‘Auring’ affects over 53,000 people in Caraga, Regions 10 & 11 – NDRRMC
Robie de Guzman • February 22, 2021 • 116
Tropical Depression Auring has affected a total of 13,816 families or 53,236 persons in the regions of Caraga, Davao, and Northern Mindanao, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Monday.
In its 8 a.m. situation report, the NDRRMC said that 12,825 families or 49,236 persons of the total affected individuals are currently staying in 308 evacuation centers while others sought shelter with their relatives.
A total of 16,059 families or 59,170 persons were pre-emptively evacuated in Regions 7, 8, 10, and Caraga.
A total of 179 houses were damaged in the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur due to the impact of the storm, the agency said.
Five roads and one bridge were reported affected in Regions 8, 11 and Caraga. Two of the affected roads were already passable, the NDRRMC said.
Due to the inclement weather, a total of 40 domestic flights of the Philippine Airlines were cancelled from Friday, February 19 to Monday, February 22.
A total of 2,931 passengers, 857 rolling cargoes, and six vessels were also stranded in ports in Regions 7 and 8 after sea trips were suspended due to the storm.
The NDRRMC also noted that the province of Negros Oriental has suspended classes and work in government on Saturday and Sunday.
Tacloban City also announced the suspension of classes and work in government on Monday while the municipality of Calatrava in Romblon canceled work on Monday, the agency said.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday visited parts of the Caraga region in Mindanao to personally check on the situation after it was battered by tropical depression Auring.
He conducted an aerial inspection of affected areas in Surigao del Sur with Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
After his inspection, he led a briefing where he directed government officials to submit a full assessment report on the impact of Auring, as well as a response plan for affected areas.
“The pressing problem really is itong pagkain. What I have really experienced, all these years being mayor of Davao City for almost 23 years… Hindi tayo, mga dumaan sa local, medyo sanay tayo. Hindi tayo dehado. Basta ganun, pagkain, shelter, and tubig. Yan ang important talaga, ang tubig,” he said.
He also ordered concerned government agencies to speed up rescue operations, relief and rehabilitation efforts in the community damaged by the storm.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported it has distributed food packs to affected residents. It has also allocated P22.09 million standby funds and stockpiles in Caraga and P459 million response funds in DSWD central office.
Auring, which was the first tropical cyclone to hit the country this year, had flooded many areas in Caraga over the weekend, prompting thousands of residents to flee their homes and seek temporary shelters. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) BRP Gabriela Silang is off to Surigao today (February 24) to deliver relief supplies to families in the aftermath of tropical depression Auring.
On Tuesday (February 23), PCG personnel loaded boxes of food packs, tents, sleeping kits, and bottles of alcohol aboard the BRP Gabriela Silang as well as BRP Malapascua in preparation for Wednesday’s relief supplies transport mission.
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