Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) left parts of Luzon damaged and flooded as it hit the country last November 11 and 12, being the worst tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this year.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) report last November 26, Ulysses affected a total of 1, 046,871 families in 6, 717 barangays in Regions I to V, NCR, and CAR.

Twenty-five thousand seven hundred and ten families were provided assistance inside 467 evacuation centers, while 19,226 families are being served outside evacuation centers. A total of 125, 217 houses were damaged.

Casualties as of reporting include 73 dead, 83 injured, and 19 missing individuals in Regions II, III, IV-A, V, CAR, and NCR.

Meanwhile, a total of 252 road sections and 121 bridges in Regions I to V, VIII, CAR, and NCR were affected by flooding, mudflow, landslide, swollen river, and soil and rock collapse.

Three hundred eighty cities and municipalities experienced power outages for an extended period of time, 72 municipalities experienced water interruption, while 96 cities and municipalities experienced network interruption. 

An estimated amount of Php 540, 878, 065, 566.00 worth of damage to agriculture was incurred in Regions I to V, CAR, and NCR, while an amount of P10, 796, 881, 776.28 worth of damage to infrastructure was incurred in the same regions.

Pampanga and Cagayan Valley experienced flooding due to rain brought by Ulysses. The release of water from the Magat Dam was also said to have made the situation worse. 

After Ulysses’s landfall, President Rodrigo  Duterte formed a task force named “Build Back Better Task Force” which was tasked to provide immediate solutions in rehabilitating affected areas and its community. 

The government will also implement a tree-planting program as part of its reforestation efforts that targets to lessen the risk of flash floods, give shelter to animals, and bring back the level of biodiversity that was lost. Briana Bernabe & Luis Revilla // Photo taken by Miguel Sumalinog

References:

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Casinas, J. (2020, November 12). Marikina River reaches ‘Ondoy’-like water level. Manila Bulletin. https://mb.com.ph/2020/11/12/marikina-river-reaches-ondoy-like-water-level/

Galvez, D. (2020, November 13). Marikina City under state of calamity due to Typhoon Ulysses. Inquirer.net. https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1360128/marikina-city-under-state-of-calamity-due-to-typhoon-ulysses-2

Garcia, M. (2020, November 11). Ulysses triggers flood, rockslide in Catanduanes. GMA News Online. https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/regions/763746/ulysses-triggers-flood-rockslide-in-catanduanes/story/

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Morales, N, & Nguyen, P. (2020, November 11). Local authorities evacuate thousands as Typhoon Ulysses approaches. Interaksyon. https://interaksyon.philstar.com/politics-issues/2020/11/11/180266/local-authorities-evacuate-thousands-as-typhoon-ulysses-approaches/

Orejas, T. (2020, November 14). Flooding in Pampanga feared to worsen as river swells after Ulysses. Cebu Daily News. https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/350634/flooding-in-pampanga-feared-to-worsen-as-river-swells-after-ulysses

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration. (2020, November 11). Severe Weather Bulletin # 17. https://ia801400.us.archive.org/21/items/pagasa-20-25W/PAGASA_20-25W_Ulysses_SWB%2317.pdf

Santos, J. (2020, November 11). 14,000 families to be evacuated in Camarines Norte amid Ulysses’ threat. GMA News Online. https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/regions/763678/14-000-families-to-be-evacuated-in-camarines-norte-amid-ulysses-threat/story/

Visaya, V. (2020, November 18). Severe flooding shows Cagayan Valley environmental risks. Inquirer.net. https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1361922/floods-show-cagayan-environmental-risks

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