‘Ursula’ aftermath: New Year in evacuation centers

first_imgILOILO City – More than 10,000 families displaced by typhoon“Ursula” on Christmas Day in Western Visayas could be welcoming the New Year invarious evacuation centers. As of 3 p.m. yesterday a total of 10,227 families or 45,361individuals were still temporarily staying in these centers, according to theRegional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC). They were part of the 200,671 families (894,861 individuals)adversely affected by “Ursula” in the region. The other families returned totheir respective houses already to rebuild their lives. The typhoon’s death toll climbed to 26, according to the RDRRMC –five from Aklan; five from Capiz; and 16 from Iloilo. In Iloilo, the towns of Lemery, Mina, Concepcion, Dingle, andJaniuay suffered agricultural losses, too, amounting to P29,648,068. In Antique, only the town of Barbaza had so far submitted a reporton agricultural losses – P6,058,560. “After the New Year celebrations,we will be meeting para mabal-an konsin-o hatagan kag kon pila,” said Treñas.The city mayor was initially thinking of givingas much as P100,000 to each affected local government unit.“But the city disaster council will assess. Kun ano gid man ang findings, that willbe submitted to the Sangguniang Panlungsod for approval,” said Treñas. So far, it had released P1.2million cash assistance to 222 displaced families in Balasan and Carles. Consolidated data in the RDRRMC showed the typhoon damaging atotal of 111,673 houses in the region of which 15,948 were total and 95,318partial. The Department of Social Welfareand Development (DSWD) has ongoing assessment of affected families, initiallyin Balasan, Iloilo and Pontevedra, Capiz.center_img In Capiz, particularly in Panitan, Pontevedra, Pilar and Daotowns, damage to agriculture zoomed to P136,128,843.22. A total of 218 received P5,000 eachin financial assistance and six received P20,000 each in burial and financialaid. Two of the six casualties were from Carles.Also, 1,500 family food packs were also releasedto Balasan. Six persons remained missing – one from Aklan, two from Capiz andthree from Iloilo. In Pontevedra, Capiz around P1.4million cash assistance was released to some 272 affected families or at P5,000for each families. On the other hand, the damage to agriculture (crops such as rice,etc.) reached P171,854,199.37. The typhoon’s devastation prompted the following areas to declarea state of calamity: Capiz and Aklan provinces, Roxas City, and 10municipalities (Kalibo and Malay in Aklan; Pandan, Caluya and Libertad inAntique; Sigma, Capiz; and Balasan, Batad, Carles, and Concepcion in Iloiloprovince). The Iloilo City government vowed tohelp these areas. Mayor Jerry Treñas instructed City Disaster Risk Reductionand Management Office head Donna Magno to coordinate with the local governmentunits concerned. Cadiz City in Negros Occidental reported P19,728.15 losses in riceproduction, according to the RDRRMC./PNlast_img

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