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25 people have died as a result of shear line-induced rains: NDRRMC

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The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) announced Wednesday that the death toll from the “amihan”-induced shear line, which caused torrential rains and floods in the Visayas and Mindanao, had increased to 25.

Two of the 25 reported deaths, came from Region 8 (Eastern Visayas), and one from Region 9, according to an update from the agency (Zamboanga Peninsula).

Reports of 22 fatalities, including 16 in Region 10 (Northern Mindanao), five in Region 5 (Bicol), and one in Region 9, are still being verified.

There are currently 26 people missing; 12 of them have been confirmed, with 11 of them located in Region 8 and one in Region 9.

Reports of 14 missing people, 12 in Region 5 and 2 in Region 10, are still being verified.

Nine people have been hurt, one of whom was confirmed in Region 9 and eight of whom are pending validation in Region 10.

393,069 people living in Mimaropa, Regions 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Davao, Caraga, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are projected to make up the 102,476 affected families (BARMM).

20 723 families, or 81 443 people, are housed in 292 evacuations, with the remaining people receiving assistance from family and friends.

Additionally, Region 4-B (Mimaropa), Regions 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, Caraga, and the BARMM reported damage to about 1,196 homes.

Damage to the agricultural sector was estimated to be worth PHP65,294,087, while damage to the infrastructure was at PHP20,870,000.

Current massive relief operations

As the government continues to aid the flooded towns in Northern Mindanao, massive relief activities are currently underway.

On December 28, Undersecretary Jose Faustino Jr., chair of the NDRRMC and officer in charge of the defense department, and Undersecretary Raymundo Ferrer, executive director of the NDRRMC, are scheduled to fly over the affected areas to assess the damage brought on by the flooding in Misamis Occidental.

Along with other local leaders, they are meeting with Misamis Occidental Governor Henry Oaminal.

“The President has directed the NDRRMC to continue providing all necessary aid while constantly monitoring the situation in Misamis Occidental and other impacted areas. In order to guarantee that the relocated families receive timely and adequate support, the NDRRMC is collaborating with all pertinent agencies, according to Faustino.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines have worked together to provide the affected families in Bicol, the Visayas provinces, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, and the Bangsamoro region with family food packs, foodstuffs, bottled water, shelter kits, hygiene kits, blankets, and financial assistance totaling about PHP16 million.

To maintain constant communication among local, regional, and national disaster managers, the Department of Information and Communications Technology and OCD also sent out emergency telecommunications teams equipped with VSAT technology.

Search and rescue teams have also been sent by OCD-10 (Northern Mindanao) to support local government responses.

We’ll keep giving displaced families who are residing in evacuation shelters and other affected locations food, water, and other supplies. This won’t end until things get better and they can go home again, according to Ferrer.

The response and coordination operations are ongoing while the NDRRMC remains on “blue alert.”

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