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Philippines: Typhoon Haima tears through Philippines leaving homes damaged, roofs ripped off school buildings and trees uprooted
Save the Children to Provide Education Support for Children in Most Affected Areas
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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (October 20, 2016) – Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by Typhoon Haima which tore through the Philippines overnight, with reports of widespread devastation including flattened homes, damaged schools and toppled trees.
With winds gusting at up to 200 miles per hour, Haima was the most powerful storm to enter the Philippines’ territory since Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which killed more than 7,000 people. However, thankfully Typhoon Haima weakened from a category 5 storm to category 4 just before making landfall, and is now tracking west towards Hong Kong and mainland China.
"Certainly tens of thousands of homes have been damaged," said Ned Olney, Save the Children Country Director in the Philippines. "Families have been displaced and we are concerned about the safety and protection of children during this time. Children are always most vulnerable during a crisis like this. We are working with the local and national authorities to identify the families and areas with the greatest needs."
More than 90,000 people in Luzon were evacuated before the storm struck, and at least seven regions suspended all school classes. Currently, 92 schools are being used as evacuation centers, and there have been reports of widespread power outages and impassable roads.
Save the Children teams are en route to the worst affected areas to assess the damage, and will provide whatever assistance is required.
"We need to be on the lookout for secondary impacts. With dams releasing water, we anticipate flooding not only in areas centrally hit by the typhoon, but also in low-lying areas of northern and central Luzon," Mr. Olney said.
"At this stage it looks like the government will be able to meet the immediate needs of those impacted by the typhoon, and so it’s likely we will provide vital education support to help children get back to school as quickly as possible.
"The classroom is commonly the best place for children after experiencing a distressing event like a typhoon as it’s a safe space to see their friends and teachers and to regain a sense of normality. The sooner children can get back to class the better."
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20 October 2016, Manila - As Red Cross volunteers and staff members provide immediate assistance in areas affected by Super Typhoon Haima, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is releasing a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocation of 48,600 Swiss Francs (49,000 US dollars) to support the emergency operation.
Typhoon Haima made landfall last night at 11:00pm local time in Central Luzon, packing strong winds of up to 225 kph near its centre and gusts of up to 315kph. The super typhoon is considered to be a serious threat as it is expected to bring torrential rains and damaging winds, triggering flash floods and mudslides in some areas. It is estimated that there are 1 million households within the 100-kilometre radius of the typhoon’s track.
Philippine Red Cross volunteers and staff in affected areas have started to assess the extent of the damage in the communities. They are also serving hot meals and providing welfare services to people in evacuation centres, where tens of thousands of people are now staying after being evacuated pre-emptively to get them out of harm’s way.
“There have been three devastating typhoons [Meranti, Sarika and Haima] that have struck Northern Luzon one after the other,” says Richard Gordon, Chairman of the Philippine Red Cross. “Mercifully, the effects of the typhoons were not as severe as with Typhoon Haiyan. We have averted a humanitarian crisis, but it is still a humanitarian challenge nonetheless. We need to give priority to those who have lost their homes, livelihoods, and stocks.”
Earlier in the week, the Philippine Red Cross activated 40 of its chapters in Luzon to undertake preparedness measures, with Water Search and Rescue Teams, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Health units, chapter staff and community (Red Cross 143) volunteers and other personnel on standby for possible deployment with rescue boats, amphibious vehicles and ambulances. Additional technical teams were deployed from the national headquarters prior to the typhoon’s landfall, and are now heading to the most affected areas to support Philippine Red Cross chapters in assessments and delivering immediate assistance.
Two teams split up today to conduct rapid assessments of Isabela and Cagayan, two hard-hit areas of Northern Luzon. Haima made landfall in the municipality of Penablanca in the province of Cagayan. The teams will have a better idea of the long-term needs of communities once the assessments are complete.
