Flashflood destroys 3 houses; 80 families evacuated

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


AT LEAST three makeshift houses were washed out when a flashflood hit nine barangays in Daanbantayan last Friday night.

In Sta. Fe town, there were almost 80 families that were evacuated after a sink hole, with an estimated diameter of 10 meters, appeared in Sitio Dapdap, Barangay Langub, Kintarkan Island last Saturday noontime.

On Friday, heavy rains, which raised the river level higher, were experienced in Daanbantayan.

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In the latest assessment, Corro said there are 76 families from different barangays who are affected.

He said the three families who owned the damaged houses in Barangay Poblacion are now staying in their relatives’ houses.

During the flood, at least two goats and a cow died when these were swept away.

Corro said the livestock was in Barangay Dalinding, and the dead animals were found in Barangay Bituon.

He said one carabao was also swept by the flood, but was eventually saved.

“Abnormal gyud ang pag-uwan (The rain at that time was abnormal),” Corro said.

Corro said the Municipal Social Welfare and Development office sent relief packs to the affected families.

He said fallen trees blocked a part of the river near the bridge in Barangay Poblacion.

As a result, the water level rose.

Cost

Corro said they are still assessing the cost of damage.

The barangays affected during the flashflood are Bitoon, Malingin, Talisay, Maya, Tapilon, Agujo, Bagay, Poblacion and Paypay.

Meanwhile, Santa Fe Mayor Jose Esgana said the sink hole’s depth is more or less a meter and a half.

In a text message from Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. last Saturday night, the sink hole was continuously moving down and its crack line expanded up to 10,000 square meters or 1 hectare.

Markers and ropes were placed to cordon the area.

Esgana said families living within 100 to 200 meters radius were moved out.

The 78 families are now in a nearby Seventh Day Adventist Church and a private school.

Esgana explained there were no houses that were actually affected by the sink hole because since typhoon Yolanda hit last Nov. 8, the families have been staying in donated tents.

Esgana said they are still waiting for the president’s approval of the Province’s rehabilitation plan so that they can relocate the families, especially those living within the danger zones.

The municipality of Sta. Fe gave relief goods to the families.

The town had asked help from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.

As of 5 p.m. yesterday, the town has not yet received the Capitol’s assistance.

Drainage

In Daanbantayan, Corro said they will address more the concern of solid waste management and drainage maintenance.

Once the rehabilitation plan will be approved and the funds from the National Government will be released, Daanbantayan will immediately relocate the families within the no-build zones.

Meanwhile, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Central Visayas says it will send a geologist to check on a sinkhole that suddenly appeared in Kinatarcan islet in Sta. Fe town.

MGB 7 Director Loreto Alburo said they will send Chief Geologist Al Emil Berador to examine the sinkhole today.

Alburo said that while Berador is checking on the extent of the development of the sinkhole, he urged the village’s barangay captain to caution residents not to approach the sinkhole.

He also asked the barangay officials to continuously monitor the sinkhole by deploying their tanods.

Local officials should also put up a sign board indicating the hazards that could occur within the sinkhole area.

Alburo also advised local officials to evacuate residents near the sinkhole, if needed.

Meanwhile, Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Chief Baltazar Tribunalo Jr., in a text message to Sun.Star Cebu last night, reported that the police, together with the Central Visayas Search and Rescue Group and the Philippine Coast Guard, retrieved the body of Aldrin “Yaman” Carba, a mountaineer and a professional tour guide.

Carba, who was one of the pioneers of canyoneering that traversed from the mountain rivers of Alegria and Badian, was declared missing past noon yesterday while he was reportedly having 22 guests from Manila and Cagayan de Oro City when strong current hit him while he was facilitating his guests to jump and cross to the other side of the river. He was found at 4:15 p.m.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 28, 2014.

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