City sets rehab of damaged structures PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 September 2012 14:40

The city government is set to start rehabilitation of all structures specifically rip rap and slope protection projects inundated by the incessant rains that caused massive flooding in low lying areas in the city over the weekend.

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday said the City Engineer’s Office has submitted its report of the different structures that need rehabilitation and repair as well as the plans and cost estimates for the work.

Among the riprap projects damaged due to the flooding Sunday were those located in Manggal, Baliwasan;  Tabuk, San Jose Gusu; Maasin and several other barangays, according to Lobregat.

The city’s calamity funds will be used for the rehabilitation work following the declaration of a state of calamity in Zamboanga City.

Incessant heavy downpour spawned by monsoon rains and induced by typhoon “Lawin” battered the city from Friday until Monday resulting to massive flooding in low lying areas and destruction/damage to houses located near coastal areas due to huge waves. Hardest hit barangays were Vitali, Tictapul, Mangusu, Divisoria, Boalan and Tugbungan and Lanzones in the east coast and Labuan, Patalon, Baliwasan, San Jose Gusu, Sta. Barbara and Sta. Cruz Island (Zone IV) in the west coast.

The calamity killed a 5-year old boy in Labuan and wounded a woman whose house collapsed due to liquefaction in Licomo. Almost 1,700 families were displaced and some 1,200 hectares of farmlands and fishponds including seaweed plantations were inundated as a result of the incessant rains.

Mayor Lobregat said the calamity funds will be used to address the needs of the affected residents to include the repair and rehabilitation of the infrastructures damaged due to massive flooding.

On the other hand, classes in all schools and all levels returned to normal starting yesterday except in two schools –Tugbungan Elementary School and the Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial School in Sta. Catalina which remain underwater.

Lobregat said personnel from the CEO and General Service Office were sent to the schools concerned to help pump out the flood waters from the said schools so that classes can resume if possible by today. — Sheila Covarrubias