Tropical Storm Usagi struck Viet Nam near the city of Vung Tau (Ba Ria-Vung Tau province) on Sunday, November 25, before weakening to a Tropical Depression and moving west-northwest, causing flooding and wind damage, with at least one person reported killed by a falling tree.
The Government evacuated or relocated over 160,000 residents from four provinces or cities: Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Ba Ria Vung Tau and Ho Chi Minh City. Binh Thuan Province and surrounding areas are currently still dealing with the damages caused by Tropical Depression Toraji which occurred on 18 November resulting in floods and landslides.
160,000 people evacuated
The onset of the dry season has seen an increase in the movement of Rohingya attempting to depart central Rakhine State by boat via the Bay of Bengal. In the last week, at least two such boats with a total of 200 people onboard were apprehended by Myanmar authorities after being unable to reach their intended destination further afield. There are reports that the passengers of a third boat are in the process of being returned. Passengers including men, women and children were disembarked by authorities and transported back to camps or villages of departure in Sittwe and Pauktaw townships.
>200 Rohingya returned from boats
Tropical Depression Samuel made landfall in Borongan City, Eastern Samar province on Wednesday, November 21, bringing with it moderate to heavy rains. Approximately 34,000 families (124,000 people) were affected by the storm in 294 barangays in Regions V and VIII, with one storm-related death reported in Northern Samar province. Local authorities are leading the relief operations for those affected, with regional and national authorities on standby to support if needed. Tropical Depression Samuel maintained its strength as it moved west across the country, making landfall a total of six times, with maximum winds of 55 km/h and gusts of up to 65 km/h. All storm signals have now been lifted as the tropical depression continued westward and exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on November 22, after which it moved to Viet Nam.
124,000 people affected
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