'Henry' leaves P800,000 in damages in MisOr

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Friday, July 25, 2014


HEAVY rains and strong winds brought by typhoon Henry last week left the eastern portion of Misamis Oriental with an estimated P700,000 to P800,000 worth of damages.

Edmundo Pacamalan Jr., chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), said the estimated worth comprised the 12 houses destroyed and 137 damaged in the towns of Kinoguitan, Sugbongcogon, Tagoloan, Magsaysay, Medina, Talisayan, Balingoan and Gingoog City.

With the pounding downpour and howling wind, the affected areas experienced power outages for hours on July 19.

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Although Henry [International name: Matmo] did not make a landfall in the country, 49 families consisting of 246 individuals from the coastal barangay of Pangasihan in Gingoog, and 88 families consisting of 440 individuals from other parts of the province, had been evacuated that night.

There was no death recorded although one person was wounded when Henry passed by Misamis Oriental, Pacamalan said.

When Henry was 860 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar that day, the tropical storm had sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

Henry is the third storm to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), this month and the eighth tropical cyclone to enter PAR this year.

Disaster preparedness

Pacamalan furthered that with or without the presence of storms, their team at PDRRMC in coordination with local government units will always be prepared.

“We have a 24/7 monitoring system both the Capitol, our first command center, and Gingoog City, our second one. That is the protocol,” Pacamalan told Sun*Star Cagayan de Oro earlier.

"The second command center will monitor the eastern part of Misamis Oriental once the storm will enter Surigao area," he added.

Governor Yevgeny Vicente Emano affirmed the province's readiness in case calamities will strike the province.

"Plans have been carried out to mitigate and prevent further damages in the onslaught of any catastrophes from hitting the province," Emano said earlier.

"It is necessary to make plans ahead for the preservation of the lives and properties of affected communities."

According to Ana Cañeda, Office of the Civil Defense-Northern Mindanao (OCD-10) regional director, P70 million has been allotted for the campaign on disaster preparation in the region.

Each municipality and barangay has a separate five-percent share from the total budget of the province, Cañeda added.

New LPA

As Henry exited, another low pressure area (LPA) is seen approaching the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) near Eastern Samar.

With the upcoming LPA, PDRRMC has activated its centers that will keep monitoring the weather activity which will most likely affect the province anew, Pacamalan said.

The Philippine, Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the LPA, once it transforms into a typhoon, it will be named "Inday."

During the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda [International name: Rammasun] also last week, 27 houses in Misamis Oriental were damaged as documented by the PDRRMC.

However, no casualty had been recorded, the PDRRMC report said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 25, 2014.

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