Celso mobilizes resources to aid Curuan flood victims PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 September 2012 14:28

Incessant rains in the hinterlands yesterday afternoon caused the Curuan river to swell triggering flashfloods in several sitios in barangay Curuan and the neighboring area of Quiniput, some 50 kilometers east of the city.

Mayor Celso Lobregat along with Councilors Rudy Lim, Mike Alavar and Myra Paz Abubakar, quickly motored to Curuan after being informed of the floods to personally assess the situation as well as supervise rescue and relief operations.

Lobregat said the center of Curuan particularly the area near the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) building and the school was hard hit by the floods as water reached waist deep.

“We’re fortunate that there were no reported casualties”, the mayor said stressing “we inspected the flooded areas and immediately called up our City Administrator [Antonio Orendain Jr.} to activate our rescue teams”.

The Philippine Coast Guard sent rubber boats while forces from the Curuan Police, Bureau of Fire Protection as well as personnel from the Philippine Red Cross were dispatched to the area to help in the rescue operations.

Men from the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) were also called to the area to cut electric lines to prevent possible electrocution.
“But while the water rose very fast, it also subsided very fast”, Lobregat said with a sigh of relief.  Water started to swell around 3pm but quickly subsided around 4:15.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office led by Francisco Barredo immediately brought in water, bread, sardines and other foodstuff for the affected families.

As of press time however, Barredo could not yet give a figure as to the number of families or people affected as well as number of houses damaged, as CSWD personnel were still conducting an assessment of the victims.

But the situation was considered under control as rains have stopped and the water gradually receding as of press time.

Mayor Lobregat, who heads the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, has advised people or families residing near river banks and low lying areas to take precautions amid the unpredictable weather situation. — Sheila Covarrubias