies is available in the central office. DOH provided P296,000 ($5,900) worth of medicine, hygiene kits, and supplies to Catanduanes.

Over 200 classrooms are still being used as evacuation centres for the displaced population. Reports of damaged classrooms are still being consolidated. The Department of Education reports that funds are available to set up temporary learning spaces, if needed.

The local telecommunications companies are working to restore cellular sites, with mobile phone services resuming in some affected areas. Power interruptions are still being experienced in 124 cities and municipalities across the typhoon-affected regions.

Humanitarian response and coordination

OCHA has fielded a team to Catanduanes to support the authorities in coordinating assistance and assessing needs. Several UN agencies, international NGOs and local partners are assisting in the response, which OCHA is mapping in coordination with the humanitarian country team.

The next Flash Update will be issued as soon as more information is available.

For more information, contact:
Mark Bidder, Head of Office, bidder@un.org, Mobile: +63-917-524-2928
Gina Maramag, Public Information Analyst, maramag@un.org, Mobile: +63-917-597-7219

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