Death toll in Mindanao quakes climbs to 22, nearly 30K infrastructures damaged – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   November 4, 2019   •   630

MANILA, Philippines – The number of people who died from two strong earthquakes that devastated parts of Mindanao in October has climbed to 22, a report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed Monday.

In its latest situational report, the NDRRMC said 19 of the fatalities were from Region 12 while the remaining three were from Davao del Sur.

Around 424 individuals were also injured due to the quake while two others are still reported missing.

A total of 37,706 families or more than 188,000 people in 238 barangays were affected by the magnitude 6.6 and 6.5 earthquakes that occurred on Oct. 29 and 31, respectively. Of these figures, 4,800 families or 24,000 persons are taking temporary shelter in 34 evacuation centers.

According to Davao del Sur provincial disaster management officer Christopher Tan, some of the evacuees also opted to stay in makeshift tents built in open areas due to aftershocks.

“’Yung iba ayaw pumunta sa evacuation centers kasi ang evacuation centers natatakot din sila kasi gym, so nandoon sila sa labas, nag-stay sila sa tent,” he told UNTV News in a phone interview.

Relief packs have been coming in from local government units and non-government organizations but Tan said quake victims are in need of more food and water supplies, as well as tents.

“Tent, food packs, blankets, hygiene kits, tubig… yan talaga ang kailangan nila,” Tan said.

“Hindi kaya ng local government unit na bigyan sila ng pagpagawa ng bahay. Mabibigyan namin sila ng financial assistance pero hindi ito kasinglaki ng halaga ng kanilang mga bahay,” he added.

The NDRRMC reported that a total of 29,453 infrastructures in Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccskargen and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao were damaged by the temblor. These include houses, schools, places of worship, health facilities, commercial establishments, roads, bridges and other public structures.

The agency also said that more than P25 million worth of assistance have been provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, and the Office of the Civil Defense to affected families.

The magnitude 6.5 quake that struck on Oct. 31 was the third temblor to hit Mindanao last month. A magnitude 6.1 quake was recorded last Oct. 16 while a magnitude 6.6 quake was reported last Oct. 29, killing several people and damaging homes and buildings.

The epicenters of these tremors were traced in Tulunan town in Cotabato. – RRD (with details from Correspondent 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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