The head of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Margareta Wahlström lauded the Philippine government’s effort in reducing deaths and number of affected individuals by typhoon.
“The communication of early warnings in the Philippines has improved significantly since Typhoon Haiyan claimed over 6,000 lives in November 2013. Last December, major loss of life was averted by large-scale evacuations in the face of Typhoon Hagupit,” Wahlström in a press release as quoted by UN News Centre.
“Now again this weekend, Government agencies have been successful in reducing loss of life through the effective communication of early warnings and organizing targeted evacuations in the areas most affected by Typhoon Koppu,” she added.
“President Benigno Aquino’s broadcast to the nation on Friday evening was especially important in alerting the population to the threat,” Wahlström said.
As of today, October 20 the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reports 12 deaths and 7 injured in connection with Typhoon Lando. The NDRRMC also said “Lando” affected 60,170 families or 290,797 people in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A, 5, NCR and CAR.