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Philippines: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2021

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Heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms have been affecting Mindanao Island (particularly the Davao Region) since 8 July, causing floods that have resulted in evacuations and damage. The ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADINet) reports, as of 12 July, 605 evacuated people across three evacuation centres, around 22,550 affected people and three damaged bridges in the Region, in particular across the Davao City area. (ECHO, 12 Jul 2021)

A flash flood occurred in Cagayan De Oro City on 13 July, reportedly caused by flood water from the nearby province of Bukidnon. According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the flash flood affected around 910 families, damaging a number or shelters. Barangays Tablon and Cugma are most affected, with around 400 households submerged in flood in Barangay Tablon and 128 households in Barangay Cugma. The City social welfare office is providing immediate relief to the affected families. (ECHO, 23 Jul 2021)

Large parts of the Luzon island in the north of the Philippines, including Metropolitan Manila, have been experiencing heavy monsoon rain in the last days. On 24 July, the water level of the Marikina River in Manila reached 16 meter, triggering evacuations. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reports that around 14,000 individuals have been pre-emptively evacuated. Most of the affected communities are located in Marikina City and in the nearby towns of San Mateo, Taytay, and Cainta in the province of Rizal. In Occidental Mindoro, 185 families in the municipalities of Sablayan, St. Cruz and Mamburao had to evacuate to six evacuation centers. DG ECHO partners are monitoring the situation of these communities. Relief assistance is pre-positioned in case support is needed. (ECHO, 24 Jul 2021)

Tropical Cyclone IN-FA (local name: FABIAN) has reportedly exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) as of 24 Jul. The Southwest Monsoon brought moderate to heavy with at times intense rains in multiple regions of the Philippines according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). Southwest Monsoon-related incidents were reported for Regions 1, 2. 3, 6, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, CAR, and NCR, resulted in 1 death and 2 injuries. It has also. affected 480 barangays, 50,676 families (202,213 persons), and displaced 72,239 people (38,472 in 365 evacuation centres). (AHA Centre, 26 Jul 2021)

Heavy monsoon rains over the past five days, fuelled by moisture brought by Typhoon In-fa (local name Fabian), caused flooding and landslides in several areas of Luzon island and prompted the evacuation of residents in low-lying communities. Floodwater up to 5 feet high reportedly inundated more than 170 villages mostly in Central Luzon and the National Capital Region. As of 25 July, at least 80,000 people are displaced of which 30,600 people are hosted in 291 evacuation centres while 49,500 people are staying in home-based settings. At least three people died, five people were injured, and 450 houses were damaged, according to authorities. Local government units are conducting assessments, coordinating response efforts, and providing relief items. (OCHA, 27 Jul 2021)

Widespread floods caused by Southwest Monsoon rains continue to affect The Philippines, resulting in casualties. According to the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Centre (DSWD-DROMIC), more than 570,240 people are affected and 42,111 of these are displaced. Floods have damaged at least 293 houses, with 69 destroyed. (ECHO, 29 Jul 2021)

Heavy rainfall hit several parts of the Philippines from 28 July–1 August, triggering landslides and floods. Ilocos, Central Luzon, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Mimaropa, Cordillera Administrative Region and National Capital Region are most affected. According to the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), one person is missing, 40,783 people have been displaced and more than 613,000 are affected. 290 houses, 12 roads and a bridge have been damaged as a result. (ECHO, 03 Aug 2021)