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Tropical Storm Agaton - Apr 2022

Status
Ongoing
Countries
Philippines
Disaster types
Tropical Cyclone
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Tropical Depression MEGI (named "Agaton" in the Philippines) formed over the western Philippine Sea on 9 April as a tropical low and on 10 April, intensified as a tropical storm approaching Eastern Samar (Eastern Visayas Region, central Philippines). On 11 April at 2.00 UTC, its centre was located offshore over the coastal waters of Tanauan (Leyte Province, Eastern Visayas Region) in the Leyte Gulf with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h (tropical depression). The non-stop rain has induced flooding in the provinces of Leyte and Southern Leyte in the Visayas, which has been severely affected by recent Super Typhoon Rai, and Northern Cotobato and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) areas. The local government units conduct needs assessment. According to the authorities, following the passage of MEGI, one person has died, and another is missing in Davao Region, while two people have been injured in Northern Mindanao. In addition, 15,326 people have been displaced and 136,400 affected across nine Regions. (ECHO, 11 Apr 2022)

The passage of Tropical Storm MEGI on 10-11 April over the Eastern Visayas Region (central-eastern Philippines) caused floods and landslides, which resulted in casualties and damage across the central and southern Philippines. According to the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and media sources, at least 25 people have died and several are missing, whilst many individuals reported sustained injuries. As of 12 April, there are approximately 19,360 displaced persons, mainly in the central and southern Philippines and 139,145 people have been affected. On 12 April at 0.00 UTC, the centre of MEGI was located near Marabut Municipality (Samar Province, Eastern Visayas), and it is moving eastwards as a Tropical Depression. (ECHO, 12 Apr 2022)

According to the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and media reports, at least 53 people have been killed in landslides and floods after Tropical Storm Megi devastated the Philippines. The death toll is expected to climb, as many people are reported missing and there are many individuals injured. As of 13 April, there are approximately 56,940 households displaced to either evacuation centres or to other family members' houses. The number of affected people has increased to 580,876. MEGI dissipated in the Philippine Sea on 12 April. (ECHO, 13 Apr 2022)

The number of deaths due to floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm MEGI reached 76 people (most of them in the Eastern Visayas Region) as reported by the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). In addition, 29 people are still missing, eight others have been injured, approximately 204,000 displaced and more than 920,700 affected. Furthermore, 354 houses have been damaged or destroyed, 270 roads and 12 bridges affected. (ECHO, 14 Apr 2022)

As of 18 April, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that the impacts of Tropical Cyclone MEGI (local name: Agaton) in the Philippines has reached 584,100 families (2.01 million persons) affected, 172 deaths, 110 missing, 8 injured, 346,600 displaced, and damaged 10,400 houses, 309 roads, and 15 bridges. Damages to infrastructure amounting to 139,000 USD and agriculture amounting to 5 million USD. In response, 1.01 million USD worth of assistance have already been provided to those affected by the effects of Tropical Cyclone MEGI in the Philippines. As of reporting, a total of 16 cities/municipalities have declared a state of calamity related to the impacts of Tropical Cyclone MEGI. According to the NDRRMC, all operations are being managed at the regional level with support from the national. (AHA Centre, 18 Apr 2022)

The passage of Tropical Storm MEGI on 10-11 April over the Eastern Visayas Region (central-eastern Philippines) caused floods and landslides, which resulted in casualties and damage across the central and southern Philippines, particularly in the Visayas Region. According to the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), 175 people have died (156 of which in Eastern Visayas), 110 are missing and 8 others have been injured. As per the latest reports of 19 April, there are approximately 307,500 people displaced, while more than 2 Million persons have been affected. About 11,300 houses, 58 road sections and eight bridges have been damaged or destroyed. A State of Calamity has been declared for 17 Cities/Municipalities in the central Philippines. The International Disaster Charter 756 was activated for the Philippines. (ECHO, 19 Apr 2022)

On 16 April, flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall have affected Davao del Norte Province (Davao Region, southern Philippines), leading to the displacement of almost 18,000 people, as reported by the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADINet). The same region and eight others located in the central-southern Philippines have been affected by floods and landslides due to the passage of Tropical Storm MEGI on 10-12 April, resulting in 178 fatalities, most of them in Eastern Visayas (155). In addition, according to national authorities, as of 20 April, 111 people are still missing, almost 180,000 have been displaced, and more than 2,100,000 affected. (ECHO, 21 Apr 2022)

About 72,300 remain displaced across six affected regions from Tropical Storm Megi/ Agaton, with the displaced people staying either in evacuation centers or with their relatives. Assessment findings by government agencies indicate that 2,400 houses were destroyed and 14,100 houses incurred damages. The storm also affected 73,800 farmers and 32,600 hectares of agricultural land were damaged, resulting in the loss of 90,800 metric tons of agricultural produce with an estimated cost of US$62 million. The Government confirmed that 212 people died, mostly due to rain-induced landslides, with 132 people still missing. OCHA and WFP conducted a rapid needs assessment in Leyte province and met with local authorities to discuss support needs. According to the assessment findings, affected people expressed their needs for food, water, non-food items (such as sleeping kits, kitchen kits, hygiene kits) as they lost most of their belongings; mental health and psychosocial support to deal with the trauma of surviving the landslides; and for early recovery source of livelihoods such as boats for those living in the coastal communities. (OCHA, 25 Apr 2022)