12 January 2011 Manila: Damage due to rains, floods near P900M

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12 January 2011 Manila: Philippine floods kill 40

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Comment by bill on January 12, 2011 at 10:52am

 Earthquakes in Philippines MTD Jan-11


(PST)                         ( °N )        ( °E )      ( km )      ( Ms )

12 Jan 2011 - 11:28 AM         13.47      121.40        032.0       2.4         26 km N 76° E of Calapan (Oriental Mindoro)
11 Jan 2011 - 02:31 PM         19.09      121.18        018.0       2.1         09 km N 80° W of alupiri Island (Babuyan Island Group)
11 Jan 2011 - 05:43 AM         11.05      122.24        035.0       1.3         50 km N 47° E of San Jose de Buenavista (Antique)
11 Jan 2011 - 05:40 AM         11.05      122.25        036.0       1.6         49 km N 48° E of San Jose de Buenavista (Antique)
11 Jan 2011 - 01:40 AM         09.68      126.18        012.0       3.0         66 km S 3° W of Tandag (Surigao del Sur)
10 Jan  2011 - 02:55 AM         07.78      126.82        067.0       3.6         116 km N 36° E of Mati (Davao Oriental)
09 Jan  2011 - 03:38 AM         08.84      127.25        021.0       3.4         118 km S 76° E of Tandag (Surigao del Sur)
09 Jan  2011 - 03:33 AM         13.68      120.54        106.0       2.6         051 km N 07° W of Mamburao (Occ. Mindoro)
09 Jan  2011 - 03:22 AM         09.01      127.49        015.0       3.8         141 km S 86° E of Tandag (Surigao del Sur)
09 Jan  2011 - 02:30 AM         10.20      126.74        015.0       3.6         137 km N 25° E of Tandag (Surigao del Sur)
09 Jan  2011 - 01:31 AM         11.32      126.68        140.0       4.6         143 km S 77° E of Borongan (Eastern Samar)
09 Jan  2011 - 01:21 AM         06.55      127.41        008.0       4.0         139 km S 72° E of Mati (Davao Oriental)
09 Jan  2011 - 12:30 AM         18.10      119.89        023.0       3.8         80 km N 43° W of Vigan (Ilocos Sur)
08 Jan  2011 - 05:32 PM         10.17      126.52        013.0       3.4         123 km N 69° E of Surigao City
08 Jan  2011 - 01:01 AM         11.04      126.60        031.0       4.4         97 km N 89° E of Guiuan (Eastern Samar)
07 Jan  2011 - 09:05 PM         06.56      126.46        027.0       3.5         50 km S 33° E of Mati (Davao Oriental)
06 Jan  2011 - 11:26 PM         10.94      126.66        012.0       4.7         103 km S 84° E of Guiuan (Eastern Samar)
04 Jan  2011 - 02:51 PM         12.13      122.11        010.0       3.5         053 km S 19° W of Romblon (Romblon)
04 Jan  2011 - 06:19 AM         18.60      120.82        004.0       3.2         051 km N 30° E of Laoag City (Ilocos Norte)
03 Jan  2011 - 07:31 AM         17.24      119.93        003.0       4.1         065 km S 55° W of Vigan (Ilocos Sur)
03 Jan  2011 - 06:21 AM         19.84      121.72        069.0       2.8         072 km S 22° W of Basco (Batanes)
02 Jan  2011 - 02:38 PM         10.32      122.70        014.0       4.0         028 km S 31° W of Bago City (Negros Occ.)
01 Jan  2011 - 07:40 AM         11.35      124.62        003.0       4.4         009 km N 52° W of Capoocan (Leyte)

Comment by bill on January 12, 2011 at 10:47am

 12 January 2011 Manila: Damage due to rains, floods near P900M


MANILA -- The rains that battered 23 provinces in nearly two weeks damaged P900 million worth of properties and crops as the state weather bureau warned of more rainy days ahead in the eastern part of the country.


Eastern Samar also joined the list of areas under state of calamity after it reported six fatalities, while the provincial government asked residents in 25 villages to remain in evacuation centers until the water level in rivers subside.


In its Wednesday bulletin, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said damage to rains and floods has reached P898.26 million, which includes P286.77 million losses to agriculture, P593.49 million to infrastructure and P20.99 million to private properties.


