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19 dead 21 injured as bus falls off cliff in Occidental Mindoro

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Dimple Star Bus fell off a cliff in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, on Tuesday night. Photo: Occidental Mindoro DRRMO

At least 19 people were killed while 21 others were injured after a passenger bus fell off a cliff in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, on Tuesday night.

The Dimple Star bus with plate number TYU 708 was traversing the national highway at 9 p.m. when the driver lost control causing the vehicle to crash into the side railing of Patrick Bridge and plunging down a 15-meter-deep ravine.

The victims were rushed to provincial hospitals in Mamburao and Sablayan towns. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Monsoon rains damage over P40M-worth of agriculture, infrastructure in Occidental Mindoro

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018


OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – Flood water in most parts of Occidental Mindoro has started to recede following days of non-stop monsoon rains.

The National Road leading to the towns of Sablayan and San Jose via Abra De Ilog and Sablayan that was submerged in waist-deep flood is now open to motorists.

About 90% of residents who evacuated during the onset of the storms have already returned to their homes.

“Nag-subside na ang baha bagaman may mga natitira pang mga evacuees pero majority, 90 percent ay umuwi na sa kanilang mga tahanan at naglilinis na sila ngayon,” said PDRRMO Officer Mario Mulingbayan.

(The flood has subsided. Although there are still some evacuees, 90 percent of evacuees have returned to their homes and are now cleaning up debris.)

Based on the assessment of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), the weather systems left a total of P32.5 million worth of damage in the province’s crops and around P11 million worth of damage in infrastructure.

The provincial government vows to provide assistance to affected residents while repair works on the damaged roads and bridges are now ongoing.

“Ongoing na tayo sa pagpapadala ng equipment. Nagconduct na tayo ng monitoring ng mga engineer natin sa probinsiya at munisipyo. Nagkaroon na ng assessment at tuloy-tuloy na ang paggawa,” said Mulingbayan.

(Sending of equipment is ongoing. Our engineers have conducted the monitoring of provinces and municipalities. Assessment has been made and operations are underway.)  – Sherwin Culubong / Marje Pelayo

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Occidental Mindoro declares state of calamity

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018


OCC. MINDORO, Philippines – The weather may be fair now in Occidental Mindoro but non-stop rain in previous days has forced residents to stay in evacuation centers.

Several residents were permitted to return to their homes in flood-affected areas of Sta. Cruz, Abra De Ilog, Sablayan and Mamburao.

However, around 5,000 evacuees remain in temporary shelters as their houses are still submerged in high flood water.

The provincial government of Occidental Mindoro declared a state of calamity to help affected residents.

Three consecutive cyclones, Henry, Inday and Josie battered the country for the past two weeks.

The weather systems left four dead in the town of Sablayan identified as Nina Pernito and her one-year child due to a landslide; Jessie Manago who was hit by a fallen tree; and three-year-old Pinoy Edes who drowned in a flood on Monday (July 23).

The provincial government is conducting a post-calamity assessment to gauge the total amount of damage to properties and agriculture brought about by the previous cyclones and monsoon rains in the province. – Sherwin Culubong / Marje Pelayo

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Dimple Star bus in Mindoro crash bought from junk shop

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Chairman Martin Delgra during an inspection at the crash site of Dimple Star Bus.

MANILA, Philippines — Owners of Dimple Star firm admitted that the bus unit in the Occidental Mindoro crash that left 19 people dead was sourced from a junk shop.

At the hearing of Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Hilbert Napat said that he just changed some parts of the bus and painted it to make it look new.

The LTFRB, on the other hand, was puzzled as to how the unit passed the motor vehicle inspection system of Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Following the confession of the operators, the LTFRB stands firm on their decision to suspend the firm’s operations.

The LTFRB will resume hearing the case on May 30. — UNTV News & Rescue

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