As of 26 December (5 p.m., Manila time), Typhoon Nock-Ten (locally known as Nina) was located 95 km southwest of Subic in Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h and gusts up to 180 km/h, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the country's weather bureau. It is moving west northwest at 20 km/h.
Typhoon Nock-Ten entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 23 December. It intensified into a typhoon on 24 December and made landfall over Catanduanes province on the evening of 25 December, then crossed Albay, Camarines Sur, Southern Quezon, Laguna, Batangas and Cavite. The typhoon continues to weaken and is expected to exit landmass by 26 December and exit PAR by morning of 28 December.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) estimated more than 4 million people could be affected by Typhoon Nock-Ten across National Capital Region, Regions 3, 4A, 4B and 5, with an estimated 95,000 affected people likely to need assistance.
Government response and humanitarian coordination
In the days leading up to the storm’s arrival, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (NDRRMC) hosted daily Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment meetings. The Government’s Response Cluster was activated on 25 December and has been meeting daily. Following established protocols, local government authorities in the regions of CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V and VIII pre-emptively evacuated 77,560 families (over 380,000 persons).
The extent of damage and humanitarian needs, particularly in Catanduanes, where the impact is believed to be greatest, is not yet clear as mobile communication there is still limited. The island province remains isolated as sea travel is still suspended. However, the airport in the town of Virac is operational and able to accommodate C130 flights, according to the Philippine Air Force. The governor of Catanduanes has requested NDRRMC to prioritize Catanduanes for sorties transporting relief supplies. To address the needs there and elsewhere in affected parts of Bicol, NDRRMC will organize several sorties with relief supplies from Mactan, Cebu, over the days ahead.
NDRRMC is also readying a rapid response team from Manila to support the Region V Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA). The Region V government authorities are conducting joint damage assessments in Camarines Sur. The observations from an ocular assessment of Catanduanes via helicopter by the Region V Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is awaited. It has indicated there are no need for assessments in Camarines Norte, Albay, Sorsogon or Masbate.
There will be a meeting of the Humanitarian Country Team’s Emergency Response Preparedness Working Group in the afternoon of 27 December to discuss assessment needs and plans.
The next Flash Update will be issued as soon as more information is available.
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