Philippines: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2015
About 800 people remain displaced in South Cotobato and Sultan Kudarat, in the southern Philippines, due to floods caused by heavy rains over 24-25 June. Over 1,900 hectares of agricultural farms have been damaged. The Province of Sultan Kudarat declared a state of calamity. The heavy rainfall is also seriously affecting the more than 30,000 people still displaced since the outbreak of fighting in February 2015 in Maguindanao. (ECHO Daily Flash of 27 Jun 2015)
In July, the southwest monsoon brought moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Luzon and Visayas especially over the western sections and triggered the occurrence of flooding in several areas in Regions I, III, and NCR. Subsequentely, landslide incidents were reported in Regions III, NCR, and CAR as the Southwest Monsoon continued to be experienced in Ilocos, Cordillera, Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, Pangasinan, Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon. A total of 9,055 families (42,500 people) were affected in Regions III, IV-A, NCR, and CAR. (Govt. Philippines, 19 Jul 2015)
In late August, Typhoon Goni killed 27 people in the Philippines, with 24 reported injured. A total of 5,742 houses were damaged in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B and CAR. (Govt. Philippines, 30 Aug 2015)
In October, Typhoon Koppu (locally known as "Lando") made landfall in the northern Philippines, killing 22 and displacing thousands (AFP, 20 Oct 2015) See the separate Typhoon Koppu - Oct 2015 page on related reports.
Two typhoons in the Philippine Sea and a tropical storm near the China coast near Hong Kong and Macau have the region on alert. From left to right: Tropical Storm Linfa is tracking westward parallel to the coast of China, losing steam as the storm interacts with land. Typhoon Chan-hom is over the Ryukyu Trench south of Okinawa on a track heading northwest toward the China coast north of Wenzhou. A sharp northward turn forecast after landfall could take the center of the storm very near Shanghai.