dswd-logoTACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Jan. 5 (PIA) – A total of 1, 411, 900.00 food packs were already distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to 51, 995 affected families after typhoon Seniang hit the region before the year ends.

Based on a progress report of the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring & Information Center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office 8, of the 51,995 affected families, 45,929 are from Leyte; 6,041 from Western Samar and 25 from Southern Leyte.

As of this writing, 41,678 families are still inside the evacuation centers equivalent to 211,363 individuals.

DSWD 8 disclosed that 1,330 homes were partially damaged and 41 were totally damaged.

At least 28 persons in Eastern Visayas were confirmed dead from the onslaught of the typhoon. Most of the fatalities died due to landslides. Nineteen (19) people died in Brgy. Mercedes, Catbalogan, City; 5 in Brgy. Cabuynan, Tanauan; and 4 died in Brgy. Polahongon, Mahaplag, both in Leyte. Landslides were also reported in the villages of Bunuanan and San Roque, Catbalogan, City.

The youngest victim of the landslide aged 1 year old and 10 months baby was from the village of Cabuynan, Tanauan, Leyte.

Meanwhile, upon the request of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Catbalogan City has passed resolution 2014-186 declaring the city under State of Calamity due to the loss of lives and massive damages in the affected barangays after the onslaught of Seniang.(ajc/cba/PIA-8)