City gives financial aid to flood, landslide victims PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:53

Twenty-one families who are victims of heavy rains, strong winds, flashfloods and landslides in barangays Ayala, Labuan, Limpapa and Patalon, all in the western coast of this city last August yesterday received cash assistance from the City Government totaling P85,000.

OIC City Social Welfare Officer Evelyn Las Marias assisted by her staff, personnel from the City Treasurer’s Office and concerned barangay officials  distributed the cash assistance to the affected families.

Of the 21 families, 11, whose houses were totally destroyed by the natural calamity, received P5,000 each, while the 10 others received P3,000 each for their partially-damaged houses.

The heavy rains that triggered flashfloods and landslides in some barangays hit the city August 8. As a result, massive flooding hit many low-lying barangays and the hardest hit were the coastal communities of Ayala, Labuan and Patalon while some houses in Limpapa were hit by falling trees and landslides.

Aside from the August 8 flooding, Zamboanga City was also battered by heavy rains resulting to the declaration of a state of calamity in the affected barangays last October 8, barely a month after Zamboanga conflict.

It has been the policy of the city government since the previous administration to extend similar cash assistance to families who had fallen victims of natural calamities and other fortuitous events.

The financial assistance to the August 8 disaster was supposed to be released last September but was deferred due to the Zamboanga conflict. Financial assistance for the October 8 calamity will be distributed in the days to come. — Vic Larato