1 killed, 1,017 families displaced by floods in ZC : City government mobilizes resources to aid victims PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 14:59

Continuous downpour and strong winds in the city the last three days caused flooding in low lying areas and uprooted trees, killing one person and displacing at least 1,017 families.

Spawned by inter-tropical convergence zone, the intermittent but continuous rains and strong winds also forced suspension and later cancellation of classes in all levels in both public and private schools Monday.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, chair of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), mobilized all city government resources to help alleviate the plight of the affected families and individuals.

Lobregat on Sunday went around the different barangays monitoring the situation as well as to supervise the relief and rescue operations.

Lobregat activated the CDRRMC Operations Center at the City  Hall conference which will serve as the monitoring center and will receive all reports, complaints or calls for assistance amid the continuous rains and strong winds. The center can be reached through landline number 991-45-25 or through cellphone numbers 09166141347 (globe) and 09494066354 (smart).

In a press briefing yesterday afternoon, Lobregat reported the death of a 5-year old boy after an uprooted tree fell on him in Labuan. A woman in Licomo was also wounded in the face when the house she shares with her family collapsed due to liquefaction, according to Lobregat.

Rubber boats were sent to Vitali and Tugbungan Sunday night to rescue those trapped in the floods.

Based on reports from the City Social Welfare and Development Office, the barangays  affected by the incessant rains and strong winds include Labuan (141 families), Patalon (52 families affected), San Jose Gusu (122 families affected), Baliwasan (113 families affected) and Sta. Cruz Island (Zone IV) (with 5 families affected)—all in the west coast, and barangays Vitali (186 families affected), Tictapul (77 families affected), Boalan (21 families affected), Divisoria (128 families affected), Tugbungan (93 families affected) and Lanzones (4 families affected)— all located in the east coast of the city.
The City Agriculturist office reported hundreds of hectares of farmlands and fishponds destroyed by the floods but the amount of damage is still being verified.

As of press time, the CDRRMC continue to monitor the situation on the field as the PAG-ASA forecast show that Zamboanga City will continue to experience monsoon rains and scattered rainshowers.

As this developed, the CDRRM headed by Mayor Lobregat in an emergency meeting yesterday afternoon approved a resolution endorsing the declaration of a state of calamity in Zamboanga City.

The resolution was authored by DILG City Director Atty. Mohammad Arakama and seconded by Civil Defense Director Fuego. It will be submitted to the Sangguniang Panlungsod for action.

The meeting was also attended by Councilors Nonong Guingona and Percival Ramos and other officials.

With the declaration, the city government can make use of the calamity funds for the repair of damaged infrastructures such as rip rapping and shore protection projects.

As this developed, the CSWDO under Francisco Barredo continues to distribute food assistance to the affected families temporarily residing in the established the different barangays affected.

The city government has purchased additional foodstuff such as rice, water, sardines, noodles and bread for distribution to the victims.

Mayor Lobregat thanked the different agencies and rescue teams that responded during the incident and these include the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fire and Protection, the City Police Office and other agencies concerned. — Sheila Covarrubias