Palace assures assistance to 4K families affected by storm ‘Agaton’

Malacañang announced on Tuesday that the government would provide assistance to  around 4,000 families, who were displaced by tropical storm “Agaton” (international code name  Megi).

Citing data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Acting Presidential Spokesman Martin M. Andanar disclosed that as of 8 a.m. last Monday, 3,717 typhoon-affected families are now staying in government-run evacuation centers.

The victims were from Regions 6,7,8,10,11,12, Caraga Region and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

“The Executive is closely monitoring the track of Tropical Storm Agaton as the government’s hands are on deck to assist affected residents,” Andanar said.

Agaton battered parts of the country during the weekend causing strong rains and floods in some parts of the country.

Prior to typhoon Agaton hitting the country, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) implemented preemptive evacuation in high-risk areas.

“We reiterate our call to the public, especially in areas affected by the storm, to implement the needed precautionary measures,” Andanar said.

“They should coordinate and assist authorities if there will be a need for evacuation in an area,” he added.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said as of Monday. tropical storm Agaton already weakened into a tropical depression.