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Philippines: Red Cross continues its efforts to help communities affected by Typhoon Mario

22 September 2014 - 1:03am
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

Manila, Philippines -- As typhoon Mario (international name Fung Wong) weakens and exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to be in full swing in assessing and responding to the immediate needs of thousands of families in various areas affected by the storm.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordon, who has directed the organization's efforts at the Operation Center and in the field, said that at the height of the rains generated by the typhoon, amphibious vehicles of the Red Cross were deployed in Marikina and Quezon city, areas that were heavily flooded.

"The amphibious vehicles act like motherships that can collect a large number of people, and our rescue boats go inside alleys and streets to rescue people, so that trapped residents can be taken to dry land and then brought to evacuation centers," he said.

So far, over 600 people have been rescued by the Red Cross, including assisting pregnant women who are about to give birth to get to the nearest hospitals.

Once the evacuations started, Gordon ordered that hot meals be brought to the sites, and over 6,000 individuals have been served with food and water in Quezon City, Manila, Pasay and Valenzuela evacuation centers

He added that welfare desks and first aid stations have also been put up so that residents who need medical attention can be cared for by volunteer doctors, nurses and social workers.

As the clean up efforts got underway, Gordon also called on 143 volunteers across the large swath of area traversed by typhoon Mario to help clear debris, and hose down streets and roads to ensure the safe passage of pedestrians and motorists.

Meanwhile, Philippine Red Cross Secretary Gwendolyn Pang said that over 390 volunteers and 66 staff were deployed and mobilized for rescue and relief operations.

PRC emergency response units (ERUs) and emergency response vehicles such as rubber boats, amphibian, rescue trucks and ambulances which were prepositioned before the storm hit made a huge difference in response efforts, she said.

"Once again, the staff and volunteers of the Red Cross have proven that leadership and preparation is key to effective mobilization efforts. Even before Mario hit, they were already alerted, and supplies and resources prepositioned, so that when the time came to respond , they were able to do so very effectively," she said.

Pang also said that communities affected by typhoon Mario "will receive our assistance and support long after this typhoon has passed."

She also added that the PRC Social services has already deployed social workers to man 13 welfare desks to deliver its psychosocial support program, and that over 1,500 individuals have been reached with hygiene promotion activities.

Pang also directed all nearby chapters that were not affected by typhoon Mario to provide all support needed by affected chapters.

Philippines: NDDRMC Update Sitrep No. 06 re Monitoring Activities on the Alert Status of Mayon Volcano

22 September 2014 - 12:25am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

l. SITUATION OVERVIEW

ALERT STATUS OF MAYON VOLCANO

  • Alert Level 3 is still in effect as of 8:00 AM, 22 September 2014, which means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks. Mayon Volcano’s seismic network recorded three (3) volcanic earthquakes and thirteen (13) rockfall events during the past 24-hour observation period.

  • Weak to moderate emission of white steam plumes drifting northeast and north-northeast was observed. Crater glow was not observed last night. Sulfur dioxide (SOZ) flux was measured at an average of 1,290 tonnes/day on 19 September 2014, although 802 emission rates peaked at 2,360 tonnes/day on 06 September 2014. Ground deformation data showed inflationary changes in the edifice from February 2014 based on precise levelling surveys on the 3rd week of August 2014, and edifice inflation from January 2012 baselines based on continuous tilt measurement.

  • All the above data indicate that the volcano is exhibiting relatively high unrest due to the movement of potentially eruptible magma.

Philippines: NDDRMC Update on Alert Status and Activity of Mayon Volcano, 22 September 2014

22 September 2014 - 12:25am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

l. SITUATION OVERVIEW

ALERT STATUS OF MAYON VOLCANO

  • Alert Level 3 is still in effect as of 8:00 AM, 22 September 2014, which means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks. Mayon Volcano’s seismic network recorded three (3) volcanic earthquakes and thirteen (13) rockfall events during the past 24-hour observation period.

  • Weak to moderate emission of white steam plumes drifting northeast and north-northeast was observed. Crater glow was not observed last night. Sulfur dioxide (SOZ) flux was measured at an average of 1,290 tonnes/day on 19 September 2014, although 802 emission rates peaked at 2,360 tonnes/day on 06 September 2014. Ground deformation data showed inflationary changes in the edifice from February 2014 based on precise levelling surveys on the 3rd week of August 2014, and edifice inflation from January 2012 baselines based on continuous tilt measurement.

