Typhoon Yutu (locally known as Rosita) exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the afternoon of 31 October. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), it has weakened into a tropical storm and is moving northward 535 km west of northern Luzon. The typhoon entered the PAR on 27 October and made landfall in Dinapigue, Aurora on 30 October, traversed northern Luzon and exited the western seaboard province of La Union in the afternoon.
Typhoon Cyclone Warning Signals have been lifted. The trough of the typhoon will continue to bring light to moderate rains over Ilocos Norte, Batanes and Babuyan Islands. Sea travel remains risky over the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon. The path of Typhoon Yutu is similar to Typhoon Mangkhut which hit the region six weeks ago and caused the greatest damage to agricultural crops, houses and schools due to flooding and landslides.
According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as of 1 November, 36,660 families (136,647 people) are affected in 1,143 barangays in Region I (Ilocos), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region II (Cagayan Valley), Region III (Central Luzon), and Region VIII (Eastern Visayas).
Over fifty-five per cent of those affected (76,099 people) reside in Region II. Of the total affected, over 15,000 families (more than 62,000 people) are displaced, with 12,866 families (49,470 people) seeking shelter in 492 evacuation centres, and 2,836 families (12,919 people) staying with family and friends. Nearly eighty-five per cent (52,912 people) of the displaced are located in Region II. Over 7,308 homes in Region I, CAR, II, III, and VIII are reportedly affected, of which 814 were completely destroyed. A majority of the affected homes are located in Region II.
In a press briefing on 31 October, the NDRRMC reported nine deaths, with the number subject to validation by the Management of the Dead and Missing cluster. In Natonin, Mountain Province, four people have died and twenty-nine people, mostly workers and displaced persons who sought shelter, are missing due to a landslide that buried a Department of Public Works and Highways building. To date there have been eleven landslides reported, with nine of them in CAR. Seven flooding incidents have been reported in Region II and CAR. Several roads leading to Natonin are impassable, making it difficult for more rescue teams and humanitarian assistance to reach the area. The province of Quirino in Region II has been placed under a state of calamity, with the typhoon causing agricultural damage and destroying homes.
Government response and humanitarian coordination
Local and provincial authorities assisted by the Philippine Red Cross are leading the response, conducting rescue operations, clearing roads and distributing food and relief items. According to the NDRRMC, the Government has deployed search and rescue teams composed of members of the Bureau of Fire Protection, the Philippine National Police, and the Department of Public Works and Highways to the affected areas. Three hundred sixty are responding in Mountain Province. Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines were able to rescue stranded people in Roxas, Isabela and have also deployed six teams composed of 63 personnel to augment search and rescue operations on 31 October. DPWH is conducting road clearing operations, and together with DSWD and Department of Agriculture are assessing damage to houses and agricultural crops.
Members of the Humanitarian Country Team, composed of in-country UN agencies, international and nationals NGOs, and the private sector are operational in the affected regions since Typhoon Mangkhut and have been conducting rapid damage assessments. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) based on initial assessments evacuation centres in Itogon, Benguet are in need of food, drinking water, blankets, sleeping mats, and hygiene kits. Most of the evacuees are women and children because men stayed at a safe distance near their houses to salvage any belongings in case of a landslide incident.
The Humanitarian Response Consortium is reporting that as of 30 October, rice fields in Alcala and Baggao in the province of Cagayan were damaged. Field assessments in other municipalities by local authorities and humanitarian agencies present in the area will commence on 1 November.
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