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Media Advisory – Philippines, Typhoon Nock-Ten

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Tropical Storm Nock-Ten (locally known as Nina) has now intensified into a Category 4 Typhoon and there are concerns that the Typhoon could have widespread humanitarian impacts when it makes landfall in the Philippines tomorrow, December 25th. The typhoon is expected to maintain its strength for the next 10 hours before weakening to a Category 2-3 storm as it makes landfall over Catanduanes. It will then track in a northwesterly direction bringing heavy rains over the next two days within its 500 km diameter. There is a high risk of flooding for low-lying areas in the Bicol region, Southern Luzon, Central Luzon and Metro Manila.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has activated its chapters in areas that lie in the storm’s path. Teams in the Red Cross national headquarters in Manila are now on high alert and prepared for a potential response. Trained, experienced and equipped staff and volunteers are on standby for immediate deployment should the need arise. Evacuations are underway of people living in low-lying coastal areas, including thousands of people whose travel plans back to their provinces during the festive period, have been disrupted.

The Philippine Red Cross has significant quantities of disaster preparedness stocks pre-positioned in its main warehouses located in Cebu, Mandaluyong City, Manila and Subic Bay, in addition to assorted relief items that are stocked by several of its Chapters. Staff and volunteers are on standby to support relief efforts for evacuees and rescue operations should the flooding be severe. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Country Office for Philippines has technical specialists in logistics, communications and relief on standby, who can be mobilized to augment the National Society’s response.

For interviews and further information contact:

In Philippines:

· Mary Joy Evalarosa, Communications Officer, IFRC Philippine Country Office

Phone: +63 (0) 998 960 6291; Email: maryjoy.evalarosa@ifrc.org

Principal Spokespeople

· Richard Gordon, Chairman, Philippine Red Cross

Phone: +63 (0) 917 899 7898; Email: chairman@redcross.org.ph

Patrick Elliott, Operations Manager, IFRC

Phone: +63(0) 980 9612140

In Kuala Lumpur:

· Patrick Fuller, Communications Manager, Asia Pacific

Phone: +60122308451; Email: patrick.fuller@ifrc.org

For updates on Twitter follow @IFRCAsiaPacific @Philredcross