Last Updated: Sunday, December 18, 2011

Deadliest Tropical Storm Washi In Mindanao, Philippines: Cagayan de Oro And Iligan To Be Hit Worst (UPDATED)

Disaster Report:Tropical storm Washi In Mindanao, Philippines has taken many lives. The worse hit are major ports of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. Officials expect death toll to rise.

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Rescue work after tropical storm Washi hit
Cagayan de Oro and Iligan area of Southern Philippines
UPDATE 2012-01-09
The total number of population affected in 815 barangays / 57 municipalities / 8 cities in the 13 provinces of Regions VI, VII, IX, X, XI, CARAGA, and ARMM is 120,233 families / 1,141,222 persons
• Total number of population currently served inside and outside the evacuation centers is 80,025 families / 429,309 persons
Inside 55 Evacuation Centers - 5,730 families / 24,477 persons
Outside Evacuation Centers - 74,295 families / 404,832 persons


-Death toll has risen to 1,249 from storm WASHI. Some 54,000 people were in 53 evacuation centres around the affected area, while another 400,000 were staying with friends or relatives
-Another Flooding in Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur and Bukidnon Province of Philippines is making situation worse in Philippines (@ Flooding in Philippines)


-Death toll has risen to 1453 with 49 still missing

-Death toll due to Washi storm in Philippines has climbed to 1,236
-Retrieval operation is still going on.
-Still 1,079 people are missing

-Japan will provide about 25 million Yen to SENDONG flood victims which includes 20 units water tank 3700L, 30 units generators 220 V, 20 units cord reel 220V, 1500 pieces polyester tank, 30 packages tents for six persons, 1500 pieces sleeping mattresses, 90 packages of 90 sheets and 1500 blankets to alleviate the difficult conditions of the victims.

UPDATE 12/22/2011 
-Death Toll due to washi Storm (SENDONG) has now risen to 1010 with 51 still missing and 1,603 injured so far.
-The estimated cost of damages to infrastructure, agriculture and school
buildings is calculated as PhP999,946,415.00

- An animation created by NASA clearly shows how rainfall from Tropical Storm Washi spread over the Philippines on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17, 2011
International Aid Received 
United Nations : $28.6 million for flood victims in Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete City and Iligan City.
Spain: 900 M euros
Germany: 600 M euros
New Zealand: NZ$500,000
Malaysia: $100,000
Japan: P14 M (Y25 million)

UPDATE 12/21/2011

-Death Toll due to Washi storm has now risen to 1002. 650 in Cagayan de Oro and about 283 in nearby Iligan city. More than 44,000 people lost their homes. 

-The civil defence agency said that more than 348,000 people were affected by the storm Washi with 276,000 people receiving emergency assistance, including 44,000 at evacuation centers
-President Benigno Aquino III
declared a state of NATIONAL CALAMITY after visiting the affected region
-Tropical Storm "Washi"
will reach Malaysia today (Dec 21)

-Now, Washi may cause minor impacts to Thailand (mainly Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Trang) BUT poses NO THREAT

One of our reader Stacey has written mail to us mentioning (email address not displayed as per request)
"If anyone monitoring this has information on how badly the island of Siquijor was hit...specifically Maria, Siquijor...I would be VERY grateful for the news...I have tried to find more detailed information because I have two dear friends who live on the island...cannot make contact and dont know the extent of damage from the storm...dont even know where to call or go looking for additional info. My direct email is: xxxxxxxx if someone would be willing to help"

Following NASA's TRMM Satellite Measured Washi's Deadly Rainfall (Copied)> Aside is the video footage of Washi (SENDONG) storm.
"NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite was providing forecasters with the rate in which rainfall was occurring in Tropical Storm Washi over the last week, and now TRMM data has been compiled to show rainfall totals over the devastated Philippines.

Washi, known locally in the Philippines as Sendong, began as a tropical depression on December 13, 2011 in the West Pacific Ocean about 2150 km (~1333 miles) due east of the southern Philippines. Washi only intensified slightly and never exceeded tropical storm intensity as it tracked due west towards the southern Philippines' island of Mindanao.

