P92M allocated for #VintaPH relief
MANILA, Philippines – As Typhoon Vinta (international codename Krosa) made landfall in northern Luzon Thursday, October 31, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) allocated in advance P92 million worth of relief assistance for the families to be affected.
In its 6 pm report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the social welfare and development offices in the affected areas are monitoring reports caused by the typhoon.
DSWD has readied its response teams even before Typhoon Vinta hit land at 4:45 pm in the town of Santa Ana, Cagayan.
The typhoon, packing maximum winds of 160 kilometers per hour, prompted the initial evacuation of 60 families, according to Cagayan civil defense director, Norma Talosig.
"The strength of the storm is enough to destroy houses made of light materials. For people who don't take precautions, it can be deadly," she warned.
The Department of Public Works and Highways in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) has prepared 13 dumptrucks and other vehicles for clearing operations in areas hit by mudslides.
Rappler's disaster impact monitoring crowdsourcing tool, Project Agos, will also help in relief and rescue efforts.
Through Project Agos, netizens could report incidents of flooding or call for help especially for those in need of rescue. Project Agos is a collaboration between the government and the public for disaster preparedness and response.
Use #RescuePH to call for rescue and help. Use #FloodPH to report flooding in your area. Include relevant details such as your name, exact location, contact details and description of need. The information will help authorities respond quickly and appropriately to calls for help. - with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com
Help report and map incidents of flooding and rescue using Rappler's crowdsourcing tool for #VintaPH.
Use hashtag #FloodPH for flood alerts and tag @moveph. Indicate street, town/city and province.
Use hashtag #RescuePH for rescue calls and tag @moveph. Add your name, exact location, and your contact details.