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Philippines: Philippines - Tropical Cyclone NOCK-TEN / NINA (DG ECHO, NDRRMC, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 27 December 2016)

27 December 2016 - 9:55pm
Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: Philippines
  • The typhoon NOCK-TEN also known locally as NINA made a total 8 land falls: Ground Zero is the island-province of Catanduanes which is said to be the hardest hit, and where the typhoon first landed with sustained winds of 185km/h at around 6:00 in the evening of Christmas day. Out of the 8 landfall areas, 5 are islands and therefore accessible mostly only by boat. Communication and information have been limited. Electric power is cut out in most of the affected areas.

  • As of 27 December Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (PDRRMOs) declared that they do not know yet the exact extent of the damage and needs as they have yet to access the different areas in their localities. Most are still inaccessible due to fallen trees and electric posts, landslides, damaged bridges, and rubble on several road networks.

  • According to The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) a population of 383 100 where evacuated, the casualties until now are 7 dead and 18 missing. 318 flights were cancelled.

Philippines: Help Families Affected by Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten)

27 December 2016 - 9:32pm
Source: World Vision Country: Philippines

Despite typhoon Nina (Nock-ten) being downgraded to a severe tropical storm as it leaves the country, families in central Philippines will still need assistance following the damage to their homes and sources of income.

“Clearing operations have started in the different parts of Camarines. While traveling to Naga City, we saw families leaving evacuation centres to head back home to gauge the damage caused to their property,” says Maricel Francia, World Vision’s Programme Officer based in Camarines Norte. World Vision emergency response teams in the Bicol region have been constantly coordinating with local government units since yesterday, December 26 to determine the immediate need of the affected population and the extent of damages to infrastructure and property.

World Vision’s rapid assessment team of staff skilled in emergency response management, child protection, health and nutrition and documentation is now heading to Bicol region from Manila, to reinforce WV staff on the ground.

According to the national disaster risk reduction and management council (NDRRMC), about 25,000 families, with around 81% coming from the Bicol region, were affected by typhoon Nina (international name: Nock-ten).

Officials have declared a ‘state of calamity’ in the provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Sur and Albay. Six casualties have been reported. As of December 27, 13 road sections and three bridges in regions II, MIMAROPA, V and VII are still not passable while 114 areas are experiencing power cuts since December 25.

“Our main focus is on assessing the immediate needs of families and communities, especially the children displaced by the typhoon. Due to the breakdown of infrastructure, lack of electricity at night and lack of privacy, children are vulnerable to physical dangers due to debris and other child protection issues,” says Rommel Fuerte, the Acting National Director, World Vision Philippines.

As per the weather bureau PAGASA, the typhoon is expected to exit the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) by late evening of 27 December or early morning of 28 December. All Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals have been lifted. World Vision continues to monitor the situations of typhoon-stricken communities in the Bicol region as weather improves. Despite Nina being downgraded to a severe tropical storm as it leaves the country, families in central Philippines will still need assistance following the damage to their homes and sources of income. “There is a need for providing clean drinking water to the typhoon affected population. Many people are now buying water from water stations. People fear that the tap water maybe contaminated due to the flooding. Some families in the coastal areas, especially people whose houses have been totally damaged, need sleeping mats and blankets. The livelihood of farmers and farming laborers have been affected due to damaged caused to copra and rice fields,” says Karen Gonzales, World Vision staff in Camarines Sur.

The government is now responding to the needs of affected populations. The NDRRMC through social welfare department said P7,112,134 (USD142,799) worth of relief assistance was provided to the families.

“World Vision is ready to support the government’s emergency response efforts with prepositioned relief items on standby in Luzon and Visayas warehouses. The relief items can cater to 4,000 families (approx. 20,000 people) contain kitchen sets, emergency shelter kits (tarps and ropes), hygiene kits (toothbrush, toothpaste, underwear, bath and laundry soaps, sanitary napkins, nail cutter) and other non-food items such as mosquito nets and blankets,” says, Ajab Macapagat Director for Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Director, World Vision Philippines.Photos by Maricel Francia/World Vision/December 27, 2016

For donations, go to www.worldvision.org.ph/typhoon-nina/donate Or deposit through any of the following Philippine banks:

BPI Account: 4251-0024-15
BDO Account: 000-2700-4341-1
PS Bank Account: 038-33200013-8
Metrobank Account: 060-7060518641

Please send a copy of your deposit slip with the words "Nina Relief" and your name to wvphilippines@wvi.org

Philippines: Child Protection and Health: “Health Emergency Response Unit and youth lead community outreach: Joint health and child protection interventions in the Typhoon Haiyan response (Philippines)”

27 December 2016 - 4:19pm
Source: Protection Cluster Country: Philippines

This six-page case study details the barangays (native Filipino term for village or district) around Ormoc City, in the province of Leyte in the Philippines. Ormoc and its surrounds were significantly impacted by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, and humanitarian needs quickly grew. Recognizing that increased stress for those impacted by a natural disaster can lead to an increase in violence against children, members of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement enhanced child protection prevention work, using a youth-led, community-based approach.

