Philippines – Tropical Cyclone Sanba Leaves 20,000 Displaced

Update, 16 February 2018

Further flood related deaths have been reported in the Philippines in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Sanba (known locally as Basyang).

Local media are reporting fatalities in Place (2), Alegria (2) and Malimono, all in Surigao del Norte province.

Weakening to a low pressure area (LPA), Sanba brought heavy rainfall and flooding to Palawan on Thursday, 15 February. According to disaster authorities, 144 people have evacuated their homes in Elvita.

Update, 15 February 2018

The number of families affected by Tropical Depression Basyang has now climbed to 37,138 or 152,025 persons residing in 387 barangays in 15 provinces in western, central and eastern Visayas and Caraga, the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Thursday.

About 40,000 people have sought refuge in 194 evacuation centres, while another 470 families or 2,282 individuals are being aided outside evacuation centres.

NDRRMC also said that 350 houses have been damaged, 66 totally and 284 partially, in western and eastern Visayas and Caraga.

Meanwhile local media are reporting that a further victim died after a landslide in Albuera, Leyte. Earlier media reported five fatalities in Carrascal in Surigao del Sur province after landslides triggered by the heavy rain. Other fatalities include 3 fishermen who were swept away by big waves near Borongan City in Eastern Samar.

Philippine News Agency says that flooding has severely affected parts of Dumaguete in Central Visayas after the Banica River overflowed late on Tuesday 13 February.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the low pressure area (LPA) formerly Tropical Depression “Basyang” (Sanba), was recently estimated at 240 kilometers south southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

Original report, 14 February 2018

Over 20,000 people have evacuated their homes in the Philippines as a result of winds, heavy rain, landslides and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Sanba.

On Feb. 12 at 12:12 a.m. EST (0512 UTC), a visible image of Tropical Storm Sanba was acquired from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite as it continued moving over the Philippines.
Credits: NOAA/NASA Rapid Response Team

On 13 February, 2018, Tropical Cyclone Sanba, known locally as “Basyang”, made landfall close to Cortes, Surigao del Sur, Mindanao in the Philippines.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said that severe flooding affected Sison, Surigao del Norte, where the flood water was up to roof level. Several roads were blocked and part of the Bangonay Bridge in Jabonga collapsed.

Over 50 houses in Sison and Alegria in Surigao del Norte have been totally destroyed and a further 50 or more have been damaged.

NDRRMC said those displaced are from 94 barangays in Central Visayas and Caraga. Over 100 evacuation centres are in operation to house the victims. More than 18,000 of the evacuees are in Surigao del Norte, in particular in Mainit and Sison.

Local media reported that five people died in landslides triggered by the heavy rain in the municipality of Carrascal in Surigao del Sur province. One person is reported as missing in Cebu province.

Over the next 24 hours Sanba is forecast to move toward Sabah state in Malaysia and southern Palawan in the Philippines as a Tropical Depression.

Heavy rain and strong winds may affect Palawan and Visayas, Bicol Region, Visayas and Caraga, as well as north-eastern Malaysia.