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Leyte flood claims six lives

By Gay B. Gaspay

Tacloban City (29 February) -- The heavy rain that poured on the afternoon of February 24 brought sudden upsurge of water which caused floods in several municipalities in Leyte and claimed six (6) lives as reported by Leyte Provincial Coordinating Council (PDCC) and the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC).

Four (4) lives were lost in Dulag and Carigara, Leyte. This was disclosed by Leyte Provincial Health Office nurse and representative Rosa Cana during the Leyte PDCC meeting which convened yesterday at the Provincial Assessor's Office, Leyte Capitol Bldg., Tacloban City.

According to Cana, the flood drowned four persons, one (1) in Dulag, Leyte and three (3) from Carigara, Leyte.

Eduardo Peneda, 64 years old was drowned in barangay, Buntay, Dulag, Leyte where his body was found in Buntay Bridge that same afternoon of February 24.

While, Rosalia Gurilla, 49, was drowned in Brgy. Macalpi, Carigara, Leyte and her body was found in Brgy. Canisak, Carigara several barangays away from Macalpi also that afternoon of February 24.

Meanwhile, Romil Dalicanon, 9 years old and Patrick Culbi, 7 years old, both of Brgy. Caghalo, Carigara were drowned while crossing Caghalo River together with three other friends who survived. Romil's body was brought by the strong current to San Jose River where he was found, while Patrick's body was seen at Balud Seashore in Capoocan, Leyte. Both bodies were found separately the following afternoon of February 25.

The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) on the other hand got, a report that Palo, Leyte Valentina Fuentes 70 years old got drowned in Brgy. Canhidoc, Palo, while three (3) years old Dana Isabel Dicencio of Barangay Santa Elena of Tacloban City was drowned also in the same barangay.

Leyte PHO, Prov'l Health Officer Dr. Edgardo Daya immediately sent a health advisory in the form of telegram to all affected Leyte Mayors with special attention on their Municipal Health Officer for the immediate implementation and to be on alert for possible disease outbreak which may result after the occurrence of flood.

Citing preparation on the upsurge of diarrheal cases, influenza (flu) and pneumonia cases. Procurement of needed medicines, fluids and supplies from respective local government funds and further advising local residents of affected places using artesian wells and water pumps to boil water for fifteen (15) minutes before drinking and to report cases of diarrhea to the Leyte Provincial Health Office located at Candahug, Palo, Leyte.

Meantime, Leyte Provincial Health Office awaits reports of outbreaks of diseases coming from different municipalities in Leyte so that Leyte PDCC Chaired by Gov. Jericho Carlos Petilla can help in providing medicines to augment those municipalities with increase cases of diarrhea. (PIA-8) [top]

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