Flood forces evacuees’ transfer-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Sunday, October 6, 2013
MORE than 2,000 evacuees were transferred from the Mayor Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex to two nearby schools after incessant rains coupled with strong intertropical convergence zone that battered Zamboanga City since Friday flooded the grounds of the sports complex.
Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman said the evacuees were transferred Friday to the nearby government-run Zamboanga City High School (ZCHS)-west and to the Baliwasan Central School.
Soliman said the transfer of the elderly, mothers, babies and children was the immediate solution they adopted to protect them from sickness.
New tents were also set up with the support from the International Organization of Migration (IOM), a member-organization of the United Nations (UN).
The incessant rains the past three days also inundated low-lying areas, displacing hundreds of families.
The hardest hit areas were the villages of Tugbungan where 200 families were evacuated to safer grounds, San Jose Gusu with 200 families affected, Baliwasan with 70 families affected, and Divisoria with 39 families.
City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) action officer, said flooding was also reported in the village of Patalon, west of the city, and several other low-lying areas.
Orendain said that Coast Guard and Red Cross personnel rescued families in Barangay Tugbungan, while personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) spearheaded the rescue operations in San Jose Gusu.
Orendain said CDRRMC member-agencies are on alert for any emergency situations brought about by the inclement weather.
Orendain has appealed to residents along riverbanks and flood-prone areas to temporarily seek safer grounds, as the weather condition remains abnormal.