By Francis Wakefield
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Friday said the number of families affected by flooding due to the effects of the southwest monsoon or “Habagat” enhanced by Tropical Cyclones “Henry” “Inday” and “Josie” continued to rise in the last couple of days and was close to 400,000.
Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the NDRRMC and concurrent administrator of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), said that based on the latest figure they have received, a total of 381,757 families or 1,677,790 persons were affected in 1,479 barangays in Regions 1, 3, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon),
Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), 6 and CAR (Cordillera Autonomous Region) and the National Capital Region (NCR).
Jalad said that of the total number of families affected, 153,390 families or 639,179 persons are being served inside and outside evacuation centers.
To date, a total of 16 areas (two provinces, 12 cities/municipalities, two barangays) were declared under state of calamity in Regions 1, 3, Calabarzon and CAR.
Also, a total of 102 road sections and eight bridges were affected in Regions 1, 3, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, 6 and CAR. Of the number, 74 road sections and four bridges are already passable.
To date, a total of 724 areas have experienced flooding in Regions 1, 3, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, CAR and NCR of which, floodwaters in 392 areas have already subsided.
Jalad said a total of 313 houses were damaged — 61 totally and 252 partially — in Regions 1, 3, Mimaropa, 6 and CAR.
He said a total of P47, 469,252.72 worth of assistance was provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH) and Local Government Units (LGUs) to the affected families of Regions 1,3I, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, 6, NCR and CAR.
Jalad, at the same time, said the NDRRMC has already recorded 81 incidents such as landslides, strong winds, soil erosion and coastal erosion, collapsed structure, and maritime incident in Region’s 1, 3, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, 6 and CAR.
To date, a total of 401 cities/municipalities in Regions1, 2, 3, Calabarzon, Mimaropa,
Jalad said a total of nine persons were confirmed killed as a result of the southwest monsoon or “Habagat” enhanced by Tropical Cyclones “Henry,” “Inday” and “Josie”.
One person was also injured and another remains missing.
The NDRRMC earlier said more than P1.3 billion worth of damages to infrastructure and agriculture were reported in Regions 1, 2, 3, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, 6 and CAR.