Philippines: Typhoon Nock-Ten Information Bulletin (27 December 2016)

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. After the typhoon’s landfall, and based on assessments, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have determined that a request will be made to the Disaster Emergency Relief Fund.

The situation

Typhoon Nock-Ten made landfall on Catanduanes Island on Sunday evening, 25 December, with maximum winds of 185 kph and gusts of 255 kph. Nock-Ten (locally known as Nina) maintained its strength before weakening as it crossed the Bicol Region and moved southwest. The typhoon brought damaging winds and heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday across the Bicol region, leaving five people reported dead, uprooting trees and powerlines, destroying homes, causing flooding and landslides. The typhoon, caused power cut in five provinces in Bicol at the height of the storm, displaced tens of thousands of people and stranded thousands of holiday travelers.

Typhoon Nock-Ten has left the landmass and is now in the West Philippine Sea after making 8 landfalls in the following areas:

  • Bato, Catanduanes – 6:30 pm, Sunday, December 25

  • Sagñay, Camarines Sur – 9:30 pm, Sunday

  • San Andres, Quezon – 2.00 am, Monday, December 26

  • Torrijos, Marinduque – 4:30 am, Monday

  • Verde Island, Batangas – 9:15 am, Monday

  • Tingloy Island, Batangas – 10:10 am, Monday

  • Calatagan, Batangas – 11:40 am, Monday

  • Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro – 1.00 pm, Monday Nock-Ten is expected to exit in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) evening today on 27 December.

Metro Manila, which had been forecasted to be struck with storm force winds and moderate to heavy rainfall was mostly spared as the Typhoon weakened and the track moved slightly south. Only isolated low floods in some areas were reported in the capital.

The main focus of the impact now appears to be closer to where the typhoon first made landfall in the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines Sur which were affected by strong winds, heavy rains and storm surge.

The three provinces are under a state of calamity allowing the local government to access funds to help them respond to needs of typhoon victims. The prices of basic commodities will also be controlled for 60 days, emergency workers will get extra pay, and no-interest loans may be extended by the government to people most in need.

Damage reports are now starting to come in as assessment teams assess their towns and move out into the rural areas and report back. However, at the moment there is no full statistical picture of the damage. The initial reports from the field indicate wind and flood damage to shelters, infrastructure and agriculture. According to some reports, Catanduanes has yet to regain power due to fallen trees damaging electricity posts. Fallen electricity posts, trees and several landslides have made many of the roads impassable, hampering assessments. Officials in Albay initially reported more than 15,800 houses in Polangui town and 6,800 houses in Libon town either destroyed or damaged, also with damage to infrastructure and agriculture.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of 26 December 2000H, a total of 85,773 families or 424,659 people were in at least 300 evacuation centers in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported that 10,968 passengers are still stranded due to Typhoon Nock-Ten as of 0800H. A total of 86 flights were cancelled due to bad weather condition. Of which, 70 are domestic flights and 16 international flights. Five international flights have been re-scheduled.

With regards to updates in the two active volcanos in Bicol (Mt. Mayon and Bulusan), both remains under Alert Level 1 which means that there were observed abnormalities in its condition with only 1 (each) reported volcanic earthquake within 24 hours. The public is still advised to refrain from entering the 6-km radius permanent danger zone.

It should be noted that the information is still coming in so all figures are subject to change in the coming hours and days.