As of July 25, 2023, Typhoon “Egay” further intensified to a Super Typhoon category according to PAG-ASA, reaching peak winds of 150 kph near the center and gusts of up to 185 kph and has afflicted serious damage to the northern part of Luzon.
The region of Mimaropa experienced some damage to livelihood and infrastructure brought about by the combined effects of the Southwest Monsoon and Super Typhoon Egay.
According to the latest situational report of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDDRMC), a total of 26 areas in the region experienced flooding, with majority of the tally coming from Occidental Mindoro with 16 flooded areas; the rest are from the provinces of Palawan and Oriental Mindoro.
Upon the initial assessment of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), a total of 751 families or 3,133 individuals were affected by the flooding experienced in the region. There are 395 families currently housed in Evacuation Centers (EC) throughout the region. Meanwhile, 356 families were given assistance outside of the ECs.
Due to rough sea conditions, 56 seaports from the region cancelled their daily trips affecting 1,105 passengers with 298 rolling cargoes waiting to board the RoRo ships once the Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TWCSs) is lifted.
A total of 394 Family Food Packs were distributed to affected families in the provinces of Palawan and Romblon.
Meanwhile, DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian has instructed DSWD MIMAROPA Regional Director Leonardo Reynoso to aid the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Occidental Mindoro in providing assistance to the flood-stricken municipalities in the province. Director Reynoso also assured Occidental Mindoro Governor Eduardo Gadiano that DSWD has enough resources of FFPs ready to be distributed to the affected families of the province. (JJGS/PIA MIMAROPA – Oriental Mindoro)