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Friday, October 18, 2013
BOHOL — “We need food, water and medicines.”
This is what a group of people in Barangay Basak in the municipality of Loon, Bohol shouted, three days after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit their place.
Aside from their fear of losing food and water supplies in the coming days, the residents also feared the unusual new sink holes in their place.
Maria Editha Santillana, 49, said she feels separated from civilization. After the quake, they heard no news and updates about their situation.
“Daghan mi ug pangutana nga wa mi makahibaw kung kinsay makatubag tungod kay di man sila (officials) makaabot dinhi sa amo,” said Santillana.
Santillana and her relatives camped outside their destroyed house since Tuesday.
(Video by Allan Cuizon/Sun.Star Cebu)
Signs asking for help
When two UH-1H (Huey) helicopters from the Philippine Air Force surveyed Loon yesterday, residents to place signs asking for food.
“Nakakita mi sa TV ana maong gisunod namo sa among mga silingan aron mahatagan mi ug pagkaon (We followed what we saw on TV so they can give us food),” said Santillana.
Loon Mayor Lloyd Peter Lopez appealed to the public for help. He said that aside from food, water and medicines, they also need shelter.
“I hope they can send us tents so we can use these as temporary shelter,” said Lopez in an interview with Sun.Star Cebu.
Since Tuesday, most of the residents in Loon stayed outside their destroyed houses. Some stayed in an open space near the ruined Loon church and outside their municipal hall.
Lopez feared what could happen to them in the coming days if relief operations fail to reach their place.
He said they have only few supplies of food that would last just until today.
The Provincial Government of Bohol initially sent supplies to Loon, but transport of goods is slow.
Transport of prime commodities for Loon can only be done by sea and airlift.
The municipal health department of Loon also expressed their fear of running out of medicines.
Critical patients in Congressman Natalio P. Castillo Sr. Memorial Hospital were also transported to Tagbilaran.
Volunteer rescuers from Manila facilitated their transfer using a Coast Guard vessel. Other patients of the hospital are now staying in an adjacent open space because the hospital building is no longer safe for occupancy.
Marcelino Digal, an admin officer who helped in facilitating the transfer of the patients said, they now have few medical supplies and other patients should be brought to other hospitals.
Dr. Celestina dela Cerna, chief of hospital said, their immediate needs are antibiotics, pain relievers and plaster, among others. Most of their patients suffered fractures and wounds after escaping from falling debris.
Six sinkholes in Barangay Basak and Basdacu were also seen immediately after the quake. Santillana said a yellowish water came out from the sinkholes.
Mayor Lopez asked his residents to stay calm. He already asked the Provincial Government to send experts so they can study the sinkholes.
As of yesterday, there was still no electricity in Loon. Only an automobile battery was used by the residents to charge their cellular phones.
Loon was isolated after Abatan Bridge that connects it to nearby municipalities broke. It is the biggest municipality, with 67 barangays.
The death toll in Bohol already reached 159, with 186 injuries and 20 still missing.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 18, 2013.