• Number of people affected by ‘Ruby’ breaches 2-M mark – NDRRMC


    The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday the number of people affected by typhoon “Ruby” has hit the 2.096-million mark.

    NDRRMC said that 456,386 families or 2,096,562 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, 371,846 families or 1,699,041 people were evacuated.

    NDRRMC Executive Director Alexander Pama said there were 11 confirmed fatalities and 45 injured during the onslaught of the typhoon.

    He said three of the fatalities have been identified while the cause/s of death of the eight others are still being validated by the Department of Health (DOH).

    Pama said the three identified fatalities were Jimmy Cardente, 14, resident of Cebu who died of electrocution; Princess Abelgas, two-month-old baby girl from Barangay Pagbalican, Calbayog, Samar; and Sunny Recto, from Naval, Biliran, who died due to head wounds caused by falling debris.

    Pama also said the two fatalities earlier reported in Iloilo were not included in the death count because they died due to hypothermia which was not directly related to typhoon Ruby as per validation of DOH.

    Meanwhile, Pama said the agency could not yet release the post-disaster analysis since Ruby is still inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

    “I’m happy with the way the people showed their cooperation and the way our local government units and practically the stakeholders reacted, acted and even pre-acted on the preparations. If you look at the preparedness and the response, I will say that we are happy,” Pama told a press briefing held at the NDRRMC Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

    At least 1,523 passengers, 38 rolling cargoes, 379 vessels and two motor boats are still stranded in various ports of the country while 61 domestic flights and nine international flights have been cancelled due to bad weather.

    Power outages are reported in 20 provinces in six regions. Globe and Smart networks are currently down in some parts of Leyte and Eastern Samar, Pama said.

    The NDRRMC also said that three roads have been closed to traffic due to flooding, landslide and fallen trees in Regions 5 and 8. There were 16 flooded areas reported in the provinces of Quezon, Laguna and Marinduque.

    The total cost of government assistance for the affected families in Regions 5, 6, 7 and Caraga has reached overPhp60,738,467.10.

    Meanwhile, the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes in Region 5 and San Pablo City in Laguna have declared a state of calamity. PNA


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