Friday, October 02, 2009

Thinking Out of the Box 20

NDCC Figures: Fact or Fiction?

While most people are in a panic mode, helping in his or her own way, the victims of Ondoy, I noticed since yesterday, 1 Oct 2009, the data provided by the National Disaster Coordination Council.

The Tables below (red arrows) show the following statistics.

29 Sept 2009, 15:00
Situational Report 13:
Dead-246; Injured-5; Missing-38

30 Sept 2009, 6:00
Situational Report 14:
Dead-293; Injured-5; Missing-42

30 Sept 2009, 15:00
Situational Report 15:
Dead-293; Injured-5; Missing-42

1 Oct 2009, 6:00
Situational Report 16:
Dead-277; Injured-5; Missing-42

1 Oct 2009, 15:00
Situational Report 17:
Dead-280; Injured-5; Missing-42

If the reports were correct, which I doubt, then how come the numbers of people dying were increasing and injuries were not? Furthermore, the number of people died decreased after Situational Report 15.

I think re-examination of facts and figures is necessary no matter how busy everybody is. This is part of history and we want the next generation to get it straight. How can people believe an entire report if minute details are dubious? The details should be reviewed as it reflects the attention given by the concerned authorities. Local and international donors may have reservations in giving assistance if we do not have the correct figures.

I tried to get the attention of people in my own Facebook circle, but barely received it. If the authorities will not correct it now, if indeed the report were erroneous, correcting it in the future will seem remote.


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