On the morning of September 25, 2022, the Philippines was once again battered by the super typhoon Noru (locally named Karding) which brough maximum sustained winds of 195km/h and gustiness of 240km/h. Noru has undergone an explosive intensification and reached super typhoon category in less than 24 hour, one of the fastest recorded in the Pacific basin. Bringing torrential rains, violent winds and raging floods, Noru made two landfalls in Burdeos, Quezon and Dingalan Aurora. The super typhoon swept over 27 provinces causing 43 cities and municipalities under state of calamity.
From the initial assessment reports and figures reported its a medium scale emergency but with the changing weather situation it can convert into a large-scale emergency soon. As of 5th October, a total of 314,430 families or 1,139,172 persons living in 1,922 villages in seven regions were affected. Of which, 691 families or 3,166 persons were served inside 22 Evacuation Centers (ECs) and 8,784 families or 43,254 persons were served outside the ECs. In the last ten days the affected population has increased from 700,000 to more than a million according to the assessment conducted in the country. More than 46,000 people remain displaced, while, twelve (12) casualties, five (5) missing persons, and 67 injured were recorded. The latest situation report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) cited 43 cities and municipalities under state of calamity. The super typhoon left 58,843 houses damaged (51,351 partially damaged and 7,492 totally damaged), power interruptions, and other infrastructures such as schools and roads destroyed.
ACT Philippines Forum through the National Council of Churches in the Philippines will access ACT’s Rapid Response Fund to provide assistance in two affected regions.