Death toll in Mindanao earthquakes rises to 16 – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   November 1, 2019   •   303

MANILA, Philippines – The number of people who died from magnitude 6.6 and 6.5 earthquakes that jolted parts of Mindanao on Oct. 29 and 31, respectively has climbed to 16, a report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed Friday.

In its latest situation report, the NDRRMC said three of the fatalities came from Region 11 while the remaining 13 was from Region 12.

NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal said most of the victims sustained injuries due to falling debris.

Around 403 persons were injured while two were reported missing.

More than 6,000 families from 72 barangays in Davao and Soccsksargen regions were affected by the series of quakes.

A total of 2,552 families are taking temporary shelter in 19 evacuation centers while 1,370 families opted to stay with their relatives.

The temblor has damaged a total of 3,220 infrastructures in Regions 9, 10, 11, 12 and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The NDRRMC said relief operations are ongoing in affected areas. Around 15,000 food packs and 1,500 tents have been distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development with the help of the Philippine Coast Guard.

“May mga nakarating na po tayong relief support doon. Mga additional augmentation relief items. Ito ay mga housing, temporary shelters, mga sleeping kits, hygiene kits, food packs. In-air lift po ‘yan via C130 at nakarating na po roon sa Mindanao,” Timbal said.

He also urged residents in Cotabato to refrain from going back to their homes and other buildings due to continued aftershocks.

“Huwag pa rin tayong bumalik sa loob ng mga gusali na napinsala po ng lindol kasi ayaw po nating mangyari na baka magkataong lumindol na naman, magiba ‘yung building at may tao sa loob,” Timbal said.

On Friday, a magnitude 5.5 temblor struck waters off Sarangani Province at 10:33 a.m. while a magnitude 5 quake struck Makilala town in Cotabato at 2:07 p.m. both were tectonic in origin.

Phivolcs said there is no tsunami threat due to the quake near Sarangani and that this was independent from the series of earthquakes that shook Tulunan, Cotabato this month. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

LPA affecting Visayas, parts of Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   February 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) near the southern island of Mindanao.

As of 4:00 a.m. Thursday (February 6), the weather system was located at 705 k.m. east of Davao City.

The trough of the LPA is currently bringing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in areas of Visayas, CARAGA, Northern Mindanao and the entire Davao Region.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) is seen affecting Luzon particularly Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol Region, Aurora, and Quezon where cloudy skies with light rains can be observed.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to Amihan.

Similar conditions will also be experienced in other areas of Mindanao due to localized thunderstorms.

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

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