Philippines: Typhoon Seniang slams into Mindoro and the Calamian Islands

from Philippine National Red Cross
Published on 11 Dec 2006
Less than two weeks after a super typhoon wreaked havoc across the country, another typhoon has caused significant damage particularly in the battered provinces of Occidental Mindoro and the Calamian Group of Islands in Palawan.

Typhoon Seniang (international name: Utor), with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph, caused heavy rains and disrupted power and phone lines in several areas including Occidental Mindoro, Romblon and Ormoc on Sunday. A state of calamity has been declared in Aklan, where P51-million worth of property was destroyed and 9 municipalities bore the brunt of the typhoon.

As of December 11, 5:00 am, based on initial reports verified by the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) through its local chapters, some 180 families have been affected, one person confirmed dead and 29 reported missing. Seven evacuation centers now house over 1,290 families.

Disaster response teams have been deployed to heavily affected areas to undertake rescue operations and to help families evacuate. According to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), more than 89,000 have already evacuated to safer ground, while 5,100 were stranded due to the terrible weather condition.

The Occidental Mindoro Red Cross chapter was the first to request the PNRC head office for the withdrawal of NFA rice for its affected constituents. The PNRC Operations Center is still awaiting reports from other chapters as it continues to monitor the situation round the clock.

Meanwhile, relief operations are still ongoing in areas ravaged by typhoon Reming, which affected at least 330,000 families particularly in the Bicol region. Earlier today a six-wheeler truck loaded with relief supplies left the NHQ for Albay, Legaspi. These supplies consist of 350 cartons of biscuits, 70 cartons of noodles, 446 bottles of water and 2,100 mosquito nets.

Thus far the international community has generously given donations for the relief assistance of the thousands of families badly affected by typhoon Reming. Several countries gave their pledges, namely, the US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, while the Red Cross National Societies of Netherlands and China have also made their respective contributions.

Typhoon Seniang is expected to be 800 kms west-northwest of Coron, Palawan by Tuesday evening.