Sangali flashfloods! PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 July 2014 11:41

City Hall yesterday afternoon mobilized government resources to respond to the Sangali flashfloods which was spawned by heavy rains in the forest.

Mayor Beng Climaco personally proceeded to the area to check on the situation and to coordinate efforts with concerned agencies to assist the families displaced by the flashfloods.

Initial reports from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the City Social Welfare Office show that some 134 families with 493 dependents were displaced by the incident caused by the sudden rise of water at around 4pm yesterday. No casualties were reported.

Reports indicate that the rising water stretched through 4 puroks in the central part of barangay Sangali, some 30 kilometers east of the city. Residents in the interior portion were trapped but were rescued by rubber boats sent by CDRRMC member agencies.

While the water subsided after a few hours, affected families were temporarily housed at the barangay hall.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in coordination with the CSWDO and staff of Mayor Climaco distributed food packs, mats, blankets, slippers and water to the affected families.

Mayor Climaco has directed the CDRRMO to set up a command center at the Sangali mini-hospital and for the City Health Office to put nurses and doctors on stand-by all through the night.

CDRRMO personnel led by officer-in-charge Elmeir Apolinario, Ph.D., City Social Welfare and Development officer Sokee Roxas, City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos and personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection, Zamboanga City Police Office, DSWD, Office of City Environment and Natural Resources office, City Engineer’s Office and other concerned agencies responded to the call for emergency. — Sheila Covarrubias