Philippines – Thousands Evacuate Tropical Cyclone Surigae

National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC) in the Philippines reported on 19 April that a total of 68,490 people were pre-emptively evacuated in Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions due to threats from Tropical Cyclone Surigae (known locally as Bising).

A more recent view of Typhoon Surigae at 01:25 UTC on 19/04/2021, over the northeast of the Philippines. Captured by the Ocean and Land Color Color (OLCI) instrument from the Copernicus EU Sentinel-3 satellite.

Flooding was reported in in 22 barangays in Eastern Samar province after heavy rain. Roads were blocked in Eastern Samar and a bridge in Biliran. Power cuts occurred in Cebu, Leyte, Southern Leyte and Eastern Samar.

The Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), indicates a total of 158,112 people have ben affected in Bicol and and Eastern Visayas regions. DSWD reported 52 houses were totally destroyed and 468 damaged

Philippines News Agency (PNA) reported 12,259 people were still evacuated in Northern Samar and 6,314 in Eastern Samar as a result of flooding in the two provinces as of 20 April, mostly in Catubig, Las Navas, and San Isidro in Northern Samar and in Jipapad and Can-avid in Eastern Samar.

Catarman in Northern Samar recorded 214mm of rain in 24 hours to 19 April, while Virac in Catanduanes recorded 252.2mm in 24 hours to 20 April.

Two fatalities were reported (1 in Saint Bernard in Southern Leyte, another in Catmon, Cebu) both as a result of falling trees.