Relief operations underway in Cebu after Ursula fury
Robie de Guzman • December 26, 2019 • 818
MANILA, Philippines – Relief operations are underway in northern Cebu after the area was pummeled by violent winds and heavy rains brought about by typhoon Ursula (international name: Phanfone), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.
The PCG said a total of 2,800 boxes of relief goods have been shipped on Thursday, December 26, to typhoon-hit areas in northern Cebu, particularly Caranza and Malapascua islands.
The food packs came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 7 and Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officce.
Ursula’s lashing winds and rains damaged many structures in northern Cebu. It also felled trees and electrical posts which blocked highways in several towns, particularly in Daanbantayan, Bantayan island, Medellin and Sta. Fe.
Local authorities have begun clearing roads of debris on Wednesday morning.
At the height of Ursula’s onslaught, more than 48,000 individuals were evacuated from coastal villages in mainland northern Cebu as well as in Malapascua, Camotes and Bantayan islands.
Aside from bringing relief goods, the PCG said the BRP Capones will also be deployed to conduct maritime surface patrol to assess the possible effects of typhoon Ursula in the waters of northern Cebu. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Gladys Toabi)
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has deployed K9 teams to assist in the rescue operations in Toledo City, Cebu after a mining pit collapsed.
Commander of the Coast Guard K9 Force Commodore Nelson Torre initially dispatched one K9 team that specializes in search and rescue (SAR) operations. The team was composed of four personnel and two working dogs.
“We have several SAR K9 teams on standby in Manila for further deployment, if necessary. We are already coordinating the issuance of their health clearances so they may safely and swiftly travel to Cebu right after augmentation request from the CDRRMO,” he said.
Additional K9 teams from the Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas arrived in Toledo City Tuesday evening (December 22). AAC
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