Thursday, December 29, 2011


Typhoon Sendong has badly hit Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City.

But there are also less known areas which were also affected by the wrath of Typhoon Sendong (Washi).

Here are news report I lifted from the Internet which I would like to share with you.

Davao del Norte town placed under state of calamity due to flood
GMANews – Wed, Dec 28, 2011

The town of Kapalong in Davao del Norte was placed under a state of calamity on Wednesday after continued rains caused a river to swell and flood nearby areas.   Office of Civil Defense Region XI director Liza Mazo said 2,900 families living in the town’s two barangays near the Libunganon River have already been evacuated. 
So far, no casualties have been recorded, she added.   “Dahan-dahang tumataas ‘yung tubig. May mga areas na knee-deep and waist-deep na ang tubig. Nag-preemptive evacuation na. Lahat sila nailipat na,” she said in an interview aired over “GMA News TV Live.”   She likewise said that the local council decided to declare a state of calamity in Kapalong to facilitate relief operations in the area.   “Quick response sa Kapalong noong tumataas pa lang ang tubig. Nag-convene agad ang council nila. Nailikas kaagad lahat,” she said.   Under Republic Act 10121 or the law on disaster management, prices of basic goods and service are automatically frozen and local governments are authorized to dip into funds to repair public infrastructure.   Mazo said banana plantations were destroyed, although the local government has yet to release figures on the damage caused by the floods.   Preemptive evacuations are also being undertaken in nearby Carmen town, the catch basin of floods in Davao del Norte, to prevent any casualty, she added. — ACC/ VS, GMA News
More towns flooded in Davao del Norte
  • By: Jean D. Abangan
  • December 28, 2011
DAVAO DEL NORTE- The weather is fair today here but floodwaters overflowing from major rivers rush through lowland areas of the province affecting three more towns and the capital city of Tagum.
As of 2:35 p.m., reports from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division revealed that flood waters already reached the municipality of Carmen particularly in Brgy Mabaus where 27 adults and 15 children were rescued.
In Barangay Guadalupe in Carmen, floodwaters were monitored as of 2:00 p.m. to have overflowed towards the national highway, spreading towards Brgy. Bincungan in Tagum City.
This prompted Tagum City government to impose a one-way traffic to and fro Davao City as flood waters at the approach of Gov. Miranda Bridge 1 went knee-deep high, preventing light vehicles such as single motorcycles and automobiles to pass through.
In a phone interview , Tagum City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council action officer Albert Angco said that Gov. Miranda Bridge 2 known as the Maharlika Bridge served as the one-way traffic route after Gov. Miranda Bridge 1 was closed.
Davao del Norte PDRRMD also reported that flood-waters flowed through other barangays in Carmen particularly taking direction towards Ising, New Camiling, Asuncion, Salvacion and other low-lying barangays but the situation “is being closely monitored by PDRRMD staff sent on field.”
Floodwaters also reached Tagum City barangays Cuambogan, Pagsabangan, Mankilam and San Miguel, affecting a total of 3,403 based on Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 11 reports forwarded to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) 11 as of 3:30 p.m.

Since we passed by Davao Del Norte on the way back to Cagayan de Oro City, we also saw these post-typhoon scenes. 
These scenes were taken by the highway along Carmen, just before we reached Tagum City...

With rivers this wide in the Davao Del Norte and the Compostela Valley area, it is no wonder that worse effects of calamities can occur! 
Thus, this is the government and community responsibility to be vigilant in prevention of these flashfloods and overflooding, where environmental issues like illegal logging crop up as well as community awareness on disaster risk reduction on possible disasters which are related to these areas.

It is fortunate during this present typhoon that there is no loss of lives because they already made preemptive evacuations. 
There is still loss of infrastructure and produce which would affect the economy of the people in this area.

We pray that they, too, would be able to recover from this calamity fast and be able to rise again after this major setback!!! 

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