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Philippines: Typhoon Yutu - Flash Update No. 1, 29 October 2018

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As of 29 October (2 p.m., Manila time), Typhoon Yutu (locally named Rosita) has slightly weakened, with the eye located approximately 355 km east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora. It is now moving west southwest at 15 km/h, with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h near the centre and gusts up to 185 km/h.

Typhoon Yutu entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 27 October and is expected to make landfall over the Isabela-Aurora province on the morning of Tuesday, 30 October. The typhoon is 700 km in diameter and is projected to cross Aurora, Isabela, Quirino, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet and La Union provinces. It is expected to exit the PAR by Wednesday evening, 31 October.
Storm surges of up to 3 metres are possible over the coastal areas of Isabela, Cagayan, Aurora, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and La Union. It is estimated that more than nine million people live within a 100 km radius of the projected typhoon track.

It is anticipated that the impact will be similar to Typhoon Mangkhut (locally known as Ompong) in September, which had the greatest damage to agricultural crops and houses, and increased the potential for landslides in mountainous areas and flooding in the lowlands.

Disaster preparedness and Government response Local government authorities are leading the pre-emptive evacuation of at-risk communities in the northern provinces in low-lying areas, especially those along exposed shorelines, as well as in landslide-prone mountain areas. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has met daily in its Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment forum and is continuing to disseminate public information alerts. The Department of Energy, which has just completed restoring electricity to Typhoon Mangkhut affected areas, is now taking preparatory measures to reduce any adverse impact of the typhoon to vital facilities. The National Power Corporation has started precautionary measures on its supervised hydroelectric infrastructure, including Ambuklao, Binga, San Roque, Angat, and Caliraya dams.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has pre-positioned stocks at the regional level and set up emergency telecommunications. DSWD has over PhP465 million (US$8.5 million) in standby funds and over 370,000 food packs pre-positioned in its national and regional warehouses.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines disaster response units are on-call and will deploy communication teams at the municipal level to augment the capacity of local government units. Military assets will also be mobilized to transport relief items and clear roads as needed.

Humanitarian response and coordination The Humanitarian Country Team’s Inter-Cluster Coordination Group, composed of in-country UN agencies and international and local organizations, convened to take stock of its in-country capacities that may be used to support government response if needed. They are also coordinating with partners currently maintaining a presence in northern Luzon for a possible rapid assessment of needs as soon as the typhoon leaves the affected areas. Several humanitarian organizations have staff in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and are already operational in Typhoon Mangkhut-affected areas. Government and field partners have urged farmers to harvest their crops before the arrival of the typhoon.

For more information, contact:
Mark Bidder, Head of Office a.i., bidder@un.org, Mobile: +63-917- 524-2928
Gina Maramag, Public Information Officer, maramag@un.org, Mobile: +63-917-597-7219

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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