by: David M. Suyao
AGUSAN DEL SUR, Dec. 26 (PIA) - At the height of strong winds brought about by tropical storm Sendong in Agusan, one person was injured, 597 families were affected, 48 houses were totally damaged and another 216 were partially damaged.
Tammy Payot, 25 years old from Poblacion, San Francisco, was one of the Agusanons who were affected by the storm. Payot broke his right leg while he was helping others clear the road near the Adlayan Bridge along the national highway from Butuan City to Davao City. He was immediately brought to the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital where his injured leg was cut.
Of the 13 municipalities and one city in Agusan del Sur, only four of these have sent reports to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (PDRRMC). In Prosperidad, 24 families or 160 persons were affected in seven barangays, while 37 families or 140 persons were also affected in seven barangays in the municipality of Rosario. In Loreto, 189 families or 1,134 persons were affected while 347 families or 2,083 persons were also affected in only one barangay Sabang Adgawan in La Paz.
Because of unexpected strong winds, families affected evacuated to their relatives’ and friends’ houses instead of the assigned evacuation centers.
Almost 253 hectares of rice and cornfield with an estimated cost of P3 million were damaged.
At the height of the strong winds, PDRRMC action officer Roberto Natividad immediately dispatched a search and rescue team to clear the block roads. Natividad asked LDRMMCs to be vigilant while advising people in identified disaster prone areas to go to safer areas or designated evacuation centers. Natividad also advised the LDRRMCs to conduct assessment of damages in their respective areas and to submit report to PDRRMC.
The provincial government also dispatched a team of Search and Rescue Agusan del Sur to Cagayan de Oro City to help in the retrieval operations.
The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, meanwhile, is currently distributing relief goods to most affected areas in Agusan del Sur while warnings and advisory continue as moderate rainfall continue province-wide. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)