News Release

Tropical Storm Paeng Brings Heavy Rains, Affects Thousands

On October 29, tropical cyclone "Paeng" (International Name: Nalgae) made landfall on the island of Catanduanes Province and affected most of Eastern and Western Visayas, Southern Luzon through Metro Manila, and the Northern part of Mindanao.

Track of tropical storm Paeng (International Name: Nalgae)2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

According to the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC), initial reports indicated that 97,206 families or 409,455 persons were affected from 733 barangays in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, Caraga, Bangsamoro, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Initial reports also confirmed 72 deaths, with Mindanao having the most affected, with 67 people dead. In addition, 33 were injured, and 14 persons are still missing.

All missions from the most affected areas such as Legazpi, Naga, Tacloban, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cavite, and Davao, have reported that missionaries were safe and all accounted for. No reports on damages to apartments have yet been received from these missions.

San Pablo Mission moved missionaries away from coastal areas and prepared them with three days' supply of food, emergency water, 72-hour kits, and battery packs to charge phones.

A total of 1437 evacuees, including members, leaders, missionaries, and friends of other faiths, have temporarily taken shelter in 42 meetinghouses of the Church.

Meanwhile, a total of 7 meetinghouses were reported damaged including Sta. Cruz, San Pablo, Sta. Rosa, Milagros Masbate FUSI, Lemery, Kawit and Noveleta. No reports of injury or casualty have been made as of this writing.

Affected stakes/districts (dioceses) reported were Roxas Capiz Stake, Kalibo District, Roxas, and Antique Stakes in Bacolod and Iloilo Coordinating Councils; Ligao, Catanduanes, Tobaco, and Masbate Districts in Legazpi Coordinating Council; Naga and Goa Stakes in Naga Coordinating Council.

Initial rapid assessments led by the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center showed that the Department of Social Welfare Development Office provided prepositioned food and non-food items on standby to some affected families. Local government units have also contributed some assistance.

The Church's Welfare Humanitarian staff continues to coordinate with leaders and other collaborating organizations in getting reports and response efforts from other NGOs and groups assisting in this typhoon relief.

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