Seven more people were added in the death toll, raising the number of fatalities to 40. As of this posting, the agency recorded eight injured while seven are still missing.


The massive flooding likewise sidelined 248,223 families or 1,294,039 people in the regions of Bicol, Central Visayas, Eastern Samar, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, Davao, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

Comment by bill on January 12, 2011 at 10:36am

12 January 2011 Negros: Heavy Flooding Affects 4000 Families in Nor...


NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Jan. 12 (PIA) -- About 4,000 families were affected from flooding after a day’s heavy downpour, a local TV station reported here.


Malugo River in Silay City overflowed causing heavy traffic that stranded about 200 vehicles mostly trucks loaded with sugarcane.


In the municipality of EB Magalona about 1,300 families were affected with 34 families from Brgy. San Jose evacuated to safe grounds.


The City Social Welfare and Development Office of Victories City reported of 3,287 persons affected as families were evacuated to churches and barangay halls to flee from the flood.


Eighteen out of 28 barangays in the city were affected by the flood.


Provincial social welfare officer Liane Garcia appealed to residents living on low lying areas to evacuate early to prevent loss to property and lives especially to children and the elderly.


He urged everyone to prepare food, flashlights, water, jackets, blankets and other important items for evacuation when they sense danger from rain and other calamities.


Provincial disaster management team chief Vicran Defante alerted rescue volunteers and respondents to be ready for distress calls anytime and asked for more Negrenses to offer their services by joining rescue groups.


He said Negrense families should be ready all the time and appealed for unity and cooperation during times of calamities. (PIA-LOL)

Comment by bill on January 12, 2011 at 10:04am

12 January 2011 Manila: Philippine floods kill 40



Seven more deaths in heavy flooding in the Philippines have brought the toll from a fortnight of heavy rains to 40.

Disaster officials said that more than one million people have been affected by heavy monsoon rains across the country.

The latest deaths occurred when flash floods hit Samar Island on Tuesday.

The government has estimated the cost of the damage at more than $20m (£12.8m); new heavy downpours are due over Bicol and the Eastern Visayas.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said many more people were missing after being swept away by floods or buried by landslides.

Their latest bulletin said that soldiers and government personnel were evacuating more people in Samar and nearby Leyte island.

Two six-year-old children, and one nine-year-old were among the victims of the Samar flash floods.

Floods overflowed bridges, damaged hundreds of homes, wrecked communication lines and blocked highways.

The disaster council bulletin said that the rains - which became heavy at the start of the year - have affected 1.29 million people across 144 towns.

It said a total of 338,000 people had fled their homes or are receiving government food aid since then; many have since gone home.

About 25,000 people are currently in evacuation centres, officials said, mostly in the Albay province of the central Bicol region.

The affected regions run from Southern Luzon, Bicol, Central and Eastern Visayas and Caraga to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in the south

Comment by bill on January 11, 2011 at 7:59am

11 January 2011 Manila: Floods from 2 weeks of rains affect 1.2M pe...


The floods and landslides caused by more than two weeks of heavy rains have affected at least 1.2 million people in parts of Bicol, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday the floods have affected 235,867 families (or 1,230,022 people) from 23 provinces.

In its 6:00 a.m. update, the NDRRMC said the affected regions include Southern Luzon, Bicol, Central and Eastern Visayas, Regions 10 and 11, Caraga, and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Of those affected, the Caraga region in Mindanao had the most number of affected people with 112,096 families (or 601,804 people), followed by Eastern Visayas with 54,179 families (or 275,115 people), and Bicol with 38,272 families (or 196,029 people).

At least 59,949 families (or 303,544 people) had been served inside and outside evacuation centers.

Some 5,256 families (or 25,016 people) are still staying in 90 evacuation centers.

In Albay (Bicol), 25 evacuation centers are serving 2,032 families (or 10,272 people) in Daraga, Malilipot, Manito, Sto. Domingo, Bacacay and Camalig.

In Eastern Visayas, 47 evacuation centers are helping 1,827 families (or 9,114 people) in Borongan and Maslog in Eastern Samar; and Bontoc, St. Bernard and Sogod in Southern Leyte.

The death toll remained at 33, with eight injured and seven still missing.

At least 176 houses were completely destroyed and 292 others were partially damaged.

