Iloilo, Capiz Ravaged By ‘Quinta’

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo - The province of Iloilo is now under a state of calamity due to flooding from Tropical Depression ''Quinta'' while several towns in Capiz province were also under a state of calamity.

The Iloilo Provincial Board passed a resolution last December 28 to pave the way for the utilization of funds for relief efforts in 22 towns and one component city affected by floods.

According to the Iloilo Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Control, some 121,265 residents were reported displaced by floods.

Flood-affected were the towns of Alimodian, San Miguel, Sta. Barbara, Zarraga, Janiuay, Lambunao, Mina, Calinog, Cabatuan, Pototan, Bingawan, Dueñas, Barotac Nuevo, Anilao, Dingle, Dumangas, San Enrique, Balasan, Concepcion, Barotac Viejo, Ajuy, and San Rafael, and Passi City.

Also declared under a state of calamity by the Capiz Provincial Board, were the towns of Cuartero, Dumarao, Sigma, Dumalag, Mambusao, Maayon, Panit-an, Pontavedra, and Tapaz even as the Capiz Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that 38,201 residents in the province have been displaced by the flood.

The death toll caused by Quinta in Western Visayas has risen to 14. Most of the victims were from Iloilo province who drowned.

In all, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-6) has recorded some 171,742 people displaced in the provinces of Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental.

OCD-6 also said displaced were 491 people displaced in Negros Occidental province and some 16,536 in Aklan province.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) here reported damage top crops as a result of flooding brought about by Quinta at an estimated total of P209,857,300.73.

The report, which was submitted to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), covered Kalibo, Libacao, Banga, Numancia, Lezo, Malinao, Madalag and Ibajay towns.