Special Report Typhoon YOLANDA

Executive Summary

  • President Aquino declares State of National Calamity in order to speed up the relief effort.
  • PNP deploys 900 cops to restore law and order in areas reported to have massive looting incidents.
  • \Proliferation of civil unrest and looting incidents in various areas in the province, wherein local authorities are still trying to control the situation.
  •  Numbers of access roads are still inaccessible due to fallen trees and large infrastructure debris.
  •  Communication facilities are still limited within specific and key areas of the province.
  •  Significant number of families and communities are still having difficulties in getting assistance.
  •  Increasing health-related concern may arise as authorities are still having difficulties in attending to the dead bodies.
  •  Proliferation of fear that would cause series of civil unrest may be expected as new tropical typhoon (ZORAIDA) head to the province in the next few days


  • Yolanda whipped across the central parts of the country for most of Friday, November 8.
  • The NDRRMC reported 615,774 individuals in areas affected by the typhoon that were brought in evacuation centers or temporary shelters.
  • CASUALTIES (source: AFP):

–           942 dead

  • Western Visayas = 39
  • Central Visayas = 59
  • Eastern Visayas = 844

–          71 injured

–          38 missing

  • Some 500 passengers bound for northern Iloilo were reportedly stranded at the Tagbac, Jaro terminal, after buses were forced to turn back due to impassable roads.


–          Tacloban City (curfew starting 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.)

–          Iloilo

–          Antique

–          Aklan

–          Capiz

–          Ormoc, Leyte

–          Coron, Palawan

–          Baco, Oriental Mindoro

–          Calapan, Oriental Mindoro

–          Naujan, Oriental Mindoro

Regions of Calabarzon, MIMAROPA, Bicol region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Caraga are the main affected areas in the country, and provinces in each region greatly devastated by Yolanda are assessed below:


Conditions of Transportation and Communication

Batangas Clearing operation due to landslide in Batangas-Tabangao-Lobo, and in Brgy. Mabacong and Talahib
Quezon 1 dead, 2 missing at sea1,896 families in 61 barangays were affected54 evacuation centers with 1,022 families,

4 houses totally damaged

Occidental Mindoro Price freeze being implemented in Baco town
Oriental Mindoro Electricity restored in Calapan and NaujanPrice freeze being implemented in these two townsBingkong Rd and foot bridge in Mahabang Parang village in Naujan town were destructed due to storm

Gabion dike was partially collapsed

Marinduque 981 families in 46 barangays were affected1,309 families in 69 evacuation centersPower outage is experienced province wide.
Romblon Airport is openPetron Station ran out of gas in the provincePower outage is experienced province wide.
Palawan Airport in Busuanga is closedCoron-Busuanga Rd-ongoing clearing operation due to fallen electrical postSmart tower in busuanga collapsed

2nd floor of the municipal building of Busuanga was partially damaged

Solar street lights and regular posts collapsed

Camarines Sur 7 injured, 17,232 families in 126 barangays were affected147 evacuation centers with 4,277 familiesLagonoy Presentation road not passable due to landslide

Portions of Maligaya Road, road in Brgy Cabotonan, Brgy Panicuan, and Brgy Patrocinio are not passable

Power outage is being experienced.

Catanduanes 312 families in 1 barangay were affected1 evacuation center with 312 familiesa portion of road in Brgy Lubas San Andres, and Brgy Bagong Sirang are not passable due to uprooted trees

Power outage is being experienced.

Albay Airport in Legazpi City  is open
Masbate  Airport is openCommunication lines partially restored
Aklan Airport in Caticlan is openAirport in Kalibo is closed until Monday, Nov 11, 2013
Antique State of calamity declared
Capiz  2nd command center in Roxas City set upAirport in Roxas City is closed until Sunday, Nov 10, 2013Iloilo-Capiz Rd. and Suage bridge is not passable
Entire province under state of calamity


Airport is openCommunication lines cut off in towns of Carles, Ajuy, Barotac Viejo, Concepcion, Batad, San Dionisio, San Rafael, and BalasanTransmission lines restored

The towns of Dumangas, Mina, Janiuay, and Zarraga in the province of Iloilo were placed under a state of calamity

Landslide occurred in Brgy. Aglubong in the town of Janiuay, damaging an entire school


Estancia town
100% destroyed according to acting Gov Raul Tupas71 dead buried in mass graves
Sara town
Remains isolated
Negros Occidental  State of calamity declaredTransmission lines restoredBacolod City Airport is open
Negros Oriental Transmission lines restored152,145 families in 65 barangays were affected83 evacuation centers with 3,379 families
Dumaguete Airport is open
Cebu Suspension of classes in 9 northern Cebu towns until Nov 15Communication lines down in towns of Bogo, Medellin and Daanbantayan1 injured, 2 missing, 565,706 families in 82 barangays were affected

121 evacuation centers with 9,629 families

Power outage is being experienced in 24 municipalities

Bantayan Island Completely isolated
Bohol Electricity intermittent128,264 families in 133 barangays were affected177 evacuation centers with 6,393 families
Leyte At least 10,000 estimated dead, according to provincial government

  • 2 PAF cargo planes carrying relief goods and 90 PNP members

Communication lines are cut off but some networks have been restored in several areas

