Floods hit 9 Davao villages; 1 dead-A A +A
Saturday, November 2, 2013
DAVAO CITY -- Hours of heavy downpour on Thursday evening flooded nine villages in this city, resulting to one casualty and evacuation of residents in areas affected, an official of the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) said.
CSSDO chief Malou Bermudo, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao, said four barangays were hit by flooding in Buhangin district while three villages in Agdao district were also affected.
One barangay in Bunawan district was also submerged by floodwaters.
Barangays affected by flooding in Buhangin district included Buhangin Proper, Cabantian, Sasa, Angliongto and a portion of Tigatto while in Agdao district the areas affected were R. Castillo, Ubalde and San Antonio. Panacan, meanwhile, is the lone barangay affected in Bunawan district.
As of 2 p.m. Friday, Bermudo said barangays Ubalde and R. Castillo are still inundated as well as some areas in Buhangin particularly in Talisay, Spring Valley Subdivision, Hillside and San Jose. She also said these areas were submerged by waist-deep floodwaters.
The casualty, meanwhile, was identified as Gil Arsena Anub, 57, a resident of Km 8, in Tigatto, Buhangin District. Buhangin police reported Anub was killed after he was hit by the concrete wall of the Alsamonte Subdivision that collapsed due to strong current of floodwater.
The CSSDO head also said personnel from the Central 911 and the Davao City Risk Reduction and Management Council (DCDRRMC) conducted preemptive evacuation at the affected areas. The evacuees were temporarily housed at their respective barangay halls and covered courts.
Bermudo also said that as of 1 p.m. Friday, the evacuees have returned to their homes except for some families in Ubalde and R. Castillo.
"Ongoing pa ang assessment ng aming mga workers and wala pang estimate kung how many families and individuals ang affected dahil meron pang mga areas na hindi pa mapasukan dahil hindi pa nag-subside ang tubig, (The assessment of our workers is ongoing and we have no estimate yet on how many families and individuals are affected since there are still areas where we cannot penetrate since the water has not yet subsided.)" Bermudo said.
But CSSDO has already distributed relief assistance to affected families as part of their quick response and recovery operations.
"The office of the city mayor has already given Barangay Ubalde and R. Castillo lugaw (porridge), and this afternoon we are set to conduct another feeding program in the affected areas in Buhangin," Bermudo said.
She also said that the City Government of Davao awaits the assessment of CSSDO and DCDRRMC before they could determine if there is a need to declare a state of calamity in the affected areas. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 02, 2013.