PHP2.6-M worth of aid extended to flood victims in central, eastern Visayas, northern Mindanao

MANILA-- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported Wednesday that it has extended PHP2.68 million worth of assistance to families affected by massive flooding caused by heavy rains in Central and Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao.

The bulk of the assistance, PHP2.46 million, was provided to hard-hit areas in Northern Mindanao.

In its report issued 3 a.m. Wednesday, the DSWD-Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) said 12,079 families or 60,249 persons have been affected in 145 barangays in the Negros Islands, Central and Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga and Northern Mindanao.

Of the figure, 8,504 families or 44,286 persons were displaced, of whom, 8,202 families or 43,024 persons are taking temporary shelter in 126 evacuation centers set up by local government units (LGUs).

The bulk of evacuees in Northern Mindanao came from the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Gingoog in Misamis Oriental, and Iligan in Lanao del Norte where severe flooding occurred on Monday.

Meanwhile, 14 houses were destroyed and 33 houses were partially damaged in Northern Mindanao.

DSWD-Northern Mindanao has prepared 1,117 family food packs (FFPs) and dignity kits for Cagayan de Oro City, 126 FFPs for the municipality of Lagonglong, 94 FFPs and dignity kits for Gingoog City, and 320 FFPs for Iligan City. It also provided hot meals to families staying in evacuation centers Tuesday night.

Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo meanwhile commended the quick response made by the LGUs. She assured that the DSWD is ready to provide additional resources whenever needed. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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