At least 264 families or 947 individuals were affected by the onslaught of severe Tropical Storm (TS) Florita in Central Luzon.
Data from the Disaster Response Management Division of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 3 Field Office on Wednesday noon showed that 31 barangays in 12 municipalities in the provinces of Aurora, Tarlac, Zambales, and Bataan were displaced by flood as a result of heavy rains.
Of the total number of displaced persons, 843 were from Zambales; 73 in Aurora; 23 in Bataan; and eight in Tarlac.
Some 159 families or 548 individuals in Zambales are still staying in the evacuation centers as of this writing.
Meanwhile, five houses in Bataan were partially damaged while one was totally destroyed in Zambales.
In Pampanga, a total of 26 villages in Masantol town and one in the City of San Fernando are still flooded.
In Zambales, one barangay each in Cabangan, San Felipe and Subic and seven barangays in Sta. Cruz are still under water.
DSWD Regional Director Venus Rebuldela said a total of 16,520 family food packs worth some PHP8.2 million were prepositioned in their agency’s warehouses.
Rebuldela said some of the family food packs have been brought to the different provinces in the region for easy access in the wake of the weather disturbance.
Aside from the family food packs, she said there are also non-food items amounting to PHP6.57 million that were readied. These consist of family kits, sleeping kits, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, laminated sacks, plastic mats, modular tents, and kitchen utensils. (PNA)