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Tacloban gov’t to assess areas seen as possible flood, landslide incidents

Prompted by the Quarry District incident which killed 4 people

 

Tacloban City Councilor Aimee Delgado-Grafil checks on the condition of the residents of Barangay 43-B in Quarry District after the area was hit by a landslide incident that killed four people. PHOTO: RYAN G. AYON

TACLOBAN CITY- The city government here is set to conduct a reassessment on areas that could potentially result to flooding or landslide incident.
The move came in the wake of an incident in Barangay 43-B, Quarry District, when a concrete perimeter fence collapsed towards seven houses that resulted in the death of four people, to include a 17-year old student.
Idelbrando Bernadas, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), said that he was directed by Mayor Cristina Romualdez to identify areas across the city that have not been identified as a potential site of flooding or landslide incident.
It was learned that the area where the January 13 incident was not among the areas in the city tagged as landslide-prone area.
“The mayor had a marching order since the landslide happened to reassess all residents or families living along mountainside and in areas prone to flooding, landslide, and houses along the waterways,” Bernadas said.
The reassessment will be conducted with personnel from the City Engineering Office.
“If found that they are in danger zone, they will be forcibly evacuated and will bring them to the evacuation center and make a resolution to provide them with (permanent) housing for their safety,” Bernadas said.
Killed during the said incident in Brgy.43B, blamed due to the incessant rain brought by the tail of a cold front, were Delia Carson, chief of the barangay tanod members, Sherry Jean Amancio, barangay secretary and her daughter, Zoe,17, and common-law husband Alejandro Mayolargo.
Meantime, Vice Mayor Jerry ‘Sambo’ Yaokasin, who is the vice chairman of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, lauded the efforts of all the groups and volunteers in retrieving the dead bodies.
“In behalf of the people of Tacloban, we are thankful to all of you. (You) never stop ;( you) never give up,” the vice mayor said.
(ROEL T. AMAZONA)

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