Nock-ten Impacts Philippines
Forming on December 21, Typhoon Nock-ten (known locally as Nina) intensified as it moved toward the Philippines, reaching Super Typhoon status before making its first landfall in Bato, Catanduanes on December 25 (NASA EO, NASA, NDRRMC SitRep #8). Thousands spent the Christmas holiday in evacuation centers, as severe weather conditions and storm surge expected from Nock-ten forced the evacuation of residents from coastal and low-lying areas and stranded travelers (PIA, Reuters).
December 25-26, Nock-ten made landfall eight times—in the provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Quezon, and Marinduque, Batangas, and Occidental Mindoro—as it tracked through the Philippines (NDRRMC SitRep #8).
As of December 29, the number of damaged houses reached 69,515 with more than 19,000 reported as “totally damaged” (NDRRMC SitRep #8). According to reports, approximately 950,500 people in the Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Eastern Visayas, and Bicol Regions have been affected by Nock-ten. Response operations and damage assessments are underway (ReliefWeb/IFRC, PIA) .
RVA Country Profile: Philippines
This Week in Hazards
- Ongoing drought conditions continue to affect an estimated 6,500 people in the Áncash region of Peru (Redhum). According to reports, persistent drought is also affecting eight departments in Bolivia—La Paz, Potosí, Oruro, Chuquisaca, Tarija, Santa Cruz, Beni, and Cochabamba—all of which have “declared themselves in emergency or in a disaster zone” due to drought conditions over the past year (Redhum).
- Chile was struck by a strong, shallow earthquake on December 25 (USGS). The M7.6 quake, which occurred near the city of Quellón in the country’s Los Lagos region, initially prompted tsunami warnings and the evacuation of about 5,000 people (ONEMI, Reuters).
Current Hazard Warnings
Winter Storm: Canada (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nunavut), United States (Northeastern region, Alaska)
Avalanche: United States (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana)
Drought: Peru, Bolivia, United States (Northeastern, Southern, Western)
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