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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Recent flood in Agusan del Sur affects 12,104 families

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 3 (PIA) -- Victims of the recent flood that occurred on the last week of December 2011 reached 12,104 families from the seven municipalities and the lone city of Bayugan, partial reports from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (PDRRMC) revealed.

However, no casualty was recorded.

The municipality of Rosario, who were the first to call the help of the PDRRMO, have the highest number of affected families with a total of 4,147 families. It was followed by Prosperidad with 3,672 families. Ranked third is the municipality of Veruela with 3,200 families. Other areas had the following figures: San Luis with 408, Loreto with 220 families, Bayugan City with 179 families, Esperanza with 150 families and San Francisco with 128 families or 548 persons.

Among the affected families, 3,033 have seek temporary shelter at the various evacuation centers like the municipal gymnasium, schools, churches, barangay and municipal halls at the height of the flood.

According to Roberto Natividad, head of the PDRRMO, they immediately dispatched search and rescue teams with rubber boats and rescue vehicles to the municipality of Rosario and San Francisco who were the first two municipalities to seek the help of the PDRRMO.

Partial reports from the PDRRMC also revealed three schools from San Luis namely San Gabriel Elementary School, Binongan Elementary School and Magsaysay Elementary school were partially damaged while 40 houses from Don Alejandro and another 15 from Dona Flavia still in San Luis were also partially damaged. Four houses from Veruela town were totally damaged.

The City of Bayugan and the municipality of Loreto were the first to submit reports of the damages caused by the floods to rice and corn fields in their respective municipalities, totalling P6,119,481.

An approach portion of Langkilaan bridge in Barangay Sta. Maria, Trento falls and became impassable to traffic while Bridge 2 in Mambaos, Loreto submerged at the height of the flood. Portion of the national road were also reportedly unpassable when the volume of flood waters overflow the road at around 11:00 PM on December 26, but had immediately subsided after around three hours, the DPWH reported.

In a meeting the following day, December 27, Gov. Adolph Edward called and ordered the Provincial Social Welfare and Development office to produce immediately relief goods and deliver them to affected areas.

To date, a total of 2,836 families in three most affected municipalities namely Rosario, La Paz and Talacogon were already served with 279 bags of rice, 200 cases of sardines, 635 cases of noodles and other relief items like coffee, sugar, milo and milk for the children. The relief distribution still continues until reporting time. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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