Nearly 200,000 families affected by rains, floods

Posted at 08/07/12 10:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government is helping some 199, 485 families in 11 regions affected by monsoon rains.

Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo joined National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chief Benito Ramos at the operation center today to monitor government response to the relief work of government.

As of Soliman's latest update, 4,489 families with 20,792 persons are in 100 evacuation centers.

There are 1,043 damaged houses while there are
6,301 partly damaged houses.

Most of the houses that were totally damaged are in Regions 4a and b specifically the coastal areas of Quezon and Mindoro.

The government has spent P12.9 million in relief assistance, P6.1 million from the DSWD; P6.2 million from the local government units and 654,000 from NGOs.

The government is augmenting its assistance since Region 3 has already asked for more help. Police and Army personnel are repacking assistance packs.

DSWD has 6,000 relief packs in stock.
Soliman assured there is enough assistance for now but said donations of mats, blankets and easy-to-cook food are welcome.

People willing to donate or help repack may go to the National Resource Center of the DSWD and its central office in Batasan Road, Quezon City.