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Mayon unrest displaces nearly 10K families — NDRRMC

MANILA — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Friday(June 16) that some 9,947 families so far were affected by the ongoing unrest of Mayon Volcano in the Bicol Region (Region 5).

The number is equivalent to 38,391 persons residing in 26 barangays in Region 5.

Of this figure, the NDRRMC said 5,125 families or 18,584 individuals are sheltering in 27 evacuation centers while the remainder are being aided outside, or being sheltered by relatives and friends.

The numbers are still subject to change as validations are ongoing.

The assistance extended to Region 5 now amounted to PHP57,639,282.85 and these consists of assorted items like distilled water in six-liter bottles, family food packs, family kits, family tents, hygiene kits, laminated sacks, “malongs”, modular tents, rice, sleeping bags and tarpaulins.

Earlier, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) announced that it has extended additional assistance to the provincial government of Albay, providing 3,200 sacks of rice and other relief items for the communities affected by the ongoing unrest of Mayon Volcano.

Albay Governor Edcel Lagman earlier received the supplies from Defense Secretary and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Chairperson Gilberto Teodoro Jr. and OCD administrator and NDRRMC executive director, Undersecretary Ariel Nepomuceno.

OCD previously sent tarpaulin rolls, N-95 face masks, family food packs, hygiene kits, pelican cases, portable water filtration unit, and a water filtration truck to Albay to assist the residents in the affected areas.

From the previous PHP9.2 million cost of assistance, the overall worth of assistance provided by the agency is now at PHP13.6 million.

Teodoro emphasized the need for strengthened cooperation and coordination among government agencies to respond more effectively to the situation.

He also commended the smooth coordination between the province of Albay and national government agencies as facilitated by OCD-Bicol regional office.

Source: PNA

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