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BARMM was declared a state of calamity after 40 deaths
Ahod Ebrahim, the chief minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Territory in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), has declared a state of calamity throughout the entire region as a result of Severe Tropical Storm Paeng, which has already claimed 40 lives.
Ebrahim stated that “around 80 to 100 people are still missing” and added that “31 others were reported injured.”
At a press conference held here, the chief minister stated, “In our discussion today, we assessed the circumstances that we need to proclaim a state of calamity in the region.”
With that, he continued, “we now direct all BARMM offices and ministries to reach out to the impacted communities.
According to Ebrahim, floods brought on by Paeng’s strong rains over the past two days badly affected Maguindanao province.
The BARMM encompasses Maguindanao as well as the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, as well as the cities of Cotabato, Marawi, and Lamitan and 63 villages spread throughout six North Cotabato municipalities.
He stated in an updated situation report that 40 people had died, the majority of whom were in Maguindanao province, according to data from BARMM’s Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READI).
He claimed that in the coastal Barangay Kusiong in the town of Datu Odin Sinsuat, where a landslide happened and buried an as-yet-unknown number of persons, their current rescue and recovery efforts in Maguindanao are concentrated.
On Friday afternoon, as floods overwhelmed the community, a large number of locals took refuge at a nearby chapel at the base of Mt. Minandar.
Ebrahim stated, “So far, it is in that area where we have numerous casualties.”
Naguib Sinarimbo, the head of BARMM READI, also clarified earlier allegations that 67 people had died in the flooding caused by the tropical cyclone.
Sinarimbo, who serves as the concurrent interior minister and spokesperson for the region, stated that “the casualty counts in our data contained double entries, but we have fixed them.”
He said that according to BARMM READI data, 115,437 families, or around 572,185 people, had been left homeless as a result of the flooding.
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