DSWD warns ‘Lando’ evacuees against returning home sans go-signal of authorities

DSWD warns ‘Lando’ evacuees against returning home sans go-signal of authorities

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reiterated on Tuesday its call for typhoon “Lando” evacuees wishing to return home to heed the advisories of concerned government authorities to ensure their safety.

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, it is important that the evacuees wait for the go-signal of national and local government officials before returning to their places of origin.

“This is to ensure their safety against possible landslides and flood waters coming down from high places,” Soliman said.

Based on the records of DSWD, “Lando” has affected 37,455 families equivalent to 182,946 persons from Regions I, II, III, IV-A, V, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Of this number, 12,125 families or 55,554 persons are in 255 evacuation centers managed by the Local Government Units (LGUs).

A total of PhP1,322,040 worth of humanitarian assistance was provided by the LGUs of Regions I, II, III, and V.

As the lead for the Response Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), DSWD said that inter-agency efforts are being intensified to reach the typhoon-affected areas, especially the isolated villages.

Search, Rescue and Retrieval (SRR) teams have been mobilized and deployed to Cabanatuan City, Gabaldon, Jaen, Laur, Palayan City, Penaranda, and Sta. Rosa in Nueva Ecija for rescue operations.

More teams are expected to be deployed, with the Wilderness Search and Rescue Team (WISAR) ready for water SRR.

Satellite phone systems are also being installed in the affected regions to ensure that communication lines are available.

Moreover, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is spearheading the clearing operations of roads and highways.

DSWD is also continuously coordinating with the LGUs and the different government agencies for the conduct of needs assessment in “Lando”-hit areas, Secretary Soliman said. ( Leilani S. Junio/PNA)