Sangguniang Panlungsod declares Tacloban in a state of calamity

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines - The Sangguniang Panlungsod of this city has declared Tacloban City under a state of calamity after floods and landslides hit the city last March 17 as a result of the heavy rain rains.

Councilor Jerry S. Uy, Chairman of the Committee on Laws of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, and resolution sponsor, said they unanimously approved the resolution declaring the city under state of calamity during a hastily called special session noontime Friday. Uy said they declared the city under a state of calamity after residents of several barangays in the city were displaced by massive flooding brought about by heavy rains.

Uy said the resolution, which he authored, was ''unanimously approved in order that we can get funds from the national government through President Benigno Aquino III to rehabilitate our damaged government infrastructures and projects.

The councilor asked the City Engineering Office to furnish the Sangguniang Panlungsod with a list of damaged infrastructure projects, cost of such damage and a work program pertinent to what projects should be rehabilitated and how much to fix these projects.

He said it was the first time that Tacloban and other parts of the province ever experienced such heavy rains this week.

Although no casualties were reported, the Sangguniang Panlungsod had also declared Tacloban under a state of calamity because of inclement weather.

Meanwhile, a report from the Philippine Army's 8th Infantry Division (8ID) said a family of seven perished after a mudslide covered and buried their house in Brgy. Cabalawan. The victims were identified as Marlon and Jeanita Jordan, both 35 years old, and their five (5) children: Mariete, 16; Angelica, 14; John Paul, 13; John Rex, 5, and John Hirex, 3.

In Southern Leyte, the Kahupian-Sogod Road is no longer passable due to a landslide at Sitio Dampoy, Brgy. Olisihan, Sogod. The Kahupian Detachment of the 52nd Infantry Battalion has already coordinated with the Local Disaster Risk and Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) for the manpower assistance in clearing the road blocks.

On the other hand, the PA's 34th Infantry Battalion has initiated the evacuation of some 21 families from Brgys. 1 and 4 of San Jose de Buan, Samar, after the occurrence of a flash flood in said low-lying areas. The group, also in coordination with the disaster management council, is presently constructing temporary shelters for affected families.

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