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Duterte to visit ‘Auring’ victims in Surigao

MJ Blancaflor

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President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to visit flood victims in Surigao due to Typhoon Auring (international name: Dujuan) on Tuesday, a senior Palace official announced.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the chief executive wants to see the damage caused by “Auring” so he can give directives to officials to facilitate the recovery efforts needed for typhoon-hit areas.

“Weather-permitting, ha, the President intends to visit and bring with him some Cabinet members para mabilis din ang aksyon pag may nakita siyang gaps na dapat pang gawin over and above sa mga ginagawa na ng gobyerno,” Nograles said in a televised briefing.

“Based on the briefing, the reports and his visual observation on the ground ay magbibigay naman po ng direktiba si pangulo,” he added.

The Palace official also assured the public that the government efforts are ongoing to aid some 29,000 typhoon victims.

Duterte’s spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque is expected to accompany the president in his visit, and the official had to postpone his regular televised briefing in Malacañang.

Photos from the Facebook page of the Public Information Agency showed that several structures in Caraga Region suffered severe damage from Auring.

The spillover of Bonifacio River in Surigao City and Tandag River in Surigao del Sur also submerged roads and houses following floods caused by heavy rains, prompting the Philippine Coast Guard to send response groups to help in rescue operations.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management on Monday said the typhoon-affected families from Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga region underwent pre-emptive evacuation. At least 179 houses were damaged in these regions.

The state weather bureau lifted all storm signals on Monday afternoon after “Auring” further weakened into a low-pressure area, as it crossed Rapu-Rapu Islands in Albay just two hours after it made landfall over Batag Island in Northern Samar.

Classes in all levels in private and public schools, as well as government work in parts of Visayas and Mindanao, were also suspended due to the typhoon.

 

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