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PHILIPPINES. Tropical Cyclone NOUL (Typhoon 'Dodong') continues to move west northwest with 160 km/h wind speed. It is now 200 km from Catanduanes and 445 km of Quezon . Noul is estimated to make landfall over coast of Isabella-Cagayan by Sunday morning, May 10th. Storm surges may occur over the eastern coast of Camarines Sur, Quezon and Isabela.
NDRRMC has alerted the public about the possibility of storm surge and damages to the housing due to the strong wind. Advisories and preparedness measures have been took place in each potential affected region. PAGASA, issued Public Storm Warning Signal for several areas and may raise the level based on the situation development.
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Alert Level Status
Alert Level 1 (Abnormal) remains in effect over Bulusan Volcano. This indicates that hydrothermal processes may be underway beneath the volcano that may lead to more steam-driven eruptions.
Manila, Philippines – Typhoon Noul (local name: Dodong) was last located 290 kilometers East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines packing wind speeds of 160kph. The fourth typhoon to hit Philippines is headed towards northern Luzon and is likely to make landfall on Sunday morning.
Philippines’ social welfare agency and disaster response councils are now preparing for the storm as PAGASA, the local weather bureau, raises storm warning signals over parts of Luzon. Aside from possible storm surges, officials warned that heavy rain from the typhoon could cause flows of mud and debris (lahar) around Mt Bulusan, a volcano that has been spewing ashes this week.
Save the Children’s humanitarian response teams across Philippines are closely monitoring the development of this situation, and are well positioned to distribute life-saving relief supplies for possible emergency response.
Typhoon Noul has maintained its strength and direction as it moves towards the country. The main forecasted impact of the typhoon would be flooding due to the amount of rain it is carrying. River and coastal flooding is expected in the areas that will be near the center of the passing typhoon.
The northern part of the Philippines is known as high risk in flooding and landslides, critical areas would be the provinces of Aurora, Isabela, Nueva Ecija and Cagayan in the northern part of the Philippines.
If the weather condition worsens, pre-emptive evacuation in the areas that will be affected may be put in place, and children and their families will be forced to move out their homes, leaving most of their belongings behind. For many, this is when the emergency starts. They move into evacuation centers that are often overcrowded and lack sanitation and hygiene facilities, which make children vulnerable to different communicable diseases.
Save the Children’s main warehouses across the Philippines are stocked with relief items such as tarpaulins for emergency shelter, hygiene kits, basic household supplies such as blankets, mosquito nets and cooking utensils and water kits that could reach around 7,000 families.
Ned Olney, Country Director of Save the Children Philippines says, “This is the fourth typhoon to hit the Philippines since the start of the year and it’s not even the typhoon season yet. It is extremely important that communities are prepared at all times because of these changes in weather patterns. For Save the Children, this means preparing our emergency response teams and relief supplies all year round for any possible disaster."
Save the Children has been responding to emergencies in the Philippines since 2009. We remain one of the leading responders in the aftermath of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan emergency which affected more than 14 million people in Eastern Visayas. We are also responding to the ongoing Nepal earthquake response, and have sent relief supplies good for more than 2,000 families.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
Typhoon "DODONG" has slowed down and maintained its strength.
Tropical Cyclone NOUL formed in the Pacific Ocean on 3 May. By 6 May, it had passed Fais and Ulithis atolls of the Federated States of Micronesia with Tropical Storm intensity and had crossed over Yap island as a Typhoon, without though causing major damage (the islands were severely affected by the passage of a previous Typhoon,
MAYSAK, late March). It then moved into the Philippine Sea, intensifying further.
• On 8 May, at 6.00 UTC, NOUL (named “DODONG” in the Philippines) was a Typhoon, with maximum sustained winds of 185km/h. Its centre was located over sea, approximately 415km east of Northern Samar province, in Eastern Visayas Region.
• Over the next 48h, NOUL is forecast to move north-west, towards the northern Philippines. It is expected to reach Isabela and Cagayan provinces on 10 May, early in the morning (UTC). Its intensity is forecast to continue increasing, becoming an intense Typhoon by the time it reaches land.
• Subsequently, NOUL is forecast to start weakening and turn north, towards Batanes islands. It may move east of Taiwan and approach the islands of Okinawa prefecture between 11 and 12 May, gradually weakening into a Tropical Storm.
• Heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge are expected to affect the Philippines, along the areas of NOUL’s passage. JRC calculations indicate strom surge of up to 0.7m in coastal areas of northern Cagayan province and up to 0.4m in Divilican, northern Isabela, on 10 May.
• As of 8 May, PAGASA has issued Public Storm Warning Signals #2 (winds of up to 120km/h expected in 24h) and #1 (winds up to 60km/h expected in 36h) for provinces along the eastern part of the country.
• The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Operation Center of the Philippines has raised its Alert Status to Blue as of 7 May.
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"DODONG" has accelerated and maintained its strength.
Sorsogon, Philippines | Friday 5/8/2015 - 09:11 GMT | 264 words
Hundreds of people fled their homes on the slopes of a rumbling Philippine volcano on Friday as authorities warned of rain-driven mudflows from an approaching typhoon that could bury them alive.
Around 500 residents of farming villages around Bulusan volcano, many of them children and elderly women, boarded army trucks clutching sleeping mats and bags of clothes as Typhoon Noul bore down on the area.
"I have no choice but to evacuate. I may not be strong enough to outrun the mud flows," 66-year-old housewife Dolores Guela told AFP.
Officials said she and her meningitis-stricken nine-year-old granddaughter would be among about 1,000 people taken to temporary shelters to wait out the wrath of Noul, which was forecast to bring heavy rains in the region from late Friday.
The typhoon was gusting at up to 185 kph (115 mph) and experts warned debris from two recent ash explosions could rumble down the slopes of the 1,559-metre (5,115-foot) volcano.
State vulcanologists subsequently raised Alert level 1 -- the lowest in a five-step warning system -- on Bulusan.
Minor ash explosions alone would not normally prompt an evacuation, but authorities ordered one nonetheless because of the threat of mud flows from the approaching storm.
Bulusan, on the southeastern tip of the main island of Luzon, is about 400 kilometres (249 miles) south of the capital, Manila. It is among the country's 23 active volcanoes.
Noul would be the fourth major storm or typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. The disaster-prone nation is lashed by an average of 20 each year, routinely killing hundreds of people.
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CARE is on alert in the Philippines as Category Three Typhoon Noul begins to intensify as it moves closer to the Philippines.
Typhoon Noul (known locally as Dodong), which is expected to make landfall near the province of Isabela-Cagayan on Sunday, is packing sustained winds of 150 kilometres per hour near its eye, with wind gusts of up to 185 kilometres. Philippines’ state weather bureau reports that there is a possibility for Noul to develop into a super typhoon due to its intensifying patterns.
CARE teams in Philippines are closely monitoring the typhoon and coordinating with the United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council, and other aid agencies throughout the Philippines.
CARE emergency staff in Manila are on standby to immediately respond if needed. CARE has already identified and alerted its suppliers of emergency food packs and water, sanitation and hygiene kits that have presence across all regions should there be a need for an immediate response.
“Our emergency team is ready to deploy to affected areas and we are ready to respond,” said Elisa Nuada, Acting CARE Philippines’ Country Director.
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 Hagupit (2014), Typhoon Haiyan (2013), Typhoon Bopha (2012) and Typhoon Ketsana (2009). CARE is continuing to support Typhoon Haiyan and Hagupit-affected communities to help them recover and build disaster-resilient livelihoods.
CARE has more than six decades of experience helping people prepare for disasters, providing lifesaving assistance when a crisis hits, and helping communities recover after the emergency has passed.
CARE Australia is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities.
The DSWD announced today that it has enough stockpile of relief goods and standby funds to ensure that the residents in areas projected to be affected by Tropical Storm “Dodong” will have enough supplies.
As of 5 a.m. today, “Dodong” has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) east of Visayas.
To date, 439,808 family packs amounting to P153.77 million are available in all DSWD-Field Offices nationwide, including some 91,667 family packs stockpiled at the National Resource Operations Center in Pasay City. These are ready for distribution, when needed, to local government units that will be affected by the tropical storm.
On the other hand, a total of P67.1 million standby funds is also available in all DSWD-Field Offices for the purchase of emergency relief supplies.
A part of its disaster preparedness, all DSWD disaster teams are on standby, ready to be activated and deployed to disaster areas.
Assistance to IDPs
Meanwhile, the DSWD also continues to provide assistance to the internally displaced families as a result of the continuing armed conflict in Mindanao which has already affected a total of 35,697 families or 177,456 persons.
