Flooding hits Cebu town

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Saturday, July 26, 2014


HEAVY rains in Daanbantayan last Friday night caused flashfloods in at least nine of the northern Cebu town’s 20 barangays and carried away one car.

A 65-year-old man who had just stepped out of his vehicle got swept away by an overflowing river while he tried to cross a bridge in Barangay Poblacion around 5 a.m. Saturday.

The water that spilled over a bridge in Poblacion carried away the car, a Mitsubishi sedan, which Flaviano Moralde Jr. had just left, a police official said.

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It took two hours for the police to rescue Moralde, who got hold of a mangrove. His car remained in the water.

“Wa pa gani nahuman, naa na sab (We’re not yet done and here comes another one),” said Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro, referring to the ongoing rehabilitation work after Super Typhoon Yolanda severely damaged houses and infrastructure last November 8 in the northern town.

Mayor Corro is hoping that the National Government finally releases the P12.2 billion intended for the 15 local government units (LGUs) in Cebu that Yolanda (Haiyan) struck.

Food sent

The mayor sent Saturday morning relief packs to 35 affected families in Barangay Talisay, Sitio Suba and to five other families whose houses were washed out by the floods behind the town’s wet market in Barangay Poblacion.

The affected families are temporarily staying with their relatives. PO3 Carlo Mondejar of the Daanbantayan Police Station said that Moralde came from Barangay Tominhao and was bound for the town’s terminal where he was supposed to ride a bus for Cebu City.

Mondejar said that even if the floodwater had risen above the bridge, following heavy rains since Friday night, Moralde still decided to try to cross it.

Moralde, he added, managed to get out of the vehicle, but the strong currents prevented him from getting out of the water. He was swept almost 50 meters away from the bridge. Two residents who were walking saw the vehicle, then Moralde, and asked the police for help.

“Pagkaanod niya, nakagunit siya ug pagatpat sa unahan para dili siya maanod ngadto sa dagat (He managed to grab a mangrove, which kept him from getting swept out to the sea),” said Mondejar.

The bridge is about 100 meters from the beach.

Rescued

Rescuers threw a rope to Moralde, which he hold on to until he was eventually rescued.

He suffered some bruises and was brought safely to the district hospital for a check-up after the rescue.

As this developed, a sinkhole was reportedly discovered in Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island on Saturday, according to the Cebu Provincial Government’s Facebook page.

According to Ramil Pacino, a former councilman of Barangay Langub, the sinkhole was discovered at 7 a.m. Saturday in Sitio Dapdap, Barangay Langub in Kinatarcan Island, Sta. Fe.

At least 30 affected families were evacuated and given temporary shelter in a nearby Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Barangay officials cordoned off the sinkhole, which is reportedly located near the shoreline.

In Daanbantayan on Saturday, Mayor Corro confirmed after his inspection that floods hit Barangays Bitoon, Malingin, Talisay, Maya, Tapilon, Agujo, Bagay, Poblacion and Paypay.

Repairs

Two of Daanbantayan’s three relocation sites for those living in dangerous zones were among the flooded sites. One is a 1.3-hectare lot in Paypay, donated by Corro’s sister Elaine, and the other is in Barangay Agujo.

Vice Mayor Gilbert Arrabis, however, said that only the roads leading to the relocation sites, which sit on higher ground, were flooded.

Arrabis took pity on wet market vendors, whose fish stocks and boxes ended up floating in the floodwater.

Corro said a new market, located on higher ground, needs to be built to replace the present one, which is in a low-lying area.

The Department of Interior and Local Government’s website on recovery assistance for Yolanda showed that P8.25 million was allocated for repairs on Daanbantayan’s municipal hall, public market and gymnasium.

Corro said that the town will supplement that to raise the total amount to P10 million for the three buildings. (OCP/With JTR of Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 27, 2014.

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