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Typhoon Pablo hits Davao Region inflicting damage to life and property

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 07:46 AM    Views : 1498by: Joey Sem G. Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY, Dec. 4 (PIA) -- A total of 2,810 people from 554 families were displaced in the onslaught of typhoon Pablo in Mabini, Compostela Valley, Tagum City and Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte; and Baganga, Boston, Caraga, Mati City, Banaybanay, Manay and Lupon in Davao Oriental.

Liza Mazo, director of the Office of Civil Defense XI in her report to the National Risk Reduction and Management Council said many of the displaced families were those who were evacuated from barangays prone to flashfloods and landslides.

She said the evacuees were housed temporarily in barangay and municipal gymnasiums.

Mazo also reported that several communication and power lines bogged down in many areas.

She said in East Coast, Davao Oriental both cellular and landline communications no longer worked.

Mazo said strong winds toppled down trees and power lines in Compostela, Compostela Valley, Carmen, Braulio Dujali and San Isidro, Davao del Norte causing wide power outage.

She said strong winds also delayed the transport of 290 persons going to and from the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte.

"The OCD and our partner agencies in the police, military and line agencies of government are on red alert status," Mazo said.

As of this writing, the municipal risk reduction and management councils in the areas affected are conducting assessment on the impact of the storm in their respective areas.

Meantime, Colonel Rey Leonardo Guerrero, commander of the 701st Infantry Brigade disclosed that six people were reported killed in Davao Oriental due to typhoon Pablo.

He said based on the data from the Davao Oriental Risk Reduction and Management Council, one person was killed in Tarragona, one also died in Manay, one in Bangaga and three were accounted dead in Caraga.

Guerrero said two persons were also reported injured in Caraga and one in Baganga.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio ordered the suspension of classes in elementary and secondary schools as of 12:00 am Tuesday.

Power outage was experienced in some parts of the city at 7:00 am affecting Bangkal, Diversion Road and Buhangin due to the strong winds consequently affecting the broadcast of a government radio station in the area.

As of 9:00 am, strong intermittent winds prevailed in some parts of the city. Coastal areas and shores experienced strong waves particularly Punta Dumalag, Leon Garcia, Southbay Agday. Local government advised the barangay disaster risk reduction and management councils to evacuate residents to safer areas. Rescue groups were also sent in the high risk areas to respond to any eventuality.

At 10:00 am, the Davao City Bankers' Association Incorporated suspended banking operations citing extreme weather condition brought about by typhoon Pablo.

In a resolution attested by Lauro Ignacio, president of the DBAI, the DBAI said that the cancellation of flights to and from Davao City affected the clearing operations in the bank transactions.

The resolution also cited the need to secure the safety of bank officers and employees in Davao City. (RGA/JSD/PIA-XI)


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