Flashfloods hit three Sarangani towns, one GenSan village

August 2, 2009 12:14 pm 

MANILA, Aug. 2 – Flash floods, triggered by heavy rains brought about by tropical storm "Jolina," hit three towns in Saragani province and a barangay in General Santos City during the past two days, sending 5,063 residents to evacuate to higher grounds.

The National Disaster Coordinating Center and the Philippine National Red Cross General Santos chapter, said they evacuated the displaced 1,155 families to eight designated evacuation centers in Saranggani province and in General Santos City.

In her report to PNRC chairman Richard Gordon, PNRC General Santos chapter administrator Merly Gludo said flashfloods affected the municipality of Malapatan, Maasim and Kiamba in Saranggani and Barangay Bawing in General Santos City.

Gludo reported four deaths and one missing person in Malapatan and one death in Kiamba.

A total of 1,147 houses were partially damaged while eight houses were totally damaged due to continuous rains.

Red Cross 143 volunteers were mobilized to conduct emergency assessment, assist the victims during evacuation and augment food distribution in coordination with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“A pool of Red Cross volunteers is already in Kiamba to conduct assessment and distribute goods to the affected families. We also coordinated with DSWD in distributing goods to all affected areas,” said Gludo.

Gordon directed all volunteers and staff in General Santos Chapter to continue monitoring the situation in Saranggani and General Santos City.

“Our volunteers are ready to serve 24/7 and our objective is to call on to other people to help the victims of this calamity. More volunteers mean more people we can help,” Gordon said.

PNRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang assured the affected families that Red Cross would give the necessary assistance to them. Rubber boats, generators and fuel will also be pre-positioned for any eventuality.(PNA)

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