BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
MDNN NATIONAL – The national office of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has tallied a total 29 persons to have died in flood-hit areas in the country during the aftermath of the shear line-driven storm, reports reaching MDNN National said.
Of the 29 fatalities, the highest number of casualties was recorded in Misamis Occidental with 18 people dead, while other casualties were also recorded in the Bicol Region with 6 fatalities; 3 in Region 8; and 2 in Region 9.
In a progress report made by the Office of Civil Defense – RDRRMC Operations Center based in Cagayan de Oro City and furnished to MDNN by Regine James, Operations Center Duty Personnel – the identities of those who died in Misamis Occidental were already known, and they were: Fe Sencil, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental; Felicidad Dangcalan, 68, Jimenez, MisOcc; Mark Lester Dampas, 20, Tudela, MisOcc; Jestoni Lapat, 27, Tudela, MisOcc; Elenita Calamian, 43, Brgy Mialem, Oroquieta City; and Mario Sambiog, 70, Brgy Mialem, Oroquieta City.
Seven other reported fatalities but still to be confirmed by DOH include Risalyn Traya Dado, 6, Aloran, MisOcc; Hernan Estacoja Caimor, 75, Aloran, MisOcc; Eudesia Dayon Regalado, 87, Aloran, MisOcc; Rito Regañon Malinis, 59, Aloran, MisOcc; Wilfreda Abelo Acle, 74, Pines, Oroquieta; Luchi Maisling, 38, San Vicente, Oroquieta and Florentino Gabule, 53, Pines, Oroquieta.
But according to the national office of the NDRRMC on Wednesday, only four fatalities have been confirmed, while 25 other fatalities are still to be validated and confirmed by DOH, report said.
The NDRRMC also said 407,224 individuals or a total of 105,971 families were affected by the rains, floods caused by the shear line-driven storm that hit Northern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas and parts of Luzon.
The shear line-driven storm, according to weather experts, is a phenomenon in which the cold front and a warm front meet, which causes the heavy downpour.
The National Government, according to NDRRMC, has already extended assistance worth P35,591,115.29 to the affected victims in the flood-hit areas in the country.