Many flooded areas weren’t flood-prone-A A +A
Saturday, November 2, 2013
EVEN residents of areas where that never experienced flooding in the past two decades had to contend with floodwaters inside their homes last night after a downpour in Davao City that lasted four hours and caused the death of one resident.
Among the areas affected of the flashfloods were La Verna Subdivision, Marla Compound Area, Roseville Phase 1 & 2, San Miguel Panacan, Jerome in Agdao, portions of Tigatto, NHA Buhangin, and NHA Agdao.
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 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.
Different rescue groups were to help trapped residents.
Heavy rains started to pour around 7 p.m. causing floodwaters to rise in these low-lying areas.
One of the areas that the Central 911 responded to was at Hill Side Subdivision where houses were in waist- and neck-deep floodwaters.
According to a Central 911 responder, some residents in the area refused to board their rubber boat.
One resident said they did not want to leave their houses because their things were already floating around.
Another resident, Juancho Gomez, said it was the very first time that their subdivision experienced knee-deep floodwaters.
"Actually two to three hours lang subside na tubig dito eh. Ngayon parang naranasan na yung baha sa Luzon," Gomez said in a television interview.
He complained that the Central 911 refused to board the members of his family on a truck.
"Mali ang patakaran ng chief na yun kung sino man siya," he said. He did not say what the condition set was by the “chief”.
Meanwhile, some 30 families were evacuated at the nearest St. Francis of Assisi Chapel in Marla's Compound at the Old Airport.
"Abi namo taas among balay dili makapasok ang tubig, pero pasok man gihapon (We thought the flood won't reach us but it did), a woman resident said.
As the City Government gave updates through its Facebook account regarding the heavy rains on Thursday night, netizens took the opportunity to ask for help by commenting on the post.
Netizen Glaiza Nahdee said: "Ma'am/Sir please og padala og rescue unit diri sulod sa Belisario Heights, Lanang. Sa Clapper Rail Street sa may chapel banda kay naay na trap na sakyanan sa tunga sa baha (Please send a rescue unit here at Belisario Heights in Lanang. There's a car trapped in the middle of the flood along Clapper Rail Street)."
Richard Ryan Salamanca said: "Grabe Roseville, first time naabot sa among higdaanan! Basa tanan (It's the first time the waters reached our bedroom. Everything was drenched)."
"Sa amin din sa Marla compound! Pls. help our drainage to change, basa tanan gamit namu (All our belongings are submerged)," Mar Ianne Culajara said.
Precious Mamelle Arabejo posted: "Pls lang ang gipadala sa Laverna ky mga gagmay na kayak. Unsaon pag rescue?! Naa mga batan.on na ng alig.alig na og buhat salbabida aron mka rescue..bcg ma.disgrasya pa hinuon..tsk3 (Why are small kayaks sent to Laverna, how can these rescue us. Youngsters are making lifesavers for rescue but they might be putting themselves at risk)."
"Davaofarm, Brg Lapu2. 1st time nisulod ang baha sa amuang balay since 1984 pami dri (It's the first time we got flooded here in Davao Farm, Brgy. Lapulapu since 1984)," said Wesley Josol.
"Dapat inayos na dito sa R castillo na Daan at mga kanal binaha na po kami dito sa NHA Agdao na first time po na pumasok ang tubig sa buong bahay po namin (The roads and canals at R. Castillo should have been repaired already. Floodwaters reached our home at NHA Agdao for the first time)" Yuu Kanai said.
Eddie Espiritu posted: "Grabe ka traffic gikan Bajada fly over taman sa Mamay Road hangtod kanto St. Anthony. First time nako drive 2 hrs and 10mins Ladislawa to Roseville 10:57pm-1:03 am (It's my first time to drive Ladislawa to Roseville for 2 hours and 10 minutes due to the heavy traffic traffic from Bajada flyover to Mamay Road)."
Floodwaters made the roads of Bajada, Quirino, Panacan, Buhangin-Diversion Road junction, Mamay Road-Diversion junction, Cabaguio-JP Laurel junction from SPMC to Lanang areas impassable and reached knee-deep.
Heavy build-up of traffic caused by the sudden increase of water levels especially at Buhangin and La Verna, Diversion Road area was noted.
Many Dabawenyos, mostly employees, were stranded along Bajada due to heavy rains.
"Traffic congestion is hampering on-going rescue operations. We are hoping for your cooperation," the City Government of Davao posted on its official Facebook account.
Buhangin underpass was still under heavy traffic as of 9:07 a.m. Friday, according to the City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office.
Ubalde and Jerome in Agdao District were still experiencing knee-deep floodwaters Friday morning.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 02, 2013.