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DSWD Provides Relief for Catarman Fire Victims

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Last February 21, a fire broke out at Barangay Narra, Catarman, Northern Samar. According to reports received, the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit around 7:00 PM. The flames spread rapidly through the congested barangay, where several houses were made out of light materials. Immediately after the fire, evacuation centers were opened to accommodate the fire victims. These evacuation centers were in operation from February 22 to 23. Based on these reports, 79 families (359 individuals) were affected. The fire totally damaged 73 houses and partially damaged 6 houses.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently provided non-food relief items to the victims of the fire. Staff from DSWD’s Disaster Response Management Division went to Catarman. Together with DSWD staff stationed in Northern Samar, they distributed these relief items directly to the families affected by the fire. These families received food assistance through the donations of various offices and private individuals.

As of February 27,2019, DSWD has already distributed P125,316.88 worth of relief items. These include 8 rolls of tarpaulin, 79 blankets, 158 malongs, 80 mosquito nets and 80 plastic mats.

Currently, DSWD staff, including the Northern Samar Provincial Action Team and the DROMIC focal person, are coordinating with the local officials for any additional updates.

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