Philippines - Tropical Storm Linfa OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 30 May 2003
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2003/0086
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Philippines - Tropical Storm Linfa
30 May 2003

This report is based on information received from the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines, the National Disaster Coordination Council, and media reports.

I. SITUATION

1. Tropical storm Linfa (Chedeng) hit the island of Luzon in the northern Philippines on Tuesday 27 May 2003, causing landslides, flash floods and widespread flooding in five regions (I, III, IV, VI, and CAR), affecting in particular the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, Romblon, Occ. Mindoro, Iloilo, and Benguet, as well as Valenzuela City. The tropical storm is now heading towards Southern Japan, but the Government has advised people living near mountains and in low-lying areas to remain on alert to landslides and flash floods.

2. According to information provided by the National Disaster Coordination Council (NDCC) today, the death toll has risen to 37 and the number of people injured to 16, with one person still missing. Press reports indicated earlier in the week that more than 8,000 people had been displaced by the floods, but according to the NDCC, 3,704 thousand people are still sheltered in 31 Evacuation Centres. A total of 178 houses have been destroyed and 2,040 partially damaged. Many roads are still impassable.

3. The NDCC estimates damage to infrastructure at 50.03 million pesos (USD 956,597) and to livestock and agriculture at 66.7 million pesos (USD 1,275,334).

II. NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

4. President Macapagal Arroyo visited the town of Urdaneta, one of the worst hit areas, on 29 May.

5. The NDCC has provided 10 million pesos (USD 191,205) and 800 sacks of rice for relief efforts.

6. The Regional Health Office of Region I has allocated assorted medicines worth 602,087 pesos (USD 11,512) to the provinces of Pangasinan and La Union, and the cities of Dagupan and Urdaneta.

7. OCHA is in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Manila, and will revert with further information, as appropriate.

8. OCHA is prepared to serve as channel for cash contributions to be used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination/consultation with relevant organizations in the United Nations system. For banking details please contact the Desk Officers indicated below. OCHA provides donors with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilization of the funds contributed.

9. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int

MAP - Tropical Storm Linfa

Telephone: +41-22-917 12 34
Fax: +41-22-917 00 23
E-mail: ochagva@un.org

In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10

Desk Officers:
Mr. Rudolf Muller/Ms. Marie Spaak, Direct Tel. +41-22-917 31 31/17 28

Press contact:
(in GVA) -Ms. Elizabeth Byrs, direct Tel. +41-22-917 26 53
(in N.Y.) Mr. Brian Grogan, direct Tel. +1-212-963 11 43

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