A humanitarian caravan loaded with assets, equipment, and relief items including supplies and portable power generators will be sent to the affected areas once the conditions permit.
The DREF allocation will be used to replenish the relief items distributed from pre-existing stocks earlier in the week, which included shelter kits, jerry cans, blankets, sleeping mats, hygiene kits and mosquito nets for at least 20,000 families.
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• Typhoon Haima made landfall in Peñablanca in Cagayan province on 19 October as a Category 4 storm.
• Approximately 90,000 people were pre-emptively evacuated in Regions I, II, II, IV-A, V and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), according to the information available from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
• There are 230 evacuation centres operating.
• NDRRMC is validating eight casualties of the typhoon across four provinces in the affected area.
• Rapid damage assessments and needs analyses are ongoing.
• The Government has not called for international humanitarian assistance so far.
Typhoon Haima (locally named Lawin) made landfall in Peñablanca, Cagayan province, at 11 p.m. on 19 October as a Category 4 typhoon with sustained winds of 225 km/h and gusts of up to 315 km/h. After landfall, it quickly downgraded to a Category 3 typhoon, leaving a broad path of debris, damage to homes and buildings, flooding and landslides.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), as of 5:00 p.m., 20 October, Typhoon Haima was located 260 km west-northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte province, with maximum sustained winds up to 130 km/h near the centre and gusts up to 160 km/h. It continues to weaken as it moves away from the country and will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility tonight.
Estimated rainfall amounts are from moderate to heavy within the 700 km diameter of the typhoon. Sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of northern Luzon. Tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) number 1 (30-60 km/h winds expected in 24 hours) is in effect for the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Abra. All other tropical cyclone warning signals have been lifted.
NDRRMC is validating eight reported casualties in Ifugao, Isabela, Ilocos Norte and Cagayan provinces. It reports a total of 230 evacuation centres operating in the affected areas, but is confirming the number of people displaced.
There are 37 roads in Cagayan and Isabela that are not passable.
The initial observation is that Tuguegarao City, where the regional government offices are located, does not have major humanitarian issues at this time. Houses made of concrete have suffered roof damage, but houses made of light materials have been destroyed.
The Government of the Philippines undertook considerable preparedness activities to mitigate the effects of the typhoon as it approached the country. Local authorities are now leading the relief and debris clearing operations.
NDRRMC has requested support from Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), a network of Filipino businesses, to gather more data over the next two days in the most affected areas and to mobilize additional logistic support to transport humanitarian aid. PRC will deploy various vehicles to support debris removal, search and rescue and delivery of relief items. Two PRC assessment and chapter support teams are also on standby at headquarters for dispatch to travel to Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya and Aurora provinces. PDRF, in partnership with NDRRMC, distributed the relief items, including solar lamps, relief bags, mats, sacks of clothing and towels and bottled water.
Far East Broadcasting Company-First Response Radio (FRR-FEBC), through its local radio network partner DZMR 1143 AM, is working with the Santiago City government in Isabela, the Region II office of the Philippine Information Agency, local non-government organizations (NGO) and affected communities in a series of humanitarian radio programming. Its broadcast coverage reaches the provinces of Isabela and Aurora, as well as parts of CAR. The radio programme reports on weather updates, ongoing response of the local government and local NGOs on WASH, food distribution, child protection and restoration of communication lines in Isabela and Cagayan.
The Humanitarian Coordinator has made a written offer of assistance to the Government on 19 October. While the Government has not called for international support at this time, it has made a targeted request for logistical support to WFP using in-country resources to transport food items.
Typhoon Haima is the twelfth cyclone to affect the Philippines this year. It followed Typhoon Sarika, which struck central Luzon four days ago. There are approximately 5 million people residing in the 100 km radius of Typhoon Haima’s path. Of those, about 175,500 households are living below the poverty line.
