Strong winds, huge waves damage 30 houses in Iloilo City

The southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Depression Dodong has left 30 damaged houses in Iloilo City, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRMMO) reported on Monday. According to the operations center’s record as of 8 a.m. Monday, there is a total of 30 (seven destroyed and 23 partially damaged) houses, with two injured individuals with one admitted to a hospital,’ the report submitted to Mayor Jerry P. Treñas on Monday stated. Strong winds, huge waves, and fallen trees and posts were cited as reasons for the damages and injuries affecting 46 families. City Social Welfare and Development Officer Teresa Gelogo said affected families opted to stay with their relatives, especially in Barangay Ma. Clara where the evacuation center is being renovated. ‘Our financial assistance will just follow because we still have to prepare a report. We will serve those with totally and partially damaged houses, she said in an interview. Further, 30 barangays have already reported flooding, ranging from ankle up to knee-high, prompting families to evacuate. As of 10 a.m., 73 families equivalent to 295 individuals are still staying in various evacuation centers. ‘Some are low-lying areas or close to the creek while others are runoff water since our soil has been saturated due to the heavy rains that we experienced since last week. We also have issues with our drainage, so it’s a combination of those factors actually,’ said City DRRM Officer Donna Magno in an interview. Treñas in a press conference said families affected by the flooding were provided with food assistance. ‘Upon the recommendation of the CDRRMO we have no flag (raising ceremony), biometrics, and classes were canceled,’ he said, adding that they are keeping a close watch on the weather conditions for the necessary announcements when needed.

Source: Philippines News Agency