Ang paglapag ng isang rescue helicopter ng Philippine Air Force sa Anislag Elementary School na may dalang relief goods para sa mga Boholanos na lubhang naapektuhan ng pagtama ng 7.2 magnitude na lindol nitong Martes, October 15, 2013. (ROMALDO MICO SOLON / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — Patuloy ang relief operations ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa mga lugar sa Bohol na malubhang napinsala ng 7.2 magnitude na lindol noong Martes, Oktubre 15.
Sa datos na inilabas ng Malakanyang, 25,000 pounds (lbs) na relief goods ang naipadala na ng kagawaran sa Tagbilaran, Bohol.
Ayon kay Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, ginagawa na nila ang lahat upang maabot ang mga kababayan natin na hanggang sa kasalukuyan ay hindi pa rin nahahatiran ng tulong partikular ng pagkain at tubig.
“As of the moment, we are already doing airlift and sea lifts food drops to make sure that relief will reach who need them.”
Dagdag pa ni Valte, “ang ginawa natin we have to adopt we have to find boats, so ngayon ang DSWD at least in the case of Maribojoc also kailangang bangka ang gamitin.”
Kaugnay nito, binalaan naman ng Malakanyang ang mga negosyanteng magsasamantala sa mga lugar na tinamaan ng lindol sa Visayas region.
Ayon sa ulat, sa kabila ng price freeze na ipinatupad ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sa mga lugar na napinsala ng lindol ay mataas pa rin ang presyo ng ilang bilihin partikular na ng gasolina na umaabot umano sa isandaang piso kada litro.
Ayon kay Valte, umapela na si Pangulong Aquino sa mga negosyante na sumunod sa price freeze dahil nasa ilalim na ng state of calamity ang Bohol.
Sinabi pa ng kalihim na hindi sila magdadalawang isip na sampahan ng kaso ang mga magsasamantalang negosyante.
Nakiusap na rin aniya ang pangulo sa mga ito na magbukas ng kanilang tindahan upang may mabilhan ang mga biktima ng lindol.
Samantala, dumipensa ang Malakanyang sa sinasabi ng ilang mambabatas na isang blackmail ang inihayag ng palasyo kaugnay ng paggamit ng Disbursement Acceleration Program o ng savings ng pamahalaan sa pagtulong sa mga biktima ng kalamidad.
Ito ay upang hindi umano maisyuhan ng Korte Suprema ng temporary restraining order ang DAP.
Ani Valte, “that is not blackmail that is a statement of fact, it is a statement of fact that we tap savings to help the reconstruction in typhoon Pablo, while we have other funding sources, given the number of challenges here, among them yung sa Habagat.” (Nel Maribojoc / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
Two dead in western Japan earthquake
Moment the quake hit Osaka from the TV Osaka offices. Image grabbed from Reuters video
Two people, including a nine-year girl, are believed to be have been killed on Monday (June 18) crushed by falling concrete block walls after a strong earthquake hit western Japan.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit western Japan early in the morning. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the northern part of Osaka Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, and no tsunami warning was issued.
Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that a nine-year-old girl on her way to school was found unresponsive under a concrete wall that had fallen on her. Another 80-year-old man was also found dead and crushed by a falling wall in a different part of Osaka. Japanese broadcaster showed hundreds of thousands of commuters forced to exit trains and walk along tracks as morning commuting trains were halted.
Kansai Electric Power said no irregularities at any of the nuclear plants in the region after the quake, but there were more than 170,000 households without power in Osaka and neighboring Hyogo Prefecture. — Reuters
Government says no early reports of damage after 5.9 quake hits western Japan
Students sit on a playground after they were evacuated from school building after an earthquake at Ikeda elementary school in Ikeda, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 18, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
TOKYO – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit western Japan on Monday but the top government spokesman said there were no immediate signs of major damage.
The epicenter of the earthquake was in the northern part of Osaka Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, and no tsunami warning was issued.
Kansai Electric Power said no irregularities had been detected at the Mihama, Takahama and Ohi nuclear plants after the quake.
It also said there were more than 170,000 households without power in Osaka and neighboring Hyogo Prefecture.
Trains in the area were halted as a precaution, public broadcaster NHK said. – Reuters
Guatemalan President Morales tours earthquake damage
A resident rides a scooter past a collapsed wall after an earthquake in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales visited with the victims of the volcano Monday (June 4) as the number of fatalities from a massive volcano eruption in Guatemala rose to 62.
Only 13 of the dead have been identified so far, Mirna Zeledon, a spokeswoman for Guatemala’s National Institute of Forensic Sciences told Reuters.
The eruption of Fuego – Spanish for “fire” – on Sunday was the biggest in more than four decades, forcing the closure of Guatemala’s main international airport and dumping ash on thousands of acres (hectares) of coffee farms on the volcano’s slopes.
Rescue workers were continuing to struggle in perilous conditions to find bodies under rivers of ash and mud that swept down from Guatemala’s Fuego volcano.
Structures and trees at the base of the Fuego volcano were completely coated in brown and gray. A policeman wearing a blue surgical mask stumbled in the muck as he ran from a cloud of ash pouring down the slope behind him, Reuters photos showed. -Reuters