The damage to property was estimated at P876.210 million:

  • P282.842 million damage to agriculture and
  • P593.337 million damage to infrastructure.

    Floods threaten Bicol, Eastern Visayas anew

    Flash floods and landslides loom anew over Bicol and Eastern Visayas due to the diffused tail-end of a cold front, state weather forecasters warned on Tuesday.

    The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) also said the northeast monsoon still prevails over Northern and Central Luzon.

    "Southern Luzon and Visayas will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming cloudy with widespread rains over Bicol region, including Quezon province and Eastern Visayas, which may trigger flash floods and landslides," it said in its 5:00 a.m. bulletin.

    PAGASA said the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains.

    Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms, it added.

    PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon, Visayas and Eastern Mindanao and coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

    Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas.

    Albay residents get free treatment

    The residents evacuated from their homes in Albay province will get free medical treatment at a major government hospital there while they are still staying in evacuation centers.

    The NDRRMC said on Monday the free treatment will be given by the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Legazpi City.

    “All bonafide evacuees shall be treated for free at the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) during their stay at the evacuation center. The same No Excess or No Cash Out Policy shall be enforced at the provincial hospitals," the NDRRMC said in its 6:00 p.m. update on Monday.

    Albay Governor Jose Salceda had ordered the preemptive evacuation of residents in flood- and landslide-prone areas in his province. – VVP, GMANews.TV
Comment by bill on January 10, 2011 at 10:42am

10 January 2011 Bicol: Phivolcs: 8 volcanic quakes recorded at Bulusan


At least eight volcanic quakes were recorded Sunday around restive Bulusan Volcano in the Bicol Region, prompting state volcanologists to remind residents to stay away from its danger zone.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology also said no lahar event was observed in the last 24 hours.

"The seismic network at Bulusan Volcano recorded eight volcanic earthquakes during the past 24-hour observation period. Visual observation of the crater and known thermal vents was not possible due to thick clouds covering the summit. No lahar event was observed," Phivolcs said on its website Monday.

It maintained that Bulusan's status remains at Alert Level 1, meaning no entry to the 4-km Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strongly advised.

Phivolcs maintained the permanent danger zone remains at risk to sudden steam and ash explosions.

It also reminded people living near valleys and river/stream channels to be vigilant against sediment-laden stream flows and lahars in the event of heavy and prolonged rainfall.

Taal, Mayon watch

Meanwhile, at least 13 volcanic quakes were recorded at Taal Volcano in Batangas while two were recorded at Mayon Volcano in Bicol also on Sunday, state volcanologists said.

Radio dzBB's Carlo Mateo reported the activity prompted Phivolcs to remind residents to keep away from the volcanoes.

The report cited Phivolcs data indicating 13 volcanic quakes were recorded around Taal and two around Mayon in the last 24 hours, showing the volcanos still pose a threat to residents.

Phivolcs director Renato Solidum Jr. appealed to residents and tourists not to venture into the two volcanos' permanent danger zones.

Both volcanos are under Alert Level 1, meaning no one can venture into their permanent danger zones.

Earlier, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) noted nine quakes were recorded at Taal while one quake and one rockfall were recorded at Mayon on Dec. 26. — RSJ, GMANews.TV


Link: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/210170/phivolcs-8-volcanic-quakes-recor...



Comment by bill on January 10, 2011 at 10:38am

10 January 2011 Mindanao: Phivolcs: Magnitude-3.6 quake hits Davao Oriental


A magnitude-3.6 quake rocked the Davao Oriental area in Mindanao before dawn Monday but there was no initial report of damage or casualties.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake was recorded at 2:55 a.m. and was tectonic in origin.

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the epicenter of the quake was traced to 116 km northeast of Mati, Davao Oriental.

However, it did not immediately specify the areas where the quake was felt.

No aftershock was expected from the quake, Phivolcs said. — RSJ, GMANews. TV


Link: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/210176/phivolcs-magnitude-36-quake-hits...



Comment by bill on January 10, 2011 at 10:32am

10 January 2011 Bicol: CamSur eyes preemptive evacuation - 1,120,685 people have been affected by the flood so far


In the wake of floods and landslides that have hit the Bicol Region, officials in Camarines Sur are planning a possible preemptive evacuation of families in 26 towns.

