Govt offers assistance to ‘Nona’ fatalities

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MALACAÑANG on Friday said the government will offer financial and other aid to families of those who died at the height of Typhoon Nona (international codename: Melor) that swept across a huge part of Luzon early this week.

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“We will help families whose relatives perished because of Nona. There will be a full post- disaster needs assessment once we have responded to the needs of families affected by the calamity,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

Though the typhoon has been downgraded to a tropical storm and continued to move away from the country, it left more than 10 people dead and damaged homes, farms and infrastructure.

As of Friday, some provinces in Central Luzon remained flooded and several roads and bridges were impassable.

Coloma said the government is doing everything it can to mitigate effects of the calamity.
“The Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Social Welfare and Development are coordinating with local governments to promptly assist in the reconstruction of destroyed houses,” he added.

As Nona left, another tropical depression, Onyok, threatens areas in eastern Mindanao.
It was last spotted several hundred kilometers away from Mati City in Davao Oriental.

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