Philippines: Philippine Red Cross continues operations in Typhoon Nina affected areas

27 December 2016 - 10:15am
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

Days after Typhoon Nina (International name Nock-Ten) made its first landfall and battered Catanduanes and provinces in the Bicol region, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to makeits presence felt in the affected areas through its local chapters and Red Cross 143 volunteers by extending assistance throughwelfare desk, clearing operations and provision of hot meals in evacuation centers and to stranded passengers in various seaports.

In the immediate aftermath of the typhoon, Red Cross teams were among the first on the ground to monitor and immediatelyrespond to the occasion. Reports were immediately sent to PRC Operation Center.

PRC Operations Center reports that Nina affected 335 barangays in 73 cities and municipalities. A total of 41,994 families or roughly 200,000 individuals were affected by the typhoon, which caused damage to some 400 houses based on initial data collected.

Typhoon Nina left a trail of destruction that includes 430 totally damaged houses and 1,205 partially damaged houses, 3 damaged health facilities, temporarily displaced thousands of families and left 3 people dead. More data are collected from the affected areas by the volunteers and deployed assessment team. Aside from damaged houses, much of people’s livelihoods were affected, disrupted water supply, electricity with communication lines down.

In response, PRC provided hot meals to 2,122 individuals (Catanduanes- 406, Masbate- 119, Samar- 275, Pablo- 367, Batangas- 955), 1,084 food items to 1,084 families in Sorsogon, assisted people due to health conditions, mobilized 94 people (59 volunteers and 35 staff) to assess and rescue people.

“Red Cross was able to provide rescue, welfare assistance, debris clearing, provision of hot meals in various terminals and ports and first aid management in Nina affected areas. We also mobilized drones in 3 provinces to better see the whole damage done by the typhoon. With the help of our volunteers on the ground, assessment and rescue were swiftly done and appropriate assistance will be delivered to the affected families and communities,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.

“The Red Cross needs all the help we can get to help the vulnerable families in the affected areas recover from the ordeal and devastation they experienced from Typhoon Nina. There are still more that needs to be done and we are just starting with our operations to provide assistance that the affected families need for them to fully recover and get back on their own feet,” Gordon emphasized.

The PRC is appealing for support to fund its response and early recovery programs for Typhoon Nina affected families and communities. Interested parties may deposit their cash donations to the following PRC savings accounts:

BANCO DE ORO
Account name: Philippine Red Cross Branch: Port Area, Manila Peso: 00453-0190938 Dollar: 10-453-0039482 Swift Code: BNOR PH MM

METROBANK
Account name: Philippine Red Cross Branch: Port Area, Manila Peso: 151-7-15152434-2 Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2 Swift Code: MBTC PH MM

The Red Cross is also accepting donations in kind like sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, tarpaulins, hygiene kits, rice, ready-to-eat easy-to-open canned goods and noodles.

PRC’s national headquarters, located at 37 EDSA corner Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong, is accepting donations in kind.

For more information on how to donate, interested parties may contact the PRC Fund Generation Department at 790-2300 loc. 807/826 and look for Ms. Esmeralda Villanueva, Fund Generation Director or you may also visit www.redcross.org.ph/getinvolved/donate-now.

Help save lives and alleviate human suffering by donating to the Red Cross.

Philippines: Philippine Red Cross emergency teams deploy in the wake of Typhoon Nock-Ten

27 December 2016 - 7:03am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

By Patrick Fuller, IFRC

Philippine Red Cross disaster response teams are assessing the humanitarian impact of Typhoon Nock-Ten, also known as Nina, which swept across the central region of the Philippines over the Christmas period. The Category 4 typhoon first made landfall in Bato, Catanduanes late on December 25th bringing with it high winds and heavy rains. It then spent two days tracking northwest across the country before heading west into the South China Sea on 27 December.

Over 400,000 people were displaced from their homes across 18 provinces. They sought shelter in temporary evacuations centres such as schools and public buildings. Volunteers from Philippine Red Cross Chapters in Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate, San Pablo and Batangas have provided over 3,000 cooked meals to evacuees.

Red Cross rapid assessment teams including drone operators have deployed to areas where Nock-Ten made successive landfalls, including Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines Sur. Damage reports are now starting to come in as the teams move out into rural areas. Access to some areas however, remains restricted. Fallen trees and several landslides have made many roads impassable and communications in some areas have been severed due to downed electricity posts.

“Initial reports indicate wind and flood damage to homes, infrastructure and agriculture,” said Patrick Elliott, Operations Manager with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in the Philippines. “We expect a Typhoon of this strength to cause significant damage to lightweight structures and our teams on the ground have seen plenty of homes with their roofs ripped off as well as damage to banana plantations and stripped coconut trees. In the coming days we expect to have a more accurate picture of the situation as we reach more remote areas”.

The typhoon had been forecast to bring severe weather and flooding to the Metro Manila region, but the Philippine capital was spared the worst as the storm weakened and moved slightly south.

Chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, Richard Gordon, expressed concern for other parts of the country that have fared worse.

“Although it was only drizzling in Manila, it's a different story for the Bicol region and other parts of our country,” explained Mr. Gordon. “It’s likely that this typhoon devastated a wider area than we imagined. It is important to remember that in recent months, the country has been struck by four major typhoons and it is often the same people who get hit each time by these storms. They become increasingly vulnerable and need extra support to recover.”

