OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – Flood water in most parts of Occidental Mindoro has started to recede following days of non-stop monsoon rains.
The National Road leading to the towns of Sablayan and San Jose via Abra De Ilog and Sablayan that was submerged in waist-deep flood is now open to motorists.
About 90% of residents who evacuated during the onset of the storms have already returned to their homes.
“Nag-subside na ang baha bagaman may mga natitira pang mga evacuees pero majority, 90 percent ay umuwi na sa kanilang mga tahanan at naglilinis na sila ngayon,” said PDRRMO Officer Mario Mulingbayan.
(The flood has subsided. Although there are still some evacuees, 90 percent of evacuees have returned to their homes and are now cleaning up debris.)
Based on the assessment of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), the weather systems left a total of P32.5 million worth of damage in the province’s crops and around P11 million worth of damage in infrastructure.
The provincial government vows to provide assistance to affected residents while repair works on the damaged roads and bridges are now ongoing.
“Ongoing na tayo sa pagpapadala ng equipment. Nagconduct na tayo ng monitoring ng mga engineer natin sa probinsiya at munisipyo. Nagkaroon na ng assessment at tuloy-tuloy na ang paggawa,” said Mulingbayan.
(Sending of equipment is ongoing. Our engineers have conducted the monitoring of provinces and municipalities. Assessment has been made and operations are underway.) – Sherwin Culubong / Marje Pelayo