Typhoon Rammasun: IOM Philippines Situation Report no. 2 (16 July 2014, 2000 hrs)

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from International Organization for Migration
Published on 16 Jul 2014 View Original

Typhoon Rammasun, locally named Glenda, made landfall as a signal 3 typhoon at 1700 hrs over the Albay-Sorsogon area on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. It then crossed northward into Southern Luzon, passing through Cavite and Manila Bay before exiting via Zambales at around 1200 hrs.

As of 2000 hrs, it is 410 km West Northwest of Olongapo City and is expected to leave the Philippines Area of Responsibility by Thursday afternoon.

A total of 66,859 families within the Bicol region were evacuated yesterday, including 62,951 families in Albay. At the request of DSWD, IOM assessment teams today surveyed the damaged areas in Northern Samar and will continue with assessments of Bicol, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and the National Capital Region (NCR) tomorrow. 3,000 houses in Northern Samar are estimated to be damaged or destroyed, with 1,600 of these in the municipality of San Roque.

In areas badly affected by typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, specifically Tacloban City, Western Leyte and Biliran, a large scale pre-emptive evacuation took place yesterday due to anticipated heavy rains and flooding. In Tacloban, 1,040 families, or 4,692 individuals, mainly those still living in tents in Barangays 88 and 89, were evacuated by the city government with the support of IOM and other humanitarian partners. IOM provided transportation support and evacuation management and coordinated closely with DSWD, the City Government, UNHCR and UNOCHA for the setting up of facilities.

As of 1000 hrs this morning, all six temporary evacuation centres in Tacloban had been closed. IDPs returned to their respective areas with transportation assistance from the LGU and close monitoring by the Protection Cluster. In the tent city sites, tents damaged by the typhoon have already been fixed by community members who were provided with tarpaulins by OCD, IOM and DSWD.

In Western Leyte, 73 families are still in evacuation centres whilst in Biliran, 558 families remain due to flooded homes.

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