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

Robie de Guzman   •   November 21, 2019   •   1099

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)

Duterte sets to work even during holiday break to focus on recovery, rehab efforts

Maris Federez   •   December 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said he will be going around areas severely affected by Typhoon Odette during the holiday break to focus on the recovery and rehabilitation efforts and closely monitor the distribution of relief goods to calamity victims.

Duterte made the announcement during his visit to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan which was also ravaged by the typhoon.

“So titingnan namin, hanggang pasko magtatrabaho ako. Hindi ako mag-new year. Talagang lalabas ako. Sabi ko mag-overtime kami gobyerno, hindi magsara maski na pasko,” Duterte said.

“Sabi ko magsakripisyo na muna tayo tutal marami nang pasko sa buhay natin, sobra-sobra na. Itong pasko na ito ibigay natin sa tao,” he added.

Aside from Palawan, the President also visited Cebu, Siargao, Dinagat Islands, Negros Occidental, Leyte, and Bohol.

The Chief Executive also apologized for the delay in the government’s response.

“Maghingi ako ng tawad na napatagal ang response sa gobyerno. Sa totoo lang, hirap din kami dito sa taas because of the so many places scattered around at malalayo. Pati yung pera. Alam mo kasi maraming nagsasalita. Yung calamity fund, up to sa mga mayors, kailangan may report ang damage ng isang lugar bago ma-release ang pera,” he explained.

Based on the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council report, around 52,000 families were rendered homeless by the typhoon this holiday season. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte declares Odette-hit areas under state of calamity

Maris Federez   •   December 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the areas battered by Typhoon Odette under a state of calamity.

In his Talk to the Nation program aired Tuesday (December 21) night, the President said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) “came out with a resolution recommending that a state of calamity be declared over the affected areas, and this would include Regions 4B, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 13”.

“Malakas ang bagyo ng dumating sa buhay natin and we are doing everything we can. Pinafast track ko. Para hindi ko makalimutan, I have decided to declare a state of calamity,” he said.

Duterte said that placing these areas under a state of calamity “will hasten the rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government and the private sector, including, saang galing tulong, be it outside or tayo-tayo lang”.

The President believes that the declaration of a state of calamity will give the government an effective mechanism to control the prices of goods and commodities in the said areas.

The President said he will go back to these areas on Wednesday (December 22). —/mbmf

NDRRMC confirms 58 deaths due to ‘Odette’

Robie de Guzman   •   December 20, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The confirmed death toll from the onslaught of Typhoon Odette has reached 58, data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed on Tuesday.

In its latest situational report, the NDRRMC said 199 people were injured and 18 others were reported missing.

The casualties it reported were lower than the more than 200 deaths recorded by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Mark Timbal, the NDRRMC spokesperson, explained the agency is still validating reported deaths from provincial and municipal disaster offices.

“Hindi naman po dini-discount ng NDRRMC ang reports na ‘yan coming from our counterpart agencies. What we are doing right now is that we are treating that as a projection on how many casualties can we actually expect given the continuing verification process being done by the local government units and the disaster managers,” he said.

The NDRRMC also reported a total of 385,086 persons pre-emptively evacuated from MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, CARAGA, and Bangsamoro region.

Typhoon Odette has affected a total of 276,522 families or 997,665 persons in 2,961 barangays.

A total of 3,803 houses were damaged by the storm.

The disaster agency also reported 5,391.77 hectares of crops destroyed.

The estimated cost of Odette’s damage to agriculture is now at P118,284,774 while damage to infrastructures is now at P225 million.

A total of 136 cities and municipalities experienced interruptions in telecommunication services in MIMAROPA, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, CARAGA, and Bangsamoro region.

Telecommunications have been fully restored in 106 cities/ municipalities, the NDRRMC said.

A total of 227 cities and municipalities experienced power interruption in MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, CARAGA, and Bangsamoro region.

Power has been restored in 21 cities/municipalities, it added.

The NDRRMC said a total of 12 cities and municipalities in CARAGA have declared a state of calamity.

The agency assured to extend assistance to families affected by the typhoon.

“We want to make sure that all this details verified and validated because yung mga pamilya po ng mga naiwan o mismong mga na injured po mismo ay meron pong financial assistance na matatanggap po sa pamahalaan because of the accidents that they have encountered,” Timbal said. (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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