More relief aid reach VisMin flood victims PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 October 2013 11:45

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to assist the victims of flooding due to heavy rains brought by the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) which occurred on October 5-8, 2013 in Visayas and Mindanao.

To date, some P5.54 million worth of relief assistance from the combined resources of DSWD (P2.64 million), Local Government Units (P2.31 million), and other groups (P581,370.00) were provided to the affected families.

As of 12 noon on October 12, a total of 55,625 families composed of 263,461 persons from the following provinces: Basilan, Maguindanao and Sulu (ARMM); Negros Occidental and Antique (Region VI); Cebu and Negros Oriental (Region VII); Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga City (Region IX);  Malaybalay and Bukidnon (Region X); and Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato (Region XII).

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, some 46 evacuation centers remain open providing temporary shelter to 6,325 families or 28,748 persons. The evacuees are provided with family food packs and hot meals. On the other hand, the 21,026 families or 94,800 persons outside the evacuation centers are also being provided with relief assistance.

Meanwhile, all evacuation centers in Central Visayas region were already closed with the evacuees returning to their places of origin in the Municipality of Basay, Negros Oriental.

About P124.08 million worth of emergency relief resources are prepositioned by the Department ready to be distributed to affected LGUs when necessary.