The Philippine Red Cross has released Emergency Relief Funds for its chapters in the affected provinces and the IFRC is preparing to release funds from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund which will support the emergency response operation of the Philippine Red Cross. This will include the distribution of non-food relief items such as tarpaulins, mosquito nets, water containers, blankets and personal hygiene items. The Philippine Red Cross will continue to care for evacuees ensuring they have medical care and access to clean water where needed. Families that have suffered major losses such as damage to their homes and livelihoods, will receive cash grants to help them cover their household costs and make repairs to their homes.

Philippines: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (20 - 27 December 2016)

27 December 2016 - 3:33am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines

PHILIPPINES

On 25 December, Typhoon Nock-Ten (locally known as Nina) made landfall over Catanduanes province as a Category 3 typhoon. As of 27 December, Nock-Ten affected an estimated 112,000 people in four regions (Regions IV-A, IV-B, V and VIII). Before landfall, nearly 430,000 people were pre-emptively evacuated. The Government is leading ongoing relief operations and assessments. To date, no deaths have been confirmed by authorities. The typhoon continues to weaken as it moves further off shore.

112,000 people affected

INDONESIA

Following several days of torrential rains, up to 3 metres of flood water hit Bima Regency in West Nusa Tenggara province on 21 and 23 December. While no casualties were reported, about 104,000 people were displaced. As of 27 December, the flood has largely receded. The local government declared an emergency response until 4 January and provided relief assistance, supported by provincial and national governments. According to BNPB, 34 health posts, 27 schools, 187 houses were damaged. No international assistance is expected for this response.

104,000 people displaced

MONGOLIA

As of 19 December, severe winter conditions were reported in 16 provinces. According to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, an estimated 37,000 herder households (157,000 people) may be directly affected by the extreme weather conditions, as a result of their nomadic and pastoralist lifestyle. Existing resources and coping mechanisms were reported insufficient and/or severely stretched as a result of the unusual and early snowfall throughout October and November. On 23 December, the Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia issued a letter to the international community in Mongolia calling for financial and technical assistance.

157,000 people affected

MYANMAR

Humanitarian services, particularly food, cash, primary healthcare, nutrition and water/sanitation, are slowly resuming in northern parts of Rakhine State. However, only national staff are permitted to operate in the field and access to some areas remains restricted, including to some severely affected villages in northern Maungdaw Township. About 26,000 food-insecure and vulnerable people have received cash and nutrition support over past weeks and some health clinics have reopened in the resumption of pre-existing humanitarian programmes.
To assess emerging humanitarian needs, an inter-agency MIRA assessment mission with technical staff is expected soon to a number of areas in northern Maungdaw.

Philippines: Caritas network responds to Cyclone Nina in the Philippines

27 December 2016 - 3:12am
Source: Caritas Australia Country: Philippines

Local Caritas staff, partners and volunteers, part of the Caritas international network, are already responding with emergency assistance and support to those on the ground, following a powerful category four cyclone that struck the Philippines on Christmas day.

Cyclone Nock-Ten, also known as Nina, struck the coast of the Bicol region, in the North East Philippines, at roughly 6:30pm on Christmas Day, causing significant damage in Catanduanes and Camarines Sur provinces.

Caritas Australia has joined the global Caritas response, pledging an initial AUD $40,000 from its Emergency Response Fund.

Caritas Australia CEO Paul O’Callaghan expressed admiration for the efficiency of the response from the National Caritas and other partners in the Philippines.

"The efforts of Caritas Philippines and other partners in pre-positioning essential relief materials and evacuation centres has helped save communities that would otherwise have been more badly affected by the typhoon." Mr O'Callaghan said.

According to Caritas Philippines (NASSA), at least 3000 people have been evacuated in Catanduanes and the Catholic Diocese and Local Government Units are coordinating all response actions to maximise resources, especially the distribution of relief goods.

Pre-emptive evacuation has been applied to most of the affected localities and food remains the top priority need. Local news sources reported that over 218,000 people spent Christmas in evacuation centres.

In other parts of the Bicol region, Caritas Philippines is monitoring storm surges and flooding as the Bicol river basin may cause a major flood. Several areas are without electricity.

The cyclone made a total of eight landfalls, including in the capital Manila, where heavy rains and winds have been reported.

Caritas Australia's partners in Manila, Masbate and Camarines Norte are reporting no casualties as yet, though monitoring of the impacts, particularly in the agricultural sector, is ongoing. Caritas Australia's partner SPACFI supports agricultural training programs in Camarines Norte and is featured in the 2017 Project Compassion appeal.

The Caritas network is one of the largest humanitarian aid networks in the world. Our Emergency Response Fund enables Caritas Australia to work with local partners to respond quickly and appropriately to humanitarian emergencies around the world, whenever and wherever they occur.

Caritas Australia is keeping the people of the Philippines in our thoughts and prayers.