Still no power as of Sunday, November 10

Roads not passable:

Ormoc-Baybay Rd

Palo-Carigara-Ormoc Rd

Libungao-Matag-ob-Palompon rd

Palompon-Isabel-Merida-Ormoc rd

Daang Maharlika, San Juanico Bridge is passable to light vehicles

Ormoc City  Communication services are intermittentAs of Sunday night, November 10, roads still impassable; relief goods can only be brought via choppers or boats
Tacloban City  Land route from Manila passableGas stations in Tacloban to be opened todayAirport is closed to commercial flights

Hospitals running at over capacity, in need of medicines

Residents took to looting groceries, pharmacies, and shopping centers

DSWD set up mobile internet station

Martial Law declared

  • 15, 000 relief goods delivered
  • One died after being trapped in burning house
Southern Leyte 4,173 families in 11 barangays were affected61 evacuation centers with 3,224 familiesMahaplag-Sogod road and Daang Maharlika Libagon Section are not passable due to uprooted trees

Power outage is being experienced.

Eastern Samar  At least 200 feared dead, according to Rep. Ben EvardoneCommunication lines are still cut offBridges unpassable in Lawaan, Borongan, and General MacArthur

Giporlos and Guiuan totally destroyed

Northern Samar Communication lines partially restored10 villages were affected
Samar (W. Samar) 2,243 families in 3 barangays were affected10 evacuation centers with 2,243 familiesPower outage is being experienced.
Zamboanga 1 dead, 1 injured
Bukidnon 40 families in 1 barangay were affected, 2 evacuation centers with 40 families
Camiguin 574 families in 6 barangays were affected, 5 evacuation centers with 374 families, 12 houses partially damaged
Lanao del Norte 426 families in 1 barangay were affected, 1 evacuation centers with 426 families
Misamis Oriental 3,213 families in 8 barangays were affected33 evacuation centers with 3,176 families
Dinagat Islands 1,202 families in 37 barangays were affected5 evacuation centers with 288 families. P4.88M worth of damages to infrastructure and P2.335M worth of damages to agriculturePower outage is being experienced.
Surigao del Sur 1 dead, 3,625 families in 41 barangays were affected
Surigao del Norte 4,278 families in 78 barangays were affectedPower outage is being experienced
Compostela Valley 304 families in 7 barangays were affected4 houses totally damaged, 6 houses partially damaged
Davao Oriental 556 families in 10 barangays were affected, 15 houses totally damaged, 12 houses partially damaged


Weather Update:

As of the moment, Tropical Depression Zoraida was 950 km southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur and packed maximum winds of 55 kph. It was moving at 28 kph. It may intensify, as it was still at sea where it can gain more strength. Zoraida may follow the same path as Yolanda, with a possibility it will make landfall before dawn of Tuesday.

Forecast of Typhoon Zoraida path:

  • Tuesday morning: 400km southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
  • Wednesday morning: near Tagbilaran City
  • Thursday morning: 170 km west of Coron, Palawan

Storm signals

PAGASA said Storm Signal No. 1 was up over:

  • Dinagat Island
  • Siargao Island
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao del Norte
  • Samal Island
  • Siquijor
  • Southern Cebu
  • Bohol
  • Negros Oriental
  • Southern Negros Occidental
  • Camiguin

Analysis and Forecast

Generally, there is proliferation of civil unrest and looting incidents in various areas in the province, wherein local authorities are still trying to control. The massive need for food, water, medicine, shelter and relief assistance have triggered alarming civil unrest for the entire province of Leyte after the catastrophe brought by typhoon Yolanda. There is no security personnel in shops and supermarkets, and that relief goods are too slow to arrive. Further, there is lack of police officers in Leyte province since they are also affected by the typhoon and police stations are washed out. Hence, curfew has just recently declared this morning, and that additional military and police supports were also deployed.

In terms of transportation, there are some special flights offered from Manila to Tacloban City and Cebu City. Sea travels are also available in going to Iloilo province, Cebu City and Ormoc City. For now, land travel from Ormoc City to Tacloban City should take the southern route. Some roads are still not possible especially those leading to mountainous areas. Clearing operations are now undergoing to provide access in devastated villages.

Meanwhile, communication facilities are still limited within specific and key areas of the province. There are communication stations established near hospitals, schools, and evacuation centres.

Increasing health-related concern may arise as authorities are still having difficulties in attending to the dead bodies, and may families are being accommodated in limited evacuation centres.

Initial reports claim that several lawless groups were monitored along specific national highways, waiting to ambush incoming relief assistance delegates. Report of Red Cross truck being ransacked in Tanauan was monitored. However, these were already contained as authorities have secured the transport routes of incoming delegates going to evacuation and relief assistance sites.

Nonetheless, lawless elements are still expected to specific remote areas in the province, where assistance have not yet reached. The possibility of some individuals and groups in provoking disorder among evacuation centres and sites are also being considered.

In order to restore law and order in the areas where massive looting are reported, PNP has deployed 900 cops.

Due to the difficulties in handling both dead human and animal bodies, the possibility of an epidemic is also being considered.

Lastly, the incoming typhoon Zoraida also pose possible risk and threats to the province. As this may provoke another unrest to the locals.