On 29 October, Typhoon Yutu (locally named ‘Rosita’) made landfall in Isabela Province. As of 9 November, there were 11 confirmed dead and over 2,500 houses destroyed. Although this storm was not as strong as was initially feared, it affected many of the same communities which were affected by Typhoon Mangkhut (locally named ‘Ompong’) in September. There were nearly 1,100 Baranguays affected by both storms which caused repeated displacement across six different provinces.
2,500 houses destroyed
For the past two months, two typhoons traversed the northern Luzon provinces. In September 2018, Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) made landfall in the Municipality of Baggao, Cagayan province with a peak intensity of more than 200 km/h. It was by far the most destructive typhoon this year. It caused over a million people displaced, damages to infrastructure and agricultural crops, thousands of houses destroyed and landslide in the highlands.
Typhoon Yutu (locally known as Rosita) exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility on the afternoon of 31 October. As of 5 November, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reports 11 deaths due mostly to landslides and flooding.
Over 65,000 families (more than 254,000 people) were affected in over 1,300 barangays in northern Luzon, and over 7,900 homes damaged in Regions I, III, III, VIII, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Most organizations (96%) continue to receive travel authorizations (TAs) for field access in central Rakhine but only after submitting detailed and restrictive paperwork outlining their planned activities. Of the 22 organizations that applied, 20 had their TAs approved during September. The highest number of TAs were granted in Sittwe, Pauktaw and Mrauk-U. The most common TA duration is a month. One organization had its TA request rejected and another received no response from the Coordination Committee. As a result, a total of 38 staff (4%) did not get the field access they requested.
On 21 October 2018, heavy rains triggered flashfloods in Sigi District, Central Sulawesi Province. These floods occur in the midst of the emergency response to the earthquake, tsunami and liquefaction, and where 220,000 people remain displaced. As of 19 October, more than 2,100 people have died and 680 remain missing following the earthquake, tsunami and liquefaction. An estimated 680,000 houses have been damaged, including many that have been destroyed.
On 28 September, a series of strong earthquakes struck central Sulawesi province, the strongest a 7.4 M earthquake only 10 km deep and with its epicentre close to the provincial capital, Palu. The earthquake triggered a tsunami whose waves reportedly reached six metres in some areas, striking Talise beach in Palu and Donggala.
28 International aircraft supported the response
The Indonesian Military Forces (TNI) are coordinating all foreign military assets through bilateral meetings with countries that have been cleared to assist by the Government. The TNI has appointed a dedicated Commander Officer for the overall coordination of Foreign Military Assets (FMAs) in Balikpapan, the designated Operations Hub for the Relief Operation.