Philippines: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0220
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Philippines - Floods

1. The United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office in Manila reports that extensive monsoon rains caused river swelling and landslides in the Regions IV and V. According to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC/, the continuous heavy rains induced by northeast monsoon affected the provinces of Quezon and Oriental Mindoro (Region IV), Camarines Norte, Catanduanes and Albay (Region V) since 5 December 2005.

2. A total of 42,843 families (192,946 persons) have been affected by the flooding. As of 9 December, 1,399 families (6,995 persons) are still staying in eight evacuation centers of Calapan in Oriental Mindoro. Four persons were reported to have lost lives in Quezon Province due to landslides.

3. Initial assessments of damage to agriculture in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro is estimated at PHP 28 million (approximately USD 514,706). Twenty-nine (29) houses were totally destroyed in Naujan, Mindoro Oriental and Mauban, Quezon. Another 47 have been partially damaged in Mauban, Quezon.

National Response

4. The Government has not requested international assistance to date.

5. The NDCC Operations Center coordinated with the Air Force for the availability of aircrafts from SOLCOM (Southern Luzon Command) to conduct aerial survey/damage assessment in the affected areas of Oriental Mindoro. Travel from Calapan to Southern Mindoro has been temporarily suspended. The NDCC facilitated the release of 500 sacks of rice to Oriental Mindoro (300) and Calapan City (200).

6. The Air Force dispatched four choppers and three rubber boats to conduct aerial survey and rescue operations in the affected areas in Oriental Mindoro.

7. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical and Services Administration (PAGASA) issued Gale Warning on 5 December, regarding a surge of strong winds associated with the northeast monsoon to affect the northern, eastern and western seaboards of Luzon, advisory on the occurrence of flashfloods and landslides, and general flood advisory for Southern Tagalog Region and Eastern Samar.

8. The Department of Health (DOH) provided seven boxes of assorted medicines in Oriental Mindoro. The Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Philippine National Red Cross provided assorted relief goods (food and non-food items) to the affected areas. The Department of Public Works and Highways provided equipment for clearing operations on areas affected by landslide.

9. As of 9 December, the relief assistance consisting of rice, noodles, canned goods, medicines, and other non-food items extended to the floods and landslides victims in Oriental Mindoro and Quezon Provinces amounts to PHP 3,395,616 (approximately USD 62,305).

10. OCHA is in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Office, and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

11. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

MAP: Philippines: Floods - Situation map

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