Philippines – Floods in Mindanao Leave 7 Dead, 100,000 Displaced

As northern areas of the Philippines suffered the onslaught of tropical cyclone Linfa (Egay), southern parts of the country have seen days of heavy rain and floods that have left 7 people dead and thousands displaced.

Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Tuesday 07 July that 126,000 have been affected by flooding in Mindanao, with around 99,000 staying in evacuation centres. As many as 72 houses have been completely destroyed and a further 175 damaged.

The worst affected area is the province of Maguindanao in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The regions of Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX) and SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII) have also been affected. Classes have been suspended in over 30 public schools in Maguindanao.

Yesterday, NDRRMC confirmed that the death toll had risen to 7 people. Two of the victims died in Maguindanao, one in Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX) and four in SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII). Six people have been injured as a result of the floods and severe weather. The heavy rains have been falling since 22 June as a result of the Southwest monsoon.

Tropical Cyclone LINFA

Meanwhile in the north of the country, Tropical Cyclone Linfa (known locally as Egay), has affected 48,307 people. As many as 13,527 people have been displaced as a result of floods and landslides, mostly in the province of La Union (northern Luzon).

Linfa left the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday 07 July 2015, and over the last 24 hours has moved over the South China Sea, towards south-eastern China.

According to ECHO:

“On 8 July, at 0.00 UTC, it was a Tropical Storm with max. sustained winds of 102 km/h and its centre was located approx. 280 km south-east of Shantou (eastern Guangdong, China).

Over the next 48h, LINFA is forecast to continue moving north-west towards eastern Guangdong, roughly keeping its strength. It might make landfall along the eastern coast of Guangdong in the area of Shanwei, near the border with Fujian province, late of 8 July (UTC), as an intense Tropical Storm with max. sustained winds of 90-100 km/h (gusts up to 130 km/h). Then it might move west-southwest over Guangdong, towards Hong Kong.

Heavy rainfall and strong winds may affect Guangdong and Fujian provinces on 8-10 July. As of 8 July, a Yellow Warning of Typhoon is in effect. Heavy rainfall might also affect southern Taiwan on 8 July.”

Heavy Monsoon Rain Forecast for North

Yesterday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), warned that parts of Luzon can expect moderate to heavy rains brought about by the Southwest Monsoon and could face flash floods and landslides.

Floods in Mindanao, Philippines, March 2012.  Photo Credit: Mathias Eick EU/ECHO
Floods in Mindanao, Philippines, March 2012. Photo Credit: Mathias Eick EU/ECHO