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Thousands still affected as Laguna braces for long road to recovery

Calamba, Laguna (4 September) -- Lagunenses especially those living along the shores of Laguna de Bay are bracing for an extended agony as flood waters brought about by Typhoon Ondoy continue to swamp Laguna's coastal communities.

It has been decades already since Laguna experienced flooding like this, thus it is expected that it will take weeks or even months for the water to subside.

The aftermath of Ondoy's devastation affected thousand families and individuals bringing misery to the people. Based on the latest report of the Laguna Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) last October 1, 2009; 125,319 families accounting to 613,519 individuals are still affected in the whole province. Of the said figures; 23,376 composing 116,599 families are still inside the 194 evacuation centers most of which are public schools. This has hampered classes since students have to give way to the displaced. Also, many students are unlikely to attend classes since they themselves are affected by the floods.

To date: 23 died, 7 were injured, while 5 are still missing. Ondoy also left 961 totally damaged houses as well as 2,859 partially destroyed homes. The affected areas are Biņan with 198,700 individuals (45,125 families) followed by San Pedro with 153,536 (25,606 families); the capital town Sta. Cruz with 64,180 (13,348 families); Cabuyao with 46,001 (7,670 families); Calamba City with 38,819 (8,024 families); Los Baņos with 29,730 (5,496 families); Mabitac with 15,578 (3,187 families); Bay with 14,243 (3,433 families); Pakil with 10,578 (1,763 families); Pila with 9,657 (2,419 families); Siniloan with 9,045 (2,195 families); Sta. Rosa City with 8,144 (2,033 families); Pangil with 5,945 (1,587 families); Sta. Maria with 4,645 (1,689 families); Victoria with 1,980 (495 families); Kalayaan with 1,120 (280 families); Lumban with 600 (150 families); Paete with 314 (721 families); Alaminos with 234 (48 families); and Calauan with 218 individuals (50 families).

Biņan also registered the highest number of evacuees with 31,609 individuals (7,176 families) followed by San Pedro with 26,302 (4,384 families); Cabuyao with 15,012 (2,502 families); Calamba City with 12,072 (2,552 families); Siniloan with 9,045 (2,195 families); Sta. Cruz with 6,617 (1,148 families); Calamba City with 5,628 (1,831 families); Los Baņos with 5,181 (494 families); Pakil with 1,788 (298 families); Pila with 1,264 (316 families); Lumban with 600 (150 families); Pangil with 495 (116 families); Paete with 314 (71 families); Victoria with 307 (75 families); Mabitac with 250 (50 families); and Alaminos with 115 individuals (18 families).

The typhoon has affected 179 barangays from 2 cities and 21 municipalities. Because of this, the Provincial Government headed by Gov. Teresita S. Lazaro, and Provincial Administrator Dennis S. Lazaro is doing its best to help the needy. As of October 1, 2009; the Provincial Government was able to distribute a total of 13,500 packs of goods. The Provincial Government through the PDCC is currently coordinating with various agencies and groups to properly address the situation in the province. Gov. Lazaro also thanked the groups and individuals who extended a hand and gave donations to the victims.

"We really need everyone's help and involvement especially in these trying times. We are appealing to every Lagunenses' assistance since the government cannot do this alone. The calamity has become a roadblock for us but this will not deter the inherent spirit of our provincemates to start all over again and rise to the occasion to achieve our goals and aspirations to become achievers and contributors in society" Gov. Lazaro said. Laguna Provincial Information Officer (PIO) Chris Sanji on the other hand added, "This is a test of character for us and we are very optimistic that we will prevail in this huge challenge. Laguna will be back on its feet". (PIO/PIA4A) [top]

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