Typhoon Surigae - Apr 2021

Status
Ongoing
Glide
TC-2021-000040-PLW

Disaster description

As of 1600 HRS 20 Apr 2021, Typhoon Surigae (local name: Bising), continues to maintain its strength as it moves slowly North-Northwestward East of Aurora Province, Philippines. At 1600 HRS today, the centre of the eye was located based on all available data at 475 km East of Baler, Aurora (16.0 °N, 126.0 °E ). Maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the centre and gustiness of up to 215 km/h. The typhoon is seen to move generally northward or north northwestward until Thursday (22 April) morning or afternoon. Afterwards, the typhoon will move northeastward away from the landmass of Luzon until Friday (23 April) and east northeastward throughout the remaining forecast period. The typhoon is projected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Sunday (25 April) morning. Hazards: Heavy rainfall that may possibly cause flooding and rain-induced landslides especially in the susceptible areas, severe winds (destructive up to 110 km from the center), and very rough coastal waters (at most 10m) (source: PAGASA). (ASEAN, 20 Apr 2021)

Typhoon Surigae passed near the eastern seaboard of the Philippines and rapidly intensified from Category 2 to Category 5 in less than 36 hours. Local officials preemptively evacuated about 68,400 residents in the provinces of Catanduanes and Albay, both of which were heavily affected by Super Typhoon Goni in October 2020. Typhoon Surigae was last estimated at 475 km east of Infanta, Quezon with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h and gustiness of up to 215 km/h. Surigae is not expected to make landfall as it continues to move northward, but strong winds and heavy rainfall over Eastern Visayas and Bicol regions are forecast until 20 April. (OCHA, 20 Apr 2021)

Tropical Cyclone Surigae continued north-northwest and on 21 April at 0.00 UTC its centre was located approximately 295 km east of Palanan Municipality (Isabela Province, northeastern Luzon), with maximum sustained wind of 222 km/h. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), following the passage of Surigae close to the eastern coast of the Philippines, three people have died, one is still missing and 10 have been injured across the regions of Bicol, Davao, Eastern and Central Visayas. More than 37,000 people have been displaced, of which 15,813 have been sheltered in 236 evacuation centres and almost 230,000 have been affected. Surigae is forecast to continue north-northwest on 21 April and to change direction northeastward over the central Philippine Sea on 22 April. A Typhoon signal 1 is in effect for central and north-eastern Luzon, and flood advisories have been issued for the Regions of Bicol and Eastern Visayas. (ECHO, 21 Apr 2021)

The passage of Tropical Cyclone Surigae over the Philippine Sea continues to affect the eastern coast of central and northern Philippines, resulting in four fatalities and 13 injured people, as reported by national authorities on 22 April. More than 235,750 people have been affected across Cagayan Valley, Bicol, Eastern Visayas and Caraga Regions. Approximately 18,600 persons have been displaced to 252 evacuation centers and additional 24,470 individuals have sought private shelter. Damage has been reported to 1,020 houses, six road sections and one bridge. (ECHO, 22 Apr 2021)

Tropical Cyclone Surigae is now moving eastwards over the Philippine Sea and on 23 April at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 360 km south-east of Miyako Islands (Okinawa Prefecture), with maximum sustained winds of 148 km/h. Surigae is forecast to move eastwards over the Pacific Ocean, dissipating on 26 April. Red warnings for high waves have been issued for Okinawa Islands, from Miyako to Yoronjima. In the next 24 hours, high waves could still affect northern Luzon (northern Philippines). On 23-24 April, moderate to locally heavy rain is forecast for Okinawa Islands and light to moderate rain with thunderstorms is forecast for northern Luzon, Batanes and Babuyan Islands (northern Philippines). (ECHO, 23 Apr 2021)

As of 25 April, Tropical Cyclone Surigae (locally known as “BISING”) weakens into a Tropical Storm. At 4:00 PM, the center of TS “BISING” was estimated based on all available data at 1,080 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon. At 11:00 PM, it further weakened as it continued to approach the northeastern Limit of the Philippine Area of Responsibility. A total of 98,546 families or 401,867 persons were affected in 1,134 barangays in Regions Il, V, Vill, and CARAGA. All evacuees had returned home. A total of 4 dead and 13 injured persons were reported in Regions V, VII, VIII, XI. (Govt. of the Philippines, 25 Apr 2021)

Tropical Disturbance (Invest 94W) centered southeast of Yap and Palau on 13 April, upgraded to a severe Tropical Storm 02W (Typhoon Surigae) on the 14 April, and upgraded into Typhoon Surigae on the 16 April until 17 April. Typhoon Surigae passed over the north of Palau closest to Kayangel state with up to 136 kilometers per hour sustained wind speeds, causing heavy rainfall and swells, power outages, disrupted communication services, water cuts and road blockages from fallen debris, and landslides. All 16 states across the main island and the 5 outer islands have been affected. It is estimated 1,500 homes have been damaged and 150 destroyed along with valuable belongings and farming investments. Around 301 people evacuated to 20 safe shelters, with no lives lost. The National Emergency Committee (NEC) estimates damage at USD 4.8 million across sectors (health, infrastructure, education, food security, community/residential dwellings, communications and utilities. The full extent of the level of damage in all 16 states is yet to be known however clean-up efforts have begun and are being locally managed at village and state level. (IFRC, 26 Apr 2021)

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