Friday, 06 July 2012 15:40
A total of 114 persons were rescued by members of the police and military following a flashflood that hit Banaybanay, Davao Oriental at 6 a.m. on Wednesday due to heavy rains.
1Lt. Isis Achanzar, commanding officer of the 4th Communication and Information Company of the 28th Infantry Battalion, said hardest hit were Barangays Panikian, Piso and Cabangcalan, all situated at the base of a mountain.
She said rescuers saved initially eight families with 31 dependents at Sitio San Isidro, Barangay Panikian, one family with four dependents in Barangay Piso and two families with 10 dependents in Purok Uno, Barangay Cabangcalan.
Achanzar said that all the flood victims are temporarily housed at municipal women's training center in Banaybanay Poblacion.
She also disclosed that 57 other flood victims were rescued in Purok 7, Barangay Calubihan and were sheltered at the barangay hall. “Water is still high,” Achanzar said as of presstime.
She said members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) also responded to the flashflood areas to assist in the rescue operation and to conduct needs assessment.
By Joey Sem G. Dalumpines-PNA
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