Death toll in PH floods rises to 53

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 07 2012 10:45 AM | Updated as of Aug 07 2012 06:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The death toll from over a week of floods in the Philippines  rose to 53 as rain continued to pour, causing dams to overflow and forcing more people to flee their homes, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Tuesday.

The NDRRMC said 35 people were injured while 5 others remain missing, based on its 5 a.m. report on the effects of Typhoon Gener.

Total damage for all sectors is at P411 million. A total of 202 personnel, 14 vehicles and 14 seacrafts were deployed to various areas in Metro Manila.

The government is now managing some 199,485 families in 11 regions affected by monsoon rains.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman and Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo joined National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council head Benito Ramos at the operation center on Tuesday to monitor the government’s response to the relief work.

As of Soliman's latest update, there are 4,489 families, or equivalent to 20,792 persons, in 100 evacuation centers. There are also 1,043 damaged houses while 6,301 are partly damaged.

The government has spent P12.9 million in relief assistance with P6.1 million from the DSWD and P6.2 million from the local government units.

Meanwhile, personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police are repacking assistance packs. DSWD said it has a stock of 6,000 relief packs.

The government assured there's enough assistance for now, but Soliman said it won't hurt to have more mats, blankets and easy to cook food.

People willing to donate or help repack may go to the national resource center of the DSWD and its central office in Batasan Road in Quezon City. With a report from Agence France-Presse