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Houses Destroyed, Thousands Evacuate After #Rain From #Storm #Kalmaegi# #Ramon in the #Philippines

Tropical Storm Kalmaegi, Philippines, November 2019. Image: JTWC

Disaster authorities in the Philippines report that heavy rain from Tropical Storm ‘Kalmaegi’ (known in the Philippines as Ramon), has caused flooding in Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Nord and Camarines Sur provinces in Bicol Region.

As of 17 November the centre of the storm was the was estimated at 415 km east of Casiguran, Aurora, moving slowly northwestwards. Heavy rain was reported in Bicol region in the southern part of Luzon Island.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) in the Philippines reported flooding in Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Nord and Camarines Sur provinces in Bicol Region.

Almost 3,200 people have been affected (around 2,00 in Camarines Sur and 1,000 in Albay). Seven houses were completely destroyed in flooding in Pasacao and Tinambac in Camarines Sur, with a further 9 houses and 3 roads damaged.

At one point over 2,000 people were displaced and staying in evacuation centres. As of 16 November that number had fallen to 800. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

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2,000 Homes Damaged by #Winds and #Rain From #TropicalStorm #Matmo in #Vietnam

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Storm Matmo in the South China Sea on Oct. 30, 2019 as it was nearing the coast of southeastern central Vietnam. Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)

Tropical Storm Matmo brought strong winds and heavy rain to southern central provinces of Vietnam from 31 October, 2019.

Vietnam’s Disaster Management Authority reports that 1 person is missing and 14 have been injured. Before the storm hit authorities had moved around 20,000 people to safer areas in the provinces of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Quang Ngai.

According to Disaster Management Authority figures, 179 houses were destroyed in the storm, in areas of Quang Ngai (07), Binh Dinh (144) and Phu Yen (28) provinces. Over 2,000 homes were also damaged, with around 1,750 of them in Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai provinces combined. Around 35 school buildings have also been damaged in Quang Ngai (11), Binh Dinh (15) and Phu Yen (9).

Flooding and landslides left stretches of road blocked in areas of Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa. Strong winds, waves and storm surge damaged long stretches of sea embankment along coastal parts of Binh Dinh. Over 5,000 hectares of crops were also damaged, mostly in Binh Dinh but also in Quang Ngai and Phu Ye.

Several locations in Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai saw more than 300mm of rain between 29 and 31 October, 2019. Minh Long in Quang Ngai recorded 383mm and An Hoa in Binh Dinh 345mm.

Heavy rain left river levels high including the Kien Giang river at Le Thuy in Quang Binh (2.44metres as of 31 October); the Tra Khuc river at Tra Khuc, Quang Ngai (3.64 metres) and the Ve River at Sông Vệ in Quang Ngai (3.11 metres).

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