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BMG UPDATE ON TYPHOON RUBY / HAGUPIT NO. 2

6 December 2014, 7 PM (BEFORE LANDFALL)

Operations Center

Yesterday 2PM, the Balay Mindanaw Group currently based in Cagayan de Oro City held a meeting to discuss action points and possible emergency response during and following the Typhoon Ruby (International Name: Hagupit).

It was determined that there is no immediate need for Cagayan de Oro City, Gingoog City and other Balay Mindanaw areas in Mindanao, with the possible exception of the Pacific- facing Surigao provinces. Monitoring of these areas, particularly in Surigao del Sur which is host to a Balay Mindanaw area-based team is currently ongoing. In any case, the Balay Mindanaw Peace Center and Kalambuan Center are still prepared to accept evacuees if the need arises.

The group assessed the capacity to respond, including material resources and available volunteers.

The group also discussed the possible scenarios that we may face once the typhoon is over. It was agreed upon that whichever scenario would occur, the BMG would adhere to some basic DREAM principles that were articulated by Kaloy Manlupig:

  1. The LGU is still considered the first and primary responder. Balay Mindanaw only intends to supplement because we have limited resources.
  2. Our wave of focus of emergency response (if multiple areas are hit hard) is Cagayan de Oro, and then Mindanao, and then Visayas.
  3. We will remain community-based and barangay-focused.
  4. Our capacity and capability are dependent on our resources and our ability to mobilize volunteers.

The current DREAM structure was also clarified and solidified, particularly with regards to overall coordination, logistics, monitoring and communication.

Typhoon Updates

As of 5PM today, the typhoon Ruby continues to threaten the Northern and Eastern Samar provinces. However, it has weakened somewhat since yesterday. It is expected to make landfall in the vicinity of Dolores, Eastern Samar and will be associated with strong winds, storm surges of up to 4.5 meters and heavy to intense rainfall. Estimated rainfall is from 10 to less than 30 mm of rain per hour within the now 600 km diameter of the typhoon. Typhoon diameter yesterday was 700km. (PAG-ASA)

The typhoon has since been reclassified from Category 4 to Category 3 just this afternoon. (Weather Underground)

As of 4PM today, the eye of the typhoon was located at 100 km East of Dolores, Eastern Samar. It had maximum sustaining winds of 175kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph. It is forecasted to   move west at 16 kph. It is forecasted to be 50km East of Romblon, Romblon tomorrow afternoon. On Monday afternoon it is expected to be 225 km West Northwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro or at 200 km West of Ambulong Batangas. (PAG-ASA)

At the national level, a total of 124,177 families or 616,550 persons were reported to have conducted pre-emptive evacuations in Regions V, VI, VII, VIII and CARAGA as of 6AM this morning. (NDRRMC)

Area Updates

Leyte, Visayas

The Team in Leyte has already reported heavy rains and winds that commenced at around 4:44 PM. They are currently based in the staff house in Albuera, Leyte and have yesterday completed preparedness measures for the team and assisted with preparing partner communities for the coming typhoon. These partner areas were also affected by super typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan last year.

The Team located in Leyte have available 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 has assisted the barangays with monitoring and needs assessment, coordination and communication. They have also prepositioned goods for the communities.

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.

Storm Signal Number

Leyte has been, for the past 24 hours, under Storm Signal Number 2.

Storm Surge Advisories

Storm Surge Advisories have been issued to three of our partner areas in Leyte. Here is the history of advisories from DOST-NOAH:

5 December 2014 – 9PM

Municipality Storm Surge Advisory Expected Storm Surge Height
Merida, Leyte SSA No. 2 2.1-3.1 meters
Albuera, Leyte SSA No. 2 1.9-2.9 meters
Ormoc, Leyte (none) (none)

6 December 2014 – 5AM

Municipality Storm Surge Advisory Expected Storm Surge Height
Merida, Leyte SSA No. 3 2.7-3.7 meters
Albuera, Leyte SSA No. 2 2.5-3.5 meters
Ormoc, Leyte SSA No. 2 1.7-2.7 meters

6 December 2014 – 2PM

Municipality Storm Surge Advisory Expected Storm Surge Height
Merida, Leyte SSA No. 2 2.1-3.1 meters
Albuera, Leyte SSA No. 2 2.0-3.0 meters
Ormoc, Leyte SSA No. 2 2.1-3.1 meters

– Ormoc, Leyte

Vulnerable communities in Barangay San Juan have evacuated to Barangay Margen since their identified evacuation center is also at a high-risk area. Others are staying at the Barangay Hall. There are around 200-300 families in all evacuation centers. However, there is no definite number as of present.

– 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, San Pedro Elementary School, and Four Square Church and pre-identified safe houses in the neighborhood. Selected teachers, tanods and kagawads were put in charge of the evacuation.

There are currently around 53 families or 169 individuals at the Tabgas Elementary School. 67 families or 276 individuals are at the San Pedro Elementary School. 20 families are at the Four Square Church. Currently, exact numbers of evacuees are still being counted as some sought shelter from neighbors or relatives. The Barangay Captain’s recent update was that 334 families have evacuated and they are still counting.

