ZAMBOANGA CITY: Some 10 riverside houses in low-lying barangay (villages) were swept away, more than 100 shelters were heavily damaged, and close to 900 families were displaced by rampaging flood waters caused by typhoon “Marilyn,” which battered the city for almost a day.
City Social Welfare and Development Officer Socorro Rojas said the affected families, with some 1,700 members, have been temporarily evacuated to village covered courts and to public elementary and secondary classrooms of Barangay Lunzuran, Tugbungan, Putik, Tetuan, Sangali, Tumaga, Santa Maria, Patalon, Pasonanca, Baliwasan and San Jose Gusu.
Rojas said some concerned villages also established community kitchens in barangay halls and requested concerned agencies to provide portalets in evacuation areas.
City Health Officer Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite also dispatched local physicians to address the health needs of ailing evacuees, mostly children, who were given necessary prophylaxis.
Police and military authorities also provided security and logistical support to affected barangay as virtually the entire city continues to experience blackouts.
Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar canceled early in the morning classes at all levels in local public and private schools as a precautionary measure because of the inclement weather.
In nearby Basilan, Marilyn destroyed 10 houses and an elementary school at Barangay Lugbait, Sumisip town. Nobody, however, was reported hurt.
Relief operations were underway to provide food, clothes, portable toilets and medicine to evacuees.