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Typhoon Rosita hits Northern Philippines one month after Ompong’s devastation

Typhoon Rosita (internationally known as Yutu) made landfall in Dinapigue, Isabela, Philippines at 4 a.m. on Tuesday. It then passed through several provinces in the northern part of the country. The typhoon is moving slightly slower to the west at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h) speed from the previous 25 km/h. The typhoon continues to have maximum winds of 140 km/h and gustiness of up to 230 km/h.

Communities hit by typhoon Rosita in Isabela and Aurora provinces experienced strong winds and heavy rains. The country’s weather bureau PAGASA warned that flash floods and landslides are still possible in areas in the typhoon’s path.

“It is very unfortunate that another strong typhoon has hit the country especially for those who also bore the brunt of typhoon Ompong (internationally known as Mangkhut) last month. Communities in the mountainous areas in the Cordillera region remain to be vulnerable as they haven’t fully recovered yet from the devastating landslides because of Ompong,” said Tess Bayombong, Acting Country Director of CARE Philippines.

CARE has activated its emergency response team and is closely coordinating with local partners Cordillera Disaster Response and Development Services (Cordis RDS) and Cagayan Valley Disaster Response Center for immediate response.

The Philippine Government and humanitarian organizations are now planning/conducting for damage and needs assessment in the affected areas. CARE is preparing for an assessment and immediate relief support in mountainous communities of Benguet province with its local partner Cordis RDS.

CARE has worked in the Philippines since 1949, providing emergency relief when disaster strikes and helping communities prepare for disasters. CARE specializes in providing life-saving assistance with focus on women and girls.

For media interview requests, please contact Dennis Amata, Communications and Knowledge Manager of CARE Philippines (mobile: +63 917 5108150 / email: dennis.amata@care.org / Skype: dennis.amata2)

 

 

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