Thursday , June 21, 2018

NDRRMC: Verification of Typhoon Nina casualties ongoing

THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Tuesday they are still verifying the death of at least six persons during the onslaught of Typhoon Nina (international name Nock-ten).

Despite earlier pronouncements of local government unit executives that there were already several casualties in their areas due to Typhoon Nina, NDRRMC spokesperson Romina Marasigan said there is still a need for them to verify to avoid giving wrong information to the public.

"Merong proseso na pinagdadaanan ang mga reports na ito para masiguro na tama ang impormasyon na nakukuha natin," Marasigan said, adding that the Department of Interior and Local Government is the one leading the casualty verification.

In its report, the NDRRMC said a total of 25,959 families were affected by Typhoon Nina in the areas of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas. 23,284 of which are still being catered at the evacuation centers.

Marasigan said the Department of Social Welfare and Development is already arranging the goods and services to be provided for the needs of the evacuees.

She said food packs and other relief goods are already on its way to the affected areas.

Marasigan said there are no more cases of stranded passengers in sea ports as sea travels were already allowed after the weather improved on Monday.

Pagasa has already lifted all cyclone warning signals for Typhoon Nina as it continues to weaken while moving outside of the Philippine area of Responsibility.

Marasigan said the Department of Public Works and Highways is conducting clearing operations in the 13 road sections and three bridges currently impassable due to fallen trees and debris. (Sunnex)