Bad weather sees fewer ‘cracker victims in Bicol

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LEGAZPI CITY: If not for the bad weather in Bicol, more people in Legazpi, Albay and other places in the Bicol region may have suffered from the New Year celebrations. Dr. Evie Sarmiento, DOH monitoring chief for firecracker incidents in Bicol, said her office registered only a total of 53 firecracker victims this year, or 40 cases lower than last year’s 93. Sarmiento attributed the lower figure to the prevailing bad weather conditions and the torrential rain New Year eve. Records also show the youngest victim to be a six-month-old baby while a 94-year-old senior is the oldest. Gloria Balboa, DOH regional director, said the top 5 injury-causing firecrackers in Bicol (from most to least destructive) were piccolo, five-star, kwitis, lucis and plapla. Balboa emphasized that picolo, five-star and plapla are prohibited firecrackers. Balbao suggests the designation of an area for firecracker explosion in every locality to prevent accidents.

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