Although overall access has improved, no overall needs assessment is available at this stage. The island-province of Catanduanes has been reached, allowing government officials to visit one of the most affected areas. In the mainland Bicol (Albay and Camarines Sur) movement is still very difficult as most of the roads have not been cleared yet.
Local chapters of the Philippine Red Cross are undertaking assessments of the affected areas, which should shortly provide a better picture of needs.
According to the latest National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) update, 602 770 persons are affected in 785 barangays in the regions of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, V and VIII. In those regions 485 789 persons had been pre-emptively evacuated.