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13 more people have died as a result of flooding and heavy rains: NDRRMC

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), at least 13 persons have been confirmed killed as a result of the shear line’s torrential rains and flooding that have affected various sections of the nation.

The agency stated in its update that two deaths from Eastern Visayas have already been confirmed and that 11 others, including seven from Northern Mindanao, three from Bicol, and one from the Zamboanga Peninsula, are in the process of being validated.

There were also reports of 23 missing people and six injuries.

One of the injured from the Zamboanga Peninsula has already been confirmed, and five others from Northern Mindanao are still being verified.

Twelve people are officially missing, all from the Eastern Visayas, while the identities of the other 11 people—eight from Bicol and three from Northern Mindanao—are still being verified.

In Mimaropa, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), according to the NDRRMC, 44,282 families or 166,357 people were affected.

10,536 families, or 45,337 people, are being served out of this total at 87 evacuation shelters, with the remaining people receiving assistance from friends or family.

There were about 534 damaged homes, 369 of which were deemed “mostly damaged,” and 165 were deemed “completely ruined.”

Red Cross sends out a rescue crew

On Christmas Day, when flash floods devastated many barangays in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) water search-and-rescue (WASAR) crew saved 176 people, including children and newborns.

Our five-man WASAR team and other PRC resources and personnel were quickly deployed. To give hot, ready-to-eat food to the rescued families, PRC will send its hot meals on wheels to the evacuation centers, according to a statement from PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.

The Arthuro S. Lugod Gymnasium evacuation center is also receiving hot meals from the PRC. In addition, some highways became impassable, including the Gingoog City National Road because of a pocket landslide and the highway in Barangay Lawit Balantian because of knee-deep flooding.

Even during the Christmas season, PRC secretary general Gwen Pang remarked, “Our volunteers and employees on the ground are making sure that the PRC will always be an available lifeline for people in need.”

The PRC Iligan City Chapter is also on duty due to reports of rising water levels in numerous barangays, in addition to the flood in Misamis Oriental.

There are currently no recorded evacuees.

prayers and assistance for victims

In the meantime, the Archdiocese of Ozamiz has pleaded for prayers and aid for those who have been affected by floods brought on by severe rainfall in the majority of the nation.

The Social Action Center in Ozamiz, according to Archbishop Martin Jumoad, began providing aid to flood victims on Monday.

Let’s keep asking God to provide them more assistance. Let’s pray for better weather as well, Jumoad remarked in a report on the news website of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

During the Christmas Day Mass at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Birhen sa Cotta, the archbishop prayed for the flood victims and requested supplies for the impacted families.

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