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AHA Centre Flash Update #3 - Tropical Cyclone Nock-ten (Nina), 27 December 2016

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Since 25 December 2016, Tropical Cyclone NOCK-TEN or local name Nina made 8 landfalls over the Philippines brining strong wind and heavy rain. As of today, TC NOCK-TEN maintained its strengths with 120 kph maximum sustained winds and moving westward with speed of 17 kph crossing the West Philippines Sea. PAGASA forecasted that TC NOCK-TEN will exit the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday 27 December at around 11.00 AM local time. As of today, Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals in all areas have been lifted.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) situation report No. 6 issued this morning 08.00 AM local time, a total of 87,059 families/429,485 people were pre-emptively evacuated in Regions Calabarzon, Mimaropa, V and VIII where 25,959 families/111,634 persons are affected. Two flooding incidents and one maritime incident in Calabarzon and Mimmaropa are observed. A total of 13 road sections and 3 bridges are not passable due to fallen trees and debris in Region II, Mimmaropa, V and VIII. Tropical Cyclone NOCK-TEN also causing power interruption/outage in 114 areas in regions Calabarzon, Mimmaropa and V.

The National Response Cluster conducted regular meeting to coordinate the response effort. In addition to the provision of relief assistance funds, the government also transporting food and non-food items by land to Laguna and Batangas and by air to Catanduanes. To establish communication with the affected areas, emergency telecommunication equipment has been installed in the affected regions. The Rapid Damage Assessment and Need Analysis (RDANA) teams are deployed to the affected areas to provide gather more impact information. Debris clearing operations have also been started.

One in-country ASEAN-ERAT Member is deployed to NDRRMC Operation Centre for coordination purposes. The government of the Philippines through NDRRMC is on top of the situation and leading the response efforts. There is no request for International Assistance being made at the current situation.