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Super Typhoon Nock-ten or known locally as Nina reached maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 255 kilometres as it made landfall, weather officials and radio reports stated. The typhoon has weakened but is still equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane , sustaining winds of up to 140 kilometres per hour as it moved towards the heavily populated provinces of Batangas and Cavite, south of Manila. Nock-ten had made its first landfall in Bato, Catanduanes at 6:30 PM local time on Sunday, December 25. At least 218,000 flee to evacuation shelters as it made its first landfall over Catanduanes province, on the Bicol peninsula, which was on the highest storm alert for its arrival. Its second landfall in Sagñay, Camarines Sur was at around 9:30 pm, December 25. It brought heavy rain and fierce winds to Bicol. The typhoon is forecasted to have 5 landfalls before it goes out of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by 28 December. Based on the profile created by UNOCHA, the 50 km radius of the typhoon track covers 14 provinces. An estimated 38 Million people (19.5 M women/ 19.4 M men) or 7.5 M households may be affected. It is not clear how long it will take for initial damage assessments, with electricity and phone coverage likely to be knocked out for some time.
More than 300,000 people spent Christmas in shelter areas as typhoon lashed central Philippines
MANILA, Dec 26 (Reuters) - A typhoon weakened as it cut across the Philippines on Monday after bringing down trees and power lines, and authorities warned of flash floods and mudslides although casualties were few with police reporting only two deaths.
After making its first landfall over Bato in the province of Catanduanes, yesterday 25 December 2016 at 6.30 PM local time, TC NOCK-TEN or Nina has made 4 other landfalls in Sagnay (Camarines Sur), San Andres (Quezon), Toorijos (Marinduque), and Verde Islands (Batangas). PAGASA reported that NOCK-TEN has weakened and currently has maximum sustained winds of 150 kph with gusts up to 250 kph, while passing Romblon. Tropical Cyclone NOCK-TEN expected to continue weakened and leave the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Wenesday 28 December.
A total of 77,560 families/383,097 people were pre-emptively evacuated in Regions Calabarzon, Mimaropa, V and VI. Based on the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre (NDRRMC) of the Philippines, A total of 17,277 Families are affected in 202 villages in Region Mimaropa and V. About 83 areas in Region Mimaropa and V were experiencing power interruption/outage since 25 December. The whole province of Camarine Sur were placed under a state of Calamity that will speed up access to the immediate fund needed for the local government in providing the emergency response in the area.
The National Response Cluster has been activated since 25 December. A total of approximately USD 140,000 (7 Million Peso) from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Local Government Units (LGU) were extended to Province of Albay, Camarine Sur and Sorsogon in Region V. In addition, non-food relief items are prepositioned in Office of Civil Defence (OCD) Regional Offices Calabarzon and Mimaropa since 24 December.
The government of the Philippines through NDRRMC is managing the situation and leading the response efforts. There is no request for International Assistance being made at the current situation.
[JTWC] Summary: TYPHOON 30W (NOCK-TEN), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 67 NM SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF MANILA, PHILIPPINES, HAS TRACKED WESTWARD AT 15 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. THE LATEST WARNING REPORTS MAX SUSTAINED WINDS OF 80 KT AND GUSTS REACHING 100KT. NEXT WARNINGS AT 260900Z, 261500Z, 262100Z AND 270300Z.
[as of 26 December 2016, 8:00AM]
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 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 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; TCWS 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.
"Nina" has already made 4 landfalls:
- 1st landfall in Bato, Cataduanes on 25 December 2016, 6:30 PM
- 2nd landfall in Sagnay, Camarines Sur on 25 December 2016, 9:30 PM
- 3rd landfall in San Andres, Quezon on 26 December 2016, 2:00 AM
- 4th landfall in the Province of Marinduque 26 December 2016, 4:30 AM
Caritas Australia and the wider Caritas network are monitoring a tropical cyclone that is passing through the Philippines.
The brunt of the typhoon is now being felt in the province of Catanduanes after hitting land at 6:30pm on Christmas Day.
According to Caritas Philippines (NASSA), at least 3000 people have been evacuated in Catanduanes and the Catholic Diocese and Local Government Units (LGUs) 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.
In other parts of the Bicol region, NASSA is monitoring storm surges and flooding as the Bicol river basin may cause a major flood. Several areas are without electricity.
The Archdiocese of Caceres, in the province of Camarines Sur, has pre-positioned relief goods and has established emergency evacuation centres. Additional support has been requested from Caritas Philippines in the event coastal communities along the Bicol river basin and the Caramoan Peninsula are affected.
There is a strong chance the cyclone will hit Manila on Boxing Day (26 December). It is predicted it will cross southern Luzon and may pass through the Quezon province, Laguna and Batangas.
Local news sources are reporting that around 218,000 people spent Christmas in evacuation centres.
Caritas Australia supports development projects in Bicol and we have been in touch with our local church partners as well as Caritas Philippines. We will continue to liaise with them and monitor the situation as it continues. Caritas Internationalis are also monitoring the situation.
Caritas Australia are 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.
Caritas media contact: 0407 536 130
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, with several earthquakes and around 20 tropical cyclones per year among other natural calamities.
In 2015, the European Commission made available a total of € 2.1 million in response to the decades-long armed conflict in the southernmost island of Mindanao, which has displaced more than 495 000 individuals since 2012.
Following Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) in November 2013, the European Commission made available €40 million in relief assistance, early recovery and reconstruction to help the most affected communities. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated to coordinate the delivery of assistance by the EU member states, which provided personnel and material support in addition to financial assistance totaling more than € 180 million.
Since 1997, the European Commission has released close to € 75.3 million in emergency relief interventions for survivors of natural disasters and € 24.7 million to help victims of armed conflicts. Furthermore, € 8.85 million have been allocated for local communities to better withstand future disasters (DIPECHO programme).
Philippines: Tropical Cyclone NOCK-TEN/NINA UPDATE (ECHO, PAGASA, NDRRMC, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 25 December 2016)
Tropical Cyclone NOCK-TEN, named NINA in the Philippines, has intensified further and continues moving West direction at 15 kilometres per hour (kph), with maximum sustained winds of up to 185 kph and gusts of up to 255 kph.
It is expected to make landfall between 18:00-20:00 Manila time over the island of Catanduanes. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal is raised to 4 - extreme danger- over Catanduanes and Camarines Sur.
After making landfall, it is forecast to continue west, crossing the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Notre, Southern Quezon, Laguna, Batangas and Cavite of Bicol and Calabarzon Regions, just south of Manila Metropolitan area.
More than 76 000 people have been evacuated in province of Albay. Thousands of travellers are stranded in Bicol sea ports, while many flights have been cancelled. Local authorities warn for risky sea travel over the seaboard of Luzon and moderate to heavy rainfall within the 500 km diameter of the typhoon. Storm surge with height of up to 2.5 meters is possible over the coastal areas of Bicol region.
ECHO is monitoring the situation and the Regional office is preparing for possible deployment in case it will be needed.