OCHA Flash Update Philippines | Typhoon Koppu - 17 October 2015

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 17 Oct 2015

This is an OCHA Flash Update on Typhoon Koppu.

Typhoon Koppu (locally known as Lando) has intensified as a Category 2 typhoon as of 17 October, 4 p.m. local time, packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kph and gusts of up to 210 kph, as it slowly approaches Aurora province in Central Luzon at 10 kph. The storm is expected to make landfall as a Category 3 typhoon in this mainly farming and mountainous region in the morning of 18 October.

Weather forecasts indicate that the typhoon will linger over Luzon for almost three days as it slowly curves north and moves out to sea through Ilocos Norte province on 20 October. The storm will bring intense to torrential rains within its 650 km diameter with an accumulated rainfall of more than 200 mm in a day, which may trigger flooding, flash floods and landslides. Storm surges of up to 2 m may affect the coastal communities of Aurora.

The authorities pre-positioned rescuers, heavy equipment and relief goods in those areas while calling on residents in coastal and low-lying areas to evacuate to safer grounds. The Philippine Red Cross activated respective chapters for possible response.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council today briefed the members of the Philippine Humanitarian Country Team on the situation, scenario and government’s preparedness measures. They noted that the projected needs are within the government’s capacity to respond at this stage.

The public storm warning signals have been raised over northern and central Luzon, Metro Manila and parts of Region V. Census data shows that about 40 million people live in the typhoon’s projected path, of which 1.5 million are among the most vulnerable who are enrolled in the government’s poverty eradication programme.

The next Flash Update will be issued as soon as more information is available.
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