NDRRMC sends assessment team in areas devastated by TS “Vinta”

admin   •   December 28, 2017   •   5393

MANILA, Philippines — National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Spokesperson Romina Marasigan lamented that the high death toll due to the typhoon, despite the constant reminder and preparations made by the government, is unacceptable.

The NDRRMC deployed an assessment team to areas hit by typhoon Vinta.

The group is tasked to gather information regarding those affected by the typhoon.

The death toll due to the typhoon is still at 164 while 176 are still missing following the onslaught of Vinta in Mindanao.

According to Marasigan, more than 23,000 families are still staying at 231 evacuation centers.

The number of damaged houses is at 2,663,  of which, 1,654 are totally damaged and 1,009 are partially damaged.

The government has already provided 12 million pesos worth of aid to the victims of the typhoon.

“Until now, the operation center is still on red alert status as we continue to provide aid to our fellowmen,” said Marasigan.

The NDRRMC admitted that the high death toll due to the typhoon is unacceptable, noting the government even properly provided information and prepared early for the calamity.

With this, the agency is in favor of proposals to amend the law that would pave way for the creation of a new department which will have the sole task of responding to calamities and disasters.

“In terms of disaster, one life lost is one too many.  It is really unacceptable that there are deaths because of typhoons or landslides or disasters that threaten our country. Our government continues to prepare. We are hoping to achieve zero casualties during calamities or disasters,” said the NDRRMC spokesperson.

Because of the high number of deaths, the NDRRMC reminded the public anew to listen and follow warnings from the government about calamities to avoid accidents.

“The cooperation of the public is really important especially when it comes to evacuation. When the water level in their areas is increasing, we are also putting the lives of our responders on the line to be able to save them or evacuate them,” said Marasigan.

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Death toll from Taliban blast in Afghan capital reaches 16, with 119 wounded says official

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 3, 2019

A Taliban vehicle bomb exploded late on Monday (September 2) close to a housing compound used by international organizations in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 16 people and wounding 119, officials said.

The blast, which shook buildings several kilometres away, came just as Zalmay Khalilzad, the special U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan was outlining details of a draft accord with the insurgent movement in a television interview.

Following major Taliban attacks on two northern cities over the weekend, the bombing in a heavily populated area of the capital added to questions around the peace deal reached between U.S. and Taliban negotiators.

The Interior Ministry said the blast was caused by a tractor packed with explosives close to Green Village, a residential compound in eastern Kabul used by foreign staff of international groups including aid organizations. (REUTERS)

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NDRRMC remains on blue alert status due to ‘Jenny’

Marje Pelayo   •   August 28, 2019

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Ricardo Jalad

MANILA, Philippines – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) remains on blue alert status even as tropical depression ‘Jenny’ nears exit from the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

The agency noted that said alert status is necessary though the weather disturbance has no major effect on the country.

NDRRMC spokesperson  Mark Timbal said local government units (LGUs) have been organized in their preparations ahead of the tropical depression thus they expect zero casualty and less damage in the affected areas.

“Naka-heightened preparedness pa rin po tayo at tsaka coordination, (We remain on heightened preparedness and coordination,)” Timbal said.

“Kasi ang nakikita po natin lalo na doon sa nakalipas na mga pangyayari, mukhang kayang kaya pa ng mga regions natin, ng mga lokal na pamahalaan itong nagaganap na ito. Hindi pa sila direktang humingi ng tulong mula sa pamahalaang national,” he added.

(Based on our observation with what happened in the past, Regional [offices], local government units seemed in control of the situation. They have no direct request yet from the national government for aid.)

So far, the NDRRMC has recorded two deaths and two injuries in Pasukin and Laoag City in Ilocos Norte due to TD Ineng.

The weather disturbance has already affected 14,655 families or a total of 61, 528 individuals in 237 barangays in Regions 1, 2 and 3.

Meanwhile, a total of 726 families are now staying in 53 evacuation centers in affected areas, according to NDRRMC.

Also, 68 houses have suffered damage, 24 of which were totally destroyed. – MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)

‘Ineng’ wreaks over 600-M worth of damage in Ilocos Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 26, 2019

Rescue operations in Ilocos Norte amid the onslaught of severe tropical storm Ineng, 24 August 2019.

Tropical storm Ineng has wreaked around 600 million worth of agricultural and infrastructural damage in Ilocos Norte.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMC) has recorded a total of P589.5 million worth of damage as of August 25. Around 167 barangays and over 9,000 families were affected by TS Ineng.

Meanwhile, two were injured and one died in a landslide in Barangay Surong, Pasukin last Saturday morning (Aug 24).

The local government of Ilocos Norte and Laoag already declared a state of calamity due to the damage brought by the storm.

Water level in Padsan River already subsided since Sunday (Aug 25). Flood in other areas has also subsided.

Residents began cleaning up the debris and other waste left by the storm.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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