RESIDENTS affected by massive flooding in the province of Cavite have been experiencing hunger as food supply became scarce.
Television reports on Tuesday indicated that many public market and even commercial establishments were closed because of the monsoon rains.
“We cannot buy food since most of the markets and even supermarkets remained closed,” a resident from Noveleta, Cavite said.
Some of the residents don’t even have money to buy food since banks decided to suspend operations on Tuesday and that their Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) have no cash to dispense.
Governor Jonvic Remulla of Cavite province said among the worst hit towns were Kawit, Imus, Noveleta, Tanza and Rosario.
“In Rosario and Imus, the flood water even reached up to 12 to18 feet so the people were forced to stay on their rooftop,” he told a radio interview.
He also said that the provincial government has already started giving relief goods to affected families who are now temporarily sheltered in various evacuation centers.
About 20,000 people have been brought to various evacuation centers in Cavite while the province recorded two dead at the onslaught of massive flooding in the province.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had sent two rescue teams to Imus and Rosario in Cavite to help in the on-going relief operations for communities submerged by heavy floods.
MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the coastal villages in the province were a virtual water world as the floodwaters have mixed with the waters of Manila Bay, almost burying the entire community.
“The community is one kilometer away from the sea and is now totally submerged,” Tolentino said.
The 10-man rescue team is equipped with two rubber boats to reach the isolated residents and hand over relief goods. They will work in coordination with the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Tolentino said another elite 10-man team was also sent to Imus upon the request of Imus City Mayor Manny Maliksi to help in the evacuation efforts and augment the municipal government’s rescue and relief units. The team is equipped with two 6×6 trucks. RITCHIE A. HORARIO