25 dead in ‘Christmas floods’ overflow — NDRRMC

The death toll from floods and landslides caused by the “shear line” this Christmas weekend in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao continues to rise — while more people are reported missing.

“A total of 25 dead, 9 injured, and 26 missing persons were reported,” said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in a report, Wednesday.

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Despite this, only three of the deceased have been confirmed while 22 others are still “for validation.”

The above are among the 393,069 ravaged by the inclement weather:

evacuate to evacuation centers (81,443)
outside evacuation centers (65,643)

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The affected regions include the following:

  • MIMAROPA
  • Bicol Region
  • Western Visayas
  • Central Visayas
  • Eastern Visayas
  • Zamboanga Peninsula
  • Northern Mindanao
  • Davao Region
  • CARAGA
  • Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

The amount of damages in the agricultural sector reached more than P63.87 million, which affected 2,003 farmers and fishermen.

25 dead in ‘Christmas floods’ overflow — NDRRMC

“The estimated cost of damage to infrastructure amounting to Php 20,870,000 was reported in MIMAROPA, Region 5, Region 10, CARAGA,” the NDRRMC added earlier.

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Power has been restored in 43 of the 63 cities and towns that lost electricity. Three of the six regions that experienced water outages now have their service fully restored.

At the time of the occurrence, at least eleven ports were unable to accept cargo or passengers. There were 765 people on board, as well as 13 trailers full of cargo and a ship.

Meanwhile, 67 work and school days have been canceled because of the storm.

The NDRRMC has declared disaster areas in the municipalities of Gingoog, Oriental, and Llorente, Eastern Samar.

In addition to the 1,196 houses that were damaged by the rains, 909 were partially damaged, while 287 were completely destroyed.

P6.68 million worth of aid has already been delivered to the affected families, including family food packs, canned goods, hygiene kits, blankets, and financial assistance.

Malacañang first said that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. continues to monitor the incident while meeting with officials when it comes to delivering immediate assistance to the aforementioned.

Meanwhile, PAGASA forecasts that rain will fall in the islands of Palawan, Visayas, the Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and the Davao Region on Wednesday due to a low-pressure region located east of Surigao del Sur.

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