Sunday, January 30, 2011

Non-stop rains affect 394,065 families - Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Non-stop rains that started before New Year’s Day continue to wreak havoc on several parts of the country, adversely affecting 394,065 families or 1,972,433 people in 2,188 villages in 189 towns and 18 cities throughout the country, while the death toll increased to 75 and 22 remain missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Saturday.

The NDRRMC also said that Bohol province and the cities of Cebu and Mandaue were placed under state of calamity due to floods.

Latest NDRRMC bulletin also showed 225 families of 1,089 persons from Mainit town and Surigao City, both in Surigao del Norte, were evacuated due to massive flooding that have so far affected 65 barangays in nine municipalities in the province and one municipality of Dinagat Islands.

One person, identified as Amado Basadre, from Barangay Honrado in the same town was reported missing when he was caught by strong current while attempting to cross a river. A bridge in Libjo, Dinagat Islands was damaged.

Reports reaching the NDRRMC operations center in Camp Aguinaldo showed that massive flooding was experienced in Metro Cebu as a result of a heavy downpour on January 25 that lasted almost two hours, affecting 12 barangays in Cebu City. Read More ...