KORONADAL CITY: The death toll in the flash floods that hit Region 12 on Wednesday and Thursday rose to four, disaster officials today said.
Five other civilians were injured in flash floods and landslides while more than 4,000 families have been affected, according to the report from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-12).
Jerome Barranco, OCD-12 assistant regional director, identified the fatalities as senior citizens Nonoy Ga, 74, his wife Monita Ga, 71; and Diron Tamarang, 70, all from Tupi, South Cotabato. They were buried alive in a landslide that followed after an overnight heavy downpour.
Anita Ochova, 63, of Glan, Saranggani province also died during the calamity.
Region 12, also known as SOCCSKSARGEN region, is composed of the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Saranggani and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Koronadal, Tacurong and General Santos.
The OCD identified the wounded Jay Argal, 24 of Tulunan, North Cotabato, Jojit Mangisel of Koronadal City, Mercy Magbanua, 27 and Kathlyn Magbanua, one year old of Tupi, South Cotabato and Cristy Ochova, 31 of Glan, Sarangani province.
At least 10 towns, one city and 43 villages have been submerged by floods which came left as fast as it came following heavy rain on Tuesday night.
The OCD reported that at least 40 houses were totally damaged by rampaging flood waters, five flood control dikes destroyed and nine bridges totally and partially damaged.
The local governments are still assessing the situation for the possibility of putting the affected areas under state of calamity.
Call for help
South Cotabato officials appealed on Friday for immediate assistance from the national government for the rehabilitation of various infrastructure facilities that were damaged during the severe floods in the area last Wednesday.
Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes of South Cotabato said the province specifically needs the government’s intervention for the repair and reconstruction of a damaged dike in Banga town, three vital bridges in Koronadal City and several road networks.
“We can provide for the rehabilitation of our damaged roads and bridges if they will cost less than P10 million but beyond that, we really need the help of the national government,” she said.
In an emergency meeting on Thursday afternoon, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) recommended the declaration of the entire province under the state of calamity as a result of Wednesday’s floods and landslides, which left three people dead and about 1,000 others displaced.
The floods and landslides, which came following hours of moderate to heavy rains, damaged an estimated P100 million worth of crops and infrastructure.
It affected parts of Koronadal City and the municipalities of Banga, Tantangan, Norala and Tupi.
Based on the council’s assessment, at least 21 infrastructure facilities in the area were damaged by the floods and need immediate rehabilitation.
A total of 907 hectares of palay plantation, 80.5 hectares of corn, 4.25 hectares of fish ponds and five hectares of cassava were also devastated.
Aside from the calamity declaration, the governor said the PDRRMC has passed a resolution requesting for immediate funding assistance from the national government.
“Our priority right now is the repair and reconstruction of the damaged bridges and flood control projects,” said Fuentes, who heads the PDRRMC.