Christmas floods death toll now at 44; thousands to welcome New Year in evacuation centers – NDRRMC

Twelve people were added to the growing list of individuals who died due to shearline-induced rains that caused widespread floods in different parts of the country during the Christmas weekend.

(L-R) Misamis Occidental Gov. Henry Oaminal and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Chairman Jose Faustino Jr. discuss efforts to help residents affected by flooding in the province on Dec. 28, 2022. (Photo: Office of Civil Defense)

This brought the death toll to 44, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Friday, Dec. 30.

In its latest situational report, the NDRRMC said majority of the fatalities were recorded in Northern Mindanao (Region 10) with 24; Bicol Region (Region 5) has six deaths; Zamboanga Peninsula (Region 9) and Davao Region (Region 11) have four each; Eastern Visayas (Region 8) and Caraga (Region 13) have three apiece.

Further, 28 persons were still missing: 12 each were noted in Regions 5 and 8; two in Region 10; and one each in Western Visayas (Region 6) and Region 9.

Thousands will also welcome the New Year in evacuation centers as they still could not go back to their homes due to the devastation caused by the shearline.

A total of 4,604 families or 15,800 individuals were temporarily residing in 151 evacuation centers in Mimaropa (Region 4B), Regions 8, 10, 11, and 13.

Agri, infra damage at P1.3B

The NDRRMC also said that the combined damage wrought by the rains and floods into the agriculture and infrastructure of the affected regions have reached P1.3 billion.

The agricultural loss was estimated at P232,731,657.42 which affected Regions 4B, 5, 8, and 10.

Most affected was Misamis Occidental which incurred an P89.32 million loss in corn and rice fields, high-value crops, livestock, and poultry. It was followed by Misamis Oriental with a loss of P78.93 million; and Camarines Sur with P57.28 million.

Meanwhile, infrastructure loss was pegged at P1,130,405,000 which affected Regions 4B, 5, 10, and 11.

Misamis Occidental also suffered the most as it recorded a loss of P1,096,675,000 when 36 infrastructures were damaged including power lines, water systems, bridges, spillways, concrete roads, irrigation dams, flood-control projects, and breakwaters. A day-care center, church, and several schools were also damaged.

It was followed by Misamis Oriental with a loss of P20.56 million; Camarines Sur with P5 million; and Palawan with P4.17 million.