Source Logistics Cluster
Theme Coordination, Other
Countries Philippines
Document type Other
Publication date 03/11/2009

Situation Update – Typhoon Mirinae

The third major storm to hit the Philippines in the last five weeks, Typhoon Mirinae, made landfall at around midnight on Friday, October 30, over Quezon Province in Region  IV-A. Over  115,000 people were evacuated  in provinces  to  the east and  south of Manila,  relief  supplies and  rescue equipment were pre-positioned along  the  typhoon path, and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)  teams  were  in  place  to  assist  Local  Government  Units  with  disaster operations. At  its height, winds  reached up  to 150  kph, with gusts of up  to 185 kph  and  heavy  rainfall.  An  estimated  80%  of  the  26  barangays  in  Santa Cruz were  flooded,  and  there  were  landslides  in  the  municipalities  of  Liliw  and Nagcarlan  in Laguna Province, as well as widespread power cuts. As of  today, the number of people affected is estimated at over 54,600. 

In  Region  IV-A,  the Bridge  of  Promise  along the  Batangas–Lobo road  was  severely damaged  and  remains impassable,  the Colongcolong Bridge along  the Palico–Balayan  road  is also  closed,  and  the Matingain  Bridge  is passable to light vehicles only.  The Banay–Mojon road was left blocked by fallen  trees.  There  have been  no  reports  of significant  damage  in Region V. An assessment mission  took  place yesterday  (November  1) to  Santa  Cruz  with representatives  of  the Logistics  Cluster,  WFP, UNICEF,  IOM, OCHA and ADRA.  The  full  results will be published tomorrow.

NDCC Update

Now  that  Typhoon Mirinae has passed,  the NDCC has begun  scaling down  its activities, and agency representatives are being returned to their normal duties. However  the  NDCC  will  remain  operational  in  its  current  location  at  the  Civil Defence Operations Center. 

Helicopter Operations

Over the last week, helicopter operations have focused heavily on southern Luzon in the regions cut off by Tropical Storm Ketsana. Rotations have been taking place out of Camp Capinpin in Rizal, with the “Jungle Fighter” army  troops helping  to  load  the aircraft.   Representatives of DSWD and  the Philippino Red Cross have been assisting with distributions on the ground. Deliveries have also been ongoing to San Gabriel in northern Luzon  to ensure supplies of  food and NFI. The helicopters performed a high number of  rotations on Friday, October 30, to preposition cargo before Typhoon Mirinae. The aircraft were then taken to Clark Airbase  to overnight  in a covered hangar.  Flights began again  today, Monday 2, with  rotations  to  Liliw, which was  left  inaccessible by Typhoon Mirinae.  The NDCC  is organizing  trucks  to  replenish  the cargo at Camp Capinpin for airlift. As laid out in the project document, the helicopters will operate for one month, with  the  last missions  to  be  flown on  the  14th of November.  The  aircraft will  then be  redeployed. As  of Sunday, November  1,  136.9 mt  of  food and  6.3 mt  of NFI  have been delivered by helicopter  over  161 rotations.

Transport

Support to the government to provide additional surface transport is ongoing, and on Sunday, on request from the DSWD, the Logistics Cluster organized reception for 98 mt of goods flown in from Saudi Arabia and arranged seven vehicles  to  deliver  it  to  the  National  Relief  Operations Center  (NROC).  Despite  expectations,  operations  were not  substantially  slowed  for  the All  Saints  long weekend. The Logistics Cluster is currently in discussion to extend LET (UPS-Agility-TNT)  support,  which  to  date  has  included trucks,  warehouse  staff  and  a  logistics  coordinator. Currently, this is contracted to end on November 10. 

Relief Caravan

In  order  to  transport  relief  goods  to  assist  affected  populations,  a  government-led  convoy  of  over  100 trucks  was  organized.  The  “Sama  Samang  Pagtulong  Relief  Caravan”  was  supported  by  several government  agencies  including  the  DSWD  and  the  DoH  (Department  of  Health),  alongside  over  30 international and private organizations, among  them  the  Logistics Cluster, which provided  five  trucks  for Camp Capinpin,  the World Food Program, and the United States Agency for International Development. Following  a  delay  because  the  planned  departure  date was  expected  to  coincide with  the  arrival  of Typhoon Lupit,  the caravan made  its departure at 6:00 a.m. sharp on October 29  to carry  food, drinking water, medical  kits, mosquito nets, hygiene  kits, water purifiers, mats, blankets and clothing  to  southern Luzon,  fanning out  to  reach  locations  throughout  Region  IV-A and down  to  Region V.  The goods were destined to provide assistance to those affected by Typhoon Ketsana in the Laguna de Bay region, as well as  to pre-position supplies prior  to  the arrival of Typhoon Mirinae on October 30. President Arroyo  led  the send-off  ceremony  for  the  caravan  at  its  departure  point  in  Pasay  City,  alongside  the  head  of  the Department of National Defense, Secretary Teodoro.