OCHA Flash Update Philippines | Typhoon Nari (Santi), 13 October 2013

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 13 Oct 2013

This is the second OCHA Flash Update on Typhoon Nari (Santi), which is being sent on behalf of Mr. David Carden, Head of Office, OCHA Philippines. The next Flash Update will be issued as soon as more information is available.

The effects of Typhoon Nari (locally named 'Santi') has left at least 13 people dead and thousands displaced in Northern Philippines. The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) has reported over 200,000 people affected by the typhoon. More than 43,000 people (or 9000 families) are displaced, some living with host families and others in evacuation centres. More than 16,500 homes have been damaged.

Nari pummeled Central Luzon early Saturday morning, ripping roofs off buildings and leaving more than two million people without electricity. As of Sunday, many areas were still without power. Bulacan province suffered extensive damage from flooding, with several villages still submerged and rice and vegetable farms damaged or destroyed. The local government of Nueva Ecija province also reported damage to several hectares of rice farms.

Over 3,000 people were stranded at several seaports in the country, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported. Sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, western seaboard of Central Luzon, western and southern seaboards of Southern Luzon and over the western seaboard of Western Visayas.

Authorities are conducting rescue and relief operations in the affected areas. Teams from local governments are working to restore electricity and clear debris from roads. However, access to some of the areas is difficult as most roads are either blocked or damaged. So far, the Government has provided over PHP 600,000 worth of relief to some of the worst affected families. As of 13 October, there has been no request for international assistance by the Government. The United Nations and it's humanitarian partners stand ready to support the Government's ongoing efforts to help the affected people.

After sweeping across the country, Nari blew out to the South China Sea with peak winds of 120 kilometers per hour, the state weather service reported. Projections from the Hong Kong Observatory suggest the storm gathering pace over the coming days as it heads towards the northeast coast of Vietnam. Meanwhile, authorities say they are monitoring a second storm 'Wipha' which is still at the Pacific Ocean and may enter the Philippines on Monday morning.

For further information, please contact:

David Carden, Head of Office, OCHA Philippines, carden@un.org, Tel: +63 2 901 0265, Mobile: +63 917 513 9924 Prerna Suri, Public Information Officer, OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, surip@un.org, Tel: +66 2288 2856, Mobile: +66 9 2261 8523

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