Flood victims return home PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 September 2015 11:39

Families affected by the flash floods spawned by heavy and continuous rains Friday have returned to their homes Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning as the weather situation has normalized and floodwaters subsided.

The torrential rains killed one person, wounded 3 others and temporarily displaced 330 families in San Jose Gusu, San Roque, Ayala, Calarian, Putik, Talon-talon and Tugbungan  and other low lying areas due to rising water. Five (5) houses were also damaged- 2 of which were in Tumaga, 2 in Pasonanca and 1 in Sinunuc.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office on Friday night and Saturday morning made the rounds of the evacuation centers set up in the barangays affected to distributed food packs and other relief goods. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office also augmented the food packs distributed by the CSWDO.

City Health Office personnel also checked on the health condition of the evacuees particularly the children and the elderlies and those in vulnerable situations.

CSWDO Chief Socorro Rojas said her office will recommend the grant of financial assistance to those families whose houses were destroyed by the floods.

Rojas said the affected families have already returned to their homes, as of Sunday morning. However, families whose houses were destroyed are temporarily housed in residences of their relatives.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) under Dr. Elmeir Apolinario dispatched teams in coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard-Zamboanga Station to respond to calls for emergency amid the heavy rains Friday.

Dexter Basa, 50, of Sinunuc was pinned to death when an uprooted crushed his truck he used for water delivery Friday morning in Caragasan, barangay Maasin. Meanwhile, Heartily Bulhano, Armando Francisco and Feliza Francisco were slightly wounded when their house was felled by an uprooted tree in Km 7, Pasonanca, also Friday morning.

The heavy rains also caused the suspension of inter-island passenger and cargo vessels including motorboats in the Zamboanga Peninsula, Sulu and Tawi-tawi areas stranding thousands of passengers. The same weather disturbance also caused the rise in the water level at the Pasonanca intake dam.

Various streets to include Pilar Street, Gov. Lim Avenue, Nunez Street and San Jose Gusu stretch among others were also flooded. — Sheila Covarrubias