If you would like to assist the people of Philippines, you can donate to the Caritas Australia Emergency Response Fund.

http://www.caritas.org.au/learn/emergency-response/disaster-aid-relief-fund

Caritas media contact: 0407 536 130

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Nock-Ten Information bulletin (27 December 2016)

27 December 2016 - 12:50am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. After the typhoon’s landfall, and based on assessments, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have determined that a request will be made to the Disaster Emergency Relief Fund.

The situation

Typhoon Nock-Ten made landfall on Catanduanes Island on Sunday evening, 25 December, with maximum winds of 185 kph and gusts of 255 kph. Nock-Ten (locally known as Nina) maintained its strength before weakening as it crossed the Bicol Region and moved southwest. The typhoon brought damaging winds and heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday across the Bicol region, leaving five people reported dead, uprooting trees and powerlines, destroying homes, causing flooding and landslides. The typhoon, caused power cut in five provinces in Bicol at the height of the storm, displaced tens of thousands of people and stranded thousands of holiday travelers.

Typhoon Nock-Ten has left the landmass and is now in the West Philippine Sea after making 8 landfalls in the following areas:

  • Bato, Catanduanes – 6:30 pm, Sunday, December 25

  • Sagñay, Camarines Sur – 9:30 pm, Sunday

  • San Andres, Quezon – 2.00 am, Monday, December 26

  • Torrijos, Marinduque – 4:30 am, Monday

  • Verde Island, Batangas – 9:15 am, Monday

  • Tingloy Island, Batangas – 10:10 am, Monday

  • Calatagan, Batangas – 11:40 am, Monday

  • Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro – 1.00 pm, Monday Nock-Ten is expected to exit in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) evening today on 27 December.

Metro Manila, which had been forecasted to be struck with storm force winds and moderate to heavy rainfall was mostly spared as the Typhoon weakened and the track moved slightly south. Only isolated low floods in some areas were reported in the capital.

The main focus of the impact now appears to be closer to where the typhoon first made landfall in the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines Sur which were affected by strong winds, heavy rains and storm surge.

The three provinces are under a state of calamity allowing the local government to access funds to help them respond to needs of typhoon victims. The prices of basic commodities will also be controlled for 60 days, emergency workers will get extra pay, and no-interest loans may be extended by the government to people most in need.

Damage reports are now starting to come in as assessment teams assess their towns and move out into the rural areas and report back. However, at the moment there is no full statistical picture of the damage. The initial reports from the field indicate wind and flood damage to shelters, infrastructure and agriculture. According to some reports, Catanduanes has yet to regain power due to fallen trees damaging electricity posts. Fallen electricity posts, trees and several landslides have made many of the roads impassable, hampering assessments. Officials in Albay initially reported more than 15,800 houses in Polangui town and 6,800 houses in Libon town either destroyed or damaged, also with damage to infrastructure and agriculture.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of 26 December 2000H, a total of 85,773 families or 424,659 people were in at least 300 evacuation centers in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported that 10,968 passengers are still stranded due to Typhoon Nock-Ten as of 0800H. A total of 86 flights were cancelled due to bad weather condition. Of which, 70 are domestic flights and 16 international flights. Five international flights have been re-scheduled.

With regards to updates in the two active volcanos in Bicol (Mt. Mayon and Bulusan), both remains under Alert Level 1 which means that there were observed abnormalities in its condition with only 1 (each) reported volcanic earthquake within 24 hours. The public is still advised to refrain from entering the 6-km radius permanent danger zone.

It should be noted that the information is still coming in so all figures are subject to change in the coming hours and days.

Philippines: Flash Update 3: Tropical Cyclone Nock-ten (Nina), 27 December 2016

27 December 2016 - 12:20am
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Philippines

Since 25 December 2016, Tropical Cyclone NOCK-TEN or local name Nina made 8 landfalls over the Philippines brining strong wind and heavy rain. As of today, TC NOCK-TEN maintained its strengths with 120 kph maximum sustained winds and moving westward with speed of 17 kph crossing the West Philippines Sea. PAGASA forecasted that TC NOCK-TEN will exit the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday 27 December at around 11.00 AM local time. As of today, Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals in all areas have been lifted.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) situation report No. 6 issued this morning 08.00 AM local time, a total of 87,059 families/429,485 people were pre-emptively evacuated in Regions Calabarzon, Mimaropa, V and VIII where 25,959 families/111,634 persons are affected. Two flooding incidents and one maritime incident in Calabarzon and Mimmaropa are observed. A total of 13 road sections and 3 bridges are not passable due to fallen trees and debris in Region II, Mimmaropa, V and VIII. Tropical Cyclone NOCK-TEN also causing power interruption/outage in 114 areas in regions Calabarzon, Mimmaropa and V.

The National Response Cluster conducted regular meeting to coordinate the response effort. In addition to the provision of relief assistance funds, the government also transporting food and non-food items by land to Laguna and Batangas and by air to Catanduanes. To establish communication with the affected areas, emergency telecommunication equipment has been installed in the affected regions. The Rapid Damage Assessment and Need Analysis (RDANA) teams are deployed to the affected areas to provide gather more impact information. Debris clearing operations have also been started.