Late Wednesday 19th October 2016, Super Typhoon Haima (also called Lawin) in the Philippines wrought havoc into the north-eastern Philippine coast with ferocious winds and rain that rekindled fears and memories from the catastrophe wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Typhoon Haima, which has sustained winds of 225 km/h and gusts of up to 315 km/h, had its landfall in Penablanca town in Cagayan province shortly before midnight. Many villages lost power and intense winds tore roofs off houses.
On 20th October 2016 before dawn, Typhoon Haima was downgraded from a super typhoon into a typhoon. In its bulletin issued at 5 am on October 20, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that Typhoon Haima slightly weakened as it crossed Apayao, another province that was in the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS No.5). It now has maximum winds of up to 205 km/h and gustiness of up to 285 km/h. However, the state weather bureau, PAGASA, warned that it remains destructive. Based on the profile created by UNOCHA, 100km radius of the typhoon track covers 13 provinces (185 cities/municipalities).
Various transmission lines in Northern Luzon have been cut due to Typhoon Haima, affecting La Union, Isabela, Cagayan, Abra, Benguet, Mountain Province, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino, according to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines. Communication lines remain down and landslides in the national highway in Nueva Ecija rendered the roads impassable. The focus of local authorities as reported is on clearing the roads and restoring basic services.
Early on 20 October 2016, typhoon Haima/Lawin is due to hit the Philippines. Winds up to 185 km/h are expected, and rainfall of 100-200 mm throughout the next two days with local amounts over 300 mm, thus exacerbating the risk of mudslides, especially in higher elevations.
11.6 million people could be affected, mostly in northern Luzon – including 2.8 million in the Cagayun and Isabela provinces, where it will hit the hardest.
Philippines: Form 2-Situation Update No.1: Typhoon Haima (Lawin), Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:00 hrs (UTC+7)
- Super Typhoon ‘Haima’ made its landfall in Penablanca, Cagayan on 20 October 2016 at around 11:00 PM with maximum sustained winds up to 225 kph and wind gusts up to 315 kph. Extremely strong winds in combination with torrential rains were experienced across the northern Luzon region.
- The Government of the Philippines, through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), has been in the highest alert status which triggered various preparedness measures, including pre-emptive evacuation to more than 90,000 persons in Regions I, II, III, Calabarzon, V and CAR. The NDRRMC has also activated Disaster Response Cluster and deployed advance teams headed by the Office of Civil Defense Deputy Administrator for Operations to Cagayan Province to support preparedness measures.
- The AHA Centre has deployed two staff and one National ASEAN-ERAT member to Manila, Philippines to be on stand-by and also to liaise and coordinate with the NDRRMC on possible support from ASEAN. In addition, the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) and the ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) is on stand-by should the Government of the Philippines need additional resources.
Typhoon Haima (Lawin) made landfall at 11pm, 19 October 2016 in Peñablanca, Cagayan, and continues to weaken. Rains will still be moderate to heavy while possibly exiting the Philippine Area of Responsiblity (PAR) tonight. Humanitarian presence in affected areas is currently being tracked. Initial feedback from the field reported interrupted access to water, cellular communications and electricity especially in directly affected areas
Within the span of a week, powerful back-to-back typhoons pummeled the Philippines in October. First, Typhoon Sarika made landfall over Luzon on October 15, 2016. Then Typhoon Haima hit the island four days later.
Both storms are visible in this image, acquired October 18, 2016, with the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite. The image is comprised of two natural-color scenes, acquired about 40 minutes apart, that have been stitched together to form a seamless image. At the time, Haima was a category 4 super typhoon with top sustained winds of about 240 kilometers (150 miles) per hour. The storm was about 900 kilometers (600 miles) from Luzon and approaching from the east.
Before Haima made landfall in northern Luzon, soils were already saturated by the deluge previously delivered by Typhoon Sarika. This map illustrates the scenario, depicting satellite-based measurements of rainfall from October 14-17, 2016. Sarika’s storm track is overlaid on the map. The rainfall totals are regional, remotely-sensed estimates, and local amounts can be significantly higher when measured from the ground. According to news reports, some towns saw about 550 millimeters (22 inches) of rain on October 14 and 15.