As of May 6, some 33 evacuation centers remain open housing 8,101 families or 40,435 persons. 29 of the evacuation centers are located in five towns in Maguindanao and in four towns in North Cotabato.
Tropical Cyclone NOUL (Typhoon 'Dodong') has been developing in the Pacific Ocean since 3 May 2015. It continues to gain its strength as it moves west northwest heading to Luzon.The current wind speed is about 150 km/h with 17 km/h movement. Based on PAGASA, NOUL is now 595 km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar Province.
Projection of Typhoon NOUL :
Typhoon NOUL's wind speed may reach 160 km/h or more, in the next days. This falls into Category 3. Landfall is expected to happen in Luzon on 10 May. PAGASA, estimated that heavy to intense rainfall amount within 300 km diameter of the typhoon. Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) no.1 is issued for several areas in Luzon and Northern Samar (Visayas).
Typhoon NOUL is the fourth typhoon to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this year. On average, the Philippines experiences between 20-24 typhoons every year.
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"DODONG" has slowed down as it continues to move in a west northwest direction. At 4:00 AM, 08 May 2015, the center of Typhoon "DODONG" was located based on all available data at 595 km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar (11.9°N, 130.9°E), with maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph. It is forecasted to move West Northwest at 17 kph.
Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) No. 01 is hoisted in Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Polilio Island, and Northern Sa mar.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
Alert Level Status
Alert Level 1 (Abnormal) remains in effect over Bulusan Volcano. This indicates that hydrothermal processes may be underway beneath the volcano that may lead to more steam-driven eruptions
a) At 9:46 PM, 06 May 2015, Bulusan Volcano (12.7667°N, 124.0500°E) in Sorsogon Province generated a steam-driven explosion from a vent on its northwest upper slopes that propelled an ash plume approximately 250 m high before it drifted westward. The explosion event lasted 3.5 minutes based on the seismic records. Traces of ash were observed in Sitio Tulay of Brgy. Bagsangan. Cogan, Monbon, and Tinampo in Irosin, Sorsogon
b) This event was preceded by a similar steam-driven explosion from the same fissure vent on 01 May 2015 that lasted 5 minutes.
c) Such explosions are typical to Bulusan during restive periods, when its hydrothermal system is disturbed or when steam accumulates and pressurizes at the shallow levels of the volcanic edifice.
d) Based on past records, more explosions can be expected to occur with varying intensity, duration and distribution of ash.
a) The local government units and the public are reminded that entry to the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strictly prohibited due to the possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions.
b) Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano1s summit as ash from any sudden phreatic eruption can be hazardous to aircrafts.
c) People living within valleys and along river/stream channels should be vigilant against sediment-laden stream flows and lahars in the event of heavy and prolonged rainfall.
Being identified as important ground for disaster risk reduction education, Philippine Science High School campuses in the country sent their faculty and staff to a comprehensive training-workshop facilitated by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).The three-day "Training on Disaster Risk Reduction: The Role of Philippine Science High School (PSHS or Pisay) System" held on April 28-30 at PHIVOLCS auditorium, was intended for PISAY being an institution under the umbrella of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
Upon the enactment of RA10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, DOST became Vice Chair for Prevention and Mitigation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and furthered its involvement not only in the national but also in regional, provincial and local levels.
With the restructured NDRRMC, DOST Regional Offices are expected to be well-capacitated as duty-bearers and members of the local DRRM Councils.PHIVOLCS personnel, headed by Dr Renato U Solidum, Jr, and experts from PAGASA, NAMRIA, OCD and MGB served as speakers during the training.
The objective of the training was for the participants to understand the role of DOST and DOST-attached agencies in the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Structure in the local levels (in the case of PSHS- their specific campus sites).
The training started off with an overview of the functions and services of involved agencies, the different natural hazards and disasters, a discussion on the operations of the national weather monitoring system and national earthquake monitoring system, early warning system. It was also emphasized the importance of understanding the issuance of advisories and alerts. PHIVOLCS discussed volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and their hazards, its Earthquake Intensity Scale and Multi-Parameter Volcano Monitoring System and National Monitoring Network for Earthquake and Tsunami, school-based earthquake preparedness and how to conduct earthquake drill and preparing an earthquake evacuation plan, and its hazard maps and information products.
MANILA, May 7 (Reuters) - The Philippines is bracing for a typhoon heading for the northeast of the main island of Luzon and expected to make landfall on Sunday, bringing heavy to intense rainfall, the weather bureau said.
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