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PIA Press Release
2009/06/25

The mud-dening of Sto Nino Catbalogan

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan, Samar (June 25) -- Some 740 families in Sto Nino, Catbalogan are slowly washing off the mud that soiled their clothings, furniture, appliances and even wrecked their motorcycles and pedicabs.

Today, as PIA with some media allies surveyed Purok 2, Sto Nino, everything is maddening with mud.

Lola Luisa Cabuello, 74 said she had to swim to safety as the raging waters slowly barged into the two-storey house of her daughter.

Cabuello said she has just gone shopping for P5,000.00 to replenish goods in her mini store only to notice that her stock after the storm is now soled with mud.

One crying woman, admitted that the laundry she carefully washed and ironed due for delivery the following day were all soaking with mud. She is worried that her boss, a physician in town will ask her to pay for the damaged laundry.

Her mother an elderly woman in her 60's was also mourning for her lost hog.

The flashflood was swift but deadly, rampaging through things that come its way, carrying timber, appliances, pieces of furniture and even motorcycles, sometimes barging into small houses and incurring severe damages.

Mr and Mrs Petronilo Garte with three kids in tow had to run to a sturdier house in their neighborhood as the raging waters battered their wooden house with tons of debris and mud damaging all the properties they have saved for the last eight years.

PIA spotted dead turkeys, chicken and even litter awaiting disposal by their grieving masters.

Estrella Anano, another grandmother instructed her son to tie the kids together with them so they won't be washed away by the floods.

Jun Granados, a technician at DYMS picked up the soiled books and clothings, the latter he and wife washed in the now tamed Antiao River some 10 meters from their two storey home while.a survivor chicken, was still hovering around with wings thick with mud.

His son whispered the bird was to be 'chicken for dinner'.

It will be a while before the barangay folks of Sto Nino will forget the dreadful mudfloods, but Lola Luisa said should another flashflood comes along, she will lock her store and flee to higher grounds not necessarily swimming anymore. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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