6 houses washed away by raging water in Curuan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 September 2012 14:42

The City Social Welfare and Development Office is finalizing its report on the Saturday flashfloods in Curuan for the grant of financial assistance to the victims in addition to the relief and food assistance immediately provided to the affected families.

Initial reports showed that six houses made of light materials were swept away while 2 houses were partially damaged by gushing waters from the swollen Curuan river following torrential rains in the mountains Saturday afternoon.

City Social Welfare Officer Francisco Barredo also reported that 194 families with a total of 776 dependents were affected by the sudden rise in the water in various sitios in Curuan and the neighboring area of Quiniput.

Mayor Celso Lobregat along with Councilors Rudy Lim, Mike Alavar and Myra Paz Abubakar sped off to Curuan immediately after being informed of the flashfloods, to personally look into the situation as well as to supervise the rescue and relief operations.

Barredo’s office distributed water, bread, sardines, rice and other foodstuff to the affected victims.

Lobregat has instructed the activation of the rescue team of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council causing the dispatch of Coast Guard rubber boats, personnel from the police, Red Cross, Bureau of Fire Protection and Zamcelco to the area.

The water that rose waist deep in some parts, particularly at the Curuan center—said to be the hardest hit area— quickly receded that prevented mass evacuations.

Barredo said he will recommend the immediate grant of financial assistance to those whose houses were damaged to help them in the rehabilitation of their dwellings.

Meanwhile, authorities continue to appeal to all people residing along river banks and low lying areas to constantly take precautions in the light of the unpredictable weather conditions. — Sheila Covarrubias