Philippines - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Philippines - Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
26 February 1999
1. The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Manila reported that, according to a Progress Report issued by the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) on 25 February, flash floods occurred along the Lampan river on 21 February. The floods were caused by continuous rains in the province of Lanao del Norte in Mindanao. 575 families, or 2,609 persons, were affected in the towns of Kauswagan, Linamon and Bacolod. The floods left a death toll of 13 people, with 21 people missing and 79 injured. In addition, 203 houses were totally destroyed and 167 were partially damaged.
2. The floods have caused damage to buildings, bridges, the drainage system and roads, and affected agricultural production, to an estimated amount of PHP 84 million for the town of Kauswagan, and PHP 40 million for Linamon, or a total of PHP 124 million (USD 3.24 million).
3. Relief items have been distributed by the Office of Civil Defense/NDCC, the provincial government, the Department of Health, the Philippine National Red Cross, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Social Security System Foundation and ABS-CBN (TV/radio station). The Disaster Response Task Unit of the Armed Forces is currently in the affected area, supporting the local Disaster Coordinating Councils in their relief and rehabilitation efforts.
4. OCHA is closely monitoring the situation through the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Manila. To date, OCHA has not received a request from the Government for international assistance.
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