Fire victims continue to receive assistance

CITY Hall and non-government organizations (NGOs) are coordinating efforts in providing assistance to the hundreds of families displaced by the four-hour fire on Tuesday in Zamboanga City.

Dr. Elmeir Jade Apolinario, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) chief, said Thursday the City Government has released P600,000 for food and basic needs of the fire victims.

Some 894 families were displaced while five people were injured when a fire broke and razed some 600 houses late Tuesday in the village of Sta. Catalina, 1.76 kilometers east of the city.

Majority of the fire victims are temporarily housed at the covered court of the Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial Elementary School (Don Gems) in Barangay Sta. Catalina.

Personnel of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) assisted by the teachers of Don Gems continue to man the community kitchen, as food packs are distributed to the displaced families.

A total of seven portalets based on the standard requirement by the Water Sanitation and Hygiene cluster of one portalet for every 100 families, have been installed in the evacuation center.

Apolinario, who is also the acting city administrator, said that NGOs and other well-meaning individuals continue to respond to the call for help for the fire victims.

He said the donations come in the form of food packs, water, mats, slippers, rice, used clothing, milk and other items.

The Zamboanga City Water District has set a schedule of water deliveries for the fire victims.

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