NDRRMC: Slim chances of survival for missing landslide victims in Mindanao

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 26 2017 04:17 PM

Authorities recover a body from a mud-covered area in Tubod town, Lanao del Norte, among areas badly hit by Tropical Storm Vinta. Vicmar Paloma

MANILA - Chances of survival are slim for more than a hundred people still missing after landslides hit parts of Mindanao due to the onslaught of Tropical Storm Vinta over the weekend, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Tuesday. 

As of this writing, some 164 have died while 176 remain missing due to the storm, which made landfall before dawn Friday and triggered mudslides and flash floods in parts of Mindanao. 

"Tayo'y nakikipag-usap sa Armed Forces of the Philippines. Bilang head ng ating search, rescue and retrieval cluster, sabi nila slim ang chances [of survival], lalo na kung landslide," said NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan.

(We have been talking with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. As the head of our search, rescue and retrieval cluster, they said the chances [of survival] are slim, especially if it's a landslide.)

"Pero like all of us na naniniwala talaga sa milagro, miracles at this time, this season, eh sana meron pa," she added. 

(But like all of us who believe in miracles at this time, this season, we hope there is still a chance [that they survived].)

Marasigan said the NDRRMC is still trying to get details of a report about a woman who survived the storm while at sea. She said the woman, who had gone fishing, was rescued by a bigger sea vessel during Vinta's onslaught. 

"...[D]inala siya sa probinsiya ng Antique. At ngayon, kahapon, sa pakikipagtulungan ng local government ng Antique at ng DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government), nakauwi siya," she said.

(She was brought to the province of Antique. And now, yesterday, with the help of the local government of Antique and the DILG, she has returned home.)

The NDRRMC said 19,485 families are still in evacuation centers while some 12,189 families from storm-hit areas took shelter in relatives' homes.

Marasigan said the NDRRMC has recorded a total 2,333 damaged houses, of which 1,507 were totally destroyed and 826 suffered partial damage.

The NDRRMC said P30,000 in financial assistance will be given to those whose houses were totally destroyed, while P10,000 in aid will be given to those whose houses were partially damaged.