Warns of landslides, storm surges on Eastern coasts
3 April 2015 –Typhoon Maysak (known locally as Chedeng) further reduced its strength, according to latest reports from the government’s weather bureau.
Maysak (Chedeng) has weakened to maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h, gusts of up to 180 km/h from its previous 195/kph. Maysak’s diameter has reduced from 760 km to 450 km. It has now been downgraded to a Category 1 typhoon.
The forecast remains that Maysak will make a landfall on the eastern coast of Aurora or Isabela provinces by 5 April (Sunday) noon. Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides particularly in Aurora, Isabela, Quezon and Ilocos provinces – all in the northern regions of Luzon.
Similarly, storm surges and sea surface waves of up to two metres, down from previously forecast 4m, are still expected on the eastern coasts of Aurora, Isabela, Quezon, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes provinces. A source of concern are holiday travelers who have gone to the provinces in the typhoon’s projected path. Local governments are advising these travelers to head home by Saturday, 4 April, or to let the typhoon pass before going back on the road.
“Unicef is ready to support the government with pre-positioned emergency supplies from our warehouse in Manila in case help is needed. Our priority is to ensure that children and their welfare are the priority during and after disasters,” said Lotta Sylwander, Unicef Philippines Representative.
Unicef’s pre-positioned l supplies include water kits, hygiene kits, water purification units, school tents, student and teacher materials, child friendly space tents, medical supplies, nutritional therapeutic food items to combat malnutrition, oral rehydration saults, tarpaulins and generators enough for at least 10,000 families.
Unicef has staff on standby ready to be deployed in rapid assessments as soon as it is safe to travel. Unicef, with the Philippine government, co-leads the joint response in the areas of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Nutrition and Child Protection.
Alongside the Philippine government, Unicef is standing by to provide support in relief efforts as needed.
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