“It’s likely that Haima will cause slides in both the Philippines and China,” said Thomas Stanley, a geoscientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center who catalogs rainfall-triggered landslides. He points out that a number of landslides, presumably due to Sarika, have already been reported, including a deadly event in southwestern Luzon.
Haima strengthened into a category 5 storm and then weakened slightly as it started to interact with Luzon’s mountainous terrain on October 19. According to relief agencies, food supplies could be threatened as central Luzon is where most of the country’s rice is grown. More immediately, thousands of families have been displaced.
References and Related Reading
- Reliefweb (2016, October 19) Singapore Red Cross’ humanitarian response to typhoons in Philippines and Vietnam. Accessed October 19, 2016.
- Unisys Weather (2016, October 19) Typhoon-4 SARIKA. Accessed October 19, 2016.
- Unisys Weather (2016, October 19) Typhoon-5 HAIMA. Accessed October 19, 2016.
- The Weather Channel (2016, October 19) Typhoon Haima (Lawin) Makes Landfall in the Northern Philippines With 140 MPH Winds. Accessed October 19, 2016.
- Weather Underground’s WunderBlog (2016, October 18) Sarika Weakens to a Tropical Storm, Poses Flood Threat to China and Vietnam. Accessed October 19, 2016.
NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens and Jesse Allen, using IMERG data provided courtesy of the Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) Science Team’s Precipitation Processing System (PPS) and VIIRS data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Defense. Caption by Kathryn Hansen.
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Emergency teams have begun assessing the damage caused by Typhoon Haima in the Philippines, which has affected an estimated 2.7 million people and caused the evacuation of 90,000 people from their homes.
Heavy rains and ferocious winds of up to 225 km/h have caused significant damage to infrastructure, houses and crops. There have been cases of flashfloods in low-lying areas and landslides in upland communities.
International aid agency CARE is working with local partners in affected areas to provide immediate relief to families who fled their homes with few belongings to evacuation centres in schools, churches, and gymnasiums.
CARE’s Country Director in the Philippines, David Gazashvili said: “There is still a complete power blackout across the most severely affected areas, which is hampering relief efforts. In this type of emergency, it really is a race against time to get immediate relief to those who have lost everything and ensure families can stay safe and healthy.”
Many of the provinces are still recovering from powerful Typhoon Sarika, which caused severe damage to houses and crops earlier this week.
“It will be another day or two before we get a true picture of just how much destruction this storm has been caused,” Mr. Gazashvili said.
CARE has worked in the Philippines since 1949, providing emergency relief when disaster strikes and helping communities prepare for disasters. CARE's past responses in the Philippines have included Typhoon Bopha in 2012, Haiyan in 2013, Hagupit in 2014, Koppu and Melor in 2015. CARE continues to assist Typhoon Haiyan-affected communities to rebuild their livelihoods.
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QUEZON CITY, Oct. 20 – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council through its Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator USEC Ricardo Jalad issued the statement on Super Typhoon Lawin.
“The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council continues to coordinate with the Regional and Local Councils on the impacts of STY LAWIN. Currently, LAWIN has weakened in a typhoon as it traverses the province of Ilocos Norte.
Initial reports received from Regional DRRM Councils show a number of infrastructures damaged. Many trees were uprooted and electric posts toppled because of the strong winds brought by the typhoon.
Some provinces had a preventive shutdown of electricity to prevent incidents of electrocution. A regionwide power outage was reported in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Some road networks in CAR, Cagayan and Isabela are impassable due to landslides and toppled tress and electric posts. There are reports of intermittent mobile communication lines. Around 601 passengers are stranded in Region V.
