Tropical Cyclone Tembin - Dec 2017

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On 20 Dec 2017, Tropical Depression "Vinta" (local name) has intensified into a tropical storm as it continues to track westward with maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kph. Scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains is expected over Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Davao Region within 24 hours. The storm is expected to make landfall over Caraga - Davao Region area between Thursday (December 21) evening and Friday (December 22) morning. (Govt. of Philippines, 21 Dec 2017)

Tropical Storm Tembin crossed the Sulu Sea in the morning of 23 December, having passed across the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. The storm triggered mudslides and flooding causing more than 200 fatalities according to local media. 172 people are reported missing as well. According to International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), 70 000 people have been displaced. The most affected areas are in three of the regions in Mindanao. Northern Mindanao is the most affected with the massive flooding in Lanao Del Norte and in Cagayan De Oro City. (ECHO, 24 Dec 2017)

Several provinces in the island of Mindanao, Philippines, are reeling from the effects of Tropical Storm Tembin (local name: Vinta), which made landfall on Friday 22 December and exited Philippine landmass on Saturday 23 December 2017. The tropical storm has left a trail of destruction, including killing more than 170 people, displacing thousands, damaging houses and livelihoods, and disrupting normal lives of people mainly in northern and central parts of Mindanao. According to the seventh Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) report issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the storm has affected at least 313,498 people in 998 barangays in regions MMAROPA, VII, IX, X, XI, XII, ARMM and CARAGA. (IFRC, 25 Dec 2017)

As of 27 December 2017, almost 112,000 people from regions MIMAROPA, IX, X, XI, XII, CARAGA and ARMM​ have been registered as IDPs staying in 231 evacuation centers. A further 30,000 people from regions IX, X, XI, and XII are known to be staying with family and friends. (Govt. of Philippines, 27 Dec 2017

As of 28 December, in total, 138,745 people are displaced, 112,553 of whom are staying in 204 evacuation centres. The remaining 26,192 displaced are hosted by friends and family. The regions hosting the highest number of displaced in evacuation centres are Region IX (17,367), Region X (29,776 including 18,460 in Lanao del Norte) and Region XI (51,415). In ARMM, 8,500 displaced people are currently staying in evacuation centres, including 1,025 in Lanao del Sur. About 66% of the displaced staying with family and friends (17,295) are located in Region XII (DSWD 28/12/2017).) (ACAPS, 28 Dec 2017)

According to DSWD, a total of 168,081 families (794,613 persons) 1,151 barangays were affected by the storm as of 1 Jan 2018. Currently 17,318 families (84,766 persons) are staying in 92 evacuation centers while 5,584 families (27,369 persons) are staying with family / friends. Over 3,500 houses are totally damaged. (Govt. of Philippines, 1 Jan 2018)

As of 2 January, 2018, over 77,000 people are staying in 72 evacuation centres in affected areas, while over 27,000 people are being hosted by friends and relatives. The NDRRMC has reported the deaths of the deaths of 165 persons, with the numbers expected to rise as search and rescue teams attempt to locate 163 missing persons believed to be buried in mud or swept away by flood waters (OCHA, 4 Jan 2018)

Most recent reports indicate that Tembin damaged 6,850 houses in 12 provinces, of which more than half were totally destroyed. As of 6 January 2018, 75,880 people remain inside 53 centres. Furthermore, conflict affected communities, IDPs and returnees to Marawi City, Lanao del Sur were also affected and remain vulnerable. (IFRC, 20 Jan 2018)

As of 11 February 2018, at least 30,000 people were displaced. Over 7,500 are staying in 22 evacuation centers. A total of 44 people were confirmed dead. More than 4,000 houses were totally damaged. (Govt. of Philippines, 11 Feb 2018)

As of 23 February 2018, over 29,000 people were still displaced. Twenty evacuation centers in Regions MIMAROPA, X, and ARMM remains open to serve at least 7,300 people. (Govt. of Philippines, 23 Feb 2018)

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