One in-country ASEAN-ERAT Member is deployed to NDRRMC Operation Centre for coordination purposes. The government of the Philippines through NDRRMC is on top of the situation and leading the response efforts. There is no request for International Assistance being made at the current situation.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.06 re Preparedness Measures for Typhoon "Nina" (Nock-ten)

27 December 2016 - 12:08am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

23 December 2016

The Severe Tropical Storm (STS) with international name NOCK-TEN entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was named "NINA". It has a maximum sustained winds of up to 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph and it is forecasted to move West Northwest at 20 kph.

24 December 2016

"NINA" has intensified into a Typhoon and continues to move in a West Northwest direction with a maximum sustained winds of up to 135 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 165 kph moving West Northwest at 17 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No.1 is hoisted in Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar.

25 December 2016

TCWS No. 4 was raised over Catanduanes and Camarines Sur; TCWS No. 3 in Burias Islands, Albay, Camarines Norte, Southern Quezon, Sorsogon, and Marinduque; TCWS No. 2 in Metro Manila, Masbate including Ticao Island, Oriental Mindoro, Barangas, rest of Quezon including Polillo, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Romblon, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Bataan, and Northern Samar, and TCWS No. 1 over Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Calamian Group of Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, and Bantayan Island.

26 December 2016

TY "NINA" has weakened and continues to move towards the West Philippine Sea. At 4:00 PM today, the eye of TY "NINA" was located at 75 km Southwest of Submic, Zambales with maximum sustained winds of up to 120 kph and gustiness of up to 180 kph. It is forecasted to move West Northwest at 20 kph.

TCWS No. 2 is raised over the Lubang Island and Western portion of Batangas and TCWS No.1 in the Provinces of Southern Zambales, Bataan, the rest of Batangas, Cavite, and Northern portions of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal elsewhere are now lifted

27 December 2016

"NINA" has maintained its strength while traversing the West Philippine Sea. At 4:00 AM today, the eye of the Typhoon was located based on all available data at 360 km West of Iba, Zambales with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It is forecasted to move West at 17 kph.

All Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals are now lifted.

Philippines: Tropical Cyclone NOCK-TEN/NINA UPDATE (ECHO, PAGASA, NDRRMC, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 26 December 2016)

26 December 2016 - 7:01pm
Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: Philippines
  • In the last 24 hours TC NOCK-TEN continued moving west-northwest, making five landfalls in Philippines: in Cataduanes, Camarines Sur, Quezon, Provinces Mariduque and Batangas. Strong winds up to 250 km/h and heavy rain affected the landfall areas. More than 380 000 people have been evacuated and almost 73 000 people have been affected by TC NOCK-TEN.

  • No casualties have been reported. Almost 12 000 passenger have been stranded in ports and more than 80 flights were cancelled or rescheduled. Some power disruptions have been reported.

  • For the next 24 hours TC NOCK-TEN is forecasted to move in the same direction at a speed of 20km/h, weakening to a Tropical Storm.

Philippines: Philippine Red Cross assistance in ‘Nina’ affected areas

26 December 2016 - 6:10pm
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

With 30 provinces and some 80,000 families affected, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has started its humanitarian operations to provide assistance for Typhoon Nina affected families and communities in Catanduanes and other nearby provinces.

Typhoon Nina (with International name Nock-ten) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) particularly the provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Quezon, and Batangas on December 23-26 bringing with it a moderate to heavy rainfall, loss of power supply and massive flooding.

According to reports, Typhoon Nina weakens slightly, making its 8th landfall and has maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph.

To date, Nina left a trail of 38 affected barangays, a total of 86,809 families affected, according to PRC’s Operation Center report.

“We are not yet definite on the magnitude of the devastation left by the typhoon. But we already know that thousands of families have been affected. There might not be as much casualties as there were in the previous typhoons that hit the Philippines, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that Typhoon Nina didn’t do any damage. With all the work that needs to be done and help that needs to be provided for families to recover from the typhoon’s damage, the Philippine Red Cross as a neutral humanitarian organization, remains dedicated to its mission of delivering assistance to the affected regions,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.

In response, Red Cross teams were able to provide 1,084 food items in Sorsogon, provided hot meals to 681 individuals (406 in Catanduanes and 275 in Northern Samar), and were able to respond to some untoward incidents in Albay, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes.

Tropical cyclone warning signal number 3 is raised in the provinces of Batangas, as well as in the Northern portions of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, including Lubang Islands. Meanwhile, Metro Manila is under signal number 2, along with the provinces of Rizal, Southern Quezon, Mari nduque, Cavitem Laguna and the rest of Mindoro. Signal number 1 is raised over the rest of Quezon, including Polillo Islands, Bulacan, Pampanga, Southern Zambales, Rombon, Camarines Norte, Bataan and Calamian Group of Islands. Typhoon Nina is expected to exit the PAR by Wednesday, December 28.

Aside from the initial responses made, PRC through its activated staff and volunteers and its emergency response capacity for water search and rescue, welfare services, health and disaster relief is positioned to monitor, assess and respond to the affected provinces.

Philippines: DSWD continues to monitor ‘Nina’, starts providing relief assistance to affected families

26 December 2016 - 5:54pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

It is Christmas day, but the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to monitor Typhoon Nina and coordinates closely with concerned field offices (FOs) to provide relief assistance to the families affected by the weather disturbance.