Meanwhile, around 13,428 families or 61,126 persons were affected in 118 barangays in Regions I, II, III, V and CAR. A total of 3, 919 families or 15, 328 persons were displaced and 3,825 families or 14, 895 persons are currently taking shelter in 136 evacuation centers. Theses numbers are progressive as we await updates from other Local Councils.
Search, rescue and retrieval operations are ongoing in areas traversed by STY LAWIN.
The government is preparing for road reconnaissance for initial assessment of the damages brought by STY LAWIN. Initial assessment of its effects is ongoing. Currently, the National Council is awaiting for the reports from the Regional DRRM Councils as STY LAWIN continues to bring strong winds in Northen Luzon.” (NDRRMC-PIA)
QUEZON CITY, Oct. 20 – Here are the initial reports on the effects of Super Typhoon Lawin, which according to PAGASA, made a landfall at Baguio Point, Peñablanca, Cagayan at 11: 00 o’clock in the evening of October 19.
These were gathered from the various Philippine Information Agency information centers in coordination with various government agencies and local government units.
Heavy rains and gusty winds were experienced in the province of Cagayan which was under Typhoon Signal No. 2, the PIA Region 2 said. Initial reports of blown roofs of houses, toppled down trees and electric posts were received. In many instances these debris became road blocks.
Even the office of the Civil Defense in Region 2 which was the command center of the Cagayan Valley Risk Reduction and Management Council, monitoring the effects of the Super Typhoon, was not spared, and was damaged.
Earlier, Governor Manuel Mamba of Cagayan urged the public to open their houses to those who are forced to evacuate their homes due to flooding and fear that their houses cannot withstand the heavy rains and strong winds of 'Lawin'.
As of 9pm, the Buntun Bridge here already reached the 653-meter water level mark, which according to OCD-RDRRMC was not yet critical. However, residents living in low-lying areas particularly those adjacent to and along rivers were advised to evacuate to ensure their safety.
Even hours after the landfall of the super typhoon, Cagayan was continuously battered with heavy rains and gusty winds.
Preemptive evacuation earlier in the day was enforced but several evacuation centers were destroyed prompting the government of Tuguegarao to transfer the evacuees to the city auditorium.
PIA1/La Union said that according to initial reports from the Provincial Office of DILG, 12 towns have enforced preemptive evacuation.
Power outages were reported in the provinces of Quirino, Cagayan, Isabela, in 6 towns of La Union particularly San Gabriel, Naguilian, Agoo, Balaoan, Luna and the city of San Fernando.
Power outage was also reported in some parts of Baguio City.
PIA CAR/Apayao informed that the Tuguegarao-Magapit 69kV line tripped at 8:27PM affecting CAGELCO I-Alcala and entire CAGELCO II franchise area (parts of Cagayan and Apayao). Patrol of affected transmission line will be in full swing as soon as weather allows.
PIA CAR/IFUGAO reported power outages in the towns of Hungduan, Tinoc, Mayoyao, Kiangan, Alfonso Lista, Aguinaldo, Hingyon, Kiangan and Asipulo.
PIA CAR also said that the DPWH-CAR reported that the as of 8PM of October 19, Kennon Road was preemptively closed to traffic for the safety of motorists.
Meanwhile, PIA-1/LA UNION said that as of 12midnight (October 20), all national roads and bridges are still passable to all types of vehicles. Information Officer Esperanza Tinaza of DPWH said their district maintenance engineers and maintenance point persons, together with maintenance crew are continuously monitoring road lines in their area of responsibility.
PIA-1/ILOCOS SUR informed that Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson has also declared the suspension of work to all private companies in the province on October 20 due to Typhoon Lawin.
Residents in the coastal areas of Candon City and eight other towns in the province were evacuated to safer grounds in anticipation of the landfall of Typhoon Lawin. Neresa Gorospe, staff of the Ilocos Sur DRRMC, said the accounting of evacuees is on-going. The coastal towns who have evacuated constituents are San Esteban, San Ildefonso, San Vicente, Santa, Sinait, Sta. Catalina, Sta. Cruz, and Sto. Domingo.
