Philippines – 5 Rescuers Die in Typhoon Noru Floods

Heavy rain brought by Typhoon Noru caused widespread flooding in several northern provinces of the Philippines on 26 September 2022. Authorities reported 5 rescuers workers died in the Province of Bulacan.

Flooding in northern Philippines after Typhoon Noru, 26 September 2022. Photo: Government of Philippines

Five rescuers from the Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) died after being washed away by flash floods while conducting rescue operations in the district of San Miguel, situated about 70 km north of capital Manila. Later in the day another person was reported missing in a separate flooding incident also in San Miguel.

Typhoon Noru, known as Karding in the Philippines, is the most powerful typhoon to hit the country this year. Noru made landfall in northern Quezon Province on 25 September, then crossed central Luzon, and continued west towards Vietnam over the South China Sea.

Disaster authorities reported the storm affected 154 barangays across Region II – Cagayan Valley, Region III – Central Luzon, MIMAROPA, and Region V – Bicol Region. As of 26 September, ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre) on disaster management reported 2,238 families (9,103 people) were displaced, taking temporary shelter in 194 evacuation centres and a further 594 people had found refuge with relatives or friends.

Heavy rain caused flooding in northern provinces. The town of Subic in Zambales Province recorded 283.3 mm of rain in 24 hours to 26 September. To the north the municipality of Iba recorded 142.3 mm. Ambulong in the province of Batangas recorded 123.2 mm.

Roads were deemed impassable in Camarines Sur Province, Bicol Region, leaving areas isolated. Army troops were carrying out rescues and evacuations in parts of Zambales and Quezon provinces, Central Luzon. Thousands were left without power in the provinces of Aurora and Nueva Ecija.

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr conducted an aerial survey of damage on 26 September.

Noru will head towards Vietnam and is then forecast to move over Laos and possibly Thailand. AHA Centre warned a potential 4.1 million people could be exposed to the storm.

Flooding in northern Philippines after Typhoon Noru, 26 September 2022. Photo: Government of Philippines
Flooding in northern Philippines after Typhoon Noru, 26 September 2022. Photo: Government of Philippines
Typhoon Noru Philippines 26 September 2022. Image: Copernicus