State weather bureau PAG-ASA reports that ‘Nina’ has intensified over the Bicol region. As of 10AM today, the eye of the typhoon was located 150 km East of Virac, Catanduanes with a maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph.

According to the DSWD Disaster Response and Management Bureau (DReAMB), the typhoon has displaced a total of 585 families or 2,340 individuals in Region V. The affected families are currently staying in two evacuation centers in Guinobatan, Albay.

Some 975 families or 3,793 persons residing along coastal and riverside areas in the municipalities of Pambujan and Rosario in Northern Samar have been evacuated and are currently staying in 14 evacuation centers in the region.

A total of 4,088 passengers have been stranded as of 9AM today in 10 seaports in Region V, as sea travel continues to be risky over the seaboards of Luzon, Samar, and Leyte.

The DSWD has activated its Response Clusters today to monitor and facilitate emergency response humanitarian assistance. All Quick Response Teams (QRTs) in affected regions are also on standby, while the Department’s DReAMB Operation Center is on red alert status.

The Department has begun to provide relief assistance to the affected families. About 60,000 pouches of arroz caldo are already in-transit to DSWD-FO V today, while another 50,000 family food packs (FFPs) will be delivered this afternoon. The welfare agency has already delivered 15,000 FFPs to Tuguegarao yesterday.

The DSWD has a total of 39,801 Family Food Packs (FFPs) on stock at its National Resource Operations Center (NROC); of which, 18,923 FFPs are available for allocation while the 20,878 FFPs are for delivery to different FOs.

The DSWD-DReAMB is still on 24/7 alert status and is continuously and closely monitoring weather updates, coordinating with concerned FOs, and updating the status of stockpiles and standby funds.

DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo reiterated her call for the public to be vigilant and prepare help for the families affected by the typhoon.

“We need to continue to be vigilant, especially now that ‘Nina’ has intensified. We continue to ask the public to heed all warnings that will be issued and to coordinate with local disaster agencies.

“We need to remain alert and even in the midst of our merry-making not forget that many of our kababayans are experiencing an emergency situation because of Typhoon Nina. We are now calling for volunteers to help pack relief boxes in our warehouse in Pasay, ” she said.

Philippines: DSWD assures enough relief supplies; to send more aid to ‘Nina’-hit areas

26 December 2016 - 5:46pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

To ensure enough relief supplies for families affected by Typhoon Nina, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Central Office is providing augmentation assistance amounting to P206,358,416.38 to 27 local government units (LGUs) that are currently being hit by the typhoon.

The assistance includes 580,857 family food packs, 2,459 ready-to-eat meals, 1,585 malong, 885 mosquito net, 885 blankets, and 585 dignity kits.

These are on top of the goods that have been prepositioned to the LGUs.

Likewise, aside from relief supplies, the DSWD is providing mobile communications vehicle and high speed internet service to the Response Cluster Operations Center at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to facilitate speedy monitoring of situations in affected areas.

As of 5am today, the DSWD-Disaster Response Operations, Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) reported that a total of 22, 676 families or 95,774 persons from 291 barangays in Regions MIMAROPA, V, and VIII have been affected. Of those affected, 20,624 families or 87,157 persons are currently staying in 310 evacuation centers set up and managed by LGUs.

There are also 16,106 passengers who remain stranded in various seaports in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, and in Eastern Visayas.

In the Bicol Region, the DSWD-Field Office V has provided an initial assistance of P6.2 million to the LGUs of Albay with P1.6 million, Camarines Sur with P3.1 million, and Sorsogon with P1.4 million. DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo has assured that relief supplies are enough to respond to the needs of affected families.

“Sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo, kung may pangangailangan kayo ng relief goods at iba pang mga non-food items, lumapit lamang po kayo sa inyong lokal na pamahalaan. Sapat po ang mga relief na naka-preposition sa kanila (To the affected families, you may approach your LGUs. Goods have already been prepositioned to them),” Sec. Taguiwalo said.

At the same time, Sec. Taguiwalo assured LGUs that the Department is ready to provide the necessary augmentation assistance to help them address the needs of their constituents.

DSWD disasters teams continue to be on the ground to assist LGUs in disaster relief operations and in managing evacuation centers.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.04 re Preparedness Measures for Typhoon "Nina" (Nock-ten)

26 December 2016 - 5:18pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

23 December 2016

The Severe Tropical Storm (STS) with international name NOCK-TEN entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was named "NINA". It has a maximum sustained winds of up to 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph and it is forecasted to move West Northwest at 20 kph.

24 December 2016

"NINA" has intensified into a Typhoon and continues to move in a West Northwest direction with a maximum sustained winds of up to 135 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 165 kph moving West Northwest at 17 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No.1 is hoisted in Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar.

25 December 2016

TCWS No. 4 was raised over Catanduanes and Camarines Sur; TCWS No. 3 in Burias Islands, Albay, Camarines Norte, Southern Quezon, Sorsogon, and Marinduque; TCWS No. 2 in Metro Manila, Masbate including Ticao Island, Oriental Mindoro, Barangas, rest of Quezon including Polillo, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Romblon, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Bataan, and Northern Samar, and TCWS No. 1 over Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Calamian Group of Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, and Bantayan Island.

