Palace says gov’t agencies providing assistance to victims of flash floods

November 7, 2010 1:06 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 6 — Malacañang said that government agencies are providing the necessary assistance to mitigate the effects of the recent flash floods in Northern Luzon.

In a radio interview on Saturday, Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has P12.9 million worth of standby fund.

She added that some P5.8 million were already released for food and non-food items for the victims, particularly in Cagayan and Isabela which were the hardest hit by flash floods and heavy rains caused by the tail-end of a cold front.

“Our people are on the ground and they are already rendering assistance to the victims of the recent flash floods,” Valte said.

Valte also urged the public to immediately relay to the DSWD, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) or to the local government units concerned any vital information such as flooding and landslides that could help authorities immediately respond in the affected area.

Some 40,000 individuals were brought to evacuation centers and at least 10 deaths reported particularly in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela as a result of the heavy rains in the region.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has warned that the cold front could bring in more rains in Northern Luzon and Central Luzon which could cause flash floods and landslides.

The weather bureau said rains are also expected in the Visayas and Mindanao areas due to an inter-tropical convergence zone. (PNA) scs/PCOO/rsm


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