Flashflood Swamped Cagayan de Oro City
Posted January 14, 2009on:
Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines – More than 6,180 families evacuated in
Cagayan de Oro City last January 3, 2009 after the flashfloods trapped them in their homes. Everybody thought that the worst is over. Then on January 11, 2009 heavier downpour had set people in this city again to panic. As raging waters are rushing from every where flooding every streets it hits. Destroying anything in its way claiming more lives and caused many casualties.
Based on Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC – 10) report more than 6,180 families were affected by flashflood that wrecked havoc on in Cagayan de Oro City. The flashfloods left at least 230 totally damaged houses and 552 and more partially – damaged houses.
Affected barangays are Gusa; Consolacion; Macasandig; Tablon; Carmen; Balulang; Taguanao, Indahag; Tibasak, Kauswagan; Barangay 6, Lapasan, Barangay 7; Barangay 13; Barangay 15 and Barangay 17. Some of these barangays are still inaccessible.
Residents on affected barangays said that they were all caught by surprise as water rose suddenly to higher level. Some have managed to salvage important things before evacuating while other families leave their houses fleeing from the raging flashflood waters saving only their lives.
“This is the worst flooding the city and province experienced for the first time after 30 years. The water’s current is so strong and things happen so fast. The people could not believe the water could rise so quickly,” Rowena Balino, WV program manager in Mindanao, said.
“This is so sudden and we are still expecting the water to rise on Saturday afternoon. We are closely monitoring the residents especially on Isla de Oro and Isla Bacsan,” said Criselda Joson, Cagayan de Oro City Administrator. The two Islets were located across barangay Carmen and Barangays Kauswagan and Consolalacion, respectively.