PIA-2/ISABELA said that Governor Faustino Dy III and the other officers of the PDRRMC were at the Operations Center in the Provincial Capitol in order to monitor the events and to give prompt action to any effect of the super typhoon to the Isabelinos.
Some 5,137 individuals from 31 barangays in the coastal towns, low-lying areas and landslide-prone areas, took refuge at the evacuation centers.
PIA-NCR coordinated with the PIOs of the local government units (LGUs) of Metro Manila on class suspension. As of 11:45 in the evening of October 19, the PIA-NCR has posted in its Official Facebook Page the announcement of class suspension for Thursday, October 20 in all levels of both public and private schools in all cities and municipality of Metro Manila. The suspension was called in view of the heavy rains to be brought by Typhoon Lawin.
According to PIA-NCR, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) also declared a no walk zone policy along the Baywalk area of Roxas Boulevard in Manila due to strong waves. (PIA)
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
18 October 2016
• Typhoon "LAWIN" has intensified further while traversing the Philippine Sea with maximum sustained winds of up to 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph. It is forecasted to move West Northwest at 24 kph
• Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 1 is hoisted over Cagayan, Isabela, Catanduanes and Northern Aurora.
19 October 2016
• Super Typhoon "LAWIN" continues to pose a serious threat over Cagayan — Isabela Area with a maximum sustained winds of up to 225 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 315 kph moving West Northwest at 25 kph
• TCWS No. 5 is raised over Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga, and Apayao. TCWS No. 4 in Ilocos Norte, Abra, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, lfugao, and Calayan Group of Islands. TCWS No. 3 in La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Northern Aurora. TCWS No. 2 in Batanes Group of Islands, Pangasinan, Rest of Aurora, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Northern Zambales, and Northern Quezon including Polillo Islands. TCWS No. 1 in Rest of Zambales, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Rizal, Rest of Quezon, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay and Metro Manila
• Super Typhoon "LAWIN" made landfall in Periablanca, Cagayan on 20 October 2016, 11:00 PM
20 October 2016
• Super Typhoon "LAWIN" has slightly weakened while traversing Apayao province with maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph moving West Northwest at 22 kph.
• TCWS No. 3 is raised in [locos Norte, Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, lfugao, Abra, Ilocos Sur and Calayan Group of Islands. TCWS No. 2 in Batanes Group of Islands, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Pangasinan, Aurora, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija and Northern Zambales and TCWS No. 1 in Rest of Zambales, Bulacan, Bataan and Pampanga
China: Vietnam, China - Tropical Cyclone SARIKA - UPDATE (GDACS, JTWC, CMA, NCHMF, Local media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 19 October 2016)
Tropical Cyclone SARIKA, after crossing Hainan province (China), is reaching north-eastern Vietnam, as a Tropical Storm. On 19 October at 0.00 (UTC) it center was located 35 km off the coast of Van Don district (Quang Ninh province, Vietnam) and had max. sustained winds of 65 km/h (Tropical Storm).
Over the next 24 h it is forecast to cross the northern provinces of Vietnam and the Chinese province of Guangxi and dissipate. Heavy rain and strong winds could affect the southern provinces of China (Hainan, Guangdong, Yunann, Guizhou and Guangxi) over 19-20 October, as well as central and northern Vietnam.
As of 19 October at UTC, China Meteorological Department has issued a Yellow Warning for Typhoon in Hainan and Guangdong provinces. According to media as of 19 October early morning (UTC), in Vietnam over 13 500 people have been evacuated in Thai Binh province. In China over 100 000 houses have been damaged in Hainan province.
In the meantime, in the Philippines, due to the passage of SARIKA (locally named KAREN), according to official reports, there were 35 600 people inside 345 evacuation centers and over 7 800 damaged houses, mostly in Aurora Province.
