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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA111
2009-01-16 09:15
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Manila

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 160915Z JAN 09
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2915
RUEHBK/AMEMBASSY BANGKOK 3061
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS IMMEDIATE
UNCLAS MANILA 000111

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP/EX AND EAP/MTS
STATE PASS USAID
BANGKOK FOR USAID/OFDA REGIONAL ADVISOR A. DWYER
USAID/W FOR DCHA/OFDA R. THAYER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID SOCI EAGR SENV RP
SUBJECT: Heavy Rains Inundate the Philippines

¶1. Summary. Flood waters have inundated large areas in Eastern and
Southern Philippines, killing several people, destroying property,
and displacing thousands of families. About 300,000 people have
been impacted. End summary.

¶2. The tail-end of a cold front has caused continuous rains since
January 3, 2009 and resulted in flooding, flashfloods, landslides,
high tides, and storm surges, and sea mishaps in nine eastern and
southern provinces of the Philippines. Catanduanes Province in
Eastern Luzon, Northern Samar province in Eastern Vasayas, and
Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao have been particularly hard hit. As
of January 15, 2009, the National Disaster Coordinating Council
reported that over 300,000 people have been impacted in five cities
and 13 provinces, with more than 40,000 of those evacuated. The
Council reported 18 confirmed deaths and 541 houses totally
destroyed. The Philippine National Red Cross reported higher
figures on January 14, 2009: 600 destroyed houses and 44,823
individuals at evacuation centers in Mindanao alone. The United
Nations is conducting an assessment and will report the week of
January 19.

¶3. The National Disaster Coordinating Council’s January 15 report
estimated $1 million in crop damage and $600,000 in infrastructure
damage in affected provinces. The Regional Disaster Coordinating
Council in Cagayan de Oro City estimated the damage to agriculture
and infrastructure at over $1 million with destroyed crops
accounting for most of this amount. Some local government units are
having difficulty coping with this rare event, since their 2009
budgets have not been approved, which makes it difficult to locate
resources to respond.

¶4. The government of the Philippines has not issued a calamity
declaration. Philippine local and national governments and its
agencies have established evacuation centers, spearheaded rescue
operations, provided food and relief goods, and repaired
infrastructure. Local government units and disaster coordinating
councils at the regional, provincial, city and municipal levels have
all been active. The Philippine National Red Cross issued a public
appeal for assistance for flash flooding in Mindanao. The World Food
Program and World Vision are providing limited food aid and relief
support to people in the evacuation centers.

¶5. There are no reports of American citizen deaths or injuries as a
result of the rain-induced events. USG-funded projects have been
affected in Cagayan de Oro, and have been temporarily suspended due
to heavy flooding.

¶6. Post’s assessment is that the Philippine authorities are capable
of addressing the current relief needs and USG assistance is not
warranted at this time. If the rains continue, the resources of the
Philippine authorities will be heavily taxed and the government of
the Philippines may issue a calamity declaration and ask for
international assistance.

KENNEY

   

 

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