ARMM assists Vinta victims
Cotabato City (December 27, 2017) – Thousands of families affected by floods and landslides in Lanao del Sur are receiving assistance from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government after the onslaught of Tropical Storm Vinta in the region.
A total of 1,442 families in the municipalities of Balindong and Tugaya, among the hardest hit in Lanao del Sur, received relief goods from the ARMM’s Humanitarian and Emergency Action Response Team on Wednesday, December 27.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman led the distribution of the relief goods in Balindong, which consists of rice, corned beef, sardines, and 3-in-1 coffee.
Among the ARMM’s five provinces, Lanao del Sur suffered the most from Vinta. There were 24,202 families affected by the floods and landslides, reports culled from local government units showed. The storm claimed 29 lives, while 16 persons are still missing and 33 were injured in Lanao del Sur alone.
The provincial government laced the province under a State of Calamity on December 21 after torrential rains inundated 19 of its 39 towns. Heavy rains triggered landslides in many parts of the province. Vinta also caused significant damage to properties, specifically houses, crops and livestock, as well as to various infrastructures.
Earlier this week, 893 affected families in the towns of Bacolod Kalawi and 605 affected families in Madalum also received relief goods from the ARMM. The regional government also extended cash assistance to the families of those who lost their lives.
In the province of Maguindanao, 21,178 families were affected in five towns. No deaths, or major injuries were reported, but two persons remain missing. In Sulu and Basilan, 90 families and 443 families, respectively, were affected. But no deaths, missing, or injured individuals were reported.
The Integrated Provincial Health Office of Tawi-Tawi, meanwhile, is treating 74 fishermen who were caught at the height of the storm on the borders of Tawi-Tawi and southern Palawan in the Sulu Sea.
The Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi District Hospital admitted 41 of these fishermen for observation due to severe exhaustion, dehydration, and other concomitant medical problems. (Bureau of Public Information) (Photo from ARMM-HEART)