On Monday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the province's disaster management officials are anticipating more floods and landslides there.

"No fishing activity (is allowed) in Siruma (town) and no land transportation (was possible there) since Wednesday due to heavy rains. Food packs were delivered (there) for distribution to affected families," the NDRRMC said in its 6 a.m. Monday update.

It identified the towns where possible preemptive evacuation operations may take place as Baao, Balatan, Buhi, Bula, Iriga City, Libmanan, Lupi, Minalabac, Pamplona, San Fernando, Sipocot, Sangay, Caramoan, Lagonoy, Garchetorena, Presentacion, Bato, Canaman, Milaor, Naga City Nabua, Pili, Ragay, San Fernado, Siruma and Tinambac.

At least 2,000 food packs had been prepared for distribution and 2,000 sacks of rice stockpiled in Siruma town.

But in Sorsogon, all family evacuees had decamped and returned to their homes, and all evacuation centers have been closed.

In Albay, 22 evacuation centers remained open and are serving 1,371 families or 6,016 people in Daraga, Malilipot, Manito and Sto. Domingo towns, and Legazpi City.

Health authorities in Bicol intensified their dissemination of health advisories on water sanitation, leptospirosis and household water disinfection in evacuation centers.

Meanwhile, the NDRRMC's 6 a.m. update said the floods had affected 213,264 families or 1,120,685 people in 1,073 villages in 124 towns and 10 cities in 21 provinces.

Some 4,200 families or 17,584 people are still staying in 71 evacuation centers.

The death toll remained at 33, with eight injured and seven missing.

Damage to property was estimated at P752.271 million, including P158.902 million in agriculture and P593.337 million in infrastructure.

In Eastern Visayas, San Jose de Buan town in Western Samar is not accessible by land due to landslide and damaged bridges.

But floodwaters in Oras, Dolores, Can-avid and Taft and in Maslog and Jipapad, Eastern Samar have already subsided. — RSJ, GMANews.TV


Link: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/210177/ndrrmc-camsur-eyes-preemptive-ev...



Comment by bill on January 10, 2011 at 10:09am

9 January 2011 Eastern Samar: Flooded E. Samar towns need help - flood water is reaching as deep as 12 feet


TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – Officials from Maslog and Jipapad towns, both in Eastern Samar, are calling for assistance as flood waters reaching as deep as 12 feet have isolated their towns from the rest of the province, stranding hundreds of families.

Jipapad Mayor Delia Monleon said in a phone interview on Sunday that all the 13 barangays in her town were flooded, with the four villages at the center of the town under 12 feet of water.

“We are in dire need of assistance. Our entire town is flooded since Friday with flood waters reaching as deep as 12 feet. Some of my people are staying at the top of their houses to avoid being swept by the flood waters,” Monleon said.

In Maslog, all its 12 villages are also flooded because of days of nonstop rain, the town’s local operation officer, Kenneth Balase, said in a text message on Saturday.


Balase said over 800 families took shelter in a military camp and at a multipurpose farmers’ training center at the town proper.

Others chose to evacuate to hilly areas within the town center, he added.

“Our transportation is paralyzed due to the high water … only roofs of some of the houses could be seen. We need assistance from outside,” Balase said.

Jipapad and Maslog are adjoining low-lying towns on Eastern Samar’s border with Northern Samar. The two towns are separated by a river from the provincial capital Borongan and could only be reached by boat, said Monleon.

In Jipapad, families have been abandoning their houses since Friday to find safer grounds. And most of them are now staying at the town’s church and at the municipal hall, said Monleon.

The mayor said her house is located in a slightly elevated area but the water has now entered the ground floor of her two-story house.

But she said her main concern was how to provide food assistance to the affected families.

Around 1,967 families or 9,835 persons in Jipapad have been displaced due to the flooding, she said.

Monleon said their P500,000 calamity fund for the year has been consumed.

The provincial government headed by Gov. Conrado Nicart has sent P200,000 as assistance, which she said the municipal government would use to buy relief goods for the displaced families.

In Catanduanes, one of five fishermen reported missing since Thursday had been rescued on Sunday morning and said his four other companions were still out in the seas alive waiting to be rescued.

