Philippines: Typhoon Saola - Information bulletin n° 2
GLIDE n° TC-2012-000125-PHL
Although no longer within the Philippines’ area of responsibility, the effects of Typhoon Saola, continue to be felt in the island of Luzon. The typhoon triggered the southwest monsoon, which has been bringing heavy downpours swamping the National Capital Region (NCR) as well as neighbouring provinces in the Central and Southern Luzon. Since 28 July when Saola’s fury was first felt, the Philippines has been pounded by continuous rain for almost two weeks.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reports on 7 August state that the total number of affected persons has now increased to some 950,000 while 53 others have been killed and 35 injured. Currently there are 91 evacuation centres which serve as temporary shelter for 20,000 families. The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is now in full swing as monsoon rains continue to bring floods to Metro Manila and other parts of the country. Emergency response teams, as well as water search and rescue (WASAR) teams are currently on the ground conducting assessments and addressing immediate needs of flood-stricken families through the provision of ready-to-eat meals and assorted food items, and transport of flood-stricken families to higher ground.