Floods destroy P10M infra projects-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
THE City Government of Zamboanga has placed the initial estimate of damage to P10 million worth of local government-initiated infrastructure projects by the recent flashflood that hit the city.
City Engineer Luis Despalo said that among the infrastructures damaged are bridges and riprap facilities due to continuous rains that battered the city from October 4 to 10.
Despalo said these infrastructures are located in the villages of Ayala, Dulian, Maasin, Sinunuc, Malagutay, San Roque, Pasonanca, Lumbangan, Putik, Salaan, Tolosa, and Tumaga.
The five-day continuous rains spawned by Intertropical Convergence Zone brought widespread flashfloods affecting at least 28 of 98 villages in the city, Despalo said.
He said the heavy rains also triggered landslide in the villages of Curuan and Limpapa aside from the damage to infrastructures due to flashflood.
He, however, said the worth of infrastructure damaged by the flashflood could be higher once validation is completed.
He added that personnel from the City Engineer’s Office are checking on the infrastructures individually to determine the exact cost of damage.
Thousands of residents were displaced due to the calamity that also caused the suspension of classes in all levels from October 7 to 14 and work in all offices last October 7.
Despalo said the rehabilitation of the destroyed infrastructures will be done with the use of calamity funds.
Last week, city agriculturist Diosdado Palacat reported that damage to crops and fishery products have reached at least P57.9 million.