NDRRMC suspends nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill due to ‘Jolina’, ‘Kiko’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 9, 2021   •   243

MANILA, Philippines—The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) suspended the Third Quarter Online Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill due to Typhoon Kiko and Tropical Storm Jolina.

The online nationwide earthquake drill was scheduled for Thursday (September 9). However, due to bad weather, the agency said it will move the online drill to a later date.

During the drill an alert button will be pressed signaling the public to duck, cover and hold in their homes and offices. With the online setup, the NDRRMC aims to reach more individuals to participate in the drill.

 

4.3 magnitude earthquake hits Camarines Sur

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—A 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit Camarines Sur on Thursday evening(October 14), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Based on a bulletin, the center of the quake was located in Canaman, Camarines Sur. It was of tectonic origin with a depth of one kilometer. Due to the impact, several establishments within the area were damaged.

Phivolcs reported the following intensities:

Intensity V – Canaman, Camarines Sur
Intensity IV – Calabanga, Camaligan, Gainza, Ocampo, Pili, and Sipocot, Camarines Sur
Intensity III – City of Naga
Intensity II – Buhi, Camarines Sur

Phivolcs also reported the following instrumental intensities:

Intensity VI – Pili, Camarines Sur
Intensity V – Sipocot, Camarines Sur
Intensity III – Iriga City, Camarines Sur
Intensity II – Legazpi City, Albay
Intensity I – Mercedes, Camarines Norte

Authorities continue to conduct assessment, while responders are ready for deployment. AAC

19 confirmed dead, 13 missing in wake of STS Maring

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The number of confirmed deaths due to the onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm Maring has reached 19.

According to the latest situational report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) on Thursday (October 14), there are a total of 30 reported deaths with 11 still being validated. Out of the 19 confirmed, 14 were from Ilocos Sur, 4 were from Palawan, and one was from Pangasinan.

Flooding caused a majority of the fatalities from the weather disturbance.

Nine deaths in Benguet, which include five minors, are still being validated. This was after several landslide incidents were reported in the area.

The number of missing individuals is at 13, with one still undergoing validation. Among the 13 missing, 5 are from Palawan, 3 from La Union, 3 from Ilocos Sur, 1 from Ilocos Norte, and 1 from Pangasinan.

A total of 46 roads and 14 bridges in Regions 1, 2, MIMAROPA, and CAR remain impassable

Meanwhile, cost of damage to agriculture in Regions 1, 2, 6 MIMAROPA, and CAR is estimated at P1 billion

Maring exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday, October 12. AAC

Reported deaths due to STS Maring now at 13 — NDRRMC

Maris Federez   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The death toll reported in the wake of Severe Tropical Storm Maring is now at 13, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Three people were reported injured, while 9 are missing.

The NDRRMC said that the said figures are still under validation except the one confirmed missing in Ilocos Norte due to drowning.

Overall, STS Maring has affected 21,511 individuals or 6,111 families, displacing 2,837 households in 237 barangays in Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, MIMAROPA, CARAGA, and CAR.

Forty-two roads are still not passable in Region 1 (17) and CAR (25), while four bridges remain impassable in Region 2 (2), Region 1 (1), and CAR (1).

The NDRRMC further said that a total of 102 cities/municipalities experienced power interruption/outage. Of which, power supply in 58 cities/municipalities was already restored.

Meanwhile, a total of 6 ports were reported non-operational/suspended trips. Of which, 2 ports were already restored in CARAGA, the agency added.

Damage to agriculture is estimated at Php493,766,744.67.

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