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Typhoon Haima in the Philippines

Monday, 24 October 2016

Type of Event:
Ocean Storm - Typhoon
Location of Event:
Philippines
Date of Charter Activation:
24 October 2016
Time of Charter Activation:
15:48:09
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+02:00
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR-UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA
Project Management:
UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the event

Super Typhoon Haima (known locally as Lawin) hit the Philippines on 19 October, leaving 14 people dead and causing widespread damage to the northern part of the archipelago.

Haima made landfall in Cagayan Province on Luzon island, with central winds of 225kph and gusts reaching 315kph. The storm tore through wood and sheet metal homes, brought down power lines and caused damage to crops in the region. Landslides - which accounted for the 14 people who were killed - and debris scattered by the storm also complicated rescue operations by disrupting access to some locations.

The Philippines experiences frequent storms, and there were concerns that the powerful typhoon would follow the devastating example of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 which claimed over 7000 lives. Authorities took pre-emptive action as Typhoon Haima approached, however, evacuating almost 150,000 people to safety.

Super Typhoon Haima caused severe damage to coastal regions of northern Luzon island, particularly in Cagayan and Isabela Provinces, but the capital city of Manila to the south was spared any damage and much of the nation was out of the storm's path.

Typhoon Sarika additionally hit the Philippines mere days before Haima arrived. While Sarika was a weaker storm, it left three dead and 10,000 homeless.

Damage assessment of Enrile Town in Cagayan Province

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 25/10/2016

Copyright: CNES (2016) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Alibago village in Cagayan Province

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 25/10/2016

Copyright: CNES (2016) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Tuguegarao City in Cagayan Province after Super Typhoon Haima

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 25/10/2016

Copyright: CNES (2016) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by NAMRIA

Tuguegarao City in Cagayan Province after Super Typhoon Haima

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 25/10/2016

Copyright: CNES (2016) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by NAMRIA