Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mga namatay sa baha sa Davao, umabot sa 29

MGA NAMATAY SA BAHA SA DAVAO, UMABOT NA SA 29

Nagsimula nang magsibalikan sa kanilang bahay ang mga nagsilikas noong kasagsagan ng baha sa Davao City.

Ang problema nila ngayon ay kung paano muli babangon dahil halos lahat ng kanilang naipundar ay inanod na ng baha.

Muling sinuyod ng search and rescue team ang mga binahang lugar para hanapin ang 14 pang nawawala.

Sa Kilometer 5, Matina Pangi, natagpuan ang mga labi ng isang taong gulang na si Rogelio Valderoza III.

Inanod ng baha ang kanilang bahay kasama ang kanyang inang si Elsa at mga kapatid na sila Catherine at Rowena.

“Nabitawan siya ng aking asawa sa kasagsagan ng baha," sabi ng ama ng biktima.

Isa pang bangkay ng babae ang natagpuan kagabi sa isang resort.

Kinilala ng amang si Lucio Tanio ang biktima na si Keizle Tanio, 16, at isa sa nawawala dahil sa baha.

Siksikan pa rin ang nagsilikas sa mga evacuation centers.

Lalo na't bigla na namang bumuhos ang ulan kagabi.

Marami tuloy ang natakot na baka maulit ang mala-delubyong baha.

"Naulanan kasi ang anak ko kagabi paglikas namin kaya po nilagnat ang anak ko ngayon,” sabi ni Rose Orpina.

Ang iba naman, bumalik na sa kani-kanilang lugar pero halos wala silang nadatnan.

Nagkalat ang mga yero sa paligid, mga nagibang bahay, at maruruming gamit.

Ang mga sasakyang binaha, nakahambalang pa rin kung saan-saan.

Namahagi naman ang lokal na pamahalaan ng pagkain.

Ang ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya, namigay rin ng lugaw at relief goods.

Naghahanap na ng relocation site ang lungsod para sa mga nakatira sa tabing-ilog at magpapatayo na rin ng flood control.

Sa kabuuan, mahigit 12,000 pamilya ang apektado ng pagbaha dito sa Davao at 137 kabahayan ang nawasak.

Nilinaw naman ng OCD-Davao na 29 ang official count ng patay sa flashflood sa Davao City.

Mula sa 30 na unang iniulat na patay, nilinaw na 29 lang ang aktuwal na bilang dahil na-doble ang count sa isa sa mga namatay.

May isang bangkay na nakuha sa Isla Punta del Sol at dinala sa Sta. Ana Wharf kaya’t na-doble ang bilang.

06/30/2011 10:17 PM

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

27 dead, 15 missing in Davao flash flood

DAVAO, Philippines (4rd UPDATE) - The death toll from a flash flood that caught Davao City residents by surprise Tuesday night has now climbed to 27.

Five barangays have also been placed under a state of calamity.

As the local government assesses the damage, the search for the 15 people who are still missing continues.

Weather bureau PAGASA, meanwhile, warns of even more rains in the coming days.

Local officials and residents said the rains began around 10 p.m. Tuesday, with the Balusong river overflowing its banks that led to flashfloods in 4 barangays.

While some residents were able to evacuate in time, many were caught unprepared.

The latest bodies to be found were those of 16-year-old Keizl Tanio, who was seen floating on the bay in front of a resort in Punta Dumalag, and 1-year and 8-month old Rogelio Valderosa from Matina Pangi.

One resident, Rene Ayag, blamed himself for the death of his 3-year-old son Kenneth. His daughter, Rachel, is also missing.

Rogelio Alvarez, meanwhile, is still in a daze after 2 of his children drowned.

Elsa Balderosa, on the other hand, lost her mother who was trapped in their home.

The floods have affected 12,410 families.

Many families until now have chosen to stay in evacuation centers for fears of another flashflood.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said the city needs flood-control projects but they lack money.

"Last night [Tuesday], we did not expect (floods) to be that high. We expect that it is normal for that river to overflow in some portions," she said.

"But last night [Tuesday], all areas were flooded. It (river) overflowed to a height of 10-15 meters," Duterte said.

Members of the 911 Urban Search and Rescue Unit used rubber boats to rescue residents trapped in their homes.

Elements of the Regional Public Safety Battalion, Philippine Air Force, and Coast Guard also helped in the rescue operations.

The local government designated the Central Park Gym in Bangkal and GSIS gym in Matina as temporary evacuation shelters.

Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano Yumul said an isolated thunderstorm caused the heavy downpour.

"What happened is that 8 mm of rain fell for a 2-hour duration so that is classified as heavy. It was an isolated thunderstorm embedded in the intertropical convergence zone... Isolated thunderstorm, biglang bumubuhos at biglang nawawala," he said. - With reports from Francis Magbanua and Rodirey Salas, ABS-CBN Davao; and ABS-CBN News Channel

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Involve China in Spratlys discussion, US envoy says


DAVAO, Philippines – U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. has urged Philippine government officials to raise the Spratlys issue at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum.

Thomas also said China officials should be invited to avoid conflict.

“We believe all sides should sit down at the negotiating table and follow the 2002 Declaration of Conduct between ASEAN and China. Bring the issue to the ASEAN Regional Forum next week. Try to bring China in," he said.

In a radio interview, Thomas reiterated the good relationship between the U.S. and Philippines.

"We remain an ally to the Philippines,” he said. -- Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Davao