Overview of the situation
Typhoon Yutu (locally known as Rosita) made landfall Tuesday 30 October at 4 a.m. local time in Dinapigue, Isabela. As of 2 p.m., the typhoon exited the western seaboard province of La Union in the Ilocos region.
The typhoon traversed northern Luzon and continues to move west northwest at 25 km/h, with the eye at 7 p.m. located 145 km northwest of Dagupan City, Pangasinan, moving with maximum sustained winds of 125 km/h near the center with gustiness of up to 190 km/h. It is estimated to leave the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) by the afternoon of 31 October. Typhoon Yutu entered the PAR on 27 October.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), 4,248 families (11,916 people) were affected in 200 barangays in Regions I, II, III and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), ninety-four per cent of which are located in Regions II and III. Of the total affected, 3,561 families (10,884 people) are seeking shelter in evacuation centres, with nearly half located in Region II. Local media are reporting downed power lines, trees uprooted by strong wind, damage to structures with light material in Alicia and San Isidro in Isabela province. Heavy flooding is also being reported in several areas in CAR and Region II. At least two elementary schools in Kalinga are reportedly submerged in flood waters.
The Cagayan Valley Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) has activated its emergency operations centre and as of 4 p.m. 30 October reports there are province-wide power outages in Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya. Several bridges in Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya in the region are not passable due to flooding. Communication lines and potable water sources are functional. The CAR Regional DRRMC reports that as of 30 October, Kennon Road to the city of Baguio is closed to traffic and the CAR Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is advising motorists to take Marcos Highway or Asin-Nanglisan-San Pascual-Tubao Road. Local NGO Citizen’s Disaster Response Center (CDRC) reports that vegetable and rice crops in the flowering stage were damaged by the strong wind and rain in Kalinga and Mountain province (OCHA).
Typhoon Yutu leaves a trail of destruction
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is working closely with the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on emergency response measures in areas where Typhoon Yutu hit hardest, with water, search and rescue, and providing services (hot meals, welfare desks) for families currently seeking shelter inside evacuation centres. The Red Cross is closely coordinating with local government units and disaster agencies to ensure smooth and efficient response to the inevitable humanitarian needs that the typhoon will bring.
Typhoon Yutu is the 18th weather disturbance and the second-strongest typhoon in the Philippines this year. Tens of thousands of families who have already been forced from their homes several times by this year’s flooding as well farmers who have been brought to their knees by the last month’s typhoon Mangkhut are looking anxiously to what Typhoon Yutu will bring them.
Philippine Red Cross emergency response teams, chapter staff, community health volunteers and Red Cross 143 volunteers in Luzon chapters were placed on high alert with water, search and rescue teams, sanitation and hygiene and health units and other equipment prepared for dispatch or deployment. Volunteers and staff are monitoring the movements of the typhoon, contacting villages for damage updates and preparing to assist as needed (IFRC).
©IFRC/Joonas Brandt (Finnish Red Cross)
Government, humanitarian and private sector actors are coordinating action on the ground to provide support and deliver aid to the people in need. Here the reported damage.
OCHA emergency snapshot, 1 November 2018