Palace: Over P1.5M aid given to Bicol, Western Visayas residents hit by flooding

By: Darryl John Esguerra – Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ

A total of P1,584,850 worth of assistance has been given to families affected by the flooding and landslides in the Western Visayas and Bicol regions due to the tail-end of a frontal system, Malacañang said Sunday.

In a statement, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the assistance was provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, local government units, and private partners.

Thousands in the Western Visayas and Bicol regions are forced to flee their houses as the tail-end of a frontal system pounded their areas with incessant rain which causes floods. This came after the seasonal weather system submerged towns from the said regions to floodwaters earlier this month.

Citing data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Roque reported that a total of nine families are inside evacuation centers in Camarines Sur while a total of 4,207 families are inside evacuation centers in Negros Occidental.

Some 1,100 residents have been rescued in flooded barangays in Talisay City and Victorias City in Negros Occidental by authorities, the Palace official added.

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