13 injured, over 500 families in Bukidnon affected in Monday quake – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   November 21, 2019   •   345

MANILA, Philippines – The number of people who were hurt in the magnitude 5.9 earthquake that hit Bukidnon on Monday night, Nov. 18 has risen to 13, with over 500 families affected, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Thursday.

In its latest report, the NDRRMC said the injured victims were transported to the nearest hospital for further treatment and management.

Most of them were reported to have suffered severe anxiety, and head injury, while another had loss of consciousness.

The agency said the quake affected a total of 501 families or 2,177 persons from 15 barangays in Region 10. Of this number 164 families are taking temporary shelter in one evacuation center.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) earlier reported that the magnitude 5.9 quake struck Bukidnon at 9:22 p.m. on Monday.

The tectonic quake’s epicenter was traced to Kadingilan town with a depth of focus of five kilometers.

A total of 296 houses in the towns of Kadingilan, Dangcagan, Valencia City and Damulog in Bukidnon were damaged due to the tremor.

Around 95 infrastructures, including schools and a health facility in Regions 10, 11 and 12 were also reportedly damaged.

In Don Carlos, a town near Kadingilan, at least 26 patients are still taking shelter in a gymnasium after they were evacuated from a hospital following the quake on Monday.

Most of them also opted to stay in the gymnasium due to aftershocks.

Local authorities said the hospital sustained cracks from the temblor and is still undergoing inspection.

“Prior sa pag-evacuate dito (gymnasium), this has already been designated as an evaluation area. It was already assessed prior sa kanilang paglipat,” Municipal Councilor Keith Anthony Kotico told UNTV News.

Meanwhile, officials from the Bukidnon provincial disaster office said it has started on Thursday the inspection of the structural integrity of affected buildings in Kadingilan town.

The local government of Kadingilan earlier announced it has extended the suspension of classes in all levels in public and private schools until Nov. 22 following the recommendation of disaster officials. – RRD (with reports from Correspondent Weng Fernandez)

1 dead, at least 3 others wounded in Bukidnon ambush

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 29, 2020

A policeman was killed, while at least three others were wounded in an ambush in Talakag, Bukidnon on Monday morning (January 29).

Armed men ambushed the convoy of deputy director of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operation in Eastern Mindanao Brig. Gen. Joselito Salido in Barangay Tikalaan and Dominorog in Talakag, Bukidnon.

Authorities identified the slain policeman as Corporal Ro Sumaylo.

According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, Salido and his men were on their way back to camp when they were ambushed by suspected NPA rebels.

“Kasalukuyan ay nagsasagawa sila ng manhunt at hot pursuit operation laban doon sa mga suspects na nagsagawa ng mga pananambang kaninang umaga, (They are currently conducting manhunt and hot pursuit operation against the suspects who conducted the ambush early this morning),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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NDRRMC: Over 50,000 people affected by Taal eruption

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 15, 2020

The number of people affected by the Taal eruption has already reached over 50,000 according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

In their 6:00 am report on January 15, the NDRRMC recorded a total of 53,019 persons or 12,486 families in Batangas and Cavite that were affected by the Taal eruption.

Around 10,000 of these families or over 43,000 persons are currently taking shelter in 217 evacuation centers.

READ: Intense earthquakes in Taal indicate possible ‘explosive eruption’ — PHIVOLCS

The NDRRMC has also recorded 466 volcanic earthquakes. Cracks can already be seen in houses and roads in Batangas due to the volcanic earthquakes.—AAC

Still zero casualty from Typhoon Tisoy – NDRRMC

Marje Pelayo   •   December 3, 2019

Villagers look on from inside a damaged house in the aftermath of Typhoon Kammuri, in Legazpi City, Philippines, 03 December 2019. EPA-EFE/ZALRIAN SAYAT

MANILA, Philippines – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has not received any reports of casualty yet from the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy.

NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal said, however, that they are closely monitoring the areas hit by the typhoon to immediately respond to the needs of the affected residents.

“Ang ating mga regional councils po were still into the response mode,” the official said.

Timbal added that the agency’s contingency plans and calamity funds are readily available should need arises during the onset of the typhoon.

“The standby funds ni DSWD at ni NDRRMC are still intact,” he said.

“In case po na kailangan ng assistance ng local governments natin, they can communicate naman po and we are ready to provide assistance,” he added.

So far, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has P586-M budget on standby.

Meanwhile, around 90,000 families are currently taking shelter in evacuation centers across Bicol Region.

According to Director Claudio Yucot, rescue teams are still on standby as there are no calls yet for rescue operations and relief efforts from the affected communities.

“Wala namang request. Ibig sabihin, sapat ang nandoon sa mga LGUs na mga available assets nila,” The Office of the Civil Defense Region 5 Director said.

In Catanduanes, where Typhoon Tisoy made its first landfall on Monday evening, communication lines are still down.

Only radio communication provided by the 9th ID of the Philippine Army allows updates from authorities on the ground.

Also, the OCD-5 said power lines are down at present but they are planning to restore it after they have assessed everything on the ground.

The DSWD has already placed 7,600 family food packs ready for distribution. – MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

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