Typhoon Falcon Situation Report 1 (25 June 2011)

Report
from World Health Organization
Published on 25 Jun 2011 View Original

Tropical Storm Falcon (Meari) Affecting Luzon
25 June 2011
Situation Report Number 1
Location: Manila, Philippines
Covering Period: 23 t0 24 June 2011
Date of Transmission: 25 June 2011

General Information The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that Tropical Storm (TS) Falcon (Meari), which has been enhancing the effects of the Southwest Monsoon in many areas of Luzon, caused more rainfall in the past two days. It gained more strength as it moved away from the country.

TS Falcon has maximum sustained winds of 105 kph. Weather is expected to improve as TS Falcon continues to move north northwest at 24 kph. However, it will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon and bring occasional rains over the western sections of Northern and Central Luzon.

The weather condition triggered flooding and landslides affecting a total of 4 regions: the National Capital Region, Regions V, III, and IV-A. Fifteen (15) persons are recorded as missing, including 13 fishermen Region V. The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) activated its operations centers, iand coordinated with government agencies together with the local government units of the areas concerned.

Families in areas anticipated to be swamped by flooding or covered by landslides where evacuated. Based on the DOH-HEMS report issued before noon today, there remain a total of 18 evacuation centers housing a total of 2,456 families or 12,212 persons.

The majority are in the NCR and Region IV-A. Region V evacuation centers have all been decamped.Landslides and flooding closed down roads in many areas of the NCR and in affected provinces in other regions. In most areas, electric power and communication systems were largely unaffected. Flooding has subsided somewhat with the improved weather condition. No request for assistance has been received from the Department of Health.

Health Impact

No deaths have been reported. One person reportedly sustained injuries in Region V. DOH - HEMS, in coordination with the DOH - CHDs and the local government health teams, is monitoring the health situation especially in the temporary shelters. So far there are no reports of unusual patterns or increase in disease conditions in the temporary shelters.

Health facilities in the affected areas remain functional. Department of Health Response DOH - Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) Operation Center has been on alert.It remains ready to address medical and water & sanitation supply requirements in affected areas when needed. Thus far, the local government units have been able to manage the situation. CHDs reportedly were ready with stand-by teams and pre-positioned supplies should the LGUs request assistance. DOH has been issuing advisories through mass media since the start of the rainy season on the common illnesses associated with the season and flooding.

WHO Response

Close monitoring of the event is being done by the WRPHL Emergency and Humanitarian Action (EHA), in regular coordination with the DOH - HEMS. DOH - HEMS has not called for assistance from the health cluster in relation to the floodings in Luzon as a result of Typhoon Falcon.

Sources

Department of Health - Health Emergency Management Staff [DOH - HEMS], San Lazaro Compound, Sta Cruz, Manila.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council [NDRRMC],
SitRep No. 5 re Tropical Storm (TS) Falcon (Meari), 25 June 2011 6am
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration
[ PAGASA],24 - Hour Public Weather Forecast, 25 June 2011, 5am.

For further information please contact:
Maria Lourdes M Barrameda, MD, MPH
Emergency and Humanitarian Action
Office of the WHO Representative in the Philippines
email: barramedam@wpro.who.int