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OCHA Flash Update Philippines | Typhoon Hagupit (4 December 2014)

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This is an OCHA Flash Update on Typhoon Hagupit.

Category 3 Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) further intensified as it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility around 3:30 a.m. (Manila time) on 4 December according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). As of 10:00 a.m., Hagupit was 860 km east of Surigao City in Surigao del Norte province with maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h and gusts of up to 230 km/h and continued to move west-northwest at 20 km/h. Hagupit is projected to be 30 km northeast of Borongan City in Eastern Samar province (Region VIII, Eastern Visayas) in the morning of 6 December and make landfall on Samar Island by noon. Other forecast models, however, indicate that the typhoon’s track remains unpredictable

On 3 December, the Government’s emergency response clusters were convened in preparation for the typhoon. Government line agencies continue to pre-position goods and personnel in possible affected areas in central Philippines. A Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination Centre will also be established and co-located in the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council's (NDRRMC) operation centre to support logistics operations. Pre-emptive evacuation of people along coastal areas is a priority according to government officials. In Region VIII (areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan), humanitarian partners are supporting local authorities in mapping evacuation centres and movement of Typhoon Haiyan-affected people still living in tents.

The Humanitarian Country Team’s (HCT) Emergency Response Preparedness Working Group also met for initial response planning including the potential conduct of joint rapid needs assessment with the Government. A meeting between the NDRRMC, the HCT and private sector representatives will be held in the afternoon to discuss the National Disaster Response Plan and preparedness measures for Typhoon Hagupit.

The next Flash Update or Situation Report will be issued on 5 December.

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