Thu. Dec 3rd, 2020
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Typhoon “Quinta” left in its wake at least 25,000 people displaced with about 20,000 sheltered in evacuation centers, the Office of Civil Defense said on Tuesday.

A report from the Associated Press estimated the number of displaced people at 120,000.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Quinta is expected to exit the Philpine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is monitoring another low pressure area that might enter PAR.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) placed the number of missing persons at 12 in Catanduanes and one in Batangas. In Quezon province, there was one reported case of drowning.

A seagoing vessel, the MV Oceanic Explorer, sank off Bauan in Batangas in early Monday morning with seven of its crew rescued, according to the Philippine Coast Guard. Eight of its other crew have yet to be accounted.

Oriental Mindoro, where Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 was declared due to Quinta, was among the hardest hit provinces, according to its governor.

 “Villagers are now asking to be rescued because of the sudden wind which blew away roofs,” Humerlito Dolor, governor of Oriental Mindoro province, told DZMM radio.

He added torrential rains swamped villages as strong winds fell down trees and power lines on Monday. Power was cut off in many areas in Occidental Mindoro.

“Many of them lost their roofs, their walls and ceilings,” he told DZMM radio.

AID ASSURED

The national government is ready to assist the families affected by Quinta, Malacañang said Monday.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who is currently in Davao City, has been monitoring the situation in areas affected by the typhoon, according to Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this assurance saying President Rodrigo Duterte’s top concern is Filipinos’ health and safety.

“Doon sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo, huwag po kayong mag-alala, darating na po ang tulong ninyo (To those affected by the typhoon, don’t worry, help is on the way),” he said in an interview over DZRH.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will be providing loans to farmers whose crops were affected by the typhoon, Roque said.

In a Palace press briefing, he said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has also prepared food packs and standby funds amounting to PHP890.59 million in its central and regional offices.

He reminded local government units to continue to enforce minimum health and safety standards in evacuation centers.

“Magkaroon na ng evacuation centers kung saan susundin ang minimum health standards kagaya ng pagsuot ng mask at ng face shields (Ensure that evacuation centers observe minimum health standards such as wearing of face masks and face shields),” he said. SOVEREIGNPH

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