Mandaue City may move families living along Butuanon River

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MANDAUE City plans to move families living inside the three-meter easement of the Butuanon River following the heavy downpour on Friday, September 9, 2022, which swept away 14 houses and displaced 1,837 persons.

However, Buddy Alain Ybañez, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), told SunStar Cebu on Sunday, September 11, that he could not yet provide details.

The City Council is set to tackle the recommendation of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to place the city under a state of calamity during its regular session on Monday, September 12.

The declaration will allow the City to tap the calamity funds so it can immediately provide aid to affected families and help them rebuild their homes in safer places, Mayor Jonas Cortes said on a Facebook post on Saturday, September 10.

The council is also expected to pass a resolution providing financial assistance or extending help to affected families.

Cortes earlier said he will schedule a meeting with officials of national government agencies to address the worsening flood problem and the swelling of rivers every time it rains.

Camelo Basaca Jr., head of the City Social Welfare Services, said Friday’s flood affected 17 families or 70 individuals in Barangay Paknaan, 170 families or 650 individuals in Barangay Casungtingan, 57 families or 232 individuals in Barangay Tabok, 146 families or 587 individuals in Barangay Umapad and 77 families or 298 individuals in Barangay Tingub.

Karlo Cabahug, head of CDRRMO research and planning division, said they ordered a preemptive evacuation around 2 p.m. on Friday when the water level of the Butuanon River rose due to the heavy downpour.

The City Government distributed sleeping tents and disaster kits to affected families, who also received food packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office 7. (MKG)