HAIMA is moving over the Philippine Sea, significantly strengthening and becoming a very intense Typhoon, heading towards north-eastern Luzon. On 19 October at 06.00 UTC it had max. sustained winds of 250 km/h and its centre was about 230 km southeast-east of Isabela province.
According to the latest data, it is forecast to make landfall along the coast of north-eastern Luzon (possibly in southern Cagayan or northern Isabela provinces) on 19 October afternoon (UTC), as a very intense Typhoon (with max. 1 min sustained 220-260 km/h) and then move over the provinces of Apayao, Kalinga, Ambra, Ilocos Norte over 19-20 October. Based on this forecast, very strong winds (200-260 km/h), and storm surge could affect northern Luzon, including Babuyan islands. The provinces mostly affect by strong winds and storm surge could be Isabela and Cagayan. Moreover heavy rainfall (locally > 400 mm) could affect several areas of northern Luzon, with the risk of flash floods and landslides. As of 19 October morning, the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) Operations Center is maintaining its Red Alert Status.
After having crossed northern Philippines, HAIMA is forecast to reach Guangdong (China) on 21 October morning, still as a Typhoon (see inset map).
Only less than one week ago, another Typhoon, SARIKA (KAREN), affected Central and Northern Luzon. It made landfall in Aurora province on 15 October evening (UTC) as an intense Typhoon (max. sustained winds of 200-210 km/h), then it crossed central-northern Luzon, slightly weakening. It reached Hainan (China) on 18 October, still as a Typhoon, then it weakened into a Tropical Storm and it reached northern Vietnam/southern China on 19 October early morning. In the Philippines, as of 19 October, there were nearly 150 000 people affected, over 35 600 people inside 345 evacuation centers and 7 800 houses damaged (mostly in Aurora Province).
Sources: GDACS, JTWC, PAGASA, NDRRMC, JMA, NOAA , Media
By MJ Evalarosa, IFRC
Alexis Balete, an 18-year-old farmer living in Nueva Ecija, Central Luzon, keeps one eye on the darkening sky as he harvests his rice crop. The wind is picking up, and like many farmers living in the area, he is trying to harvest as much rice as he can before Typhoon Haima makes landfall in the next few hours.
The rice field is located beside a river and was inundated by floods when heavy rains triggered by 2015’s Typhoon Koppu caused it to overflow.
“It’s not really harvest time yet, but we have to act fast,” says Alexis. “We are trying to avoid what happened last year. We were not able to harvest in time before Typhoon Koppu struck in 2015 and we lost all our crops.”
Alexis and his colleagues work hard throughout the day and are able to harvest 37 sacks of rice, which will be stored inside a warehouse until Haima passes.
According to the local weather bureau, Super Typhoon Haima is estimated to make landfall in the Cagayan area late Wednesday night as a Category 5 storm, bringing heavy rains and strong winds of up to 225 kph. Haima, which developed right after Typhoon Sarika exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility, could have significant humanitarian impact when it makes landfall on the island of Luzon. In 2015, Typhoon Koppu caused severe flooding that affected 1.2 million people and caused damage to an estimated 42,000 homes.
The Philippine Red Cross has activated 40 chapters in Luzon to undertake preparedness measures, with Water Search and Rescue Teams, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Health units, chapter staff and community (Red Cross 143) volunteers and other personnel on standby for possible deployment with rescue boats, amphibious vehicles and ambulances.
“Haima could be one of the most damaging typhoons so far this year, so we are doing our share of preparations in the Philippine Red Cross,” explains the Philippine Red Cross Chairman, Richard Gordon. “Our chapters in areas that will be or may be affected greatly by the typhoon are already on high alert. We have already activated all our volunteers, responders and rescuers and they are ready to provide humanitarian assistance any time.”
