Update from Philippines on the impact of Tropical Storm Sendong

Transcom News Feed release: 21/12/2011 

Update from Philippines on the impact of Tropical Storm Sendong

The southern Philippine Island of Mindanao was this weekend hit by Tropical Storm Sendong (international name: Washi), triggering flash floods which sent mud and debris crashing into residential areas of the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City, causing widespread damage and loss of life.

The Philippines national disaster agency has said that more than 950 people were killed as a result of the flooding, while about 40,000 people on Mindanao are now living in evacuation centres after losing their homes and possessions. The Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity.

Transcom has three operation centres in the Philippines and our sites in Bacolod and Iloilo are located within approximately 300km of the worst affected areas.

Transcom Philippines Country Manager Siva Subramaniam said, “Thankfully, there has been no loss of life or injury among our workforce. However, some of our employees have suffered damage to their homes and, in some cases, family members have been directly affected by the storm and floods. We are studying the extent to which families of our employees were impacted in the Province of Mindanao and will arrange relief goods or financial assistance from the Transcom Cares funds as appropriate.”

Mr Subramaniam confirmed that Transcom’s operations have continued to function as normal despite the extreme weather conditions: “the typhoon brought heavy rains and mainly strong winds into our locations in Bacolod and Iloilo. We were prepared for the worst and fortunately there has been no noticeable impact on our operations or service levels.”

Transcom employees in the Philippines have responded with generosity in the face of this disaster by donating clothing and goods to be sent to Cagayan De Oro and Iligan City to help those most in need.