5 million families might be affected by Chedeng


MANILA, Philippines – More than 5 million families in 9 regions might be affected by Typhoon Chedeng (Maysak), according to a report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Thursday, April 2.

As of 1 pm on Wednesday, April 1, NDRRMC said the typhoon might affect 5,619,221 families or 56,638,709 persons in the following regions:

"Lahat ng probinsya ay nabigyan na ng babala through governors and PDRRMOs (Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices)," Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Austere Panadero said in a news briefing Thursday. 

(All provinces were already warned through their governors and PDRRMOs.)

The typhoon, which has maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 210 km/h as of Thursday morning, will make landfall over the eastern coast of Aurora or Isabela by late Saturday evening, April 4, to early Sunday morning, April 5. (READ: 10,000 Baler tourists warned ahead of Chedeng landfall)

Panadero said 37 provinces, 71 cities, and 676 municipalities might be affected by Chedeng, but the priority will be the following provinces:

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development has prepositioned 300,790 family food packs worth P105.73 million ($2.38 million). 

The department also earmarked standby funds worth P19,722,674.78 ($445,503.79). 

About 98,147 family food packs are available at DSWD’s National Relief Operations Center.

The department has an available quick response fund (QRF) of P913,751,855 ($20.55 million), while an additional P18 million ($404,766) was sub-allotted to the 8 regions other than Metro Manila.

Department of Health (DOH) hospitals are now on code white alert. This means medical personnel in DOH facilities will be on call to attend to patients any time.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines also declared red alert to Southern Luzon Command, Northern Luzon Command, and Joint Task Force-National Capital Region. – Rappler.com

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