Floods hit low-lying areas, classes suspended anew PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 11:13

Heavy rains spawned by the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (IRCZ) yesterday sent most low-lying areas across the city under flood waters, swelling the number of evacuees in schools and classes had to be suspended anew.

This was learned from the City Social Welfare and Development Office and the City Schools Division Office during a news conference at City Hall Conference Room yesterday afternoon.

Evelyn Las Marias, officer-in-charge of the CSWDO, said the hardest hit by flash floods were barangays San Jose Gusu, Tugbungan, Patalon and Vitali, where affected residents, mostly staying on the river banks, had to be evacuated in nearby elementary schools.

She said the city government through her office immediately responded to the needs of the evacuees like food assistance and other relief goods.

Dr. Mildred Dayao of the City Schools Division Office likewise reported that most public and private elementary schools outside and within the critical areas were to resume classes yesterday following clearance from the Crisis Management Committee.

She said, however, classes had to be suspended anew due to heavy rains, causing some schools flooded and others used as evacuation centers for flood victims. Students also had difficulty in going to schools due to the rains.

For his part, City Administrator Antnonio Orendain Jr. said as early as Friday, when heavy downpour started to inundate the city, he had mobilized rubber boats from the Coast Guard and other agencies to the flooded areas for rescue operations.

He also reported that the water level at the Pasonanca impounding dam was closely monitored, saying that since Friday the water level was some kind of erratic from 75.50 going down to 74 then up to 75. Thus, the barangays of Pasonanca, Sta. Maria, Guiwan and Tetuan were alerted for possible flash floods.

Meanwhile, the City Health Office, which is now back to Pettit Barracks, continues to monitor the health conditions of the evacuees displaced by the 21-day conflict.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos said the most prevalent diseases were cough, colds, sore throats and skin disorders. He said 3,041 children were diagnosed with acute malnutrition, while 150 others were suffering from severely acute malnutrition.

Agbulos further reported that his office had completed 100% the conduct of immunization against measles, covering 7531 children. Immunization against influenza among senior citizens is ongoing.

To prevent the outbreak of any disease, Agbulos said the sanitation in the evacuation centers and personal hygiene of the evacuees were continuously monitored and ensured. “Cleanliness prevents diseases,” he declared.— Vic Larato