By Priam Nepomuceno

CHRISTMAS STORM. A coconut tree is uprooted by strong winds generated by Tropical Storm Kabayan in Barangay Sto. Niño, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur on Monday (Dec. 18, 2023). The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Tuesday (Dec. 19) said 25,489 families have so far been affected by the tropical storm and the shear line. (Photo courtesy of Hinatuan LGU)

MANILA – The number of families affected by the combined effects of the shear line and Tropical Storm Kabayan climbed to 25,489, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday.

These families are equivalent to 86,321 persons residing in 217 barangays in Northern Mindanao, Davao Region and Caraga, the agency said in its latest disaster bulletin.

This is significantly higher than Monday’s figure of 2,190 families.

Around 390 evacuation centers are activated as of this time with 19,601 families or 67,105 individuals being aided inside and another 4,891 families or 15,598 persons being helped outside.

The Office of Civil Defense earlier said the affected families include those displaced and those not needing transfer or removal from their residence.

Damaged houses are placed at 53 and these were reported in Northern Mindanao, Davao Region and Caraga

No deaths are reported as of this time but the NDRRMC said it is validating one injured in Northern Mindanao and one missing in Davao Region. (PNA)