Typhoon Phanfone - Dec 2019Ongoing
According to the Philippines Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Typhoon Phanfone (known locally as Typhoon Ursula) made landfall at 4:45 PM (local time) on Tuesday, 24 December 2019, in Salcedo, Eastern Samar. PAGASA1 reports that Phanfone made landfall with maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gustiness of up to 150 km/h ... Strong winds, and storm surges are expected, and rainfall can cause flooding and trigger landslides, resulting in casualties, as well as damages to crops livelihoods, livestock, infrastructure and housing. There are reports of rough sea conditions along the eastern seaboards of the Philippines. Seas will also be rough in the inland waters of Southern Luzon and the Visayas and in the western seaboards of Southern Luzon on Wednesday afternoon. (IFRC, 24 Dec 2019)
There are two dead and four missing in Eastern Samar (15 reported by local media). On 26 December, the typhoon is located at 215 km west-northwest of Coron, Palawan. Phanfone is forecast to remain within the Philippine area by 27 December and be out by 28 December in the morning. The rain continues. (ECHO, 26 Dec 2019)
A total of 28 dead, 2 injured and 12 missing is reported (NDRRMC). During the onslaught of the typhoon a total of 147 cities / municipalities experienced a power outage (31 restored), five government facilities damaged and eight areas reported flooded in three municipalities. Biliran PLGU to declare the entire province of Biliran under the state of calamity. Initial reports at Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) reports 1,050 families served in evacuation centres. (ECHO, 27 Dec 2019)
According to government reports, Typhoon Phanfone (locally known as Ursula) displaced 174,000 people and has affected 1.9 million people in over 2,300 barangays (villages). Over 65 per cent of the displaced took shelter in 602 evacuation centres, with more than 63,000 people staying with host families or in open areas. The heavy rains and high winds brought by Phanfone have damaged an estimated 378,000 houses, 400 schools, 100 public structures, and 32 health facilities. Government agencies are coordinating the response, distributing pre-positioned food, shelter kits, and relief assistance in affected regions. Priority needs are food, potable water, and shelter assistance to rebuild damaged houses. (OCHA, 30 Dec 2019)
As of 2 January 2020, the government reported 50 dead, 362 injured and 5 missing people in Regions Mimaropa, VI, VII, and VIII. A total of 2,431,821 people were affected in 2,702 barangays, of which 77,989 people are taking temporary shelter in 548 evacuation centers (ECs), while 55,918 people are served outside ECs. (Govt. of the Philippines, 2 Jan 2020)
As of 3 January, over 133,000 people are displaced, of whom 77,800 are taking shelter in 547 evacuation centres and over 55,000 staying with host families or open spaces. The number of displaced is lower than previously reported (145,000 people as of 31 December) as people are gradually returning home to repair their homes and recover from the effects of the typhoon. While classes are scheduled to resume on 6 January after the holiday break, over 440 schools have sustained damage in regions V, VI, VIII, MIMAROPA and CALABARZON, according to the latest National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reports. Learning materials and school equipment that were washed away, and damage to roofing and electrical wiring in classrooms were due to the heavy to sometimes intense rains, strong winds, and storm surges which brought up to waist-deep flooding in some affected regions. (OCHA, 3 Jan 2020)
As of 5 January, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported 2,825,279 people are affected in 2,923 barangays. There are 71,675 people taking temporary shelter in 526 evacuation centers in Regions VI and VIII, and 56,577 people are currently staying with their relatives and/or friends. (Govt. of the Philippines, 5 Jan 2020)
A week onwards, and the figures continue to rise. Over 3,271,500 people have been affected by Typhoon Phanfone, across more than 3,060 barangays. Approximately 2,760 people are currently taking shelter in 85 evacuation centers in the region. It is estimated that around 34,165 people are staying with relatives and/or friends. Almost 507,000 houses were damaged in the storms. (Govt. of the Philippines, 12 Jan 2020).
Almost 3,299,000 people have been affected by Typhoon Phanfone across almost 3080 barangays, as of 18 January 2020. However, the number of people taking shelter in temporary evacuation centres has declined, with around 1,240 currently staying in approximately 25 of these centres. It is estimated that there are still around 31,700 people staying with family and friends as a result of the Typhoon. The number of damaged houses continues to rise, with 516,885 recorded as having suffered damage in the storms. (Govt. fo the Philippines, 18 Jan 2020).
Most read reports
- OCHA: Philippines: Situation Report, 24 Jan 2020. 24 Jan 2020
- Govt. Philippines: SSS opens calamity assistance package. 22 Jan 2020
- IMC: Philippines Situation Report #2 - January 22, 2020. 22 Jan 2020
- OCHA: Flash Update No. 1 - Philippines: Typhoon Phanfone (Ursula), As of 27 December 2019. 27 Dec 2019
- OCHA: Philippines: Situation Report, 10 Jan 2020. 13 Jan 2020
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
On 27 December 2019, 3:00 AM, the eye of Typhoon "URSULA" was located based on all available data at 335 km West of Subic, Zambales (14.5 °N, 117.2 °E), with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 150 km/h. It is moving Northwest at 10 km/h. Tail-end of a Cold Front affecting Northern Luzon.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
On 27 December 2019, 4:00 PM, the center of Severe Tropical Storm "URSULA" was estimated based on all available data at 430 km West of Subic, Zambales (14.8 °N, 116.3 °E), with maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 125 km/h. It is moving West Southwest at 15 km/h.
"URSULA" WEAKENS INTO A SEVERE TROPICAL STORM.