The barangay prepared 1 box of noodles at the barangay hall. There were also 200 sacks of rice ready at the municipal hall, which was prepared for all 16 barangays.

The barangay’s latest 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.

There are 15 families reported to be at the Zone 3 Elementary School, and 3 families at the Zone 8 Elementary School.

There were also 200 sacks of rice ready at the municipal hall, which was prepared for all 16 barangays.

The barangay’s latest 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 Mt. Sinai Formation Center 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.

As of latest count, there are 170 families in the Mt. Sinai Formation Center, 40 in the Puertobello Elementary School, and 37 in Sitio Biasong. In Mt. Sinai Formation Center and the Elementary School, there is a total of 720 individuals. As of 4PM, the evacuation is still ongoing so these numbers may increase as soon as the final count is available.

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

The Team located in the Panay Islands have also prepared themselves for the arrival of the typhoon Ruby. Goods have also been prepositioned in the area, particularly 98 food packs each containing  5 kgs of rice, 3 cans of sardines, 3 sachets of coffee, and 3 sachets of Energen.

The other night, partner barangays had already begun 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.

Volunteers have also been mobilized to help in repacking of goods.

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

Storm Signal Number

Leyte has been, for the past 24 hours, under Storm Signal Number 1.

Storm Surge Advisories

Storm Surge Advisories have been issued to three of our partner areas in Leyte. Here is the history of advisories from DOST-NOAH:

5 December 2014 – 9PM

Municipality Storm Surge Advisory Expected Storm Surge Height
Estancia, Iloilo SSA No. 2 1.5-2.5 meters

6 December 2014 – 5AM

Municipality Storm Surge Advisory Expected Storm Surge Height
Estancia, Iloilo SSA No. 2 1.7-2.7 meters

6 December 2014 – 2PM

Municipality Storm Surge Advisory Expected Storm Surge Height
Estancia, Iloilo (none) (none)

– 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.

There are currently 50 families in Estancia Elementary School. 16 families were reported to be living with relatives. Other families are staying at kagawads’ more stable and safer houses.

In the assigned evacuation center, there are  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. 184 families were reported to be in the evacuation center.

As of 4PM 90% of the coastal families have already evacuated.

Surigao del Sur, Mindanao

– Cagwait

Yesterday, Surigao del Sur was under Storm Signal No. 2, but it has since been reduced to Signal No. 1 this morning, and then lifted. The operations center in Cagwait is still doing 24/7 monitoring. The ream reported skies and some wind. However, waves have been strong. Fishermen have not been out in the sea for two days.

74 family evacuees arrived yesterday from 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.

Additional evacuees arrived this morning from the municipalities of Cagwait and Lianga. 96 families were from Barangay Tawagan, 74 families were from Aras-asan, 150 families were from Unidad, 61 families were from Lactudan, and 90 families were from Cagwait. Volunteers have been repacking relief goods since early morning.

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.

There are plans to procure additional relief goods not only for the evacuees but also for other barangays in coastal areas. Trimming of branches has been done in Lianga.

Cebu and Bohol, Visayas

Northern Cebu and Cebu City are currently under Storm Signal Number 2. The rest of Cebu and Bohol are currently under Storm Signal Number 1.

One of the Balay Mindanaw stranded in Cebu is now assisting in the evacuation of senior citizens in the neighborhood where he is staying.

Cagayan de Oro City

As of 4AM today, the storm signal in Misamis Oriental has been lifted.

CDRRMO personnel are still on Blue Alert status and IMT personnel are still on-call. Rivers and tributaries are still at normal levels. Continuous monitoring of nearby rivers are being done by all Barangay DRRMCs.

No pre-emptive evacuations have been conducted, although the respective BDRRMCs are prepared.

The following are updates on the partner barangays: Barangay Macasandig is monitoring the water level of the Cagayan de Oro river as well as weather advisories. Barangay Carmen is also continuing monitoring, and are ready especially after they convened this afternoon. Barangay Indahag is monitoring the Taguanao river and evacuation orders are ready at any time. The evacuees from Barangay Bonbon were sent home 6PM last night, but the BDRRMC is still on alert mode. Barangay Gusa is still on monitoring mode. Barangay Balulang is also on monitoring mode and is prepared for any evacuation. Barangay Lumbia has returned to normal but the BDRRMC is ready to convene in case of any emergency response. Barangay Pagatpat reports that river levels are normal but they are continuing monitoring. Barangay Pigsan-an and Tuburan are also monitoring the weather and are prepared for any incidents.

Cagayan de Oro River (photo by CDRRMO)

Cagayan de Oro River (photo by CDRRMO)

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 4AM today, the storm signal in Misamis Oriental has been lifted.

As of 1PM today clear skies were reported in Gingoog City. However, there were large, strong waves in Gingoog Bay. As of 2PM, there were no evacuees, but people were posted to monitor seaside areas. 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.

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.

The waves at Gingoog Bay (photo by Danah Quijano)

The waves at Gingoog Bay (photo by Danah Quijano)

Bukidnon

The BDRRMC of San Vicente, Sumilao is currently monitoring the weather condition. In particular, they are monitoring areas in Sitios Damay and Langga which are prone to landslides. The BDRRMC is standing by for advisories.

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