By Francis Wakefield
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Tuesday said that more than 1,500 families or close to 6,000 people were affected by Tropical Depression (TD) “Amang”, which has already weakened into a Low Pressure Area or (LPA).
NDRRMC Executive Director and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Administrator Ricardo B. Jalad, said as of their latest update issued at 6 a.m. Wednesday (January 23), a total of 1,501 families or 5,904 persons from 44 barangays in CARAGA, were affected by TD Amang.
Jalad said of the total number of families/individuals affected, 1,232 families or 4,521 persons are being served in two evacuation centers.
Jalad also said that a total of 247 cities /municipalities in Region 5 (Bicol) and CARAGA have suspended classes due to the weather disturbance.
At the seaports, Jalad said a total of 146 passengers and one vessel remain stranded in Western Visayas and Bicol Region while a motor banca took shelter due to the weather disturbance.
With regards to cancelled flights, a total of four domestic flights were cancelled due to bad weather condition.
Jalad said a total of 5 256 families or 21,006 persons from the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Sorsogon, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Compostela Valley, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur, were pre-emptively evacuated due to the effects of TD Amang.
Jalad said a total of 374,995 Family Food Packs (FFPs) amounting to 133, 100,602.83 are ready to be given to affected families.
The NDRRMC remains on Blue Alert status.