Baguio sustains four casualties, P25M damages to monsoon rains

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The heavy monsoon rains enhanced by Typhoon “Fabian” has caused four casualties and more than P25 million in structural damages in the Summer Capital as of July 28 according to a city disaster risk reduction and management office (CDRRMO) official.

In Wednesday’s media forum at City Hall, LDRMM Officer II Louie Glen Lardizabal said the figure represents P9,060,000 in private structure damages and P16,653,000 in damages to public structures.

He said these are just rough estimates  from a risk damage assessment and needs analysis (RDANA) conducted by the CDRRMO in collaboration with the offices of the city engineer, buildings and architecture, environment and parks management, and social welfare and development.

RDANA is still ongoing since many incidents are still unreported, Lardizabal added.

In its July 29 situational report, the CDRRMO revealed that the continuous heavy rains caused four casualties in the city with one dead and three injured including displacing 112 families composed of 474 individuals who took temporary shelter in evacuation centers and other facilities and were served  by the CSWDO.

It also disclosed that there was one stranded family; two totally and 50 partially damaged houses; 64 landslides/ erosions; 37 fallen/ leaning trees; three electrical problems; one leaning electrical post; eight flooding incidents; 14 eroded/collapsed ripraps; three damaged canals; one fence about to collapse and one displaced manhole.

The report stated that the CDRRMO has undertaken continuous response and inspection of all reported incidents and monitoring of road conditions leading to Baguio and other national roads in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways regional office.

The CDRRMO also manned the Emergency Operation Center on 24/7 in three operational shifts with officers on duty; close coordination/ communication with the Department of Interior and Local Government-Baguio division, Office of Civil Defense regional office, CDRRM Council agencies and members; and other pro-active actions. – Gaby B. Keith

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