Reacting to Typhoon Phanfone, Lot Felizco, Country Director of Oxfam Philippines said:
“Oxfam is deeply concerned by the devastating impacts of Typhoon Phanfone. Many of the communities affected are still struggling to get back on their feet in the wake of Typhoon Kammuri which hit earlier this month.
“Oxfam and our partners are committed to working closely with the Philippine government and other humanitarian agencies to help survivors. We will prioritize the needs of women and girls throughout our emergency assessment and response.”
- Tropical Cyclone Phanfone swept through the Eastern and Central Visayas regions over the Christmas holidays, leaving several towns flooded and houses damaged, and has maintained its strength while traversing the northern tip of Aklan and Antique provinces in Western Visayas. Flooding is severe in Capiz and other places in Panay island, as reported by DG ECHO partners. The typhoon made seven landfalls in Visayas and Southern Luzon provinces.
- There are two dead and four missing in Eastern Samar (15 reported by local media).
• Typhoon PHANFONE (locally named URSULA) slightly weakened as it moves westnorthwestward over the West Philippine Sea. At 09:00 (UTC+7) today, the eye of Typhoon PHANFONE was located based on all available data at 235 km Northwest of Coron,
Palawan (13.2 °N, 118.4 °E). Currently, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal is now lifted for Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, the rest of Occidental Mindoro, and the rest of extreme northern Palawan.
TACLOBAN CITY, Dec 25 (PIA) - Typhoon Phanfone known locally as Typhoon Ursula left two casualties in Eastern Samar, Governor Ben Evardone disclosed.
Evardone said that of the two casualties, only one has been identified. He is Carlos Yu Beltran, 70 years old, from Barangay 3, Balangkayan town, who was drowned when his house was swept away by storm surge.
The other fatality who is from Guiuan is still unidentified, according to Guiuan DRRMO and PNP, the Governor added.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
"URSULA" SLIGHTLY SLOWS DOWN AND IS NOW OVER THE WEST PHILIPPINE SEA.
On 26 December 2019, 4:00 AM, the eye of Typhoon "URSULA" was located based on all available data including Busuanga Doppler Radar at 155 km Northwest of Coron, Palawan (12.9°N, 119.1°E) with maximum sustained winds of up to 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph and moving West Northwest at 15 kph.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
"URSULA" MAINTAINS ITS STRENGTH AS IT CONTINUES TO MOVE WEST-NORTHWESTWARD.
On 26 December 2019, 4:00 PM, the eyes of Typhoon "URSULA" was located based on all available data at 300 km Northwest of Coron, Palawan or 295 km West Southwest of Subic, Zambales (13.5°N, 117.9°E) with maximum sustained winds of up to 120 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 150 km/h. It is moving West Northwest at 15 km/h.
“URSULA” SLIGHTLY SLOWS DOWN AND IS NOW OVER THE WEST PHILIPPINE SEA.
- Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal is now lifted for the northwestern portions of Aklan and Antique, western portion of Romblon, Marinduque, southwestern portion of Quezon, Laguna, and some portions of extreme northern Palawan including Cuyo Islands.
Heavy Rainfall Outlook
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
"URSULA" MAINTAINS ITS STRENGTH AND IS NOW OFF THE COAST OF MAGSAYSAY, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO.
On 25 December 2019, 4:00 PM, the eye of Typhoon "URSULA" was located based on all available data including Busuanga Doppler Rader at 15 km South Southwest of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro (12.3°N, 121.0 °E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph and moving West Northwest at 20 kph
Tropical Cyclone Phanfone has brought destructive winds and intense rainfall over southern Masbate, Capiz, norttheasten Iloilo, Romblon, Aklan and northern Antique.
More than 21,000 ferry passengers have been stranded at ports as shipping shut down and suspended dozens of domestic flights. Residents, including those in Manila, are advised to stay indoors on Christmas Day to avoid the high winds which can cause damage to weaker structures.Evacuations were underway in the central city of Tacloban and nearby Samar.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
25 December 2019
"URSULA" SLIGHTLY INTENSIFIES AND IS NOW OVER THE JINTOTOLO CHANNEL NORTH OF ILOILO.
On 4:00 AM, 25 December 2019, the eye of Typhoon "URSULA" was located based on all available data including Iloilo Doppler Radar at 40 km East Northeast of Roxas City, Capiz (11.7°N, 123.1 °E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph and moving West Northwest at 25 kph
• Tropical Depression 30W, which formed in the Northwest Pacific Ocean on 21 December 2019, developed into a Tropical Storm as it entered the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 23 December 2019. It further intensified into a Category 1 Typhoon named PHANFONE (locally named URSULA) and currently traversing almost along the same path of Typhoon HAIYAN (YOLANDA) in November 2013.
"URSULA" maintains its strength as it moves towards southern portion of Mindoro Provinces.
According to the Philippines Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Typhoon Phanfone (known locally as Typhoon Ursula) made landfall at 4:45 PM (local time) on Tuesday, 24 December 2019, in Salcedo, Eastern Samar.
PAGASA1 reports that Phanfone made landfall with maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gustiness of up to 150 km/h.
Tropical storm Phanfone is forecast to hit central Philippines on Tuesday, 24 December. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center expects that Phanfone will move west-northwest toward and through the central Philippine archipelago and the Visayas and Mindanao regions on 24-25 December.
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have canceled some domestic flights and the coast guard banned sea travel in some affected areas.
By Leonilo D. Lopido
Published on December 24, 2019
TACLOBAN City, Dec. 23 (PIA) – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) in Eastern Visayas has conducted another meeting this afternoon at the Office of Civil Defense 8 to ensure that preparedness measures are in place as Tropical Storm Ursula enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility.