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PIA Press Release
2009/06/24

Samar's capital pick up pieces of Feria's wrath

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan (June 24) -- Samar's capital town Catbalogan is slowly picking up the pieces of their crops torn by Feria's wrath.

The Social Welfare Office here, reported that as of the morning of June 24, some 148 houses from the different barangays of Catbalogan were totally damaged and some 2 thousand more reportedly partially damaged.

At the Capitol, some 55 evacuees sought shelter yesterday as Feria started battering their home made of light materials. As the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council convened, the same folks from Barangay 5 were given food last night and this morning.

They headed home this morning as the skies have cleared and power was restored.

DILG Provincial Director Jovito Lacaba said that it was Catbalogan that was most hit as his Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOO) in the different municipalities all over Samar, have reported through text messages, 'no substantial damage'.

In Barangay Canlapwas, where water has reportedly risen to six feet, some people temporarily sought shelter from the barangay chapel.

The morning after, the PDCC distributed rice, noodles and sardines to some 115 families.

PDCC also requested some food packs from governor Mila Tan and that presently some 2,750 family food packs are available for distribution to those affected.

PIA learned that the 34th Infantry Battalion will be tapped to distribute the goods.

Except for crop damages due to flooding, no casualty was reported although radio reports reaching DYOG Calbayog City said that three fishermen from Tarangnan town are being missed by their next of kin. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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