At least 1 dead, massive structural damages reported after Davao del Sur quake

Marje Pelayo   •   December 16, 2019   •   328

MANILA, Philippines – The magnitude 6.9 earthquake that rocked Mindanao region on Sunday (December 15) has caused massive damages in different municipalities and cities, according to the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)

As of press time, a six-year-old girl from Barangay Asinan in the town of Matanao was the first reported casualty in the earthquake.

The girl was inside the house when it collapsed.

Several others who were injured were seen outside the Padada Public Market in Davao del Sur after the structure’s wall collapsed.

They were immediately rushed to the nearby hospital for checkup.

Meanwhile, the three-storey Southern Trade Commercial building in Kapatagan, Davao del Sur was totally damaged, according to NDRRMC report.

Search and rescue operations are ongoing for possible individuals trapped inside the rubbles.

According to NDRRMC Spokesperson Mark Timbal, they are still waiting for the assessment report of their personnel on the ground but as of Monday morning (December 15), a total of 315 houses suffered partial damage in the town of Hagonoy, Davao del Sur.

Meanwhile, nine public facilities across the region were partially damaged, according to Timbal.

These include the Hagonoy National HIghschool, the Municipal hall and the Sanguniang Kabataan building in Hagonoy; the police station and the Nadila Elementary school in the town of Kiblawan; the barangay hall in Barangay Poblacion in Matanao; the municipal police station and Maria Cleta Highschool in the town of Padada.

Meanwhile, the municipal hall of Magsaysay town was totally damaged, according to Timbal.

Timbal said a total of 179 aftershocks were recorded; 32 of which were plotted and 10 were felt.

The official advised residents in affected areas to stay outdoor as more aftershocks are expected.

“May mga designated evacuation areas, mga open spaces sa lahat ng mga municipality and cities, (There are designated evacuation areas, open spaces in all municipalities,)” Timbal said.

“Ang ating pong advise sa ating mga kababayan duon po sila dumiretso para duon po sila makatanggap ng mga relief support sa ating local government, (We advise our kababayans to go there in the designated areas where they can receive relief support from our local government,)” he added. – MNP (with details from Marisol Montaño)

Residents, NGOs urged not to violate ‘off-limits’ order on Taal’s danger zone

Marje Pelayo   •   January 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Several residents are risking their lives to salvage their belongings and animals despite the dangers of returning to Taal volcano island.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reiterated that going inside the 14-kilometer permanent danger zone in the volcano island is illegal and highly dangerous because Taal Volcano may erupt anytime.

Kung ni-rescue man po nila, mabuti at nagpapasalamat po tayo na ganun na nabuhay po ang mga alaga nila (It’s good and we appreciate that they were able to rescue their animals alive),” NDRRMC Spokesperson Mark Timbal said.

Pero ang ikinakakaba po naming ay iyong kanilang pagbalik. Kasi they violated an ‘off-limits’ arrangement natin at saka ‘yung mandatory evacuation order for that particular area (But what we are concerned about is their journey back to the safe zone. They are violating our ‘off-limits’ arrangement and the mandatory evacuation order for that particular area),” he added.

Several images and videos were uploaded on social media showing residents ferrying their livestock to the shore.

Also, several members of animal welfare teams were reportedly caught stranded on the island.

According to the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the three members of the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), were already rescued to safety.

“Kaninang umaga, tumawag kasi sila na medyo na-stranded nga daw sila. So, they asked for help to contact ang Coast Guard na mabilis naman pong umaksyon. Nakuha naman po sila (They called this morning asking for help to contact the Coast Guard because they were stranded. The Coast Guard immediately launched a rescue operation and they were brought to safety),” explained PAWS Executive Director Anna Cabrera.

The NDRRMC said residents and NGOs should coordinate first with them before they venture to the danger zone to discuss proper rescue procedures in rescuing the animals.

Maganda po ang intensyon nila, pero (Their intention is good but) what we are worried about is, what if something bad happens and they are within the 14-kilometer danger zone,” Timbal said.

Hindi po natin maga-guarantee ang safety ng mga taong ito (We cannot guarantee the safety of these people),” he added. MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

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

‘Ursula’ death toll climbs to 16; state of calamity up in Leyte, Capiz

Marje Pelayo   •   December 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Number of fatalities in the aftermath of Typhoon Ursula has already climbed to 16, according to the latest data of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

These casualties were reported in Regions VI and VIII while six others remain missing.

Based on NDRRMC’s latest data, the typhoon has affected more than 12,000 families in Luzon and Visayas.

More than 10,000 remain in evacuation centers while power lines remain cut in several municipalities.

The extent of damage prompted the provincial governments of Capiz and Leyte to declare a state of calamity to immediately address the needs of the residents in affected areas. — MNP (with inputs from Vincent Arboleda)

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