26 December 2016

TY "NINA" has slightly weakened and is now traversing Mompog Pass. At 4:00 AM today, the eye of TY "NINA" was located at 85 km North of Romblon, Romblon with maximum sustained winds of up to 150 kph and gustiness of up to 250 kph. It is forecasted to move West at 20 kph.

TCWS No. 3 is raised over the Provinces of Camarines Sur, southern Quezon, Marinduque, Batangas, northern Oriental Mindoro, Lubang Island, Cavite and Laguna; TWCS No. 2 in Metro Manila, Rizal, northern Quezon including Polillo Islands, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, southern Zambales, rest of Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, northern Occidental Mindoro, Burias Island, Camarines Norte, and Albay; and TCWS No. 1 in the provinces of The rest of Occidental Mindoro, Masbate including Ticao Island, rest of Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, southern Aurora, Pangasinan, Sorsogon and Catanduanes.

Lubang Island and Western portion of Batangas and TCWS No.1 in the Provinces of Southern Zambales, Bataan, the rest of Batangas, Cavite, and Northern portions of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal elsewhere are now lifted

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.05 re Preparedness Measures for Typhoon "Nina" (Nock-ten)

26 December 2016 - 5:02pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

23 December 2016

The Severe Tropical Storm (STS) with international name NOCK-TEN entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was named "NINA". It has a maximum sustained winds of up to 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph and it is forecasted to move West Northwest at 20 kph.

24 December 2016

"NINA" has intensified into a Typhoon and continues to move in a West Northwest direction with a maximum sustained winds of up to 135 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 165 kph moving West Northwest at 17 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No.1 is hoisted in Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar.

25 December 2016

TCWS No. 4 was raised over Catanduanes and Camarines Sur; TCWS No. 3 in Burias Islands, Albay, Camarines Norte, Southern Quezon, Sorsogon, and Marinduque; TCWS No. 2 in Metro Manila, Masbate including Ticao Island, Oriental Mindoro, Barangas, rest of Quezon including Polillo, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Romblon, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Bataan, and Northern Samar, and TCWS No. 1 over Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Calamian Group of Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, and Bantayan Island.

26 December 2016

TY "NINA" has weakened and continues to move towards the West Philippine Sea. At 4:00 PM today, the eye of TY "NINA" was located at 75 km Southwest of Submic, Zambales with maximum sustained winds of up to 120 kph and gustiness of up to 180 kph. It is forecasted to move West Northwest at 20 kph.

TCWS No. 2 is raised over the Lubang Island and Western portion of Batangas and TCWS No.1 in the Provinces of Southern Zambales, Bataan, the rest of Batangas, Cavite, and Northern portions of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal elsewhere are now lifted

Philippines: Fears for people in remote communities hit by Typhoon Nock-Ten

26 December 2016 - 3:31pm
Source: Oxfam Country: Philippines

Oxfam holds fears for the safety of people living in remote island communities affected by Typhoon Nock-Ten, which hammered the central Philippines late on Sunday, killing at least four people, displacing tens of thousands and knocking out power to five provinces at the height of Christmas celebrations in Asia's largest Catholic nation.

Known locally as Nina, the typhoon brought winds of 185 km/h, with gusts up to 255 km/h.

Oxfam Philippines Acting Country Director Dante Dalabajan said Oxfam staff and partners stood ready to mobilise teams to conduct assessments of affected areas if help was requested.

“It is still difficult to know the full extent of the damage caused by Typhoon Nock-Ten because power and communications networks have been knocked out in many remote areas, but Oxfam is on stand-by to assist the national government,” Mr Dalabajan said.

“We are gathering information from our partners in communities hit by the typhoon, as well as local authorities and agencies of government at the national level, to piece together the immediate needs of affected people.

“We are concerned about the safety of people living in remote island communities; it’s likely to be hours or days before we get accurate reports of how they have fared.

“The question now is how quickly can food and other essential items be delivered to the communities, especially in far flung areas.”

Mr Dalabajan said he recognised the government’s leading role in responding to the effects of the typhoon, which brought very destructive winds and torrential rainfall, and it is likely to have caused storm surges, flash flooding and landslides.

Communities in Catanduanes province in the Bicol region bore the brunt of the typhoon when it first made landfall, and a state of calamity was declared.

Local Governor Joseph Cua said 70 per cent of the electric posts had been knocked down in the province.

According to the United Nations and European Commission’s Global Disaster Alert Coordination System, the typhoon could have affected up to 14 million people with cyclone strength winds and heavy rain.

Around 20 storms hit the Philippines each year. In 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan, the deadliest typhoon in recent history, wreaked havoc in Eastern Visayas, killing over 6,300 people and displacing four million. Oxfam responded to the massive damage and assisted nearly 900,000 people in the worst affected areas by providing clean water, sanitation, shelter and assistance to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

Donations to support Oxfam’s emergency responses around the world can be made online at oxfam.org.au/icf

Contact information

Dylan Quinnell, Oxfam Australia, +61 (0) 450 668 350 or dylanq@oxfam.org.au

Philippines: Typhoon Nock-Ten tears across the Philippines cutting power and sparking fears for coastal communities

26 December 2016 - 2:11pm
Source: Save the Children Country: Philippines

Typhoon Nock-Ten is tearing across the Philippines cutting power to millions and sparking fears for people living in coastal communities and low-lying areas. There is a risk of moderate to severe flooding, even landslides, warns Save the Children.

