Over P1 billion standby fund, food packs ready for TS Dante response, Palace says

Robie de Guzman   •   June 3, 2021   •   419

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development has prepared standby funds amounting to P1.105 billion, including P113 million worth of 222,382 family food packs for families affected by the onslaught of Tropical Storm Dante, Malacañang said.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque assured that the government is on top of the situation as the storm barrels through several provinces of Luzon.

“The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has conducted a pre-disaster risk assessment for Dante on May 31 and had consequently issued the necessary warnings and reminders to the local government units on the implementation of preparedness activities and pre-emptive evacuation of communities in hazard-prone areas,” Roque said.

The deployable response groups of the Philippine Coast Guard have also been assisting in evacuation and/or rescue operations in flooded areas, he added.

“Clearing operations to severely affected areas have likewise been conducted,” he said.

“The safety of everyone remains our main concern. Let us, therefore, remain alert and vigilant, and cooperate with authorities while observing the minimum public health standards against COVID-19 during this storm,” he added.

Based on the latest bulletin of the state weather bureau, Tropical Storm Dante was estimated over the coastal waters of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph as it moves northwestward at 20 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals remain hoisted over 2 areas.

The weather agency said the storm is forecast to pass near or in the vicinity of Bataan and Zambales early Thursday morning and will then emerge over the West Philippines Sea.

The storm is seen to weaken into a tropical depression by Thursday morning, and into a low-pressure area by Saturday.

TS Dante leaves Maasin City under state of calamity

Marje Pelayo   •   June 7, 2021

MAASIN CITY, Philippines — The city government of Maasin has declared a state of calamity in the aftermath of tropical storm Dante to make use of its quick response fund (QRF) for disaster relief and rehabilitation efforts.

The move was decided by the Sangguniang Panlungsod upon learning that the number of affected individuals has reached  14,000 out of the total population of 89,000 which is more than the required percentage prior to declaring a state of calamity.

“With the declaration, the LGU will be able to use 30 percent of its calamity fund, the QRF, amounting to P10 million, more or less, for recovery and other disaster-related activities,” city councilor,  Zaldy Olita  said.

The official added that the extent of damage on agriculture and infrastructure is still being assessed.

Non-stop rains caused by Tropical Storm Dante prompted the raising of tropical cyclone wind signal number 2 over the area. Rising tides of 1.6 meters high flooded most of the areas along RK Kangleon national highway as drainage canals choked with excess water.

Likewise, the rivers in barangays Combado and Tunga-Tunga overflowed, trapping residents along the way, some struggling in breast-deep waters. Nevertheless, no fatality was reported.

Death toll due to TS Dante rises to 6 – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The number of fatalities due to the onslaught of Tropical Storm Dante has climbed to six, while three others were reported missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Friday.

In its latest situational report, the NDRRMC said two persons were also reported injured. The casualties were recorded in Regions 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, and MIMAROPA.

A total of 12,260 families or 55,226 individuals in 177 barangays were affected by Dante’s onslaught. Of this tally,  4,439 families or 16,680 persons are currently taking shelter in 140 evacuation sites.

The NDRRMC said a total of 23 road sections and four bridges were affected in Calabarzon, Caraga, and Regions 7, 8, 11, and 12. As of Friday, 2 roads and 3 bridges remained unpassable.

A total of 12 houses sustained damage due to the effects of the storm.

The NDRRMC said power interruptions were experienced in 18 provinces in Regions 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, MIMAROPA, and Caraga while 2 provinces in Region 8 are still experiencing communication network interruption.

Due to the cancellation of sea travel during Dante’s onslaught, 2,085 passengers, 691 rolling cargoes, 46 vessels, and 4 motorbancas were stranded in various ports in the country.

Twenty-six ports, on the other hand, have resumed operations.

Tropical Storm Dante left a total amount of P14,603,719 worth of agricultural damage, and P53,730,000 damage to infrastructure in parts of Visayas and Mindanao, the NDRRMC said.

Death toll due to TS Dante climbs to 4; 7 others missing – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   June 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The number of fatalities due to the onslaught of Tropical Storm Dante has climbed to four while seven others were reported missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Thursday.

In its latest situational report, the NDRRMC said the casualties were reported in Regions 6, 8, 11, 12, and MIMAROPA.

A total of 9,831 families or 45,456 persons were affected by ‘Dante’ in 89 barangays in Regions 11, 12, and Caraga. Of this, 3,090 families or 12,071 persons are currently taking shelter in 104 evacuation sites.

The NDRRMC also reported 11 road sections and three bridges that were affected by the storm in Regions 7, 8, 11, 12, and Caraa.

A total of 11 provinces in Regions 5, 6, 8, Caraga, and MIMAROPA experienced power interruption while 2 provinces in Region 8 reported network interruption due to ‘Dante’.

Six houses were reported damaged in Region 11.

Tropical Storm Dante also left a total amount of P14,603,719 million worth of agricultural damage, affecting 442 farmers with 723 hectares of agricultural areas and volume production loss at 220 metric tons in Regions 12 and Caraga.

Rice and corn were the affected commodities, the NDRRMC said.

 

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