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BMG UPDATE ON TYPHOON RUBY / HAGUPIT NO. 1

5 December 2014, 7 PM

Typhoon Updates

As of 8AM today, the typhoon Ruby (International Name: Hagupit) has gained more (strength) and slightly slowed down as it continues to move West Northwest towards eastern Visayas. The center of the typhoon was located, as of 4AM, 500km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar. It is forecasted to move West Northwest at 13kph. (NDRRMC)

As of 10AM today, the typhoon was located 435km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar.

At 4PM, the typhoon was located 370km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar. The maximum sustained winds have also since slowed down to 195kph near the center and gustiness of 230kph.

It is forecasted to be 80km North Northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar tomorrow afternoon. On Sunday afternoon, it will be 50km North of Masbate City, Masbate or in the vicinity of Ticao Island. (PAG-ASA)

This afternoon, Ruby’s strength decreased from a category 5 typhoon to category 4. (Weather Underground)

Area Updates

Leyte, Visayas

In Leyte the skies are reported to be cloudy and gloomy, but there is no rain as of the moment. As of 5AM and until 5PM today, our partner areas in Leyte were placed under Signal Number 2. These partner areas were also affected by super typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan last year.

The Team located in Leyte have already purchased and prepared team provisions good for one week, and have prepared the staff house with emergency materials (first aid kits, flashlights and rope). Team belongings have been packed and placed on the second floor. They have decided also to open the staff house for walk-in evacuees in case of any untoward incidents.

All of our partner barangays in Leyte have activated their respective BDRRMCs. The Leyte team is also assisting the barangays with monitoring and needs assessment, coordination and communication. They are also in the process of prepositioning goods of about 25 sacks of rice and 6 boxes of canned goods at the evacuation centers.

Profiling sheets were provided to evacuation centers for monitoring and assessment. Once these are collected, more detailed data will be available.

The team reports that there has been panic buying since Wednesday and there is now a shortage of goods in the area.

– Ormoc, Leyte

Vulnerable communities in Barangay San Juan planned yesterday to evacuate to Barangay Margen since their identified evacuation center is also at a high-risk area.

– Albuera, Leyte

The barangay of Tabgas is a coastal barangay composed of 3,465 persons in 960 households or 963 families. 163 households are located in no-build zones, while 400 are in hazard-prone areas. It is currently under the leadership of Kap. Protacio Rizalito Ceniza. Identified evacuation sites include the Barangay Hall, Cantawagon Daycare Center, Health Center, Tabgas Elementary School and pre-identified safe houses in the neighborhood. Selected teachers, tanods and kagawads were put in charge of the evacuation.

Households in Sitio Lawis, Cantawagon and other hazard-prone areas have been informed that a forced evacuation will commence at 5pm today. An estimated 300-400 families will be in the evacuation centers.

The barangay has prepared 1 box of noodles at the barangay hall. There are also 200 sacks of rice at the municipal hall, which has been prepared for all 16 barangays.

The barangay’s current identified needs include: a truck for mobilization, rice and canned goods, water and medicines.

The barangay of Sherwood is an upland barangay composed of 2,360 persons in 500 households or 518 families. The barangay is currently under the leadership of Kap. Andres Cruz. Identified evacuation sites include the Elementary schools in zones 3 and 8, as well as pre-identified safe houses in the neighborhood. Households in zones 3, 6 and 8 are expected to evacuate. The evacuation is scheduled for this afternoon, and the classrooms have been prepared. There are 200 sacks of rice at the municipal hall, which has been prepared for all 16 barangays.

The barangay’s current identified needs include: a truck for mobilization, rice and canned goods, water and medicine.

– Merida, Leyte

The barangay of Puertobello is a coastal barangay composed of 3,884 persons in 1,091 households or 1,152 families. It is currently under the leadership of Kap. Maria Cristina Ramos. Identified evacuation sites include Sinai in Sitio Biasong, Holy Trinity in Sitio Biasong, Puertobello Elementary School, Merida Municipal Hall and pre-identified safe houses in the neighborhood. Kagwads have been placed in charge of the evacuation.

