132,000 families seek shelter from 'Glenda'

Posted at 07/16/14 12:48 PM

MANILA - Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman on Wednesday said 132,000 families have taken shelter in evacuation centers all over the country due to Typhoon Glenda (international codename Rammasun).

Soliman said the evacuees are taking refuge in shelters scattered across the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development is attending to the needs of more than 338,000 individuals.

Soliman said more than 300 homes have been either totally or partially damaged.

She said the department has already prepositioned relief goods for distribution to affected areas.

For areas previously hit by Typhoon Yolanda, Soliman said her agency is working with local officials to move evacuees to transitional shelters as quickly as possible so that they do not need to move back into tents.

Rammasun, which is Thai for "God of Thunder", was forecast to move out into the South China Sea on Wednesday afternoon, then track towards southern China, according to the national weather service.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 major storms a year, many of them deadly. The Southeast Asian archipelago is often the first major landmass to be struck after storms build above the warm Pacific Ocean waters.

In November Super Typhoon Yolanda (international codename Haiyan) unleashed seven-meter (23-foot) high storm surges that devastated Samar and neighboring Leyte island, killing up to 7,300 people in one of the nation's worst natural disasters.

Glenda was the first typhoon to make landfall since this year's rainy season began in June. With Agence France-Presse