Philippines - Tropical Depressions, Typhoons, Floods and Landslides OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2000/0129
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Philippines - Tropical Depressions, Typhoons, Floods and Landslides
11 July 2000


The Philippines experienced an accumulation of disasters from the 4 to the 10 July 2000.

In conjunction with yearly southwest monsoon, two tropical depressions "Ditang" and "Edeng" associated with the typhoons Kirogi and Kai-tak dumped heavy rains over the Regions of Ilocos, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Western Visaya, the National Capital Region and over Carlatan since 4 July 2000. Heavy rains led to floods of wide areas and to several landslides.

On 10 July about 70 to 100 houses were buried beneath garbage at the Payatas Dump Site in Quezon City, Metro Manila. Continuous rains had caused the loosening of the soil foundation of the dumping site, consequently eroding the pile of garbage. Moreover, a live electric cable that dropped to ground had ignited the garbage pile and caused a major fire at the site.


According to the final bulletin issued by the Philippine National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) on 10 July 2000, 42 persons have been killed, 11 persons have been injured and 13 persons are missing, not including the collapse of the dumping site. According to the media, 77 people were killed by the collapse of the garbage pile.

Affected population

In all, almost 64,000 families have been affected (NDCC).

11,310 families, respectively 54,308 persons have been evacuated to 219 evacuation centres (NDCC).

Extent of destruction

1,682 houses have been destroyed and 6,587 houses have been damaged (NDCC).

Several dykes in Pangasinan and Pampanga provinces in Luzon are breached or washed out (NDCC).

Various roads leading to the Region of Ilocos and to the Carlatan are not passable (NDCC).

Almost all dams and reservoirs have reached their maximum spill levels (NDCC).

Damage to the infrastructure amounts to PHP 74 mio (approx. USD 1.7 mio) (NDCC).

Agriculture and livestock loss amounts to PHP 130 mio (approx. USD 2.9 mio) (NDCC).

National response

After the collapse of the garbage pile search and rescue operations were conducted by Government agencies composed of the Quezon City Disaster Coordinating Council, NDCC, Armed Forces of the Philippines and others.

For other relief operations, Government agencies, including the Armed Forces, have dispatched trucks, rubber boats and amphibian trucks.

In the National Capital Region, the Office of Civil Defense and the Office of the President have distributed food and assorted relief goods.

In Northern Luzon, the Department of Health and the Philippine National Red Cross have distributed medicines, relief packs, blankets and clothes.

219 evacuation centres have reportedly been established (NDCC).

International response

No request for international assistance has been received by OCHA to date.

OCHA is in close contact with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Manila and will revert with further information if the situation warrants it.

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