NDRRMC now assessing damage caused by ‘Nina’
By Priam F. Nepomuceno
MANILA, Dec. 29 (PNA) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is now conducting a “post disaster needs assessment” to determine the exact damages sustained by the regions worst-hit by typhoon ‘Nina’ as well as their needs.
Typhoon “Nina” devastated a huge portion of the MIMAROPA, CALABARZON, Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas,
In the same vein, cities, towns and municipalities in “Nina”-battered regions are urged to formalize their state-of-calamity declarations by having their respective councils draft a state-of-calamity declarations and forward it to the NDRRMC for evaluation purposes, NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan said.
The NDRRMC Operations Center is still on “red alert” to get exact updates on the matter.
She added the first of the affected areas to comply with this request are the province of Batangas and the municipalities of Naujan, Puerto Galera and Calapan City, all of Oriental Mindoro.
Marasigan added that the NDRRMC, with the help of the Department of Interior and Local Government, has confirmed three typhoon-related deaths, in Quezon and Batangas, while confirmation for 10 more fatalities are still ongoing aside from search operations for another 10 missing persons.
”The DILG has already confirmed three deaths and we are still looking for 10 missing persons along with 10 fatalities which are now being verified by the Department of Health and DILG,” she said.
Also, she added that PHP48 million has been initially allocated to help typhoon-affected victims.
This is aside from the directive from President Rodrigo Duterte from the Office of Civil Defense and agencies tasked in disaster response directing them to boost rehabilitation and recovery efforts in communities severely-impacted by “Nina”.
As this develops, the NDRRMC said that it recorded more than 30,000 houses damaged in Bicol Region alone during the typhoon’s onslaught.
With this, Marasigan said the NDRRMC is now expediting the delivery of shelter materials to the affected areas.
As of this posting, a total of 37,000 families are still being sheltered in 831 evacuation centers in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas. (PNA)