Another flooding in Iligan displaces 10,000 residents

Floods destroyed agricultural areas and seven houses along the riverbank of Barangay Dona Maria and another two houses in Bayug Island.

Rendered homeless were Danny Las Pinas, Godofredo Amamangpang, Juanito Amamangpang, Lando Amamangpang, Nonot Amamangpang, Primitivo Amamangpang and Romeo Mansa.

In last week’s flood, 12 houses were swept away. They temporary resettled at an evacuation site in Dona Maria.

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Children wait for their turn in receiving relief goods from members of the Rotary Club in Iligan City during a relief mission to flood victims in Linamon, Lanao del Norte. Photo courtesy of Roberto Klemente Timonera

Affected barangays were Tipanoy, Tambacan, Sta. Filomena, Tominobo, Mahayahay, Hinaplanon, Tubod, Maria Cristina, Buruun, Suarez, Santiago, Ubaldo Laya, Upper Hinaplanon, San Roque, Tubod, Tibanga, Saray and Rogongon.

Bridges in Abuno, Tipanoy and Pinduggangan were temporarily closed to vehicular traffic.

The flood also ruined the water system city including the main water pipe that supplies water to the villages of Steeltown, Tominobo and Scion villages.

Juanito Enriquez, managing director of the  Civil Society Organization-Forum for Peace Inc., reported that most of the coastal houses in
Barangay Tominobo were ruined by big  waves.

City Engineer Franklin Maata immediately deployed workers to Barangay Dona Maria.

Mayor Lawrence Cruz’ wife, Gina, visited the affected sites to deliver food and assess the situation.

“As a mother to the city, it is our obligation to take care of all the needs and concerns of our constituents,” she said.

Cruz also helped provide food for those rendered homeless in Dona Maria.

“I am appealing to those kind-hearted to help donate used clothing, kitchenware, bed mats or blankets and food to families who are severely hit by this calamity,” she said.

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Students of the Integrated Develoment School of the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology help out in disributing relief goods to flood victims in neighboring Linamon, Lanao del Norte during relief operations Jan. 17. Photo courtesy of Roberto Klemente Timonera

Cruz also said there were 45 houses affected by big waves along the shores of Buruun.

Glenn J. Rabonza, executive officer the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) reported that in Misamiz Oriental, flood affected 14 towns — Salvador, Opol, Balingasag, Medina, Lagonglong, Laguindingan, Alubijid, Naawan, Manticao, Tagoloan, Balingaoan, Initao, Jasaan and Talisayan.

NDCC reported 16,638 persons affected by floods in Gingoog city; 5,970 persons in Alubijid; 3,705 persons in Balingasag; 1,525 persons in Balingoan;  10,270 persons in El Salvador; 25 persons in Gitagum; 2,205 persons in Initao; 833 persons in Jasaan; 30 persons in Kinugaitan; 4,500 persons in Lagonglong; 2,100 persons in Libertad; 250 persons in Magsaysay; 450 person in Manticao; 4,350 persons in Medina; 600 persons in Naawan; 7,750 persons in Opol; 500 in Salay; 265 in Tagoloan; and 1,508 in Talisayan.

Reported to have been damaged are the spill way in Mandangao, dikes in Balingoan, steel bridge in Naawan town. The bridges in El Salvador and Opol were also partially damaged.

Flood also struck the province of Lanao del Norte.

In Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, 146 families were affected, 43 houses totally damaged and another 116 houses partially ruined, said Abel Moya of Pakigdait Inc. a non-government organization that supports peace-building initiatives since 2000.

In Linamon town, partial data showed 30 houses damaged. In Maigo, five houses were totally damaged and another two were partially damaged.

A total of  835 persons were affected by the flood in Linamon, the NDCC said.

The ferries that connect Ozamiz and Lanao del Norte were barred from operating by port authorities to ensure safety. (Violeta M. Gloria/MindaNews)

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