Friday, January 28

More than 300 dead and 1.8 million affected by the passage of typhoon ‘Rai’ in the Philippines

The death toll due to the passage of the Typhoon ‘Rai’ over the Philippines It has reached the barrier of 300, while the number of victims already stands at 1.8 million, according to the latest balance offered this Monday by the authorities of the Asian country.

The Philippine Police have detailed that to date 319 deaths have been confirmed, while 239 people have been injured and 56 have been reported missing, while the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has placed the total at 1,805,005 of affected.

Thus, the Center for Disaster Response, Operations Supervision and Information The agency has indicated that more than 450,000 families have been affected by the passage of the typhoon, which hit the central Philippines, according to the newspaper ‘The Philippines Star’.

The families reside in the regions of Bicol, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao, Mimaropa and the Zamboanga Peninsula, with about 500,000 displaced in 2,481 evacuation centers and more than 193,000 people temporarily sheltered by family or friends. .

The DSWD has also underlined that in the affected areas there are problems of electricity supply and Internet access, for which it has recognized “a challenge when collecting data on the affected population” and other related issues.

For his part, the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, has promised “a convoy of rice and water” for the survivors while trying to get the government to release funds that it hopes will amount to 4,000 million Philippine pesos (about 71.2 million euros).

The president has highlighted that 2,000 million pesos They will go to local authorities in the areas affected by the ‘Rai’ pass, while the other 2,000 million pesos will be used to help the survivors.

Duterte has recognized that the Government has “huge debts” due to the costs of the response to the coronavirus pandemic and has advanced that it will be necessary to wait for the 2022 Budgets “to have money to spend”, as the chain has collected Philippine television station ABS-CBN.

The typhoon hit the Philippines from Thursday through Saturday with winds of 195 kilometers per hour. Now the Police have been deployed to ensure security especially in supermarkets, where long lines are forming to purchase supplies.