Floods destroy 2 houses, force 150 families to evacuate in Ayala PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 September 2012 14:25

Heavy rains spawned by low pressure area (LPA) Tuesday triggered floods in Barangay Ayala in the west coast washing away two houses and briefly displacing 150 families residing near river banks.

The situation was also aggravated by the high tide. Fortunately, no casualties were reported.

Mayor Celso Lobregat said response to the emergency situation came instantly due to well-organized Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils both at the barangay and city levels.

“Todo ya responde dayun poreso nuay tene maga casualty, el barangay ya responde dayun y tambien el diferente maga oficina de gobierno”, the mayor said, who rushed to the area after being informed of the incident said.

Lobregat mobilized City Government resources to respond to the needs of the affected families. He personally distributed foodstuffs and other relief goods to the victims together with City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo and staff.

Personnel from the City Health Office (CHO) were also brought in to check on the health condition of the over 449 affected individuals specifically the children. Volunteers from the Philippine Red Cross-Zamboanga chapter and personnel from the City Police Office and other concerned agencies also responded to the incident.

The orderly evacuation, initiated by the Barangay Risk Reduction and Management Council led by Ayala chairman Diosterides Librero, started around 5pm when the river started to swell putting low lying areas that included Calle San Miguel, Fatima, Sto. Niño and Ledesma, under water.

The flooding which reached knee-deep quickly receded and the families affected returned to their dwellings around 9pm.

Meanwhile, Barredo said social welfare officers are currently finalizing assessment of the victims in preparation for additional assistance specifically to those whose houses were damaged by the floods.

Initially, the CSWDO distributed bread, water and other ready-to-eat foods.

Barredo said the city government appreciates the quick response from the Barangay Council led by Librero.

The flashfloods in Ayala was the second in a month’s time. Last September 1, six houses made of light materials were swept away while two houses were partially damaged by gushing waters from the Curuan river following torrential rains.

The flood came after the Ayala river overflowed due to  incessant rains brought about by Lower Pressure Area (LPA).

Calle San Miguel, Calle San Vicente and Calle Sto. Niño were affected the floods last Tuesday.

Meanwhile,  Pagasa in Manila reported that the combined effects of shallow low pressure area (SLPA) hovering near Quezon province and monsoon trough brought occasional moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms over Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao yesterday

Weather forecaster Lenny Ruiz said the SLPA, however, has a slim chance to intensify into a tropical depression.

Ruiz said as of 4 a.m. yesterday, the weather disturbance was spotted at 280 kilometers East of Infanta, Quezon (14.6°N, 124.6°E).

He said rains this month are usually accompanied by thunder and lightning due to the prevailing southwest monsoon.

Ruiz said rains associated with the southwest monsoon usually occur at night until early morning. – With reports from Sheila Covarrubias and Dan Toribio Jr.