Typhoon Koppu (local name Lando) hit landfall as a category 3 typhoon in Aurora province in the Philippines early Sunday morning 18 October 2015. Storm surge waves were 3-4 meters. Its speed slowed to 5 km/h moving slowly through the region, the severe rainfall creating landslides and flooding throughout.
Initial reports indicate over 100,000 IDPs half of which are in evacuation centers (usually schools). Many roads and bridges in affected provinces are dysfunctional, communications and electricity is mostly down. About 40 million people live in the typhoon’s path, of which 1.5 million are among the most vulnerable.
Typhoon Koppu is the 12th tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this year. The authorities are expecting up to three additional cyclones to affect the Philippines in November and December.
GOAL has sent an assessment team to one of the hardest hit areas, Aurora province where the typhoon made landfall. We have emergency WASH items to distribute in coordination with local authorities.
The biggest concern we have now is the massive flooding and potential landslides. Some of the provinces are mountainous, which will cause tremendous rainfall to head down to the valleys and coastal areas in the next few days.
As communications are down, access is difficult, there are isolated areas - it is difficult to evaluate the extent of the damage.
These are food producing regions, there will probably be a need to help people recover their livelihoods. Many of the farmers will have lost their crops due to the flooding and wind, and likely do not have disaster or agricultural insurance.
The Philippines government has done a good job preemptively evacuating thousands of people and positioning relief items and rescue team. They have mobilized civil society and communicated well throughout, they are planning to mount a response.
By Josh Kreger, Country Director, Philippines.