‘Lawin’ displaces 31,000 families in Central Luzon

‘Lawin’ displaces 31,000 families in Central Luzon


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) disclosed on Thursday that the recent onslaught of super typhoon Lawin has displaced some 31,841 families or 134,893 individuals in Central Luzon.

OCD-3 Director and RDRRMC Chairman Josefina Timoteo said 10,513 families or 39,576 persons from the 333 affected barangays were housed in various evacuation centers across the region while 7,629 families or 34,530 persons settled outside the centers.

She added that there were no reported casualties with the onslaught of the typhoon in the whole region but caused injury to three persons from Aurora town namely Plasido Gorospe.

Some 58 barangays from the provinces of Bataan and Pampanga are still experiencing flooding as of 6:00 a.m. Friday, Timoteo stressed.

Several government agencies are also providing relief assistance to the affected individuals including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Health (DOH).

The DSWD through the help of Army 7th Infantry Division, distributed some 2,000 pieces of malongs, plastic mats, and blankets while DOH pre-positioned assorted medicines such 100 dignity kits and 20 sets of CAMPOLAS (Cotrimoxazole, Amoxicillin, Mefenamic Acid, Paracetamol, ORS, Lagundi, Vitamin A and skin ointment) for Aurora province.

The DOH likewise pre-positioned 10 sets of CAMPOLAS kits; 6,000 tabs of Aquatabs 67mg; 100 hygiene kits; 100 water containers; and 400 anti-fungal/anti-bacterial bar soaps to its provincial office in Nueva Ecija.

All municipal and barangay DRRMCs are still advised to monitor and coordinate their situation to the RDRRMC to receive needed assistance, especially on health concerns, said Timoteo.