Philipines – Tropical Storm Tembin (DG ECHO, IFRC, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 24 December 2017)
Tropical Storm Tembin crossed the Sulu Sea in the morning of 23 December, having passed across the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, the second largest of the country. After crossing southern parts of Palawan on 23 December, Tembin, named Vinta in the Phillipines is currently over the South China Sea and is expected to strengthen in the next 24 hours, possibly becoming briefly a typhoon.
The storm triggered mudslides and flooding causing more than 200 fatalities according to local media. 172 people are reported missing as well. According to International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), 70 000 people have been displaced. The most affected areas are in three of the regions in Mindanao. Northern Mindanao is the most affected with the massive flooding in Lanao Del Norte and in Cagayan De Oro City.
DG ECHO is planning an assessment mission with two Technical Experts to Mindanao on 25 December. The ERCC is closely monitoring the situation.