Philippines - Tropical Storm Linfa OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 05 Jun 2003
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2003/0089
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Philippines - Tropical Storm Linfa
occurred on 28 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 AND DAMAGE

1. Tropical storm Linfa (Philippine name "Chedeng") passed over the Philippines last week, bringing heavy rains and the potential for flooding in some areas. As of 28 May, the storm had passed over to the eastern side of the Philippines and appeared to be veering north towards Japan.

2. As of 31 May, the death toll had risen to 41. Most of the victims drowned or died in landslides. 16 people are reported to have been injured and 10 are still missing. According to the National Disaster Coordination Council (NDCC), 2,548 people are still sheltered in 20 Evacuation Centres.

3. The Agricultural Department assessed the damage to fisheries at PHP 38.7 million (USD 730,000). Rice yields were not affected since most crops had been harvested. The NDCC estimates damage to infrastructure at PHP 53.6 million (USD 1,017,463) and agriculture and livestock at PHP 66.7 million (USD 1,275,334). A total of 206 houses has been destroyed and an additional 2,269 damaged. Businesses remain closed in the towns of Urdaneta, Dagupan, Calasiao, and Santa Barbara where a state of emergency has been declared due to storm damage.

4. The map showing the storm damage can be found at ReliefWeb Map Centre - Philippines: Tropical Storm Linfa

II. NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

5. President Arroyo visited the town of Urdaneta on the 29 May to assess the damage and the assistance needed by the people of Pangasinan affected by the storm.

6. Power was restored in Buruanga, Malay, Nabas, Pandan, Culasi, Libertad, and Sebaste.

7. According to the NDCC a total of PHP 15.7 million (USD 298,025) have been provided so far for relief assistance.

8. The government of the Philippines has not requested international assistance.

9. OCHA is in close contact with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

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

11. This is the LAST situation report for this disaster unless there are unforeseen developments.

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Mr. Rudolf M=FCller/ Ms. Marie Spaak/ Ms. Caroline Péguet
Direct Tel. +41-22-917 31 31/ 17 28

Press contact:
(GVA) - Ms. Elizabeth Byrs, direct Tel. +41-22-917 26 53
(N.Y.) - Ms. Stephanie Bunker, direct Tel. +1-212-963 87 40

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