Floods hit Davao; 371 families displaced

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DAVAO. A woman is being dropped by rescuers to a safer area along Matina Crossing during a rescue operation at Matina Pangi following a heavy downpour Wednesday night. (King Rodriguez)

DAVAO CITY — A heavy downpour that lasted for two hours triggered floods in some areas in Davao City Wednesday night and displaced at least 371 families.

The rain also stranded hundreds of commuters and stalled some motorists along city streets as water rose chest-deep. Several schools also suspended classes as a result of the flooding.

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Aid for ‘Crising’ victims assured

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured on Thursday that enough funds and relief supplies are in place for the victims of Tropical Depression “Crising.”

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said that P15.84 million in standby funds, P10.45 million in family food packs, and P42.44 million worth of relief supplies were prepositioned at DSWD field offices in the regions of Mimaropa, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen, Caraga and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) affected by the tropical cyclone. Continue reading

‘Crising’ death toll rises to 4

MANILA — Tropical Depression “Crising” is moving away from the country, but has left at least four people dead and over 180,000 people affected, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said early Friday.

The NDRRMC identified the two latest fatalities as Nelson Jeminez, 40, of Barangay Sampao, Kapalong, Davao del Norte and Namatyagan Namones, 12.

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‘Crising’ kills 2, affects 146,041

MANILA (Updated) – At least two people were dead while two others remain missing as Tropical Depression Crising dumped rains that triggered floods that affects 146,041 people in Mindanao, the state disaster agency said Thursday afternoon.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) identified the fatalities namely: Erwin Campana, 43, a resident of Barangay Camansi, Monte Vista, Compostela Valley; and Francisco Digaynon, also a resident of Compostela Valley – both drowned while crossing a river. Continue reading

DSWD to file raps vs ‘Pablo’ victims over relief goods looting

MANILA (Updated) – Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said Typhoon “Pablo” victims who ransacked the agency’s office in Davao City on Tuesday will have to face the consequences of their protest.

“We respond to the exigency of public service at great cost to ourselves and our families. That we are now being subjected to harassment is deplorable. This will leave us no choice but to pursue legal action against those who are responsible,” Soliman said in a press statement released at the website of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Continue reading

Duterte orders police: Disperse DSWD-Davao picket

DAVAO – Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio ordered the police to disperse the picket staged by Typhoon “Pablo” victims who looted Tuesday relief goods from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office.

The picket, which started Monday afternoon, also turned violent early Wednesday when police battled typhoon survivors. Five cops were hurt and two protesters were arrested.  Continue reading

Typhoon survivors ransack DSWD office in Davao

DAVAO — Thousands of Typhoon Pablo survivors looted Tuesday some 3,750 packs of relief goods from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) office in Davao City, affecting traffic and classes in nearby areas.

The survivors stormed the DSWD regional office at 10:50 a.m. of Tuesday, decrying the agency’s failure to distribute 10,000 sacks of rice among the victims, six-month extension for the distribution, and alleged corruption of relief funds. (READ MORE)