Cebu families spend New Year in evacuation centers » Manila Bulletin News

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CEBU CITY — Some 600 families in Toledo City, southwest of Cebu, spent their New Year in emergency shelters as incessant rain pounded the city the whole day on Sunday, causing flood in five barangays.

Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Region 7 (BFP-7) rescue a group of residents in Barangay Laray in Consolacion town, Cebu, Tuesday after they were trapped in their houses in a flood spawned by incessant rains. (Juan Carlo de Vela | Manila Bulletin)

FILE PHOTO: Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Region 7 (BFP-7) rescue a group of residents in Barangay Laray in Consolacion town, Cebu, after they were trapped in their houses in a flood spawned by incessant rains. (Juan Carlo de Vela/MANILA BULLETIN)

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Spokesperson Julius Regner said several houses in barangays of Sangi, Luray, Ibo, Bato, and Daan Lungsod were submerged in water.

“Last night (Sunday) till 3 a.m. of January 1, the water level reached 7 feet but as of Monday morning, the water level had decreased,” Regner told the Manila Bulletin Monday.

“We did not allow the evacuees to go back to their homes because the rain had not stopped yet,” he added.

According to Regner, the evacuees sought temporary shelter at barangay halls and at the Marcelo Barba Sports Complex in the Poblacion.

Some, though, were home-based evacuees or stayed with their relatives or friends, Regner added.

PDRRMO said that there was no reported casualty due to the rampaging floodwaters, as of this posting, and that they would do everything to ensure the safety of the residents in the city.

Regner, however, said the PDRRMO is still consolidating all the necessary data, including the total count of residents displaced.

The Toledo City government has already partially distributed food packs to the flood victims.

The disaster official said the provincial government has also prepared relief items for the families.

Toledo City, estimated to be 28 kilometers away from Cebu City, is composed of 38 barangays.

Some flood victims turned to social media to plead for prayers.

Nikko Dajao, a native of Toledo City, said that though their family spent the new year experiencing floods, heavy rains and strong winds, he was still thankful that his family members are safe.

“Please continue to pray for our city, Toledo and neighboring towns…Still, a happy new year,” Dajao said in a Facebook post.

Myrna Cajocson, also a resident in Toledo City, found it hard to say the sentence ‘Happy New Year!’

“Here in our place, we can’t hear noise of even simple firecrackers, what we hear is the impending sound of rain. I bought “torotot” but I just can’t pick it up…Fervent prayers for no casualties,” Cajocson said.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Sunday had said the tail-end of cold front will bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Bicol Region and the Visayas, which could trigger flash floods or landslides over low-lying or mountainous areas.

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