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is supporting Philippine Red Cross with prepositioned emergency relief items, including tarpaulins and essential items like jerry cans, blankets, sleeping mats, hygiene kits and mosquito nets for at least 20,000 families. IFRC is also providing technical support and field staff, who are ready to support assessments and an emergency response if the need arises.
SAN FERNANDO CITY, October 20 (PIA) – As super typhoon Lawin (international name Haima) made its landfall in Penablanca, Cagayan at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, La Union stays on red alert to keep its residents safe.
As of 1 a.m. on Thursday (October 20), report from the Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) revealed that 12 of 19 local government units in La Union have conducted pre-emptive evacuation due to super typhoon Lawin.
Some 1,036 families or 2,785 individuals who have been housed in various evacuation centers came from the following LGUs:
San Fernando City
Power supply has also been monitored in the province.
PDRRMC said power interruption was recorded in Aringay, parts of San Gabriel, Bangar, Naguilian, some parts in Agoo, Balaoan, and in Parian, San Fernando City.
The interruption in Naguilian town was brought about by the tripping of the Bauang- Naguilian 69 KV line at 8:47 p.m on Wednesday, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said.
“Patrol of affected transmission line will be in full swing tomorrow or as soon as weather allows,” Lilibeth Gaydowen of NGCP said.
Upon recommendation of the NDRRMC, Malacanang has also included La Union on the list of provinces where classes at all levels and work in government offices will be cancelled on October 20 as declared in Memorandum Circular No. 10.
“However those agencies whose functions involve in the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities… shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services,” the official document read.
In addition, work in the private sector “is left to the discretion of their respective heads.
No casualties have been recorded, so far but the local disaster council said their response teams are advised to standby for possible deployment.
Major roads and bridges are still passable to all types of vehicles.
As of 2 a.m on Thursday, state weather bureau PAGASA raised Signal No. 3 in La Union. (JNPD/PIA-1)
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
18 October 2016
Typhoon "LAWIN" has intensified further while traversing the Philippine Sea with maximum sustained winds of up to 186 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph. It is forecasted to move West Northwest at 24 kph.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 1 is hoisted over Cagayan, Isabela, Catanduanes and Northern Aurora.
19 October 2016
At 10:00 AM, the eye of Typhoon "LAWIN" was located at 385 km East of Casiguran, Aurora with sustained winds of up to 220 kph and gustiness of up to 305 kph as it continued to move West Northwest at 26 kph.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Typhoon Haima (local name: Lawin) is nearing the island of Luzon, Philippines, with the intensity of equivalent to a Category 5 Cyclone. According to projections by the Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the super typhoon is a serious threat and will make landfall in the Cagayan-Isabela area on Wednesday 19 October night or Thursday 20 October morning.
The humanitarian impact of Haima threatens to be massive as the super typhoon is expected to bring widespread torrential rain and damaging winds, and trigger life-threatening flash floods, as well as mudslides on higher terrain, as it tracks across land. Rough seas, heavy swells, tidal surges and coastal flooding are expected in coastal areas.
PAGASA has raised the highest tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS), #5, for the provinces of Apayao, northern Abra, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela and Kalinga, while five provinces – rest of Abra, Calayan Group of Islands, Ifugao, Ilocos Sur and Mt. Province – are under TCWS # 4. More than 25 other areas, including Metro Manila, are under lower TCWS. For details, refer to the PAGASA severe weather bulletin.
In view of the projected needs, and after analyzing demands on its capacity, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has requested support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support a potential response. At this time, IFRC is making an allocation from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support pre-landfall mobilization of Red Cross personnel, relief supplies and specialized equipment closer to areas that are likely to be affected. This will enable PRC to undertake search and rescue operations, initiate rapid needs assessments and immediate distribution of relief supplies after Typhoon Haima’s landfall. Based on further information and rapid assessments to be conducted starting Thursday 20 October daytime, when conditions are safe, additional assistance will most likely be requested through the IFRC international disaster response mechanisms.