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Marikina declares state of calamity; residents compare habagat to Ondoy

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

Evacuees at Malanday Elementary School in Marikina City (Grace Casin / UNTV News & Rescue)

The water level in Marikina River quickly rose to over 20 meters on Saturday, August 11 – not far from the 23 meters recorded during Typhoon Ondoy in 2009.

Residents had to be rescued from their homes as houses and cars alike were rapidly being submerged in rising floodwaters.

Fear gripped residents as they were reminded of Typhoon Ondoy’s onslaught in 2009.

One of the rescued residents, Nena Dagalea said, “Ang tubig talagang rumaragasa. Yung pintuan namin talaang pumapasok ang tubig… kaya naisip ko ano ba yan babalik nanaman tayo sa Ondoy.”

Leonora Martiez,another Marikina resident, shared the same, “Talagang biglang taas ng tubig bigla lang.”

On Sunday morning, there was a slight drop in the water level as floodwaters began to subside,

Marikina has declared a state of calamity as seventy percent of the city is inundated by floodwaters.

Around 40,000 individuals fled to evacuation centers according to its public information office (PIO)

The Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed relief goods on Sunday night to affected families.

The local government also put up tents that can fit two to four families to allow them privacy and a proper rest.

“Para kahit papaano hindi siksikan may dignidad parin sila kahit nasa ganoong lugar parin sila,”
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said.

Evacuees were also given free doxycycline shots as a precautionary measure against leptospirosis.

“Lumusong o hindi lalo na yung may open wound mas kailangan nila ito,” said Dr. Cristie Sy of the Marikina City Health Department, – Grace Casin

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8 provinces, 31 areas under state of calamity due to El Niño

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – More than 35 areas across the country are now under state of calamity due to the effects of El Niño.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), eight provinces and 31 cities and municipalities have recorded extreme damage in agriculture, particularly corn and palay, with an estimated value of P5.051 billion pesos.

The areas under state of calamity are:

CAR – Paracelis, Mt. Province

REGION II- Dupax del Norte, Nueva Viscaya

CALABARZON – Quezon Province

MIMAROPA – San Jose and Rizal, Occidental Mindoro ; Sta Cruz, Marinduque

REGION V – Camarines Sur

REGION VI – Lambunao and Bingawan, Iloilo; Murcia, Negros Occidental

REGION VII – Cebu

REGION IX – Zamboanga City

REGION XII  –  COTABATO Alamada, M’lang, Pikit, Aleosan, Magpet, Tulan, Arakan, Cotabato, Matalam, Kidapawan City, Lutayan, Sulatan Kudarat; Alabel Sarangani; Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat; T’Boli, South Cotabato; Sultan Kudarat Province

MAGUINDANAO, BARMM

Paglat, Sultan Kudarat; Matanog; Datu Abdullah Sangki ; Pagalungan; Upi ; Ampatuan Province of Basilan

About 164,000 farmers and over 177, 000 hectares of farmlands are now affected, the NDRRMC said.

Meanwhile, the water level in Angat Dam continues to recede due to El Niño.

According to PAGASA, water reserve in Angat Dam has dropped by half a meter to 185.15 meters on Wednesday (April 17) as compared to its measurement yesterday.

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) advised farmlands to brace for the possible cut in irrigation once the water level in Angat Dam further drops to 180 meters as the agency opts to prioritize water requirement in Metro Manila. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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2 Neg Occ towns under state of calamity due to drought

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Hectares of dried-up rice fields affected by 2019 El Niño

A state of calamity was declared in Murcia and Isabela, Negros Occidental because of the severe effects of El Niño phenomenon.

80% of the rice field of A and G Esteban Farmers Association in Barangay San Miguel, Murcia, Negros Occidental is affected by El Niño phenomenon.

The president of the association Rosie Alit said they had no choice but to feed the affected crops to their buffaloes because they no longer have a use for it.

“Hindi na iyan namin mapapakinabangan basta nasa booting stage at milking ang matamaan sa palay wala nang pag-asa, hindi na iyan maka-recover, (We no longer have any use of it. As long as booting stage and milking [stage] were affected in the crops, there is no hope to save it.)” she said.

In the country, around 30 areas, which include 5 provinces and 25 cities/municipalities, are under a state of calamity due to the effects of El Niño.

READ: Albay under state of calamity due to El Niño

Agricultural damage brought by the severe drought reached to over P5 billion with more than 164,000 farmers affected.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) already began their cloud seeding operation in affected areas.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

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Albay under state of calamity due to El Niño

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The province of Albay in Bicol region has been placed under state of calamity due to the effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

Based on the report of the Provincial Agriculture Office, the intense heat has damaged corn and rice crops in the region amounting to P125 million.

Heavily hit were the municipalities of Oas, Camalig, Pio Duran, Polangui, Ligao, Daraga, and Legazpi.

Apart from damage to agriculture, the heat also dried up irrigation channels.

Danny Garcia, Spokesperson for the Albay provincial government, has assured they have prepared assistance for affected farmers, including vegetable seeds that could be easily grown with less water.

“We have enough funds to help the farmers for their livelihood programs and to give them seedlings for root crops or other kinds of plant that they can plant which does not need much water,” Garcia said.

Camarines Sur, which is also in Bicol, has earlier declared a state of calamity also due to the effects of El Niño. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Allan Manansala)

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