At least three people of more than 42,000 individuals in Visayas and Mindanao affected by floods and landslides caused by heavy rains brought by Tropical Depression Basyang have died, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said over the weekend.
NDRRMC identified the fatalities as Jose Haji Aque Babatid; 22, of Balamban, Cebu; Danny Tundag. 24, of Daanbantayan, Cebu; and Dionesio Paler, 66, of Maasin City, Southern Leyte.
Babatid was electrocuted while Tundag and Paler drowned.
NDRRMC said that 9,105 families or 42,413 persons were hit in 176 barangays in 38 municipalities/ seven cities in nine provinces of Regions 6, 7, 8 and Caraga.
Of this, 1,130 families or 5,646 persons were displaced and taken to 32 evacuation centers.
A total of 81 houses got damaged, with 74 partially and seven totally damaged in Regions 6, 7 and Caraga.
The NDRRMC also said 5,897 passengers of 16 vessels, 576 rolling cargoes and two motorized bancas were stranded as of 6 p.m. Saturday in the ports of Manila, Cebu, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Bacolod, Caticlan, Batangas, Romblon and Calapan.
It added that the government pre-positioned P145.23-million worth of emergency relief resources consisting of standby funds (63.20 million), 43,207 family food packs (P10.07 million) and other food packs (P37.72 million) readily available for augmentation.