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

admin   •   December 28, 2017   •   6395


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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Several areas flooded; over 68K residents evacuated in Bicol, Eastern Visayas due to ‘Bising’

Robie de Guzman   •   April 19, 2021

A total of 18,467 families or 68,490 persons were pre-emptively evacuated in Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions due to the effects of Typhoon Bising, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Monday.

In its latest situational report, the NDRRMC said that 22 barangays in Eastern Visayas were flooded due to rains brought by Bising.

Two road sections and one bridge were also reported not passable in Biliran and Eastern Samar.

The NDRRMC also reported that 19 towns in the provinces in Leyte, Cebu, Southern Leyte, and Eastern Samar have also experienced power interruption.

A total of 2,213 passengers, as well as 896 cargoes, and 61 vessels, were also stranded in the ports of Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Central Visayas after 17 sea trips were suspended due to the typhoon.

The agency also reported that all incoming and outgoing flights in Tacloban airports were canceled as of 3 p.m. April 18. Six domestic flights in other areas were also canceled on Sunday.

Typhoon Bising has maintained its strength as it slowly moves north-northwestward, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said that moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will be experienced over Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, and the northern portion of Leyte on Monday.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains may also prevail over the northern portion of Aurora and the eastern portions of mainland Cagayan and Isabela, it added.

Typhoon Bising was last spotted at 235 kilometers east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, or 360 kilometers east of Daet, Camarines Norte.

It packs maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kilometers per hour.

“On the forecast track, Typhoon “Bising” will move generally northward or north-northwestward until Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. Afterward, the typhoon will move generally northeastward or east-northeastward away from the landmass of Luzon,” the state weather bureau said.

“The typhoon is forecast to gradually weaken from its current intensity throughout the remainder of the forecast period,” it added.

Death toll in Myanmar’s coup rises to more than 300

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 26, 2021

Over 300 people have been killed as Myanmar’s military forces continue their crackdown on anti-coup protests, according to Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

Based on AAPP’s data as of March 25, a total of 2,981 have been arrested, charged, or sentenced; while 320 individuals, including a 7-year-old child, were killed.

AAPP is a human rights organization based in Thailand, and Rangoon, Burma. The advocacy group also noted that 90% of the casualties were shot by Myanmar’s security forces.

“Night protests were held in a number towns, some of which were violently cracked down. People were shot to death, injured, and arrested,” according to the AAPP.

Due to the worsening situation in Myanmar, United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tom Andrews, on Thursday (March 25) called on UN member states to hold an emergency summit for an “immediate robust, international response in support of those under siege.”

“Without a focused, diplomatic solution, including the hosting of an emergency summit that brings together Myanmar’s neighbors and those countries with great influence in the region, I fear the situation of human rights in Myanmar will further deteriorate as the junta increases the rate of murders, enforced disappearances and torture,” Andrews said. -AAC (with reports from Kath Dumaraos)

‘Auring’ affects around 50,000 families; leaves 1 dead, 4 missing – NDRRMC

Freema Gloria   •   February 24, 2021

A total of 49,947 families have been affected by the tropical storm Auring according to the updated report released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The CARAGA region was particularly the hardest hit as it recorded 47,791 affected families, one fatality due to drowning, four missing after a boat capsized in Surigao del Sur, and two injuries.

The council said 18,996 families or 69,682 individuals are currently sheltered in evacuation centers in Regions VI, VII, VIII, X, and CARAGA.

A total of 679 houses were destroyed in Regions VIII, X, XI, and CARAGA; 226 of them were totally wrecked and 453 were partially damaged.

Twelve roads and two bridges were affected in Regions V, VI, VIII, XI and Caraga.

The NDRRMC data showed that the affected areas incurred a total of P21,437,542  cost of damage in the agriculture sector and around P2.8 million in infrastructures.

The Department of Social and Welfare Development and the local government units in Regions X and CARAGA provided more than P3.2 million worth of assistance.

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