Monsoon-affected families now at 381K

MANILASome 381,757 families or 1,677,790 persons living in 1,479 barangays (villages) in Regions 1 (Ilocos), 3 (Central Luzon), 4A (Calabarzon), 4B (Mimaropa), 6 (Western Visayas), Cordillera and the National Capital Region (NCR) have been affected by heavy rains caused by the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical cyclones "Henry", "Inday", and "Josie."

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Ricardo Jalad, in the agency's 6 a.m. update Friday, said that of the figure, 11,565 families, or about 47,092 persons, are being aided in 253 evacuation centers while 141, 825 families, or 592,087 individuals, are receiving aid outside evacuation centers.

Jalad said there are 102 affected road sections along with eight bridges in Regions 1, 3, 4A, 4B, 6, and Cordillera. Of these, some 74 road sections and four bridges are now passable.

He said the bad weather has so far caused flooding in 724 areas in the affected regions but floodwaters have already receded in 392 locations.

About 313 houses were damaged, 61 totally and 252 partially.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, and local government units have extended a total of PHP47,469,252.72 worth of assistance to affected families in the seven regions. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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