  • All the above data indicate that the volcano is exhibiting relatively high unrest due to the movement of potentially eruptible magma.

Philippines: Peace Accord Brings Potential for Development in Southern Philippines

22 September 2014 - 12:05am
Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Philippines

Philippines - The International Organization for Migration has outlined its proposed inputs into the recovery effort in the conflict-wracked Mindanao region of the Southern Philippines. At a high-level conference in the capital Manila yesterday, IOM’s Chief of Mission Marco Boasso spoke of his gratitude for the trust that Government and other players have placed in the Organization on the “long walk to peace”.

Hostilities in central and western Mindanao region have been a major obstacle to development for more than 40 years. It has the lowest development indicators and highest poverty rates in the Philippines, comparable to Niger, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Yemen.

The conflict has cost an estimated 120,000 lives with millions affected by multiple displacements, loss of family members and destruction of property. However, in March 2014, the signing of an accord between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) led to hopes of peace and prosperity for the troubled region.

The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (as the planned autonomous region is to be known) is viewed as the most positive step towards resolution of the conflict, though there are still many precarious steps before a lasting peace can be reached.

Yesterday’s forum was convened to discuss the Community Revitalization Initiative for Bangsamoro (CRIB) and was attended by representatives from over 30 countries and international agencies as well as members of the private sector and various national bodies.

The initiative, which outlines possible peace-building activities in Mindanao, supports five key sectors: socio-economic integration and reintegration, health and psychosocial support, transitional justice, and humanitarian assistance. IOM is a key actor in all these areas due to the Organization’s global experience in post-conflict countries, its four-decade presence in the Philippines, and its ability to respond to the identified priority needs of the Bangsamoro Community.

The CRIB is a reflection of the ongoing partnerships IOM has been developing with the Government of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, the Bangsamoro Transmission Commission and the Bangsamoro Development Agency. With these agencies, the Government of the Philippines, and the UN Country Team, IOM hopes to support the local authorities to promote peace and stabilization, supporting IDPs, returnees, and ex-combatants integrate into their communities, and thus contribute to socio-economic progress.

IOM has responded to complex emergencies including armed conflicts, flooding and typhoons over the past 20 years. It remains actively involved in providing direct emergency response and stabilization activities for complex emergencies; IOM has sub-offices in Cotabato and Zamboanga City.

Introducing IOM’s potential contributions, IOM Philippines' Chief of Mission Marco Boasso said, “I am grateful for the trust that all parties concerned have placed in our Organization. We will all have to think out of the box in supporting community revitalization and redevelopment in Bangsamoro.”

Mohagher Iqbal, Bangsamoro Transition Commission chairman welcomed IOM’s involvement in co-convening the conference, saying, “This gathering is not only timely but an initiative in the right direction. I congratulate IOM and the men and women behind this initiative who made this forum possible.”

For more information please contact

Marco Boasso
IOM Manila
Email: mboasso@iom.int

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 9 re Effects of Tropical Storm MARIO (Fung-Wong)

21 September 2014 - 8:00pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

The Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Visayas has developed to a Tropical Depression and was named "Mario" on 17 September 2014 and exited the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 22 September 2014.

Philippines: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (16 - 22 Sep 2014)

21 September 2014 - 8:00pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: India, Myanmar, Philippines, Viet Nam preview

PHILIPPINES

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (known locally as Mario) was the 13th tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on 18 Sep.
According to the NDRRMC, over 872,400 people were affected in 27 provinces of Regions I, II, III, IV-B, V, VII, CAR and NCRD. Of these, over 161,800 people are located in 376 evacuation centres. 11 people are reported dead, 12 injured and two are missing. The Government is leading the response, including search and rescue operations.

Forecasts indicate that TS Fung-Wong will be located outside the Phillipine Area of Responsibility by late 22 Sep.

11dead

872,400 people affected

On 15 Sep, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level of Mayon Volcano from 2 to 3, on a five-level alert system.
Studies indicate that a hazardous eruption is possible within weeks. In response, the Provincial Government of Albay declared a State of Calamity in 46 barangays within the 6 km Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and the 6 to 8 km Extended High-Risk Zone around the volcano. Mandatory evacuations in the PDZ began on 16 Sep. As of 18 Sep, over 43,800 people have been evacuated by the provincial authorities.
While the Government has not made a formal request for international assistance, local authorities have requested tents which may be used as alternative classrooms and logistics support to transport food and non-food items for the displaced. Humanitarian agencies are coordinating closely with the Office of Civil Defense and the Department of Social Welfare and Development to monitor the situation.

