• At least 90 houses damaged as twister, strong winds hit South Cotabato

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    GENERAL SANTOS CITY:  The provincial government of South Cotabato is preparing the release of emergency shelter assistance to facilitate the repairs and rebuilding of some 90 houses that were damaged by the twister and strong winds that battered parts of the province on Thursday night.

    Dads Bacalso, operations chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), said on Saturday the results of their validation showed that a total of 62 houses in Banga and Sto. Nino towns sustained various damages as a result of the weather phenomenon.

    She said 28 other houses were also damaged following the onslaught of strong winds in parts of Koronadal City.

    Two residents in Sto. Nino town were reported injured after being hit by fallen tree debris at the height of the weather disturbance, which came along with heavy rains at past 7 p.m.

    She said two houses in Barangay Kusan in Banga town were totally destroyed while nine others were partially damaged.

    In the municipality of Sto. Nino, the PDRRMO documented three totally destroyed and 18 partially damaged houses in Barangay San Isidro.

    Two more houses were totally wrecked and 19 were partially damaged in Barangay Guinsang-an.

    Bacalso said they immediately delivered food packs consisting of rice and canned goods to the affected resident residents on Friday.

    “We distributed the food items so they could concentrate on fixing their houses instead of looking for food,” she said.

    She added that the PDRRMO is ready to provide additional assistance based on requests from the city and municipal disaster management councils. PNA

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