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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 28th, 2017

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.

Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Death toll from Indonesian quakes, tsunami rises to 1,424

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018


Sand is placed over dead bodies of the victims of the earthquake and tsunami during a mass burial at the Poboya Cemetery in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

The death toll from the multiple quakes and ensuing tsunami in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province has risen to 1,424, an official said at a joint press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.

Many victims are feared to still be buried in the ruins of Palu, the provincial capital, and in the districts of Donggala and Sigi, according to the spokesman of the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Sutopo told the press that 1,200 of the victims were from Palu and that most of the deceased victims have been laid to rest by Wednesday.

The spokesman added that the death toll from last Friday’s disaster is expected to rise as there are reports that hundreds of locals could still be trapped under the ruins of the houses leveled by the quakes.

Daryono, head of the earthquake and tsunami information center at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said that Sulawesi historically sees frequent tsunamis but that the disaster this time was difficult to forecast and exceeded worst predictions. Considering there are nearly 300 seismically active areas in the country, Daryono warned that people should stay away from the coastline anytime a quake occurs.

“The maximum plate movement happened in Sulawesi, separating Sulawesi Island into east and west parts from Palu Bay to the Gulf of Boni. This is the most likely plate movement to happen in Indonesia,” said Daryono. — Reuters

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‘Ompong’ deaths now at 88, estimated damages at P16B

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Retrieval operations in Itogon landslide


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The latest tally from the Philippine National Police (PNP) National Operations Center on Thursday, September 20, registered a total of 88 individuals who lost their lives due to Typhoon Ompong.

The highest count is still at the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) with 66.

Meanwhile, the number of reported missing is at 64.

Authorities said there were no incidents of looting so far in the areas affected by typhoon Ompong.

Meanwhile, Ompong’s estimated amount of damage has now reached over P16B.

Based on the latest report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), more than P14B-worth of damage was recorded in the agriculture sector and over P2B-worth in infrastructure.

The largest devastation was assessed in Region 2 which hit the P7B mark followed by the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region 1 with P3B respectively. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


Damage Due to Typhoon Ompong ( as of Sept. 20, 2018 6:00 a.m. )

Agriculture – P14,339,237,631.02

Infrastructure – P2,363,810,000.00

TOTAL:  P16,703,047,631.02



Region 2 – P7,144,559,755.71

CAR – P3,493,202,704.31

Region 1 – P3,040,574,707.00





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Agri, infra damage from monsoon rains reaches P2.8-B

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2018



Weeks of monsoon rains strengthened by three tropical cyclones that entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility have incurred over P2.8 billion worth of damage to crops and infrastructure.

Based on records of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the agricultural sector suffered a loss of over P2.2 billion while damage to infrastructure reached over P600-million.

Crops from Regions 1, 2, 3, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, VI and CAR were inundated with floodwater.

Thirteen people were reported dead while over 2 million individuals were affected during the onslaught of enhanced monsoon rains.

The government has doled out assistance amounting to almost P72 million.

The Department of Agriculture will also be extending assistance to affected farmers and fishermen. — Rey Pelayo