43,800people evacuated

INDIA

Floods and landslides in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, which started on 2 Sep 2014, have affected almost two million people and killed 280, with floodwaters yet to recede in parts of Srinagar. The Indian Armed Forces have wound down their rescue operation, but continue to provide relief and medical assistance to the region.
A joint rapid needs assessment is underway with the support of dozens of local civil society organizations supporting the government-led response.

3 280 dead

2M families affected

VIET NAM
Typhoon Kalmaegi strengthened over the South China Sea and made landfall in Viet Nam on 16 Sep, bringing high winds to parts of the Leizhou Peninsula and Hainan Island.
The Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control reported that over 55,000 people were evacuated from Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Thai Binh and Nam Dinh provinces on 17 Sep.
According to the National Committee for Search and Rescue, 11 deaths and nine injuries were reported due to landslides. Local authorities continue to lead the response.
The system weakened after making landfall and brought heavy rains to Laos as well as southern Guangdong, Guangxi and Yunnan provinces in China on 17 Sep.

29,000 families affected

MYANMAR

Five residential areas of Tachileik, on the border between Shan State and northern Thailand, were hit by floods caused by heavy rains on 17 Sep. According to government sources, over 4,600 people were affected and evacuated to temporary sites. Schools in the region are closed until further notice. While the extent of damages have not been fully assessed, many market stalls were reported to be severely damaged.

Philippines: NDDRMC Update Sitrep No. 05 re Monitoring Activities on the Alert Status of Mayon Volcano

21 September 2014 - 1:25am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

Alert Level 3 remains in effect as of 8:00 AM, 20 September 2014, which means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks. Mayon Volanno's seismic network recorded 22 volcanic earthquakes and 77 rockfall events during the past 24-hour observation period as of 1600H 19th September 2014.

Philippines: MDRRMC Update SitRep No.7 re Effects of Tropical Storm MARIO (Fung-Wong)

20 September 2014 - 8:00pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

Tropical Storm "MARIO" has maintained its strength as it continues to over Taiwan with the following data:

China - Taiwan Province: Tropical storm Fung-Wong lashes Taiwan, killing one

20 September 2014 - 8:00pm
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: China - Taiwan Province, Philippines

09/21/2014 10:23 GMT

TAIPEI, September 21, 2014 (AFP) - Tropical storm Fung-Wong on Sunday pounded Taiwan with torrential downpours and powerful winds, killing one person and forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights and ferry services.

A 50-year-old drowned near his home in Peinan, a township in southeastern Taitung county, the Central Emergency Operation Center said, while another man in the county was injured by falling rocks.

The defence ministry has ordered 48,000 soldiers to be on stand-by while fishing boats were advised to seek shelter at ports.

Fung-Wong scraped the southern tip of the island around 10:00 am (0200 GMT) after it veered east away from its forecast route, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The storm brought torrential rains and strong winds which whipped high waves off the south coast, forcing thousands of tourists and surfers to leave the popular Kenting area.

Packing winds of 90 kilometres (56 miles) per hour, Fung-Wong had dumped up to 60 centimetres (24 inches) of rain as it tracked north-northeast, the bureau said.

"As heavy rains could trigger landslides, people should stay away from the mountainous areas," a weather forecaster from the bureau said as the authorities evacuated more than 1,200 residents from areas prone to mudslides.

A total of 57 domestic and seven international flights were cancelled and ferry services to the offshore islands and mainland China were also suspended, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center.

Kaohsiung was on alert as authorities deployed water pumps to the main southern city, which is still recovering from a huge blast which killed 30 people and damaged a large part of its drainage system in July.

As of 5:30 pm (0930 GMT), the storm was 60 kilometres south of eastern Hualien city and moving north at an hourly speed of 22 kilometres, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The storm was expected to churn further northwards along the east coast before making landfall in the north, it said.

It was the second storm to hit the island this year, following Typhoon Matmo in July.

A TransAsia Airways domestic flight crashed after an aborted landing during Matmo, killing 48 people on board while 10 passengers survived.

In the Philippines, Fung-Wong claimed 10 lives, with roof-high floods forcing 83,000 people from their homes, after heavy rains paralysed the capital Manila and nearby regions.

