OCHA Flash Update No. 2 Philippines | Tropical Storm Haiyan 6 November 2013

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 06 Nov 2013

Please click here for the typhoon's projected track.

Tropical Storm Haiyan further gained strength and is now classified as a Category 4 typhoon as it moves towards the Philippines. As of 4:00 PM on 6 November, Typhoon Haiyan was located 1,221 kilometres east of Mindanao with maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometres per hour (kph) and with gusts of up to 210 kph according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). It is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility in the early morning of 7 November and projected to make landfall over the provinces of Samar and Leyte by noon on 8 November. Haiyan may have maximum sustained winds of up to 200 kph by the time it makes landfall. The typhoon continues to move across the western Pacific Ocean towards the Philippines at a speed of 30 kph.

Various weather forecast models have compared Haiyan to Category 5 Typhoon Mike (locally known as Ruping) which hit the Philippines in November 1990. Ruping left 508 people dead, 222,026 houses totally destroyed and 630,885 houses partially damaged. More recently, Typhoon Bopha which struck in December 2012 damaged more than 216,000 houses.

On 6 November, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) met to take stock of the government’s emergency response capacity. Government line agencies are on high alert as they continue to pre-position personnel, equipment and relief supplies. Local government units have been advised to take preparedness measures including pre-emptive evacuations of residents in coastal areas and those near waterways. A standby assessment team of the Philippine Red Cross will be deployed to Cebu on 7 November.

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim has offered to provide technical support in joint rapid needs assessment to the Executive Director of the NDRRMC which was welcomed. A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team is being deployed in close coordination with the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management to enhance the capacity of the Humanitarian Country Team to support the Government.

The next Flash Update or Situation Report will be issued around 7 November.

For further information, please contact:
David Carden, Head of Office, OCHA Philippines
Email: carden@un.org
Tel: +63 2 901 0265, Mobile: +63 917 513 9924

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