On 16 December 2017, Typhoon Urduja, which landed on Samal, in the center of the Philippines, caused extensive damage to the area. According to the local coverage on 19 December, 41 deaths were reported. NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) said over 1,000,000 people have been affected by the disaster, and 100,000 were forced to evacuate. Also, more than 300 districts were said to be flooded with which most of them are still being submerged. Accordingly, this led the power and water supplies to get suspended in some locations.
Although Typhoon Urduja passed to the west of the Philippines after weakening, another newly developed low pressure may follow the similar course with the typhoon in the coming weekend. It is concerned that it could cause further damage to the region.
AMDA has already dispatched a staff to the Philippines on the morning of 20 December, to collect local updates and to work with local partners for possible relief work. In light of the current state, AMDA will dispatch the second batch of relief personnel on 22 December.