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Philippines: MDRRMC Update SitRep No.6 re Effects of Tropical Storm MARIO (Fung-Wong)

20 September 2014 - 8:00pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

Tropical Storm "MARIO" maintained its strength and continues to move closer to southern Taiwan with the following data:

China - Taiwan Province: Tropical storm Fung-Wong lashes Taiwan

20 September 2014 - 8:00pm
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: China - Taiwan Province, Philippines

09/21/2014 04:52 GMT

TAIPEI, September 21, 2014 (AFP) - Tropical storm Fung-Wong, which left 10 dead in the Philippines, on Sunday pounded Taiwan with torrential downpours and strong winds, forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights and ferry services.

The defence ministry has ordered 48,000 soldiers to be on stand-by while fishing boats were advised to seek shelter at ports.

Fung-Wong scrapped the southern tip of the island around 10:00 am (0200 GMT) after it veered east away from its forecast route, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The storm brought torrential rains and strong winds which whipped high waves off the south coast, forcing thousands of tourists and surfers to leave the popular Kenting area.

Packing winds of 90 kilometres (56 miles) per hour, Fung-Wong had dumped up to 60 centimetres (24 inches) of rain as it tracked north-northeast, the bureau said.

"As heavy rains could trigger landslides, people should stay away from the mountainous areas," a weather forecaster from the bureau said as the authorities evacuated more than 1,200 residents from areas prone to mudslides.

A total of 57 domestic and seven international flights were cancelled and ferry services to the offshore islands and mainland China were also suspended, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center.

Kaohsiung was on alert as authorities deployed water pumps to the main southern city, which is still recovering from a huge blast which killed 30 people and damaged a good part of its drainage system in July.

The storm was expected to churn northwards along the east coast, the Central Weather Bureau said.

It was the second storm to hit the island this year, following Typhoon Matmo in July.

A TransAsia Airways domestic flight crashed after an aborted landing during Matmo, killing 48 people on board while 10 passengers survived.

In the Philippines, Fung-Wong claimed 10 lives, with roof-high floods forcing 83,000 people from their homes, after heavy rains paralysed the capital Manila and nearby regions.

cty/mtp

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Philippines: Philippines picks up pieces after storm leaves five dead

20 September 2014 - 1:54am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

09/20/2014 05:35 GMT

MANILA, September 20, 2014 (AFP) - Thousands of people displaced by floods triggered by tropical storm Fung-Wong returned to their mud-caked homes in the Philippine capital Saturday, as the death toll from the disaster rose to five, officials said.

Heavy rains paralysed the sprawling metropolis of more than 12 million people and nearby regions on Friday, with roof-high floods chasing 83,000 people from their homes, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

"We have no choice but to come back. We can't afford to rent an apartment," butcher's wife Lovi Barbosa, 35, told AFP as she attempted to remove dirt from the floor of her home near a still swollen creek.

She said she and her five children, aged between two and 10, spent a sleepless night sat on the cold floor outside a tyre repair shop because the local school was already full of similarly displaced neighbours.

Three weeks' worth of rain swamped the region on Friday, state meteorologists said, as the eye of the relatively weak storm brushed past the northern tip of the main island of Luzon, more than 400 kilometres (250 miles) away.

The state weather service said Fung-Wong was forecast to hit Taiwan on Sunday.

Many of the areas hardest hit by floods, such as Barbosa's neighbourhood, are shantytowns illegally occupying the banks of rivers and other waterways.

"Generally, the floods have already subsided. People are starting to return to their homes," Alexander Pama, executive director of the disaster council, said Saturday.

The bad weather left five people dead and one missing, he told a news conference.

The storm itself caused power outages across northern Luzon, while rough seas left a small ferry off the central port of Cebu badly damaged on Friday, Pama added.

Navy rescuers along with nearby commercial ships retrieved 31 people from the stricken vessel, Philippine Navy spokeswoman Commander Marineth Domingo told AFP.

An average of 20 typhoons or major storms hit the Philippines each year, killing hundreds and bringing misery to millions.

Super Typhoon Haiyan, bringing the strongest winds ever recorded on land, left 7,300 people dead or missing across the central Philippines in November last year.

In September 2009, Tropical Storm Ketsana dumped a month's worth of rain across Manila in just six hours, unleashing the worst flooding in the capital in four decades and killing more than 460 people.

