Relief pours into ‘Nina’-affected areas

Relief pours into ‘Nina’-affected areas

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MANILA, December 26, 2016 (PNA) — Disaster and relief operation units of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continue to monitor and provide aid in areas battered by typhoon “Nina” (international name Nock-ten).

Nakatutok ang disaster relief units ng DSWD sa sitwasyon at patuloy ang coordination sa ibang ahensya ng gobyerno para maagap na maihatid ang tulong sa mga nasalanta nating kababayan (Our disaster relief units continue to assess the situation on the ground and coordinate among different government agencies in terms of providing aid to those affected),” DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said.

She said among the reported incidents were power outages and lack of potable water in Barangays Bognabong and Baranghon in Tabaco, Albay Province.

“As of 2 a.m. on December 26, we received a report from DSWD Field Office 5 that there are 304 evacuation centers with 21,553 families or 91,291 individuals from 270 barangays of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon,” Taguiwalo said.

Based on continuing assessments, a total of 10,684 individuals are stranded in various ports in the Bicol region, with Sorsogon having the highest number of stranded passengers at 9,470.

Taguiwalo also sought the help of volunteers in the repacking of relief goods in its National Relief Operations Center (NROC) as more evacuees troop to evacuation centers in affected areas.

Taguiwalo urged residents in high-risk areas to heed the call for pre-emptive evacuation.

To date, the department has a total of 39,801 Family Food Packs (FFPs) on stock at its NROC. Of this number, 18,923 FFPs are available for allocation while the 20,878 FFPs are for delivery to different field offices. (PNA)

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