Tuesday, 08 February 2011 13:18
Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan, Jolo Mayor Hussin Amin and other local officials lauded the military’s Western Mindanao Command, AFP under the headship of its chief LtGen Raymundo Ferrer for the immediate response during the flash flood that took place in some brgys of Jolo, Sulu due to the continuous rainfall which started last Thursday February 03, 2011.
Lt Colonel Gamal Hayudini, Group Commander of the 4th Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service, AFP disclosed that the town of Jolo have experienced heavy rains that caused flash floods, damaging properties and lives, to include 4 fatalities of which one was a child and 37 casualties who are all confined at Sulu Provincial Hospital for free medical treatment.
The Province of Sulu is now placed under state of calamity and 1,140 families were left homeless after the incident. The victims are now sheltered at the Jolo gymnasium and being provided with aids coming from the different line agencies of the government to include the US troops.
Governor Tan praised the members of the Armed Forces and the US troops for rescuing the victims during the calamity and even described the troops as soldiers not only for combat operations but soldiers of the people.
Meanwhile, Lt Gen Ferrer together with the Commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-P Capt Robert Gusantine of the US Navy along with other high ranking military and local officials conducted inspection in the affected areas to assess what other assistance are needed.
"Your Armed Forces is at all times prepared to extend assistance because it is our primordial responsibility to lend our hands to the people who need our services – not only during man made calamities but also during natural disasters." Hayudini said.
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