• NDRRMC identifies 8 fatalities from typhoon ‘Ruby’

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    The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday reported that eight fatalities are now identified from the 11 confirmed fatalities due to the onslaught of typhoon “Ruby.”

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    Earlier, NDRRMC Executive Director Alexander Pama said there were 11 persons confirmed dead and three persons were earlier identified and validated by the Department of Health (DOH).

    In its update, the five identified fatalities were Aries Mercedes, 10, of Atimonan, Quezon; Narciso Alvarez, 83, of Hiyapong, Western Samar; Velasco Tacuma, 60, of Kaybiga, Western Samar; and Gidmore Baylon of Kulaba, Biliran, who all died due to drowning; while John Ramos Blanca, 20, of Socorro, Oriental Mindoro died due to a landslide.

    It added 153 persons were reported injured.

    NDRRMC said that 492,710 families or 2,243,479 persons were affected by “Ruby” in Regions 4-A (Calabarzon), 4-B (Mimaropa), 5 (Bicol Region), 6 (Western Visayas), 7 (Central Visayas), 8 (Eastern Visayas) and Caraga. Of these, 369,193 families or 1,653,241 people were evacuated.

    As of 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, some 984 passengers, 274 rollling cargoes and 20 vessels are still stranded in various ports of the country due to bad weather.

    NDRRMC said that 91.275 percent of PLDT, Digitel, Smart and Sun cell sites were restored in affected areas in Regions 4-A, 4-B, 6, 7 and 8 while Globe networks is 44 percent restored in affected areas.

    A total two roads have been closed to traffic due to flooding and landslide in Regions 4-A and 8; while two bridges are not passable in Quezon Province and Camarines Sur.

    The total cost of government assistance for the affected families in Regions 5, 6, 7 and Caraga has reached Php 63,775,594.78. PNA

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