Thursday, May 12, 2011

The most recent tally showed that Aere affected 71,267 families, 65 municipalities, five cities, and 12 provinces in six regions nationwide. A disaster official saying Tropical Storm Aere left northern Luzon on Wednesday, but not earlier battering the Bicol region and leaving at least 26 people dead.

Officer in charge of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council saying most of the newly listed victims came from central Philippines and Metro Manila which Aere drenched and hit with rough winds from Monday to Tuesday. Displaced were 13,721 families but only 2,913 families were placed in 86 government-run evacuation centres and the rest who are not affected by Aere are staying in relative’s house and 2,7,243 hectares of rice, corn, and livestock are also affected. Total loss in agricultural products rose to P117.8 million. According to the Philippine weather bureau the storm was heading towards Japanese waters but had weakened after hitting the Philippines. It was the second storm to hit the Philippines this summer. Hundreds of people die each year due to the storms, with many of the victims living in poor, coastal communities.