Over 137,000 affected by Typhoon Ompong

Paterno Esmaquel II
Over 137,000 affected by Typhoon Ompong
(UPDATED) Thousands remain in evacuation centers

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) has affected about 137,950 individuals across 5 regions in the Philippines as of 6 pm, September 15, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

In a statement, the NDRRMC said about 34,808 families from 684 barangays in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and the National Capital Region have felt the effects of Ompong so far.

Of this number, about 16,960 families or 64,157 people were being served in 711 evacuation centers.

MANILA BAY. Saturday morning, September 15, 2018, in Metro Manila. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

The  Department of Social Welfare and Development said the government  prepared thousands of family food packs, and was repacking more.

Patuloy po tayong nagrerepack dahil tingin natin malaki ang magiging damage pa po (We continue to repack because we think the damage will still be huge),” said Acting Social Welfare Secretary Virginia Orogo.

Ompong made landfall in Baggao, Cagayan, at 1:40 am on Saturday.

It left the Philippine Area of Responsibility at 9 pm on Saturday, September 15, but it continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat– with a report from Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler.com

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Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.