Over 500,000 affected by Typhoon Ompong

Sofia Tomacruz
Over 500,000 affected by Typhoon Ompong


(UPDATED) As of Monday morning, September 17, over 192,000 individuals are in 1,899 evacuation centers

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the number of people affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) has risen to more than half a million as of Monday morning, September 17.

A total of 147,540 families or 591,762 individuals were affected from the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and Metro Manila.

The affected individuals come from 2,738 barangays, 433 municipalities, and 31 provinces from the 7 regions.

Of this number, 50,686 families or 192,842 people were being serviced in 1,899 evacuation centers, while 6,510 or 26,666 persons were outside evacuation centers.

The increase is nearly double the affected number of individuals recorded by the NDRRMC Sunday morning, September 16.

Meanwhile, the NDRRMC said a total of 229 areas were flooded in the Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon as of Sunday. Of this, floods in 35 areas already subsided.

About 79 homes were also totally wrecked while 372 were partially damaged in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and CAR. 

So far, about P28.9 million worth of aid has been given to affected residents in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, and CAR.

Assistance came from the Office of Civil Defense, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as well as local government units (LGUs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

In a statement, the DSWD said it has provided about P10.9 million in aid. Meanwhile, some P3.4 million came from LGUs, and P14.8 million from NGOs.

The department added that quick response teams in affected regions have done the following:

  • Continued distribution of family kits, food packs, and non-food packs
  • Purchased 600 sacks of rice from the National Food Authority
  • Continued packing of family food packs with volunteers at the DSWD regional warehouse in San Fernando, La Union
  • Conducted rapid damage assessment and needs analysis in Batanes
  • Conducted validation of 8,000 families reportedly affected by Ompong in Camiling, Tarlac

According to the Philippine National Police, at least 66 were killed due to Ompong. Majority of the fatalities come from CAR, which was badly hit by landslides. – Rappler.com 

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Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs and is the lead reporter on the coronavirus pandemic. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter via @sofiatomacruz. Email her at sofia.tomacruz@rappler.com.