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Sorsogon province placed under state of calamity

by MA Loterte and BA Recebido

Province of Sorsogon (February 29) -- The Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council here estimated around P125.9 million damages and claimed at least 10 lives had the heavy rains wrought devastation to this province for almost two weeks now.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan here, by virtue of a Resolution, has already placed twelve towns as well as Sorsogon City under the state of calamity at the heels of the torrential rains resulting to flooding and landslides in these areas.

In a report of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, damages cost P125.9 million to infrastructures, including national and provincial roads, bridges, among others.

PDCC action officer Atty. Manuel Fortes bared estimated damages in Casiguran town peg at P42.5M; Juban, P31.2M; Matnog, P13M; Bulan, P11.75M; Castilla, P10.3M; Pilar, P6.9M; Sta. Magdalena, P3.5M; Sorsogon City, P2.5M; Bulusan, P1.85M; Prieto Diaz, P.85M; Gubat, P.55M; Barcelona, P.5M; and, Irosin also with P.5M.

The heavy flooding also hit the agricultural sector worth at least P6.9 million, particularly on rice crops which are already on the reproductive and flowering stage, wherein Sorsogon City lost 4.6M; Castilla, 1.14M; Irosin, 907,686; Casiguran, 219,822; and Bulusan, 65,367.

Cost of destructions in Magallanes town is yet to be determined as PDCC has been doing rounds and conducting assessment as of press time.

PDCC also reported some 3,949 families, comprised of at least 21,142 persons, were directly affected across the province by the continuous heavy rains since last week.

DPWH 2nd engineering district chief Egdar Corativo, meanwhile, just announced today the Juban-Magallanes highways has been cleared of landslides debris and trips to Magallanes are now in normal condition.

Governor Sally Lee, on the other hand, said the Provincial Engineer's Office has also since mobilized all available personnel and heavy equipment to clear up all roads all over the province affected by floods and landslides.

Magallanes mayor Abelardo Arambulo is relentlessly appealing for help from the Bicol Regional Disaster Coordinating Council as well as from the national government at the heel of the worst disaster that ever hit the municipality.

"The municipal government alone can no longer manage to carry out relief operations and evacuations of hundreds of families displaced by the massive flooding and landslides in several barangays," Arambulo pointed out.

At least 10 persons were killed in landslides in Magallanes town at the height of the heavy rains last Thursday identified as Roel Dayondayon, Marlon Dayondayon, Lilian Dayondayon, Crisanta Baņares, Lourdes Bestumen and an unknown child in barangay Incarisan; Desima Bello and Virginia Vello in barangay Bacalon; Maria Collantes in barangay Tagas; and one still unidentified person in barangay Tula-tula Sur.

In a media interview, Fortes further stated PDCC has been assisting the calamity victims as Gov. Lee herself already visited the affected areas in Magallanes and other towns who also personally delivered to the LGUs supplies of clean and safe drinking water, food items, mats, blankets, medicines and other priority needs of the victims.

Lee is also set to meet President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo today to report the extent of devastation and appeal for help to address the needs of the victims of flooding and landslides in the province. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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