Death toll from cold front in Greece rises to three

admin   •   January 7, 2019   •   2289


A snow scenery in Athens, Greece on January 6, 2019 | Reuters

The death toll from the cold front which has been battering Greece in the first days of the new year rose to three on Sunday, local authorities said.

Firemen retrieved the bodies of two men, aged 66 and 67, at the outskirts of Keratea town, 30 km southeast of Athens, according to a Fire Brigade announcement.

On Saturday, search squads also found the body of a 66-year-old woman, one of the victims’ spouse.

They were all riding a car when a heavy storm hit the area on Thursday.

As the cold front named “Sophia”, which was sweeping across Greece from Tuesday bringing snowfall and downpour in many parts of the country, receded on Sunday, Greece’s national weather service warned that a new low pressure weather system was due to hit the country on Monday evening.

“Telemachos”, as meteorologists have named the new cold front, was forecast to bring snowfall in Athens and southern Greece, after “Sophia” caused travel disruptions in the northern and central regions of the country.

The lowest temperature of minus 19 Celsius degree was recorded on Sunday at Florina town in northern Greece. — Reuters

Help pours in as death toll in Mindanao quake reaches 21

Maris Federez   •   November 3, 2019

The number of confirmed deaths in the wake of the magnitude 6.6 and 6.5 quakes that struck Mindanao in the past weeks has reached 21.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), most number of fatalities was recorded in Cotabato with nine deaths caused by the magnitude 6.6 tremor and another nine in the magnitude 6.5 quake.

Davao del Sur, on the other hand, registered three deaths caused by the 6.6 quake.

The NDRRMC data also showed 432 individuals sustaining injuries due to the tremor; 301 of which are in Region XII, 117 in Region XI, 14 in Region X, and 1 in BARMM.

The council also confirmed that the temblor that hit the southern part of Mindanao had affected around 35,000 families or around 178,000 individuals in 200 barangays.

Several groups from the public and private sectors, including the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Task Force Tabang Mindanao and the Coast Guard District South Eastern Mindanao, had extended assistance to the affected families.

Meanwhile, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Saturday (November 2) directed the Department of National Defense (DND) to lead all relief efforts and to ensure safety and security of the public in the earthquake stricken areas of Mindanao.

Medialdea also advised the public “to coordinate directly with the DND and/or the NDRRMC to ensure the efficient conduct of relief efforts, including the distribution of relief goods and rescue operations.” (with details from Rosalie Coz and Davao Correspondent Janice Ingente) /mbmf

Death toll in 6.5 magnitude quake in Mindanao reaches 6

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 1, 2019

The death toll in the 6.5 magnitude earthquake in Tulunan, Cotabato on October 31 has reached six, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).

READ: Magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolts Tulunan town in N. Cotabato anew

The 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Tulunan on October 29, on the other hand, has reached seven.

This brings a total of 16 confirmed deaths with over 400 injured and two missing from the two earthquakes.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Thursday (October 31) said they already mobilized their rescue teams in several areas in Mindanao that were hit by the strong quake.—AAC

Death toll reaches 5 in Mindanao quake

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 17, 2019

An earthquake-damaged house in Labidangan, Upper Bala, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. (Photo: Igie Rezano Laoc Estomo)

The death toll from the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Tulunan, North Cotabato on Wednesday (October 16), has reached five while 53 were injured.

Based on the latest situational report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), three casualties were from Davao del Sur, one was from Cotabato and another one was from Maguindanao.

READ: At least 4 dead in 6.3 magnitude quake in Mindanao

Meanwhile, 53 were injured during the quake and a total of 85 infrastructure in Regions XI and XII sustained damage.—AAC

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