Philippines – Typhoon Sarika Prompts 40,000 Evacuations

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in the Philippines reports that over 50,000 people have been affected by Typhoon Sarika (known locally as Karen).

Almost 40,000 people were pre-emptively evacuated in the regions of Ilocos (Region I), Cagayan Valley (Region II), Central Luzon (Region III), Calabarzon (Region IV-A) and Bicol (Region V). There are currently around 25,000 people staying in 314 temporary shelters. At least 3 people have died in the storm.

Five houses have been totally destroyed and 188 damaged, most of them in Balunggao in Pangasinan Province, Ilocos Region.

Around 40 sections of road were blocked by floods or landslides. Power and water supplies have been interrupted and over 300 flights cancelled.

Areas of the Philippines had seen severe flooding since 13 October. In Maguindanao, around 30,000 people were affected by flooding and heavy rainfall, particularly the municipalities of Datu Montawal (Pagagawan), Pagalungan and Sultan Mastura, according to the UN.

Rainfall

Figures according to WMO for a 24 hour period.

16 to 17 October

  • Aparri – 62.5 mm
  • Cabanatuan – 54.4 mm

15 to 16 october

  • Baguio – 84.1 mm
  • Science Garden – 58.6 mm
  • Daet – 91.5 mm

Sarika Heads to China and Vietnam

Typhoon Sarika exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) early 17 October and could be heading towards China and Vietnam, where days of heavy rainfall have caused severe flooding and the deaths of at least 24 people.

Sarika is expected to strengthen as it approaches Hainan early on 18 October, then move over northern Vietnam. However, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) reports that, “as the heaviest rainfall of Sarika lies on the southern part of the track, central Vietnam could be the most rain-affected area; this poses a significant risk of heavy flooding.”

Typhoon Haima to Enter PAR

The Philippines is now expecting a further typhoon. Typhoon Haima is intensifying and is expected to enter the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 17 October as a Category 3 storm.

ECHO say that “based on the 17 October 00.00 UTC data, northern Luzon and Babuyan and Batanes islands could be affected by very strong, possibly destructive winds as well as heavy rainfall on 19-20 October.”