NDRRMC Response Cluster Meets on the Effects of Habagat

QUEZON CITY, Aug 12 — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Response Cluster convenes to discuss the continuous response efforts for Habagat-affected communities.

Vice-Chair for Response and Acting Secretary for Social Welfare and Development Virginia N Orogo chaired the meeting attended by representatives of the Response Cluster member-agencies namely: DILG, DOST-PAGASA, DepEd, DOH, OCD, AFP, BFP, PNP, and PCG. Likewise, Regional DRRM Councils I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and CAR joined the meeting via videoconference.

Southwest monsoon continues to prevail over Luzon and Visayas. According to PAGASA, TS Yagi (I N) will continue to enhance the Habagat and will bring scattered to widespread rains across the western sections of Luzon until Monday, 13 August 2018.

Tonight, moderate to heavy rains are expected across Metro Manila, Provinces of Cavite, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, and the Regions of Ilocos and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Occasionally moderate to heavy rains over the rest of CALABARZON, Central Luzon and Occidental Mindoro will be experienced.

On Monday, moderate to heavy rains are forecasted across Ilocos Region and CAR, and the Provinces of Bataan and Zambales. Meanwhile, occasionally moderate to heavy rains across Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac and Occidental Mindoro is expected.

The NDRRM Operations Center has raised alert status to RED at 8am today. Subsequently, the Response Cluster was activated to closely monitor relief efforts and assistance to affected communities.

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Based on latest reports, a total of 88,131 families/382,996 persons from Regions I, III, CALABARZON, VI, CAR and NCR were displaced due to enhanced Habagat. Relief operations continue in affected areas through the DSWD as the cluster lead for Food and Non-Food Items and Camp Coordination and Camp Management.

Also, medicines and other medical supplies and equipment are being dispensed in various evacuation centers and other affected areas through the DOH. DepEd is closely monitoring the school facilities affected and those used as evacuation centers.

Rapid Emergency Telecommunication Teams (RETT) also facilitated the coordination of response efforts in various affected areas.

To date, more than Php105 million cost of assistance has been provided to the affected population.

With the countinuous rains expected to be experienced until tomorrow, residents in flood-prone and low-lying areas are advised to heed the call of their local government units regarding pre-emptive evacuation.

The public is strongly encouraged to take necessary precautions. Likewise, everyone is advised to be mindful of Emergency Alerts and Warning Messages, and monitor weather updates through TV, radio and Social Media. (NDRRMC)

Source: PIA Feed