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Milenyo leaves hundreds in evacuation centers - RDCC VI

Iloilo City (3 October) -- More than a hundred people affected by Typhoon Milenyo from the provinces of Antique and Iloilo have become homeless and are still staying in evacuation centers or their relatives as of October 2, 2006, the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council VI (RDCC VI) reported.

The RDCC VI reported that 11 families or 66 persons are still staying with their relatives in the municipality of Sibalom and another 66 persons are staying in the Palma Market of Barbaza town, all in the province of Antique while 2 families or 12 persons still remain at Naslo Brgy. Hall in Maasin, Iloilo.

A total of 65,570 persons have been affected by the storm and a total of 91 houses have been either damaged or destroyed in the province of Antique and in the city and province of Iloilo as indicated in the RDCC VI report.

The storm has also killed four persons and caused the drowning of a 19 year-old boy from Pavia, Iloilo, who as of October 2, was still declared missing. Three of these deaths were from the province of Antique due to drowning and one from Brgy. Igtalungan, Igbaras, Iloilo who died of electrocution.

The province of Antique which was heavily affected incurred an estimated damage of P17,345,140.00 to its agriculture and P 33,875,000.00 to infrastructure.

Despite this devastation the storm had created in some areas of the country, the government appreciates the way that the people have responded to the calamity situation and lauds the teamwork shown by the local government units, the private sector, and the non-government organizations in restoring normalcy in areas devastated by Tropical Storm Milenyo.

President Gloria Arroyo is personally monitoring government agencies and instrumentalities in ensuring that the problems caused by the storm are addressed immediately and effectively.

The RDCC VI said that food assistance in form of sardines, rice and noodles were already extended to affected families by their concerned local disaster coordinating councils. However, the disaster coordinating councils of Barbaza, Antique and Iloilo City still need more rice supply to augment their relief operations. (PIA) [top]

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