Washi made landfall on the east coast of Mindanao on the afternoon of Dec. 16 as a moderate tropical storm with sustained winds reported at 55 knots (~63 mph). Despite its modest intensity, Washi had a huge impact on the island. As Washi made its way across Mindanao, it dumped heavy rains over parts of the island, which in turn triggered flash floods and mudslides. These turned out to be catastrophic as over 900 people were killed with hundreds more reported missing when entire villages where swept away.

Rainfall estimates from the TRMM-based, near-real time Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. were compiled for the period of Dec. 13 to 20, 2011 for the southern Philippines. TRMM is a joint mission between NASA and the Japanese space agency JAXA.

Rainfall totals are on the order of 200 to over 250 mm (~8 to 10 inches) along Mindanao's east coast where Washi made landfall, but the highest amounts are along the northwest coast, where totals are on the order of 300 to over 400 mm (~12 to over 16 inches). To put the rainfall in perspective, 16 inches is the equivalent of about four months of rainfall in Washington, D.C.

In the southern Philippines places like Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City suffered the most devastating mudslides. In addition to deforestation and weak construction, poor warnings are being blamed for the deadliest cyclone disaster to hit the Philippines in three years. The residents of the southern Philippines see far fewer cyclones per year than in the north, and most of the heavy rain was reported to have fallen over the mountains before flowing down in raging rivers"

UPDATE 12/20/2011
-957 died with 49 still missing
and more than 45000 evacuated due to
Storm Washi
-Number of fatalities is high in the Northern Mindanao Region, which rarely experiences tropical cyclones
-579 bodies were found in Cagayan de Oro, the capital city of Misamis Oriental province. At least 279 fatalities in Illigan City, a highly urbanized industrial city in Lanao del Norte province

UPDATE 12/19/2011
-Finally, Tropical storm "Sendong"(international codename: Washi) is out of the Philippine area killing 652 people till now
-The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that today Northern Luzon and the eastern sections of Central and Southern Luzon will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms

UPDATE 12/18/2011 
-652 people confirmed dead with 800 still missing due to the tropical storm Washi in Mindanao, Philippines
-434 deaths reported in Cagayan de Oro (capital of Misamis Oriental province) and Iligan City (capital of Lanao del Norte province)
-Following  Red Cross, most of the dead by storm are children and women
-About 500 people have been rescued
-20,000 soldiers are mobilised for rescue work  
-The state disaster agency said that warning was already given to officials and residents three days before the typhoon Washi made landfall
-2,252 are still sheltered at 23 evacuation centers
(international codename: Washi) is the 19th tropical cyclone to lash the Philippines this year
-In the video below the affect due to tropical storm Washi in Mindanao, Philippines can be seen clearly

Deadliest Tropical Storm Washi (local codename: Sendong) In Mindanao, Philippines has worst affect on Cagayan de Oro  And Iligan. The disaster area is located about 800km from the capital Manila
Storm warning
signals raised over almost all provinces devastated by the storm in Mindanao have been lifted. Zamboanga del Norte remains under Signal No. 2 while Zamboanga del Sur and Misamis Occidental were placed under Signal No. 1. Signal No. 2 were also raised over the southern part of Negros provinces and Palawan. Signal No. 1, meanwhile, was hoisted over Cuyo Island, southern part of Cebu, Siquijor and northern Negros. (Category "Tropical Storm SENDONG ; international codename: Washi)
, downgraded to a tropical storm with gusts of up to 80 km per hour, was hovering about 60 km west of the southwestern city of Puerto Princesa and was expected to move out of Philippine waters late on Sunday.

Typhoon Ketsana in September 2009 flooded Manila and parts of Luzon, killing more than 400 people. Following that Typhoon Parma took life of 929 people
Washi Storm In "Cagayan de Oro" And "Iligan" In Mindanao, Philippines