An estimated total of 350-400 families from Barangay Puertobelloare expected in all evacuation centers. All households are vulnerable to possible flooding or landslide. At-risk households have been informed in advance of an evacuation. It is expected that there will be 140-150 households from Sitios Biasong and Macatol who will stay at the Sinai and Holy Trinity evacuation centers. About 200 households from Sitio Sambag, Ipil and proper 1 & 2 are expected at the Elementary School. Other households are planning to evacuate at the municipality and are waiting for the vehicle that will pick them up.

More specific numbers will be available as soon as the evacuation is in progress.

The barangay already has an available truck for transportation, and have prepared 10 sacks of rice as well as noodles and canned goods.

The barangay’s identified needs are additional rice and food, water and medicine.

Panay Islands, Visayas

Yesterday, the Team located in the Panay Islands continued to prepare themselves for super typhoon Ruby. They have already prepositioned goods in case any untoward incidents hit their area.

Last night, partner barangays began evacuation to higher ground. Some family members, including children, were secured in relatives’ safer houses with more stable structures. The elderly were secured in kagawads’ houses for their safety. The team is maintaining regular contact with our partner communities for updates on their situation and any assistance we may extend.

The partner communities in this area were also affected by the super typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan last year.

– Estancia, Iloilo

We are currently monitoring four partner barangays in the province of Estancia, Iloilo.

First is the barangay of Bayas, an island barangay, which has a population of 3,014 persons in 672 households or 756 families. The barangay has reported that some residents have already sought shelter with relatives or the kagawads’ houses, while some remain on the island.

In the assigned evacuation center, there are 18 people or 4 families. 7 families were reported to be with relatives. The barangay is continuing to monitor and validate the location of the remaining families.

Second is the barangay of Manipulon, also an island barangay composed of 463 persons in 83 households or 107 families. The barangay has reported that some residents have already sought shelter with relatives or the kagawads’ houses, while some remain on the island.

37 families are in the barangay evacuation center. 7 of the “regular” evacuees are adult males while 32 are adult females. 7 of the females are pregnant, while 2 are lactating. For children, there are 33 boys and 31 girls. There are 7 infants, 8 senior citizens and 2 persons with disabilities.

Third is the barangay of Loguingot, also an island barangay composed of 904 persons in 215 households or 216 families. The barangay has reported that about 13 residents are with relatives, while others are still on the island. The barangay is currently validating the location of the residents.

Fourth is the barangay of Jolog, also an island barangay composed of 428 persons in 69 households or 96 families. Their identified evacuation centers are the Barangay Hall and the DCC. The barangay is currently validating the location of the residents.

– President Roxas, Capiz

In President Roxas, coastal barangays including Pandan, Madulano and Quiajo were evacuated to the safer Civic Center. As of this morning, 35 families are in the mainland evacuation center. The MDRRMC had a meeting this morning.

Surigao del Sur, Mindanao

– Cagwait

Surigao del Sur was placed under storm signal number 2 as of 5am this morning. The operations center in Cagwait is doing 24/7 monitoring. The CaLia team has volunteered to be part of the monitoring team from 7pm to 3am last night. As of 2PM this afternoon, there were cloudy skies and some wind. However, waves have been strong. Fishermen have not been out in the sea for two days.

74 family evacuees arrived form the island of Arangasa and have since settled in the Gym at Aras-asan. 151 of the evacuees are male, while 136 are women. 4 are pregnant women. The municipality is still doing accounting of children, elderly and PWDs. This is the same community affected by the recent tropical storm Queenie.

428 food packs containing rice, corned beef, noodles and sardines have been prepositioned. The municipality has provided relief packs and medical assistance to the evacuees.

During the joint LDRRMC meetings, it was agreed that there will be intensified monitoring especially early morning tomorrow. There are plans to procure additional relief goods not only for the evacuees but also for other barangays in coastal areas. Trimming of branches have been done in Lianga.

– Loreto, Dinagat Islands

The LCOS in Loreto, Dinagat Island has also informed the team that preemptive evacuation has been done and preparedness measures are in place. Dinagat is also under storm signal number 2.

