Eastern Samar LGUs asked to designate alternative evacuation centers

December 4, 2014 12:08 pm 

TACLOBAN CITY, Dec. 4 -– The Eastern Samar provincial disaster and risk reduction management (PDRRM) council asked local government units (LGUs) to designate alternative evacuation centers as typhoon "Ruby" threatens to make landfall in the province.

Eastern Samar PDRRM officer Levi Nicart said about 30 percent of old evacuation centers such as covered courts and schools were damaged by super typhoon "Yolanda" last year, thus there is a need to promptly look for other options.

“Our alternatives are town halls, churches, schools, and two-storey disaster resilient houses in communities,” Nicart told reporters.

Of the 23 towns in Eastern Samar, six of these areas are highly vulnerable to flooding while several towns facing the Pacific Ocean are at risk to sea level rise.

The Eastern Samar PDRRM council will meet local government officials today. Yesterday, the provincial government announced the suspension of classes in all levels.

A recent shelter survey by the International Organization on Migration held in Samar provinces disclosed that of the 634 buildings designated by the government as safe evacuation centers prior to Yolanda, only eight percent remain standing.

“Over 400 other buildings need significant rehabilitation before they can be used, while a quarter was completely destroyed,” the report said.

Nicart said that some newly reconstructed schools and government buildings can now be used as evacuation centers, but “Hagupit will test if these structures are really disaster-resilient.” (PNA)

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