NDRRMC: 56 killed, 83 injured due to Agaton

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Friday, January 24, 2014

MANILA -- After almost two weeks of non-stop rain in the Mindanao region, 56 were reported killed while almost 40,000 families were displaced, said the government’s disaster council on Friday morning.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that Tropical Depression Agaton has injured 83 individuals, while 10 remained missing.

From a total of 240,521 families affected, around 37,415 fled from their homes and temporarily stayed in evacuation centers.

The weather disturbance, which stayed in the region for almost two weeks, caused 16 landslides, six flashfloods and two maritime incidents in several provinces in Mindanao.

However, to be able to address the growing needs of the affected population, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DPWH), together with the Department of Health (DOH) and local government units (LGUs), distributed some relief goods worth more than P60 million.

According to NDRRMC, the total damage to infrastructure and agriculture has already gone up to P383 million.

On January 10, the low pressure area entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility, producing non-stop rain in the Mindanao region. Agaton brought heavy downpour and weakened after a couple of days and went back to being LPA, which dissipated after two days. (Sunnex)

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