The category 4 storm intensified significantly before making landfall in the Philippines on Christmas Day, tracking across the country and packing damaging winds over 250km/h.

Save the Children’s Country Director in the Philippines is Ned Olney. A veteran humanitarian aid worker whom has responded to many disasters in the Philippines including Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 believed it was too early to know whether the typhoon has caused extensive damage noting that Save the Children was ready to mount a relief operation, if asked to by the Government of the Philippines.

“This morning as we are waking up here in Manila we’re particularly worried about families living in basic housing and in coastal communities, many of which were also at risk from the dangerously high storm surge,” Mr Olney said.

“Today many communities in the Philippines will be waking up to assess the damage and destruction.

Typhoon Nock-Ten brought sustained winds of more than 185km/h, making landfall in the eastern province of Catanduanes at 6.30pm local time yesterday, north of Tacloban city which was badly impacted by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

“This is a very dangerous storm and was much stronger than we were initially expecting. It has the potential to cause widespread damage,” Mr Olney said.

“We know the storm also has the potential to have a huge impact on children, preventing them from going to school because their classrooms are damaged or being used as evacuation centres. But we also must be aware of their emotional needs, and provide additional psychosocial support as necessary.”

Save the Children has large stockpiles of relief items in strategically located warehouses across the country, including thousands of emergency shelter kits, hygiene kits, water and sanitation items, and essential household items.

Save the Children has a long history responding to disasters in the Philippines, including typhoons Koppu in 2015, Hagupit in 2014 and Haiyan in 2013. The aid agency has been working in the country since 1981.

For interviews or more information please contact:

April Sumaylo (in Manila) on +63 917 301 1240 orapril.sumaylo@savethechildren.org

Heidi Anicete (in Manila) on +63 917 523 7898 orheidi.anicete@savethechildren.org

Evan Schuurman (in Bangkok) viaevan.schuurman@savethechildren.org

Philippines: OCHA Flash Update No.1 Philippines | Typhoon Nock-Ten 26 December 2016

26 December 2016 - 10:05am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Situation overview

As of 26 December (5 p.m., Manila time), Typhoon Nock-Ten (locally known as Nina) was located 95 km southwest of Subic in Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h and gusts up to 180 km/h, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the country's weather bureau. It is moving west northwest at 20 km/h.

Typhoon Nock-Ten entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 23 December. It intensified into a typhoon on 24 December and made landfall over Catanduanes province on the evening of 25 December, then crossed Albay, Camarines Sur, Southern Quezon, Laguna, Batangas and Cavite. The typhoon continues to weaken and is expected to exit landmass by 26 December and exit PAR by morning of 28 December.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) estimated more than 4 million people could be affected by Typhoon Nock-Ten across National Capital Region, Regions 3, 4A, 4B and 5, with an estimated 95,000 affected people likely to need assistance.

Government response and humanitarian coordination

In the days leading up to the storm’s arrival, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (NDRRMC) hosted daily Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment meetings. The Government’s Response Cluster was activated on 25 December and has been meeting daily. Following established protocols, local government authorities in the regions of CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V and VIII pre-emptively evacuated 77,560 families (over 380,000 persons).

The extent of damage and humanitarian needs, particularly in Catanduanes, where the impact is believed to be greatest, is not yet clear as mobile communication there is still limited. The island province remains isolated as sea travel is still suspended. However, the airport in the town of Virac is operational and able to accommodate C130 flights, according to the Philippine Air Force. The governor of Catanduanes has requested NDRRMC to prioritize Catanduanes for sorties transporting relief supplies. To address the needs there and elsewhere in affected parts of Bicol, NDRRMC will organize several sorties with relief supplies from Mactan, Cebu, over the days ahead.

NDRRMC is also readying a rapid response team from Manila to support the Region V Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA). The Region V government authorities are conducting joint damage assessments in Camarines Sur. The observations from an ocular assessment of Catanduanes via helicopter by the Region V Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is awaited. It has indicated there are no need for assessments in Camarines Norte, Albay, Sorsogon or Masbate.

There will be a meeting of the Humanitarian Country Team’s Emergency Response Preparedness Working Group in the afternoon of 27 December to discuss assessment needs and plans.

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

For more information, contact:
Mark Bidder, Head of Office, bidder@un.org, Mobile: +63-917-524-2928
Gina Maramag, Public Information Analyst, maramag@un.org, Mobile: +63-917-597-7219

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Nock-Ten (Nina) (26 Dec 2016)

26 December 2016 - 5:14am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Typhoon Nock-Ten (Nina) continues to weaken with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the centre and gusts of up to 215 km/h on its fifth landfall in Batangas province. It made its first landfall in the province of Catanduanes with maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h on 25 December at 6:30 pm local time. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecasts that Typhoon Nock-Ten will weaken further as it interacts with the landmass and Northeast Monsoon. It will continue to move westward towards South China Sea.