Philippines – Typhoon Kammuri Leaves Trail of Destruction

Typhoon Kammuri (known locally as Tisoy) has left a trail of destruction after making landfall in the Philippines several times between 02 and 03 December.

On Dec. 2, visible imagery from the MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite showed that Kammuri’s eye continued to be covered by clouds. The western quadrant of Kammuri was already over the eastern central Philippines. Credit: NASA Worldview

Wind gusts of over 200 km/h caused widespread damages, tearing down trees and power lines, and ripping roofs from houses. Local media reported that at least 17 people have died, 2 are missing and 18 were injured, while two others were reported missing. These figures are yet to be officially confirmed.

Dozens of roads blocked by fallen trees, with some also blocked by rockfalls or flooding. National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that 18 houses were destroyed and 20 damaged, over 500 flights were cancelled and around 30,000 schools closed.

Pre-emptive evacuations were carried out and by 04 December almost half a million people were displaced, including 187,384 in Albay, 162,736 in Camarines Sur and 45,802 in Sorsogon.

Several areas received heavy rainfall from 02 December. Masbate City recorded 182.6mm of rain in 24 hours to 03 December and Legazpi in Albay Province 223.5mm during the same period.

NDRRMC reported flooding in areas of Panitan and Panay in Capiz Province, Calabarzon and Pagbilao in Quezon, along with parts of Rizal Province.

Kammuri made a total of 4 landfalls, one in each of the provinces of Sorsogon, Masbate, Marinduque and Oriental Mindoro provinces.

As of 04 December, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reports that Kammuri has weakened into Tropical Storm as it moves west-northwestward over the West Philippine Sea. It is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between 04 and 05 December 2019 and become a Tropical Depression by 06 December 2019.