Us­man’s floods dis­place 282 fam­i­lies in N. Sa­mar

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TACLOBAN CITY — Floods have dis­placed 282 fam­i­lies or 1,280 in­di­vid­u­als in 12 barangays in Catar­man, North­ern Sa­mar, due to heavy rains spawned by Trop­i­cal De­pres­sion “Us­man.”

The fam­i­lies have been stay­ing in the town’s au­di­to­rium af­ter floods hit Barangay Yakal, Narra, Ipilipil, Bangkero­han, Dalakit, Tal­isay, Bay­bay, Molave, Macagtas, Abad San­tos, Ca­soy, and Mabolo.

Emeral Gue­varra said only nine out of 55 barangays in the town were not af­fected by the worst flood­ing to hit Catar­man in re­cent years.

Land­slides were also re­ported i n Barangay Macagtas, Si­tio Ta­bor of UEP (Univer­sity of Eastern Philippines) 3 and Si­tio Ta­bor of UEP 1 and Purok 7 of Barangay Doña Pol­que­ria.

Se­nior Insp. Ron­nie Aben­dan, Lope de Vega po­lice chief, said he and his men were trapped in­side the po­lice sta­tion i n Barangay Pobla­cion.

“Our mess hall, which we used as our kitchen, was de­stroyed due to the flood. Some of our of­fice equip­ment like our fil­ing cabi­net were also dam­aged,” he said, adding that flood­wa­ter has yet to sub­side in the area.

Aben­dan said they re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that some per­sons were miss­ing, but they could not pro­vide de­tails as of post­ing time.

Us­man dumped 300 mil­lime­ters of rain in Cat ar­man, the high­est wa­ter level recorded by the Philip­pine At­mo­spheric Geo­phys­i­cal and As­tro­nom­i­cal Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Pa­gasa) in the province in 20 years.

Feleon Corona, Pa­gasa North­ern Sa­mar man­ager, said the high­est rain­fall mea­sured in Cat ar man was in 1988 at 485 mm.

“That was 24 hours of tor­ren­tial rains, where al­most the whole North­ern Sa­mar province was en­gulfed in flood­wa­ters. But there was no typhoon that time,” she said.

The 300 mm rain­fall recorded on Fri­day was within 10 hours of rain­ing, Corona said.

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