Philippines

Philippines: Typhoon Season 2009 Situation Report No. 15

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This report was issued by OCHA New York based on inputs from the OCHA Regional Office for Asia Pacific (ROAP) and OCHA Philippines. It covers the period from 30 October to 03 November 2009 and addresses Typhoon Parma, Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon Mirinae "Santi". The next report will be issued on or around 05 November 2009.

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

- Typhoon Mirinae, locally known as "Santi", made landfall in the Philippines early on Saturday 31 October. The typhoon brought with it maximum sustained winds of 150 kph and crossed Luzon just south of Manila.

- Typhoon Mirinae also caused widespread communications problems and power outages. Much of Metro Manila was without power for more than 24 hours and internet and cellular telephone connections were temporarily cut.

- Typhoon Mirinae also caused transportation delays on the weekend of a national holiday. Air traffic and ferry traffic were delayed/cancelled and the population was advised not to travel on this holiday weekend.

- Assessments of the damages caused by Typhoon Mirinae are ongoing. A joint rapid needs assessment was conducted in Laguna Province on Sunday 01 November.

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