Bobby Monterola, officer of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Catanduanes said Joselito Soledad was holding on to a rubber tire when rescued at around 9:30 a.m. by another fisherman, Jose Camacho, in the vicinity of the northern town of Pandan.

Soledad, who was undergoing treatment at the Pandan District Hospital, told disaster officials they were left afloat in the Pacific Ocean for several days without food and only rain water to drink, Monterola added.

His four other companions—Ranie Villar, Ricky Villar, Joseph Soledad and Jerry Soledad were still scattered in the vast sea awaiting rescue. The five fishermen were all from Panganiban town.

In Albay, 12,344 families or 59,526 persons affected by landslides, lahar and floodings in 10 municipalities and two cities remained in evacuation centers as of Sunday, said the Albay Provincial Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo)

Seventy landslides were reported in Manito town due to continuous heavy rains in Albay in the past 17 days, data from the Apsemo showed.

“The landslide and flood advance monitoring team composed of the Apsemo, Mines and Geoscience Bureau, and provincial and municipal engineering personnel are now conducting validation on landslide occurrences provincewide,” Gov. Joey Salceda said during the meeting of the PDRRMC on Sunday morning.

He said all residents in areas with historical record of landslide, flood and lahar were advised to be extra vigilant and prepare for evacuation once advised by the local DRRMCs.

Children are not allowed to play outdoor, especially near flood areas and river systems while motorists are advised not to pass flooded roads and report to nearby authorities the occurrence of flooding in thoroughfares, he added.

Cedric Daep, head of Apsemo, said some of the evacuees were allowed to return home after rains temporarily stopped on Sunday but were instructed to be vigilant and immediately return to their designated evacuation camps when the rains resume.

On Friday, Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte alerted municipal disaster officials in 24 towns and two cities in the province against flash floods and landslides due to heavy downpour after the weather bureau warned of more rains in January and February.

Relief operations by the Army, Air Force and Navy have been going on Manito, Sto. Domingo, Malilipot and Bacacay.

The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office said the prolonged rains had economically displaced 21,154 households and the demand for food assistance had been escalating.

Salceda cited the rocketing demand for food assistance from Libon and Oas where even those not evacuated were demanding food because they could not work in their farms and earn a living because of the rains.

He said he had requested President Aquino, through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), for augmentation funds to sustain the relief assistance to the evacuees.

Water sources

In Bacacay, Albay, municipal DRRMC action officer Emma B. Gomez reported that some barangays, especially on Cagraray Island, did not have clean water sources.

“The water beds, which serve as their primary sources of drinking water, have been contaminated by mud due to landslides in the area,” Gomez said.

She added that the residents of these barangays badly needed potable drinking water to avoid a spread of water-related illnesses.

Based on the latest record of the municipal DRRMC, there are 529 affected families from the 16 barangays. Around 50 percent of this number is from Cagraray Island. Joey A. Gabieta, Inquirer Visayas; Rey M. Nasol, Juan Escandor Jr., Mar Arguelles, and Maricar Brizuela, with a report from Shiena Barrameda, Inquirer Southern Luzon


Link: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/2011010...



Comment by bill on January 9, 2011 at 1:15pm

8 January 2011 Manila: Floods, landslides kill 34 in Philippines with nearly 900,000 people affected in 22 provinces 


At least 34 people were killed and nine were missing in weeks of rains that have triggered floods and landslides in the Philippines, a government agency said Saturday.

The Office of Civil Defence said the latest fatality was a Chinese national who was hit in the head by a rock during a landslide late Friday in Hagonoy town in the eastern province of Camarines Sur, 300 km southeast of Manila.

The victim, identified as Chen Te Hao, was a consultant of a mining firm in the area. Most of the other deaths were reported in the flooded provinces of Agusan and Surigao.

Navy Lieutenant Darwin Nieva, a regional spokesman for the Civil Defence Office, said among the missing were five fishermen who did not return after going to sea before dawn Thursday in nearby Catanduanes province.

"The fishermen were expected to return home early Friday, but they never came back," he said.

Nieva said coast guard and navy vessels have started search and rescue operations.  The agency said nearly 900,000 people in 22 provinces were displaced by the bad weather battering the eastern and southern Philippines since Dec 21. The weather bureau said the rains would continue through the weekend


Link: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/127391/floods-landslides-kill-3...



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