Davao flood death toll now 25

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


DAVAO CITY (5th Update, 5:35 p.m.) -- Twenty-five people were confirmed dead while 3,000 families were displaced by the flooding that hit this city Tuesday evening.

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, 19 of the confirmed fatalities were identified as Angelita Paches, 65 years old; Alexander Baricuatro, 4; Jason Ataros, 3; John Michel Alvarez, 7; Rowena Balderosa, 7; Melchin Roseno, 2; John Carlo Alvarez, 3; Tito Servidad, 53; Dennis Ayag, 4; Pastor Jimmy Bao; Conchita Bao; Isadora Baricuatro; Antonio Inciso, 77; infant Chris Alvarez; Alexandria Baricuatro, 7; Beth Amatos, 7; Catherine Balderosa; Kassandra Supa, 2; and Carl Andrei Olivares, nine months old.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said that as of Wednesday noon, 15 are still missing and a total of 127 houses were washed out.

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The city also estimated the total cost of damage at P40 million, including the damage to a foot bridge in Matina Pangi.

The heavy downpour in Bangkal and Matina on Tuesday evening lasted for six hours, causing the flashflood.

The rising floodwater also inundated several areas in at least four affected barangays, namely: Matina Aplaya, Matina Pangi, Bangkal and Talomo.

Photos by Ben Tesiorna of Sun.Star Davao

Some of the affected residents told Sun.Star that the floodwater Tuesday night reached to as high as four feet inside subdivisions.

Due to flooding, authorities closed the Matina-Balusong Bridge after cracks were noticed in it, causing heavy traffic.

Mayor Duterte called for an emergency meeting to map out the efforts of the City Government in helping the victims.

She said the city has about P170 million calamity fund available and they are only asking for about P40 million to be released for the victims.

Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte also called for a special session in the City Council for the declaration of a state of calamity in the affected areas so that the calamity fund would be released immediately.

Authorities said the calamity fund to be released will be for food and financial assistance to the victims.

Mayor Duterte said they will give P10,000 to each of the families affected.

Vice Mayor Duterte, meanwhile, reminded the public that only the bare essentials will be subjected for financial assistance, after he found “fighting cocks” as among those recommended for refund by the city.

“Ihawa na ninyo inyong mga manok. Dili na labot sa bayaran sa gobyerno (You slaughter your fighting cocks. The government will not pay for them),” Duterte said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in Davao City, meanwhile, revealed that it only recorded eight millimeters of rain Tuesday night.

Pagasa said, however, that it has no rain gauge installed in Matina area where the heavy downpour occurred. It said its rain gauge is only located at its station near the airport. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)

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