Philippines: Typhoon Rammasun - Information Bulletin n° 2

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Philippine Red Cross has placed its disaster response teams on standby for rapid deployment and preparedness stocks ready for dispatch, as required.

Typhoon Rammasun (locally known as Glenda) made landfall over Lapu-Lapu in Albay province in the east of the Philippines in the late afternoon of Tuesday, 15 July. It crossed the Northern Capital Region (NCR) area on Wednesday morning of 16 July, impacting the Metro Manila area with strong winds and heavy rain between 06:00 and 09:00, causing power outages and interrupting telecommunication lines. According to the national weather agency Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), as of 1300 today, Rammasun was located 64 kilometers west of Subic, Zambales with maximum sustained winds of 140kph and gusts of 170 kph, moving northwest of the country.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), at least 450,000 people have been affected by Rammasun in Southern Luzon, Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas. At this time, 500 evacuation centres are accommodating some 370,000 people in these regions.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has been on high alert and at the ready to respond since the typhoon was sighted. Initial assessments conducted by PRC’s Albay chapter have prompted the distribution of food and non-food relief items for some 2,500 families. In Masbate, Ormoc and Southern Leyte, PRC chapters have provided hot meals in evacuation centres to some 2,400 people. Chapters located along the anticipated path of the typhoon maintain ongoing monitoring of the meteorological situation. The operations centre (OpCen) at the PRC national headquarters continues to operate 24/7 and uses all means available to communicate with chapters to share and garner information regarding their respective situations. Two emergency response teams have been deployed from the PRC headquarters to assist in the nearby coastal city of Tondo. Also on standby are amphibious vehicles and rubber boats at the national headquarters, ready for deployment as needed.