Philippines: Tropical Storm Soudelor OCHA Situation Report No. 1
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Philippines - Tropical Storm "Soudelor"
starting on 14 June 2003
I. SITUATION AND DAMAGE
1. Landslides and floods caused by tropical storm "Soudelor" hit central and northern Philippines from 14 June 2003 onwards. Soudelor sustained winds of 110 kph and gusts of up to 140 kph. As of 18 June 2003, the storm has intensified into a typhoon, which reportedly moved up along the Chinese coast to Japan's Ryuku islands before dawn.
2. According to the latest news reports, 11 people were killed, three were injured and two others remain missing. The Department of Social Welfare and Development declared on 17 June that the tropical storm has displaced 16,131 families in the northern and central provinces of Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes and Camarines Sur, an additional 46,472 have also been affected individuals.
3. The Defense Secretary, NDCC (National Disaster Coordinating Council) chairman indicated that heavy rains and strong winds toppled electric posts causing power outages in vast areas of Northern Samar and Biliran provinces on 16 June afternoon. Several areas in Cagayan province also experienced sporadic power interruption. A major road leading to the northern mountain resort of Baguio was cut off by rocks dislodged by landslides, and three sections of the north-south highway near the city of Urdaneta were under water.
II. NATIONAL RESPONSE
4. Officials of the Catbalogan Municipal Disaster Coordinating Center deployed search and rescue teams for three missing persons in the area. The Office of the Civil Defense Administrator said that disaster response authorities are monitoring the situation in the surrounding areas of Bicol river as the water continued to rise due to a continuous downpour of rain in these areas.
5. A Navy spokesman stated that the Navy has 12 rescue teams, four amphibious vehicles, one ambulance, 12 trucks, and eight rubber boats on standby ready to respond to any call for help. The Navy disaster response task group organization, composed of teams of Navy officers, enlisted personnel, and reservists, was deployed to various areas in the country. The task group is equipped with land and water transport to assist victims of natural disasters.
III. INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE
6. So far, OCHA has not received any request for international assistance.
7. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated below, on relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding values by item.
8. OCHA is in close contact with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines and will revert with further information, as it becomes available.
Telephone: +41-22-917 12 34
Fax: +41-22-917 00 23
In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10
Ms. Marie Spaak/ Ms. Susan DeSouza/Ms. Caroline Péguet
Direct Tel. +41-22-917 17 28/16 36
(GVA) - Ms. Elizabeth Byrs, direct Tel. +41-22-917 26 53
(N.Y.) - Ms. Stephanie Bunker, direct Tel. +1-212-963 87 40
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