Cotabato City (December 23, 2017) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has allocated funds and is now extending various forms of assistance to individuals and families affected by floods and landslides caused by Tropical Storm Vinta.
Governor Mujiv Hataman said on Saturday that the ARMM’s Humanitarian and Emergency Action Response Team (HEART) Operation Center in Cotabato City is coordinating with local government units and disaster risk reduction management councils across the region, especially in Lanao del Sur, to assess the impact of the storm.
As of Saturday, the province of Lanao del Sur has reported the heaviest damage. ARMM officials are also closely monitoring the situation in Basilan because of continuous heavy rain in the province. So far, reports received from the remaining provinces of the region, specifically Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, have not been as alarming.
“Members and officials of the regional Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team have already been deployed,” Gov. Hataman said. Relief packs, he added, are now being distributed in areas affected by the heavy rains.
ARMM-HEART reported that as of 2 p.m. on Saturday (December 23), 12 towns in Lanao del Sur experienced heavy flooding and landslides. These are Wato, Balindong, Bubong, Madalum, Tugaya, Bacolod Kalawi, Madamba, Tamparan, Piagapo, Calanogas, Maguing, Poona Bayabao and Ditsaan Ramain.
The number of reported deaths and missing residents, subject to validation by the Department of Health-ARMM, are as follows:
- Piagapo: 10 deaths;
- Bacolod Kalawi: 2 deaths, 1 missing;
- Madalum: 4 deaths, 1 missing;
- Tamparan: 1 death;
- Tugaya: 2 deaths; and
- Wato Balindong: 2 deaths.
In Poona Bayabao, 25 barangays were inundated, three of these barangays reported heavy damage to properties. The town’s provincial road remains impassable as of Saturday morning. Torrential rains triggered landslides in the towns of Tugaya, Bacolod-Kalawi, and Madalum also resulting in closure of roads. In Madalum, mounds of earth and debris covered about 200 meters of the road.
“Challenging ang pagpasok sa Madalum for rescue and relief operations. Kailangan pa natin ng road clearance,” Gov. Hataman said.
Since Friday night, the Department of Public Works and Highways-ARMM and Region 10 and the district engineering offices in Lanao del Sur are now clearing up the roads and bridges affected by the floods and landslides with support from the 6th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.
“Isang probinsiya lang sa rehiyon ang pinaka apektado ng bagyong Vinta, pero hindi natin sila dapat pabayaan lalo pa’t katatapos lang ng Marawi siege,” Gov. Hataman added.
SOURCE: (Bureau of Public Information)
December 23, 2017 @ 15:30