Giant waves destroy 81 houses in Labuan PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 January 2015 14:50

Giant waves spawned by tropical depression Seniang destroyed houses made of light materials in the coastal area of Labuan on New Year’s eve (Tuesday night).

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the City Social Welfare and Development Office reported a total of 81 houses wrecked- 60 of which were totally damaged and 21 partially destroyed. No casualties were reported.

The CDRRMO headed by Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario, Ph.D., promptly responded to the call for assistance from Labuan barangay officials past 8pm. The operations lasted until past midnight.

Earlier that day, the CDRRMO issued advisories warning the people about possible rain-related incidents in view of the tropical depression Seniang that made a landfall in the Philippine area of responsibility affecting Mindanao including Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga City.

Apolinario said the timely advisory and coordination with stakeholders prevented unnecessary loss of lives.

On New Year’s Day, January 1, personnel from the CSWDO led by City Social Welfare Officer Socorro Rojas and CDRRMO staff went back to the area for follow-up relief operations where food, mats, blankets and other relief items were distributed to the affected families.

Mayor Beng Climaco has tasked City caretaker and Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., the CDRRMO and CSWDO to provide the necessary assistance to the affected families.

She likewise urged all agencies concerned in disaster risk reduction and management to always remain on alert in view of the constantly changing weather patterns.

As this developed, people residing in hazardous areas, particularly along riverbanks, coastal areas and landslide and flashflood-prone areas to take the necessary precautions and avoid the loss of lives and properties. — Sheila Covarrubias