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Negros Oriental hit by flashfloods; 5 dead, 3 missing

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Dumaguete City (9 February) -- Negros Oriental is badly hit by flashfloods which brought the death toll of 5 persons and three (3) were missing in some parts of the province as reported today (Feb 9, 2009) to the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC).

The two children both from Valencia were casualties from landslide; one from Dumaguete City identified as Bernie Mar Demecillo, 3 years old and one each from Amlan and Pamplona.

More than 400 houses were damaged and washed out which left hundreds of residents homeless when a flashflood occurred due to continuous heavy rainfall on Saturday, February 7, 2009.

The continuous rain in the province has caused hundreds of residents fleeing their homes and millions worth of agricultural products destroyed.

The PDCC initially reported that about 200 hectares of rice and more than 400 hectares of corn, root crops, vegetables, coconut trees, banana plantations and more 500 livestock totally affected. Most of these crops and livestock are from Tanjay City and the municipality of Valencia.

For infrastructure damaged, it was reported that Okoy River dike in Valencia collapsed, roads in barangays Sagbang, Balili, Caidiocan, Puhagan and Malaunay were impassable due landslides.

In the municipality of Bacong, banrangay Sacsac's spillway was totally destroyed and in San Jose, bridges and river dikes were toppled down.

With its initial reports from the different agencies concerned to Provincial Governor Emilio Macias II during the PDCC emergency meeting, the total estimated worth of damaged will be reported to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).

The estimated damage to agriculture and infrastructure will be collated soon by the Provincial Planning and Development Office as this will be brought by Governor Macias to Manila for some assistance.

However, the provincial government is ready for its budgetary reserve from the general fund of more than P45 million with another five percent from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of some P4 million. (PIA/jct) [top]

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