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World: A Sign of Things to Come? Examining four major climate-related disasters, 2010-2013, and their impacts on food security

19 September 2014 - 4:51pm
Source: Oxfam Country: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Somalia, World preview

Four recent extreme weather events – the 2010 heat wave in Russia, the flooding in Pakistan in the same year, the 2010–2011 drought in East Africa and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 – were notable for their intensity, duration, and impacts on livelihoods and food security.

As part of its food and climate justice campaign, Oxfam commissioned researchers from the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute and The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security to examine the impact of these extreme weather events on vulnerable people, exploring when and why threats emerge.

The report identifies cases where extreme weather events exacerbated existing unfavourable conditions, and considers the roles of governance in state and non-state responses to each emergency. The relevance of climate change is also discussed, through an examination of scientific evidence about the influence of human emissions on extreme weather events, and explorative scenario analysis to consider the potential impacts of increased extreme weather severity on food security.

Philippines: 19 September 2014: The Philippines - Tropical Cyclone FUNG-WONG

19 September 2014 - 2:02pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Philippines preview

Situation

• FUNG - WONG (known as “MARIO” in the Philippines) made landfall in the northern tip of Cagayan province, northern Luzon, in the early hours of September, with Tropical Storm intensity .
Subsequently, it moved towards the Strait of Luzon.

• On 19 September,.UTC, FUNG - WONG was still a Tropical Storm, with maximum sustained wind speed ofkm/h, and its centre was located near the north - western land strip of Cagayan.
In the next 24h, it is forecast to move north - west over the Strait of Luzon and then turn north, towards Taiwan. Its intensity is expected to increase, remaining however a Tropical Storm.

• Over 19-20 September, moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast for Luzon, including the area of Manila, and flashfloods and landslides may occur, according to PAGASA . A Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) #is in effect for the provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte and Apayo.

• The heavy rainfall that affected central and northern Philippines during the past few days, due to the passage of Tropical Cyclones and the Southwest Monsoon, has caused floods and landslides.
WMO reports 268 mm of rain in 24h in Manila, on 18 September.

• As of 19 September, the NDRRMC reports death and over 430 000 people affected in parts of Central Luzon, the National Capital Region, Mindoro Occidental ( Mimaropa ) and Cebu (Central Visayas ) .
Sources : GDACS , JTWC , PAGASA , NDRRMC , WMO

Philippines: Philippines: Mayon Volcano (as of 18 September 2014)

19 September 2014 - 7:29am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: OCHA Philippines Flash Update 1 - Mayon Volcano (19 September 2014)

19 September 2014 - 7:16am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

On 15 September, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level of Mayon Volcano (located in Albay province, Region V, Bicol) from 2 to 3, on a five-level alert system indicating that magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption is possible within weeks.

A State of Calamity was declared in 46 barangays (lowest administrative unit in the Philippines) within the 6 km Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and the 6 to 8 km Extended High-Risk Zone around the volcano in three cities (Legazpi, Tabaco, Ligao) and five municipalities (Malilipot, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan and Santo Domingo) according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The declaration allows local governments to access emergency funds, freeze prices on basic goods, apply for no-interest loans and request for international assistance.

The Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported a total of 9,063 families (43,872 people) were evacuated from the PDZ as of 18 September. Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (known locally as Mario), however, are hampering ongoing evacuation efforts.

Local authorities continue to lead the response with support from government line agencies. Based on the 2009 eruption, authorities have developed a planning scenario and identified potential challenges particularly in providing assistance inside evacuation centres for a prolonged period of time. The Department of Social Welfare and Development has pre-positioned a total of 2,000 family food packs and 1,890 sacks of rice are being transported from Manila to the affected areas. On 17 September, the NDRRMC Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment Core Group identified need for additional food and non-food items (medicines, blankets, WASH hygiene kits), portable toilets, emergency health personnel and tents for alternative classrooms. At the national level, the Government activated the following clusters based on the National Disaster Response Plan: Camp Coordination and Camp Management; Food and NFI; Health; WASH; MHPSS; Nutrition; IDP Protection and Emergency Shelter; Education; and Logistics.

The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) met on 19 September to identify preparedness actions to support the Government. A field visit around Mayon Volcano to further identify the immediate needs in the evacuation centres and the affected areas will be conducted by the Government and HCT members on 21 September.

