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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, September 25, 2017
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Flood victims get aid
41 houses destroyed , 40 damaged, mayor says
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

The Bacolod City government is providing assistance to families affected by the floods that hit Friday, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

Cash assistance will be provided to those whose houses were destroyed and damaged, while initial food aid was given to the evacuees, he said.

The mayor said an initial report shows that 41 houses were destroyed and 40 were damaged in Bacolod City.

Families affected by the floods were 575 or 2,300 individuals, he added.

No reports of missing or injured persons during the floods Friday have been received, contrary to a post on social media, Executive assistant Jose Marie Vargas, cluster head of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said yesterday.

Vargas saidthat, based on the records of the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office as of Saturday, the barangays affected by the floods were Alijis, 27, 28, Singcang, 35, 40, 41, Mandalagan, Taculing, Pahanocoy, 39, Mansilingan and Bata.

Vargas said floods rose to about four feet in Villa Mercedes inBrgy. Singcang, and about four to five feet in front of Gaisano City. It subsided about 2 a.m. Saturday in Brgy. Singcang, and about midnight in other areas.

He said the Department of Social Welfare and Development has ongoing verification of the total families and houses affected by the floods.

Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito said that in Brgy. Singcang, as of yesterday, about 30 houses were destroyed and 152 were damaged by the floods.

He said validation and relief operations are still ongoing in Brgy. Singcang.

Vargas said the affected families spent their weekend cleaning up their homes and surroundings after the floods.

He said heavy rainfall had caused the flashflood Friday and the barangays most affected were those along the Mandalagan, Lupit andMasungay rivers.

Vargas said they thank IPM-Construction and Development Corporation for providing their dumptrucks to help the city in assisting those who were stranded. They also used floating devices and ropes to help rescue people in areas where their vehicles could not penetrate.

He said they plan to coordinate with the local governments of Murcia and Talisay, the source of the flood,to put up a warning system so they could immediately inform barangay officials in Bacolod to evacuate their people in case offloods. They will also involve their DRRMO.

Leonardia, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran led the distribution of relief goods to hundreds of families affected by floods Friday night.

Councilor Bartolome Orola Jr. joined the three officials and the Department of Social Services and Development in giving assistance to families in Barangays 39, 40, 41, and Singcang-Airport Saturday.

Councilors Cindy Rojas, Caesar Distrito, and Em Ang also delivered their assistance to several barangays, and sent their staff to accompany the mayor, vice mayor and congressman in the affected barangays.

In Brgy. 39, a total of 104 families were given relief goods, Brgy. 40 - 84 families, Brgy. 41 - 37 families, and Brgy.Singcang-Airport - 37 families.

Barangay captains Dante Danoy of Brgy. 39, Leonilo Colegado of Brgy.41, Rosinie Distrito of Singcang-Airport, and Kagawad Elon Sugon of Brgy. 40 facilitated the distribution.

ON TOP OF SITUATION

At the height of flooding Friday night, Leonardia said he was monitoring the situation from the Bacolod City Government Center, where, upon consultation with city and Diasater Risk Reduction and Management officials, he ordered "forced evacuation" in high risk areas, and for quick emergency response in flooded ones.

He also inspected the City DRRMO Command Center at the Bacolod City Hall to check its operations and further monitor the situation around Bacolod City.

After an ocular inspection of affected areas, he likewise met with evacuees in Brgy. Singcang-Airport.*CGS

 

 

 

 

 

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