Philippines Readies for Intense Rainfall as Typhoon Approaches
Typhoon Noul (known locally as Dodong) is steadily intensifying as it continues tracking toward the Philippines (NASA/Phys.org). As of the most recent advisory (2100 UTC), Noul is located 608 nautical miles east-southeast of Manila and tracking west-northwestward with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (JTWC Advisory #20). Warnings have been issued for provinces of Luzon and the Visayas (NDRRMC Bulletin #4) as Noul continues to move toward eastern Luzon.
Noul formed near the Federated States of Micronesia on May 3, and strengthened into a typhoon after crossing Yap Island on May 5 (ECHO).
RVA Country Profile: Philippines
In anticipation of Typhoon Noul (Dodong) making landfall in Luzon over the weekend, emergency managers are considering the coping capacity of the Philippines. The PDC Global Risk and Vulnerability Index assesses the ability of an area to absorb and respond to negative impacts associated with hazard events via PDC’s Coping Capacity Index. As you can see below The Philippines is ranked 97 out of 174 countries.
This Week in Hazards
- According to reports from UNOCHA, all districts affected by the 7.8M earthquake in Nepal have been reached, enabling the government and humanitarian partners to better assess needs in some of the more remote areas. Food security continues to be a concern with food stocks severely impacted in most areas (WFP/NeSKAP). As operations in Nepal shift to focus more on recovery, PDC continues to actively support responding agencies and humanitarian relief organizations
- Sizeable aftershocks continue to shake Papua New Guinea following a 7.5M earthquake on May 5 (GDACS). According to media reports, though the earthquake was felt strongly, there were no immediate reports of damage.
- High surf conditions from May 4-6 in El Salvador affected a number of coastal regions and led to the evacuation of 843 people (MARN, ReliefWeb).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: Australia (New South Wales, Queensland), United States (Southeast), Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Peru
Severe Weather: Malaysia, United States (Central/Southern Plains), Canada (Manitoba)
Earthquake: Nepal, Papua New Guinea
High Surf: El Salvador
Tropical Cyclone: Noul (Pacific)
Drought: Angola, Namibia, United States (Southern, Western), Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea
Biomedical: West Africa
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