The next Flash Update will be issued as soon as more information is available.

A map of the volcano and the affected areas are attached for reference. Information on Mayon Volcano alert levels is available at: http://goo.gl/rUcffO

For more information, contact: David Carden, Head of Office, carden@un.org, Mobile: +63-917-513-9924 Orla Fagan, Public Information Officer, fagano@un.org, Mobile: +63-917-597-7219

To be added or deleted from the OCHA Philippines mailing list, please email manipol@un.org.

Philippines: SitRep No.2 re Effects of Tropical Storm MARIO (Fung-Wong) as enhanced by Southwest Monsoon

18 September 2014 - 11:26pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

Tropical Storm "MARIO" has maintained its strength and has made landfall over the northern tip of Cagayan.

Philippines: Situation report on tropical storm Mario as of 5:00 a.m., September 19, 2014

18 September 2014 - 11:26pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

From the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

Update

  • Tropical Storm “MARIO” was estimated based on all available data at 212 km East of Casiguran, Aurora (16.1°N, 121.1°E).
  • With maximum winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph.
  • It is forecasted to move West Northwest at 22 kph.
  • Saturday morning: 91km North Northeast of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
  • Sunday morning: 195km Northwest of Basco, Batanes
  • Monday morning: 643km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility
  • Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal #2 and #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
  • Estimated rainfall amount is from 7 – 20 mm per hour (moderate – intense) within the 350 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.
  • The combined effect of Southwest Monsoon and TS “MARIO” will bring moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms in Bicol Region and Eastern and Central Visayas which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
  • Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao

Public Storm Warning Signal

Signal No. 2

  • Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Mt. Province, Abra and Ilocos Norte

Signal No. 1

  • Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Batanes Group of Islands Effects

SUSPENSION OF CLASSES

Classes have been suspended in Cebu Province, Lapu-Lapu City, Carcar, Naga, Talisay City, Mandaue City, and Catanduanes Province.

STATUS OF STRANDEES

There are a total of 159 passengers, 18 vessels, 35 rolling cargoes stranded in various ports.

Preparedness Measures

NDRRMC Operations Center

  • NDRRMC Operations Center is on BLUE ALERT Status and continuously monitors and disseminates Severe Weather Bulletins, 24-hour Public Weather Forecasts, Gale Warning, and General Flood Advisories to all RDRRMCs/OCDRCs through SMS, facsimile, and websites for further dissemination to their respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMCs) from the provincial down to the municipal levels; and directed RDRRMCs concerned through the OCD Regional Centers to undertake precautionary measures in their respective areas of responsibilities (AOR)

18 September 2014

  • Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) Core Group, led by Executive Director USEC. Pama convened at the NDRRMC Operations Center for a meeting in anticipation to Tropical Storm Mario (FUNG-WONG)

PAGASA

  • Continuously monitors the situation and disseminate weather bulletins, gale warnings, general flood advisories, and 24-hour public weather forecast
  • Issued a Report on Commencement of Flood Warning Operations for Magat Flood Forecasting Warning Section Dam Office on 18 September 2014 at 11:10 AM
  • Issued Magat River Flood Bulletin No. 01 on 18 September 2014 at 11:45 AM. Expected to have an increase in water level along Magat River

DSWD

  • To date, DSWD FOs have standby funds amounting to PhP 73,406,689.31 (PhP 316,567 family food packs, PhP 97,045,613.49 food items and PhP 95,241,526.21 of non-food items)
  • Closely coordinate with DSWD FOs affected by TS “Mario” for significant reports

DOH

  • Sends weather bulletin to all Regional Health Office Directors and RHEMS Coordinators
  • Continuous monitoring of the event through PAGASA website

AFP

  • Directed the Major Services to prepare for the conduct of HADR Operations in coordination with concerned LGUs/Agencies in their AOR

PNP

  • Disseminates weather bulletins to all PPOs and SCPO down to lower units to undertake appropriate preparations

BFP

BFP Region 3

  • Continuous monitoring and on standby alert

Philippines: NDDRMC Update Sitrep No. 3 re Monitoring Activities on the Alert Status of Mayon Volcano

18 September 2014 - 10:57pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

Alert Level 3 remains in effect as of 8:00 AM, 18 September 2014, which means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks. Mayon Volanno's seismic network recorded (142) volcanic earthquakes and 251 rockfall events during the past 24-hour observation period.