Tropical Storm Kai-Tak - Dec 2017
A new Tropical Cyclone KAI-TAK (named URDUJA in the Philippines) formed over the south west Pacific Ocean on 13 December and started moving west-northwest toward Eastern Samar province (Eastern Visayas region, Philippines). On 14 December at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 200 km south-east of Borongan city (Eastern Samar province) and it had maximum sustained wind speed of 56 km/h (Tropical Depression). (ECHO, 14 Dec 2017)
On 16 December, Tropical Storm Kai-tak (local name Urduja) made landfall over San Policarpio, Eastern Samar province. As a result of Kai-tak, two months of rain fell in 48 hours, triggering severe flooding. As of 18 December, an estimated 249,000 people in five regions (Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Caraga) are affected, with 92,600 people in evacuation centres. Northern Samar Province, Tacloban and Ormoc cities declared a state of calamity. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) activated the national response clusters to closely monitor the situation and assist local authorities in the affected areas to coordinate the response. There is no request for international assistance.(OCHA, 18 Dec 2017)
According to the NDRRMC, a total of 244,121 families (1,015,817 persons) have been affected in 1,669 barangays. As of 19 December, 19 persons have been injured and two are missing, with multiple reports of flooding and landslides. Around PHP 543 million worth of damages have been sustained on national roads, while agricultural crops have incurred around PHP 3.75 million worth of damages. (NDRRMC, 19 Dec 2017)
As of 18 December 2017, less than half of the evacuation centres are still open. Meanwhile, the Philippines’ weather bureau is currently monitoring another tropical depression outside the south-east of the Philippines. Said depression has been downgraded into a low-pressure area but is still likely to bring more rain to the Kai-tak affected areas. (IFRC, 19 Dec 2017)
As of 20 December 2017, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), more than 280,000 families were affected in Region IV-B (MIMAROPA), Region-V (Bicol Region), Region VI (Western Visayas), Region VII (Central Visayas), Region VIII (Eastern Visayas) and CARAGA. Of the affected, more than 267,000 families were from Region VIII and more than 7,500 from Region V. Moreover, some 11,000 families, mostly from Northern and Western Samar province are still housed in 205 evacuation centres. (IFRC, 22 Dec 2017)
As of 24 December 2017, NDRRMC reported 425,996 families (1,780,163 persons) have been affected in 2,471 barangays in Regions MIMAPOPA, V, VI, VII, VIII, and CARAGA. A total of 45 persons were reported dead. Currently 810 families (3,473 persons) are displaced. (NDRRMC, 24 Dec 2017)
As of 1 Jan 2018, the storm affected over 1,800,000 people in 2,591 barangays. Total of 47 persons were reported dead, and over 30,000 houses were destroyed. (Govt. of Philippines, 1 Jan 2018)
As of 20 Jan 2018, NDRRMC reported 160 people dead and 163 missing. The number of fatalities will likely increase as the public authorities verify the information being received from the affected provinces. In addition to causing the loss of human lives and internal displacement, the tropical storm substantially impacted shelter, livelihoods, WASH and caused damage to critical infrastructure including roads, bridges and power transmission lines. The latest report indicates that more than 6,800 houses in 12 provinces were destroyed. Housing damage was mainly attributed to flash floods, landslides, overflowing rivers and wind damage. (IFRC, 20 Jan 2018)
As of 4 February 2018, a total of 183,436 families (808,342 persons) were displaced. Over 420,000 people were staying inside evacuation centers. More than 35,000 houses were damaged. Eleven persons confirmed dead. (NDRRMC, 4 Feb 2018)
On 12 December 2017, the monitored Low Pressure Area east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has developed into a Tropical Depression and was named “Urduja”. It has intensified into a Tropical Storm as it continued to threaten Samar provinces on 14 December 2017.
Severe Weather Bulletin
Issued at 5PM today, TS "URDUJA" remains quasi-stationary and continue putting Eastern Visayas area in serious danger.
The Tropical Cyclone KAI-TAK (named URDUJA in the Philippines) continues moving west-northwest over the Philippine sea toward Eastern Samar province (Eastern Visayas region, Philippines). On 15 December at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located 250 km east of Borongan city in Eastern Samar province, and had a maximum sustained wind speed of 83 km/h (Tropical Storm).
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has placed its staff, volunteers, and logistics on high alert in the wake of the anticipated impact of Tropical Storm Urduja.
PRC’s Operations Center (OpCen) continuously monitors the path of Urduja and is closely coordinating with the local chapters for possible response and rescue operations.
TROPICAL STORM "URDUJA" INCREASES ITS THREAT IN SAMAR PROVINCES.
Expected to make landfall over Eastern Samar tomorrow morning.
Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 400 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.
Scattered to widespread rains is expected over Visayas and the regions of Bicol, Caraga and Northern Mindanao within 24 hours. Residents in these areas are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
A new Tropical Cyclone KAI-TAK (named URDUJA in the Philippines) formed over the south west Pacific Ocean on 13 December and started moving west-northwest toward Eastern Samar province (Eastern Visayas region, Philippines). On 14 December at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 200 km south-east of Borongan city (Eastern Samar province) and it had maximum sustained wind speed of 56 km/h (Tropical Depression).
Tropical Depression “URDUJA” has slightly changed its course as it continues to move closer to Sorsogon – Northern Samar area.
Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 350 km diameter of the Tropical Depression.
Scattered to widespead rains is expected over Visayas and Bicol Region.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
12 December 2017
At 5:00 PM, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility) developed into a tropical depression and was named "URDUJA". It has a maximum sustained winds of up to 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kph as it moves in a north northwest direction at 6 kph.
At 10:00 PM, the center of Tropical Depression (TD) "URDUJA" was estimated as 415 km East Northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
13 December 2017