Manila Bulletin, Tuesday, February 8, 2011
JOLO, Sulu – Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan made an appeal to the national government for help to the flood victims in this capital town after Mayor Hussin Amin placed the area under a “state of calamity” due to flashfloods that hit many areas of the municipality since last Thursday.
Rep. Habib Tupay Loong (1st District, Sulu) also arrived here Monday morning from Manila to personally assess the situation of the flood victims that totaled about 1,140 households with an estimated 4,560 individuals.
Loong also called on President Aquino to personally inform him about the calamity that hit the town, as he also appealed for an immediate help for the people of this town.
A similar appeal was also made by Loong in separate calls he made to House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, Department of Social Services and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Soliman, and to the Department of National Defense (DND).
Meanwhile, Tan reported that floodwaters have started to subside in some villages here where it earlier reached about five feet high – sweeping away houses and left five people dead.
“The flood is receding now, but there are some areas in Jolo like the village of Asturias where water is still about knee-deep,” Tan said.
Amin described the calamity here as “the worst flashfloods that have hit this town in many years.” Amin said that the damage brought about by the flood may breach the P100 million.
He said a portion of the wharf was also destroyed and goods being sold at the barter trading center here were also swept away by floodwaters on Friday.
As this developed, Tan and Amin jointly distributed yesterday relief goods to displaced residents here who were evacuated in other areas.
“We have been working on a 24-hour shift to ensure that the flood victims are taken cared of, especially the children,” Tan said.
“I hope the national government could extend the needed help for us to slowly recover again, and put in place again all the damaged infrastructures due to the flood,” Amin said.
A boat of the Philippine Navy stationed in Zamboanga City was also dispatched here to bring in relief goods from the Region 9 office of the DSWD.
Rubber boats were also mobilized since Thursday by the Philippine Marines and by the American troops of the Special Operations Task Force to assist the DSWD personnel here in providing meals and drinking water to the flood victims.