Residents, NGOs urged not to violate ‘off-limits’ order on Taal’s danger zone

Marje Pelayo   •   January 15, 2020   •   1170

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)

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.

STS Maring leaves 9 dead, 2 injured, 11 missing — NDRRMC

Maris Federez   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Severe Tropical Storm Maring leaves nine dead, two injured, and 11 missing as it exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Tuesday, October 12.

According to its regional arm, four fatalities were recorded in La Trinidad (3) and in Itogon (1), Benguet due to landslides caused by STS Maring. One was reported in Claveria, Cagayan due to drowning; while four were recorded in Barangay Batang-Batang, in Narra, Palawan which was caused by a flash flood.

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) also reported that the two injured victims were from Buguias and Itogon, Benguet.

The 11 missing individuals were reported in landslides in Dominican Mirador (3), Central Ambiong in La Trinidad (2), and Barangay Tuding in Itogon (1) in Benguet. One is reported missing Badoc, Ilocos Norte where search and rescue (SAR) operation is still underway. Four are also recorded missing in Barangay Batang-Batang, in Narra, Palawan due to flashflood.

The agency said that 15 incidents of flooding and four incidents of landslides were reported in the wake of STS Maring.

Incidents of flooding were recorded in Regions 1, 2, MIMAROPA, 6, and CAR.

A total of 478 families and 1,638 individuals were affected by STS Maring, displacing 259 families or 889 individuals in Regions 2, MIMAROPA, and CAR.

STS Maring has also affected 24 roads and 10 bridges which as of this writing is still not passable. These are in Region 1 (six roads),  Region 2 (4 roads, 10 bridges), and CAR (14 roads).

The NDRRMC also said that the Ambuklao Dam has opened 8 gates and will start the gradual release of water on Tuesday afternoon after its water level reached 751.09 meters out of the Normal High Water Level (NHWL) of 752.00 m.

Binga Dam, on the other hand, has opened 6 gates and may start a gradual release of water in the afternoon as the water level reached 574.41 out of the 575 meters NHWL.

Meanwhile, the water level in the San Roque Dam which catches the water from Binga Dam is now at 275.14 meters out of the 280 meters NHW. The dam may start the gradual release of water Tuesday afternoon, said the NDRRMC.

The NDRRMC said local government units have requested support at the RDRRMC level.

The RDRRMCs have deployed their teams for clearing and SAR operations, in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Philippine Navy, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Philippine National Police.

The agency is also currently conducting Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDANA) in the affected areas.

The NDRRMC will also deploy its air assets for aerial assessment in Region 2 as soon as weather permits. —/mbmf


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