Monday, 4 May 2009

Philippines' NDCC to release 4,100 sacks of rice to typhoon-stricken Bicol region

http://www.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2000393&Itemid=2

The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) is releasing 4,100 sacks of rice to the five provinces of the Bicol region which have been ravaged by floods triggered by Typhoon “Dante.”

Of the 4,100 sacks, 1,000 sacks each will be released to the provinces of Catanduanes, Sorsogon and Camarines Norte; 750 sacks to Albay; while 350 sacks will be given to Camarines Sur.

To augment the relief efforts of local government units (LGUs), the NDCC will mobilize national government agencies (NGAs), through the Region V offices of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), to assist the LGUs.

Deputy presidential spokesman Anthony Golez told Radio ng Bayan this afternoon (May 3, Sunday) that at least eight people have died, 15 missing, and more than 2,000 have been affected by the calamity in the Bicol region alone.

“Iyong sa Region 5, ang naapektuhan diyan umabot ng 2,082 -- a total of 25 barangays sa Region 5 ang naapektuhan,” said Golez.

He called on buses plying the Matnog-Sorsogon route to suspend their operation because some sections of the highway linking the two points remain flooded.

Radio reports said that thousands of commuters were stranded in Matnog because of the typhoon.

“So, ang lahat ng mga sasakyan napapahinto doon sa highway na iyan at pag na-strand sila dyan, kawawa naman dahil walang restaurant,walang tulugan, walang comfort room.

So, kahapon pa namin sinasabi sa mga bus na rumuruta papuntang Sorsogon na huwag munang lumarga o magpasada dahil kawawa lang ang pasahero pagdating doon sa highway na papuntang Sorsogon, iyong mga nangagaling ng Matnog. So, nananawagan po ulit kami,” Golez said.

He said that Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro has instructed government agencies involved in disaster and relief operations to coordinate their activities with the LGUs in the disaster areas.

Among the agencies helping out in the relief operations in the region are the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Social welfare and Development (DSWD), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the OCD.

OCD-5 regional director Raffy Alejandro said that Albay has declared a state of calamity. The number of evacuees in seven towns and two Albay cities ravaged by the typhoon was placed at roughly 20,000.

In Sorsogon, latest reports said nine persons have died while 15 remain missing after a landslide hit Mubo in Magallanes town. Two others died in the flash floods in Camarines Norte, while one was electrocuted in Camarines Sur. (PND)

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