Davao City responds to Typhoon Pablo victims

Subscribe Now December 04, 2012 at 04:37pm

A storm surge brought about by a rare typhoon (Tropical Storm Pablo) which visited the city led 275 families to vacate their homes along seven communities along the shoreline of Davao City. In a post-storm-assessment at the Public Safety Command Center, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio assured the affected families who are temporarily housed at the gymnasium of their respective areas that the city government will provide them assistance in terms of food and shelter.

She said the Emergency Response Center Central 911 and all other rescue groups are on standby to rescue those in distress while storm signal number one is hoisted in Davao City since 12:01 pm by the weather bureau.

“We are glad that the city is spared from enormous destruction. We are now preparing to assist areas affected even outside Davao City, depending on the advice from the National Risk Reduction and Management Council,” Duterte-Carpio said.

She said with the given storm signal, only classes for pre-school and kindergarten pupils will be suspended on Wednesday.

Based on the data provided for by the PSCC, the 275 families hail from the shoreline barangays of Daliao, Tori, Bucana, Lasang, Purok 60 Muslim Village in Talomo, Inabangan in Bunawan, Lizada, Toril, South Bay and Talomo where several roofs were blown away.

Ten fishermen were also rescued in a fishcage at Punta Dumalag while two children and one adult were taken to safety by rescuers in a fish cage in Tibungco.

Emmanuel Jaldon, chief of the Central 911 said the first responders continue to be on standby alert since the city is not out of the wrath of the storm yet.

He said Signal No. 1 will still bring rains to the city.

“All rivers in the city behaved normally during the onslaught of the storm,” Jaldon observed.

The Central 911 reported a total of 14 trees fell as the storm hovered the city.

Magno Adalin, chief of the PSCC said members of the 84th and 69th infantry battalions assured their readiness to respond to contingencies in Paquibato.

He said strong winds were felt in the area early in the afternoon Tuesday.

Meantime, the Office of Civil Defense XI reported that as of 1:00 pm Tuesday, the number of displaced families in 12 municipalities, three cities in Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental respectively, swelled to 1,013, affecting 5,065 persons.

Liza Mazo, director of the Office of Civil Defense XI said that one Erlinda Balante, 64 of Purok Canacan, Barangay Libtong, Central Manay died due to head trauma, after her house was hit by a falling tree.

She said the storm also destroyed totally 58 houses in Don Marcelino, Davao del Sur, and 11 in Maragusan, Compostela Valley.

Mazo said the whole of Davao Oriental and the municipalities of Compostela and Maragusan, Compostela Valley are experiencing blackout as many power lines were toppled down by trees and strong winds.

The Davao City Bankers’ Association Incorporated suspended banking operations citing extreme weather condition brought about by typhoon Pablo.

In a resolution attested by Lauro Ignacio, president of the DBAI, the DBAI said that the cancellation of flights to and from Davao City affected the clearing operations in the bank transactions.

The resolution also cited the need to secure the safety of bank officers and employees in Davao City.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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