5 Davao City villages under state of calamity

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


DAVAO CITY (Updated) -- Five villages here have been placed under state of calamity after flash floods triggered by torrential rain swept away dozens of houses and killed at least 26 people, mostly children, officials said.

Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday afternoon called for a special session for the declaration.

The five villages placed under state of calamity are Matina Pangi, Matina Aplaya, Matina Crossing, Talomo Proper, and Maa.

The declaration allows the release of P51.5 million in calamity fund to finance relief and rehabilitation of flood-affected areas. The city has around P170 million in calamity funds.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Wednesday said around P40 million is needed to help flood victims.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said some 25,000 families with 125,000 persons in five villages have been affected by the flash flood.

Photos by Seth delos Reyes and King Rodriguez of Sun.Star Davao

Civil military affairs officer Major Jake Obligado said about 1,475 families sought refuge in four emergency shelters. Some 23,525 families consisting of 117,625 persons opted to stay outside evacuation centers.

Aside from the 26 people confirmed dead, at least 15 other people were missing, the mayor said.

Army Lieutenant Marianette Vinluan said 15 of the dead were children under age 10, including a nine-month-old infant.

Twenty-two of the 26 fatalities were identified as Adora Baricuatro, 26; Jaime Bawo, 41; Conchita Bawo, 43; Antonio Inciso, 77; Chris Alvarez; Alexis Baricuatro, 4; Alexandria Baricuatro, 7; Beth Amatos, 7; Catherine Valderosa; John Michael Alvarez, 7; John Carlo Alvarez, 3; Kenneth Ian Ayag, 4; Jason Saturos, 2; Cassandra Supa, 2; Carl Andrei Olivares, 9 months; Jovito Munsad, 51; Vicenta Ladaga, 50; Rowena Valderosa, 7; Lydia Valderosa; Tito Servidad, 63; Melchin Sorenio, 3; and Angelita Paches, 65.

The victims were residents of the villages of Matina Pangi, Matina Crossing and Talomo Proper, according to a report of the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DCDRRMC) on Wednesday.

The three barangays bore the worst of the flash flood that also destroyed the Pangi Bridge and several houses and vehicles of residents, the report said. The deluge that reached 10 feet swept at least 127 houses away.

Worst hit areas were Samantha Homes and Kilometro 6, 7 and 8 in Barangay Matina Pangi; Guadalupe, San Isidro, Arroyo compound, Tahimik Avenue, Teacher's Village, Villa Josefina in Barangay Matina Crossing; NHA Bangkal in Talomo Proper; and Ultra Homes Subdivision in Matina Aplaya.

Photos by Ben Tesiorna of Sun.Star Davao

The P51.5 million will be divided to City Government departments in charge of the rehabilitation efforts. The social services department gets P26 million, P20 million for engineering, P1 million for agriculture, P1 million for veterinary, P2 million for health, and P1.5 million for the city's Central 911.

The city engineering department pegged the damage to infrastructure at P11,950,000 with three bridges in the affected barangays rendered impassable.

The rainfall measurement by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in Davao City only measured eight millimeters, but that is because the rain gauge is near the Davao International Airport in the north, while the affected areas are in the southern part of the city.

"We can assume that Tuesday's strong rains fell on the environs of Davao City. As to the flash flood, the waters might come from mountains," Pagasa weather forecaster Jori Loiz said in an interview Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has sent relief assistance to flood victims in Davao City.

Secretary Soliman said the DSWD has released augmentation relief assistance worth P380,000 to the local government unit of Davao City.

She added the DSWD regional office requested for the release of P5.3-million budget for the purchase of additional relief goods.

"The DSWD Field Office XI is continuously coordinating with the local government unit of Davao City for the orderly distribution of relief goods to the affected families," she said. (With Virgil Lopez/Jill Beltran/Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 30, 2011.

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