Typhoon ‘Quiel’ kills six, affects over 90,000 people – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2019   •   397

Government workers clear a fallen tree along a road due to rain in the town of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte province, Philippines, 05 November 2019. EPA-EFE/BERNIE SIPIN DELA CRUZ

MANILA, Philippines – The number of people who died due to the onslaught of typhoon Quiel (international name: Nakri) has climbed to six, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Monday.

In its latest report, the NDRRMC said most of the fatalities were from Cagayan and Apayao which were heavily-hit by the storm.

Four of them died due to drowning, electrocution and collapsed wall while the rest were due to landslide.

Three others were reported injured due to the soil erosion and landslide brought by heavy rains.

A total of 92,285 individuals or 22,318 families in 236 barangays in Regions 1, 2, MIMAROPA and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) were affected by the storm.

938 of these families are taking temporary shelter in 39 evacuations while 579 families are being served outside the centers.

The NDRRMC noted that most of the affected families in Cagayan Valley were from the towns of Abuyug, Allacapan, Aparri, Baggao, Ballesteros, Camalaniugan, Claveria, Gonzaga, Lal-lo, Lasam, Pamplona, Sanchez Mira, Santa Ana, Santa Prexedes and Sta. Teresita.

Affected residents in Apayao, meanwhile, were from the towns of Conner, Flora, Kabugao, Luna, Pudtol and Santa Marcela.

Authorities also reported that a total of 66 roads and 20 bridges were affected by the typhoon, which was still mostly not passable as of Sunday, Nov. 10.

‘Quiel’ exited the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday but affected provinces were still experiencing rains due to the tail-end of a cold front, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

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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