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PR TYUrsula 12272019

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) convened its Response Cluster on Thursday afternoon to coordinate the ongoing relief efforts in areas pummeled by Typhoon Ursula.

Since its landfall on Tuesday afternoon, TY Ursula has affected various areas in Regions VI, VII, and VIII.

As part of preparedness measures, the NDRRMC had earlier preemptively evacuated a total of 12,364 families or 58,400 individuals. As of 6:00 a.m. today, 12,131 families or 43,850 individuals are being served inside evacuation centers, while 1,218 families or 5,578 individuals are being served outside ECs. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other response agencies assisted in the evacuation of affected families and disaster relief operations.

Efforts to continuously provide aid to the victims are being done, with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) coordinating the response and relief efforts.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development augmented 4,000 family food packs (FFPs) to the province of Sorsogon and distributed relief items to stranded passengers in the Cebu City Sports Complex. DSWD Field Office VIII also released 470 FFPs to the LGU of Babatngon, 500 FFPs to Tacloban City, and 500 FFPs to Calbiga.

Even prior to landfall, DSWD had already prepositioned 259,975 family food packs (FFPs) across 17 field offices in Regions VI, VII, and VIII and nearby areas to be affected. Non-food relief items amounting to Php 612 million had also been stored in field offices.

DSWD continues to monitor concerns for the provision of appropriate interventions in all evacuation centers and affected communities.

The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Bansud, Victoria and Pola, Oriental Mindoro reported having prepositioned food packs. In Cebu, PDRRMC facilitated the transportation of 2,800 food packs from DSWD VII that were distributed to Daan bantayan. Other regional DRRMCs are also providing relief assistance in their respective localities.

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture had prepositioned buffer stocks of rice and corn seeds.

The Department of Health is continuously coordinating with Local Government Units (LGUs), health partners, and stakeholders to deliver the needed health assistance including medical consultations and distribution of basic medicines. DOH had prepositioned a total of PHP34,239,565.18 logistics amount for provinces to be affected. Oriental Mindoro Provincial DOH Office and City Health Office of Calapan also provided Health and Water and Sanitation Hygiene services to affected areas.DOH VII distributed medicines and emergency supplies and provided Aquatabs to Provincial Health Offices.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) assisted in the conduct of Search and Rescue operations. Quick Response Teams were also alerted by NDRRMC to be on stand-by for possible augmentation to disaster affected areas. Under the Law and Order Cluster, security measures were also implemented in evacuation centers as Philippine National Police deployed personnel to secure the areas.

Furthermore, the Department of Information and Communications Technology iscurrently working on the restoration of telecommunication services in the affected areas which experienced service interruption.

Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDNA) are underway in Regions VI, VII, and VIII.On Friday morning, OCD Regional Director and Chairperson, RDRRMC VII conducted aerial survey to further assess the effect of Typhoon Ursula in Malapacua, Daanbantayan. OCD had coordinated as well with the AFP to facilitate the availability of air assets for Aerial Survey in Regions VIII and VI.

Per initial reports, Typhoon Ursula left at least 28 people dead, two injured, and 12 missing in Regions VI, VII, and VIII.

Power outage was experienced in 147 cities and municipalities, 31 of which were already restored.

Ursula also had left 55 schools partially damaged in Regions MIMAROPA, V, VI, and VIII and five government facilities in Daram, Samar. It also damaged 2,073 houses in Regions VI and VIII and affected 19 roads, three of which are still not passable and under clearing operations.

Typhoon Ursula is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday morning, PAGASA said.