RESIDENTS and officials of Lope de Vega in Northern Samar are asking immediate help in the wake of Tropical Depression “Usman.”
Mayor Anna Tan-Palloc said they are in need of housing materials, food, water, hygiene kits, and used clothing after “Usman” brought heavy rains and floods in their town last week.
Palloc said at least 389 houses are totally damaged and 729 partially damaged after the storm.
As they welcomed the new year, the mayor said they are expecting that help will come to their constituents in the 22 barangays.
As of January 1, Palloc said they are still waiting for further reports from other affected barangays.
She said that some upland and interior barangays have remained inaccessible and without power supply.
The town’s water system was also destroyed by flood, the mayor added.
Rodolfo Francisco, a 51-year-old farmer, said he walked seven kilometers from his place in Barangay Sampaguita to reach the town proper and ask for help.
“Our house was totally washed out. We’re not able to save anything. It’s very difficult for us now,” Francisco told reporters.
At least five people were killed and two others were missing in Lope de Vega as of Dec. 31.
A fourth class municipality, Lope de Vega is set to declare a state of calamity on Wednesday.