Execs to nat’l agencies: Help us
WORST N. SAMAR FLOODING IN 30 YEARS
TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – Local officials of Northern Samar are seeking i mmediate assistance from national agencies as the province struggles with its worst flooding in 30 years.
“We are appealing to our (national) agencies for immediate assistance. We have not seen this kind of disaster in 30 years. This is the worst ever,” said Vice Gov. Gary Lavin of Northern Samar, one of the poorest provinces of the country.
Lavin said the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) has yet to receive reports on the damagecausedbyTropical Depression “Usman” as the flooding has yet to subside.
Oncetheyhavereceived the needed reports, Lavin said the provincial board wouldthenrecommendto Northern Samar Governor Jose Ong the declaration of a state of calamity over the entire province.
“Right now, we are still conducting our postdisaster assessment and we are still waiting for their reports. But considering that they knew the real situation, the (affected) municipalities could declare state of calamity by their own,” he said.
Power supply has also yet to be restored in the provincewith communication lines erratic. These add to the difficulties of the municipal governments in the province in submitting their reports.
Lavin said the town of Lope de Vega needs the most help because it remains isolated.
Of Lope de Vega’s 22 barangays, 20 were flooded. The water level reportedly reached the second floors of several houses in the town which is about 28 kilometers away from the provincial capital of Catarman.
“Governor Ong has to usehisownchoppersowe can provide (food) relief to the people of Lope de Vega which remains isolated due to flooding,” he said.
Reports from the Office of Civil Defense in Eastern Visayas (OCD-8) said that roads linking Lope de Vega to Calbayog City in Samar and Lope de Vega to Catarman remain impassable due to flooding.