Rains trigger floods, landslide; Beng leads relief ops for victims PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 August 2013 13:49

Mayor Beng Climaco mobilized government resources to help victims of this week’s continuous rains and strong winds that caused flooding in low lying areas in the city and landslide in Limpapa.

The downpour and strong winds caused by monsoon rains and induced by a low pressure area over at Central Mindanao killed two minors in a landslide in sitio Cumati, Limpapa Saturday and temporarily displaced over 200 families due to floods that hit at least 7 barangays since Thursday.

Another person was hurt when his house was pinned down by a coconut tree uprooted by strong winds in Purok 1 in Labuan Saturday morning.

Member agencies of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) coordinated with each other for the conduct of the rescue operations during the floods that hit barangays Curuan, Tumaga, Tugbungan, Pasonanca, Guiwan, Sta. Maria and Tetuan among others. City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. supervised the coordination efforts.

Personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection and Police station in Labuan first responded to the report about the landslide in sitio Cumati in Limpapa at about 6:30am yesterday. Three houses were buried underneath boulders of rocks and soil that instantly killed 6-year old Ayen Caluuyan and 14-year old Agustin Caluuyan.  In another incident, Mohammad Habirun, 30 was wounded when his house was felled by a coconut tree.

Mayor Climaco proceeded to Limpapa yesterday morning to personally look at the situation of the families affected as well as to provide necessary interventions. She sympathized with the Caluuyan family for the loss of the two children and personally spearheaded the relief operations for all the victims with the support of personnel from the City Social Welfare and Development Office under OIC Chief Evelyn Las Marias.

She likewise instructed the concerned agencies to do everything possible to assist the victims and help them alleviate their plight.

On Friday night, the mayor also personally checked on the evacuation center in Tugbungan and led in the distribution of foodstuffs and other relief goods to flood victims.

The CSWDO as of 10pm Friday recorded 64 families with 232 dependents in Tugbungan to have been temporarily evacuated to the Tugbungan Elementary School. An additional 296 individuals were also temporarily displaced by the floods in the barangay.

In Mormons, Tetuan and Riverville (near the DPWH) in Tumaga, some 76 families were also affected and sought refuge in neighbors when water rose due to floods. Some houses were also slightly under water in Villa, Sta. Maria, Guiwan and Pasonanca but the water subsided after a few hours Friday night.

The CDRRMC remains on alert as the weather condition remains abnormal as of press time.

On Thursday night, 11 families were also affected by floods in Curuan but the water subsided a few hours after. The floods were caused by incessant rains in the forest. — Sheila Covarrubias