Emergency Communications

Phillipines Ham network stood down.

{jcomments off}The latest official death toll in the Philippines from the world’s strongest typhoon ever to reach land on November 8 has reached 5,719, with 1,779 still missing.

After weeks of deployment the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) has stood down its HERO (Ham Emergency Radio Operations) Network, although some still remain in the disaster clean-up.

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Phillipines Update 1

Estimates of those people who died when monster Typhoon Haiyan (also called Yolanda) hit the central Philippines on Friday ranges up to 10,000, with many injured and nine million people affected.

The full damage and death toll of the fiercest typhoon ever recorded on land has overwhelmed emergency services, supported by the military and at least five major Ham Radio Emergency Operator network stations.

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Super Typhoon hits the Philippines

The Super Typhoon Haiyan has affected the Philippines, triggering flooding, destroying buildings and causing millions of people to take shelter.
Ramon Anquilan DU1UGZ of the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) reports that the typhoon made landfall at about 4.40am local time today in Guian Estern Samar, about 600 kilometres southeast of Manila, and neighbouring provinces are affected.
Then it made second landfall over Dulag-Tolosa, Leyte with maximum sustained winds of 235 kilometres per hour near the centre and gusting up to 275 kph.
Sadly the area of Bohol and Cebu, which suffered from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in October, are also along the typhoon's path. Bohol was the epicentre of the earthquake that killed 222 people, where at least 5,000 survivors still living in tents.
There is no power in many areas including Masbate, Ticao Island, Southern Sorsogon, Romblon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Northern Cebu, Cebu City, Bantayan, Camotes Islands, Northern Negros Occidental, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras and Dinagat Province.
Ramon DU1UGZ said, "HERO (Ham Emergency Radio Operator) have reported that those along the typhoon path have shut down their radios as they wait out for it to pass. In a few hours, we feel we should be hearing them again."
Already there have been some 270 postings of emergency traffic. More reports are expected. Earlier PARA called for the frequencies of 7.095 and 144.740 to be kept clear for emergency traffic.
Typhoon Haiyan, the world's strongest this year, and some reports make it potentially one of the most intense recorded.
The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 major storms or typhoons each year. Typhoon Bopha left about 2,000 people dead or missing on Mindanao Island in December 2012.

- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

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Earthquake in the Phillippines.

{jcomments off}The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) has activated its Ham Emergency Radio Operators in emergency communications using a frequency of 7.095 MHz.

It did so almost immediately on receiving news that a 7.2 Magnitude earthquake occurred in the Bohol Province causing numerous casualties and damage. Pictures from the scene show damaged buildings, blocked roads and a looks of bewilderment on many faces.

Roberto Jose C. Vicencio DU1VHY said all radio amateurs are asked to keep the frequency clear. The assessment of damage and other relief work is continuing.

Various reports put the death toll up to 20 and many injured when the earthquake struck near a key tourist area. It was followed by two aftershocks, each measuring more than 5.0 in magnitude.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee)

Ham teams help cyclone-hit India

{jcomments off}In the aftermath of powerful Cyclone Phailin teams of radio amateurs are working there round the clock. The Cyclone came ashore at Odisha in the Bay of Bengal flooding thousands of homes and forcing half a million people to leave early to seek to shelter in one of India's biggest evacuations.

Jayu S. Bhide VU2JAU asks that the frequency of 7145 kHz be kept clear during the disaster. In a QSO with them he has determined the team includes Dilip VU2DPI, Mithilesh VU3BHI and Sameer VU2AOR.

India had issued a red alert as a massive cyclone bore down on the east coast, an area known for disasters. "It is raining heavily," said Jayu VU2JAU, "but so far no casualty was recorded. Earlier they had six swept into the water. The rescue work is in progress and not affected by rains."

The Cyclone has impacted a 150-kilometre stretch of coastline. Relief efforts were under way, with free food being served in shelters. Many mud homes and farms were destroyed, and uprooted trees blocked roads. The windy and wet conditions remain some areas.

During Paradwip Cyclone in 1999 a government report put the death toll at 8,243 with 445,000 livestock lost. It took years for crop yields to recover.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee).