February 25, 2024

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Risk Reduction Council reports 287 areas across PH still flooded due to continuous rains

Flooded area in Barangay Mabini, Basey, Samar. Photo by Annabelle Talle

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) stated that as of Friday, January 20, a total of 287 areas across the country still flooded due to continuous rains since the start of the new year due to different weather systems.  

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that the shear line, low pressure areas, and the northeast monsoon have continuously triggered rains over different parts of the country since the holiday season. 

NDRRMC, in its latest report, reported that a total of 1,058 areas were still flooded. 

Among the heavily flooded stricken areas, Eastern Visayas has the most number of still flooded areas with 121, followed by the Bicol region at 83 and the Zamboanga Peninsula at 30.

Flooded area in Barangay Mabini, Basey, Samar. Photo by Annabelle Talle

Moreover, Central Luzon has 18 areas that are still affected by floods, while in Southern Tagalog, Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) reported 13. This was followed by Central Visayas which recorded 10 flooded areas followed by the Davao region 10 and 2 still flooded areas in BARMM.

Meanwhile, 82 landslides have been reported across the country the council said including the 29 incidents in the Bicol region.

As of Friday, NDRRMC said that the death toll still stands at 33, with 12 persons injured and seven others are still reported missing.

The NDRRMC also reported that a total of 1,689,119 persons have been affected by the continuous rains,

The risk reduction council on its assessment estimated that damage in agriculture is at P414,347,212,63, while damage to infrastructure was estimated at P206,956,824.68.

Pagasa said that as of Friday, the shear line will still affect parts of southern Luzon and Visayas, while the northeast monsoon will affect areas in Northern Luzon.