Cebu and Bohol, Visayas

As of 5AM today, Northern Cebu and Cebu City have been placed under storm signal number 2. The rest of Cebu as well as the island of Bohol are still under storm signal number 1.

Partners in Cebu report gloomy skies, an eerie calmness and little wind. Radio stations have reported that rains have started in Toledo, Balamban and San Fernando, Cebu as of 8:30AM today.

Cagayan de Oro City

As of this morning, Cagayan de Oro City is still under storm signal number 1. The CDRRMO has declared the city to be under yellow alert. Rivers and tributaries, however, remain at normal level.

In the barangay of Bonbon, there is an ongoing “recorida”. The BDRRMC members are now stationed at the Elementary School.

In the barangay of Carmen, all barangay personnel are on standby. QRF and rescue equipment have been readied. The barangay is awaiting CDRRMO advise for further action.

In the barangay of Macasandig, the community is regularly monitoring weather updates. The BDRRMC is on alert and are following closely the BDRRMP. Residents of danger zones, especially those near the river have been advised to cease risky activities. No goods have been prepositioned yet.

Agusan del Sur

As of 5am this morning, Agusan del Sur was placed under storm signal number 1. The MDRRMC have met this morning, and are currently using the DR equipment provided.

Gingoog City

As of 2PM today, the weather has been gloomy with occasional light rain showers. Wind is still of moderate speed. An area spanning Barangay Anakan and Barangay Punong has been identified as a possible landslide area due to cracks caused by rains brought about by the recent tropical storm Queenie.

Classes have been suspended in all levels. The flood-prone barangay 23 has also identified the following evacuation sites: For purok 2 which is composed of 426 persons in 86 households, the evacuation center is the City High School. For purok 3, which is composed of 1,136 persons in  208 families most of whom live near the stream, the evacuation center is the Balay Mindanaw Kalambuan Center. For purok 1A, which is composed of 620 persons in  112 families, the evacuation center is also at the City High School. Finally, for purok 1, which is composed of 1,256 persons in 249 families, the evacuation center is also at the Balay Mindanaw Kalambuan Center.

The Team at BMKC has also prepared 7 sacks of rice, 5 boxes canned goods, 20kgs of bihon, 100pcs of bottled water, coffee and milo. They have also prepared medicine kits, first aid kits, batteries and candles. Logistics preparations and a system of communication has also been set up. An additional three volunteers are currently working on preparations.

Bukidnon

Our partner community of San Vicente, Sumilao has called a BDRRMC meeting today. Residents in areas at risk for landslides were advised to be on alert. The elementary school has been prepared as a possible evacuation center.

The BMG information center will remain open for 24 hours. Please keep us updated regarding any developments in our partner communities. Please also check with the Yahoo! Groups for updates.

For updates, please contact the following point persons:

  • Faith – 09263336584
  • Rona – 09179231867
  • Lala – 09193196650 / 09164329520
  • Xx – 09998812436 / 09177104791

What to update:

  • Weather (general impression of weather)
  • Storm Signal Number
  • Water / Sea Levels
  • Any incidents (landslides, floods, inaccessible roads, etc.)
  • Preparedness measures (such as evacuation, prepositioned goods)
  • Number of people / families in evacuation center
  • Immediate needs
  • Any other relevant information

 

UPDATE: An assessment tool accessible through Google Drive was developed by Tess Puspus for quick updating. If possible, please help update the table at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EdAFphUcJn3Wpy7BNxKdc0yFBXNTpRoFL9Ob3bJmon0/edit#gid=0

If you cannot access the table, please forward your email address to us and we’ll try to add you. Thanks!

 

* More info about storm signals:

Storm Signal Impacts
No. 1 •        Twigs and branches of trees may be broken

•        Banana plants may tilt or land flat on the ground

•        Rice in flowering stage may suffer significant damage

•        Some nipa and cogon houses may be partially unroofed

·         Sea travel of small seacraft and fishing boats is risky

No. 2 ·         Moderate damage to agriculture

·         Rice and corn adversely affected

·         Few large trees uprooted

·         Large number of nipa and cogon houses partially or totally unroofed

·         Some old galvanized iron roofing may roll off

·         Travel by all types of sea vessels is risky

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