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Philippines: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2018

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On 2 June 2018, continuous heavy rain showers brought floods to the Province of Maguindanao. At least 14,000 families or 71,000 persons were affected by the incident. 81 houses were damaged by the floods. DSWD has released P1,353,600 worth of assistance. (Govt. Philippines, 11 Jun 2018)

On 15 June, southwest monsoon rains affected more than 13,000 people in 26 barangays. At least 1,000 people were displaced, and 24 houses were damaged (Govt. Philippines, 16 Jun 2018)

On 30 June, a flashflood incident occurred in Kabacan, North Cotabato due to overflow of irrigation canal causing displacement of more than 8,000 people. (Govt. Philippines, 6 Jul 2018)

On 17 July 2018, Tropical Storm Son-tinh (locally known as Henry) made landfall in Cagayan (northeast Philippines). Although the storm exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) the same day, it enhanced the habagat (local name for the annual southwest monsoon) which has been affecting the country since early July. On 19 July, Severe Tropical Storm Ampil (locally known as Inday) made landfall on the eastern side of the country, causing more rain over the western part of the Philippines as it further enhanced the habagat. Ampil exited PAR on 20 July. Tropical depression Josie, which formed inside PAR on 21 July exacerbated the situation further, bringing more rain to the already saturated countryside and cities. The habagat usually starts in June or July in the Philippines and generally lasts until early September.

To date, the impacts of this monsoon season have been enhanced by the three weather disturbances, bringing scattered and widespread heavy rain and flooding over the Cordillera Administrative Region, National Capital Region, CALABARZON, Western Visayas, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and Northern Palawan. Residents of these regions, particularly those living near rivers, in low-lying areas or mountainous areas, have been advised by the Philippine government to take actions against flooding and landslides. Evacuations have been ordered in some areas.

As of 25 July, the Department of Social Welfare and Development reports that a total of 288,860 families (1,279,943 people) in 1,136 barangays (communities) in 21 provinces have been affected by the combined effects of the habagat and the weather disturbances. Of these affected people, 12,127 families (48,830 people) remain at 293 evacuation centres (ECs) while a further 120,286 households (484,721 people) were served or are being supported by the government outside ECs while staying with host families or friends. At its peak, there were more than 500 ECs accommodating 87,000 people.

NDRRMC also reported 79 incidents of landslides, collapsed structures and maritime incidents, as well as 379 areas that remain flooded as of reporting. At the height of the rainfall, more than 700 areas were flooded across 6 regions. Furthermore, more than 1.377 billion Philippine pesos (72.6 million Swiss francs) worth of damage to infrastructure and agriculture has been reported as of 26 July – 65 per cent being in agricultural losses.

The national weather bureau PAGASA has forecasted more rain in the coming days as the habagat continues to affect the country. The Philippine government continues to send rainfall warnings and flood advisories through SMS and other media platforms to at-risk communities. (IFRC, 30 Jul 2018)

Monsoon rains, enhanced by Tropical Storm Yagi (local name Karding), have flooded Metro Manila and other parts of the country. As of 14 August, 173,000 people have been displaced in the national capital and regions I, III, IV-A, and CAR. Approximately 102,300 people are staying in 253 evacuation centres while the rest are being hosted by relatives and friends. (OCHA, 14 Aug 2018)

As of 27 August, Southwest Monsoon is affecting Northern and Central Luzon. The rest of Central Luzon and of Cagayan Valley Region will experience cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms. It may cause flooding and landslides due to scattered moderate to at times heavy rains. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers caused by localized thunderstorms. It may cause flash floods and landslides due to light to moderate to at times heavy rains. (Govt. Philippines, 27 Aug 2018)

Typhoon Mangkhut (locally named Ompong) made its landfall in Baggao, Cagayan in the early morning of 15 September and is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. The typhoon has caused landslides, damage to buildings and homes, and intermittent loss of power. (OCHA, 15 Sep 2018) As of 16 September (2 a.m., Manila time), Typhoon Mangkhut...has moved towards Southern China, having exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 9 p.m. on 15 September. Tropical cyclone warning signals have been lifted, although the Southwest Monsoon may still bring winds and scattered rain over the northern Luzon and Central Visayas region. More than 250,000 people (63,769 families) in 30 provinces across Regions NCR, I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and CAR, are estimated to have been affected by the Typhoon. (OCHA, 16 Sep 2018) See more in Typhoon Mangkhut - Sept 2018 page.

On 20 September, following days of heavy rains, a steep slope in a quarrying community in Naga City, Cebu, collapsed burying 60 houses in at least eight feet of mud. Local officials report that nine people have been rescued and 25 dead bodies have been recovered. Search and rescue teams from the police and fire services continue to look for 60 more who are trapped under rubble. The local government of Naga City sought assistance from national government in terms of search and rescue operations and establishment of evacuation centres. Some 1,700 people are currently displaced and staying in two evacuation centres. (OCHA, 24 Sep 2018)

On 3 October, search operations were called off in the northern and central Philippines because excavation efforts at landslide sites have become too dangerous, according to the disaster relief agency (Benar News, 3 Oct 2018)....As of 6 Oct, over 8,000 displaced people are staying in 11 evacuation centers around 5 barangays in City of Naga, Cebu. (Govt. of Philippines, 6 Oct 2018)

Typhoon Yutu (locally known as Rosita) exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on...31 October. According to [PAGASA], it has weakened into a tropical storm and is moving northward 535 km west of northern Luzon. The typhoon entered the PAR on 27 October and made landfall in Dinapigue, Aurora on 30 October, traversed northern Luzon and exited the western seaboard province of La Union in the afternoon...According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as of 1 November, 36,660 families (136,647 people) are affected in 1,143 barangays in Region I (Ilocos), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region II (Cagayan Valley), Region III (Central Luzon), and Region VIII (Eastern Visayas). (OCHA, 1 Nov 2018)

As of 5 November, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reports 11 deaths due mostly to landslides and flooding. Over 65,000 families (more than 254,000 people) were affected in over 1,300 barangays in northern Luzon, and over 7,900 homes damaged in Regions I, III, III, VIII, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). (OCHA, 5 Nov 2018)

As of 9 November, there were 11 confirmed dead and over 2,500 houses destroyed by Typhoon Yutu . Although this storm was not as strong as was initially feared, it affected many of the same communities which were affected by Typhoon Mangkhut in September. There were nearly 1,100 Baranguays affected by both storms which caused repeated displacement across six different provinces. (OCHA, 12 Nov 2018)

On 20 November, Tropical cyclone THIRTYTHREE (SAMUEL in the Philippines) made landfall as a tropical depression close to Hernani town (Eastern Samar Province, Eastern Visayas Region). SAMUEL continued west over central-eastern Visayas Islands and Visayan Sea, slightly weakening. Heavy rainfall is affecting the Visayas Islands, northern Mindanao and southern Luzon. (ECHO, 21 Nov 2018)

Tropical Depression Samuel made landfall in Borongan City, Eastern Samar province on Wednesday, November 21, bringing with it moderate to heavy rains. Approximately 34,000 families (124,000 people) were affected by the storm in 294 barangays in Regions V and VIII, with one storm-related death reported in Northern Samar province. Local authorities are leading the relief operations for those affected, with regional and national authorities on standby to support if needed. Tropical Depression Samuel maintained its strength as it moved west across the country, making landfall a total of six times, with maximum winds of 55 km/h and gusts of up to 65 km/h. All storm signals have now been lifted as the tropical depression continued westward and exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on November 22, after which it moved to Viet Nam. (OCHA, 26 Nov 2018)