UPDATES OF THE SITUATION IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIA ON 13 OCTOBER 2009
Residents of Taytay, Rizal wait in waist-deep flood for relief goods to be distributed Monday by World Food Programme Philippines
. Veejay Villafranca-WFP
At the Puguis Elementary School in La Trinidad, Benguet, Tuesday, President Arroyo hands out relief goods to landslide survivors.
Air Force personnel help Catherine Vicente, a landslide survivor
from Atok, Benguet after she was airlifted Tuesday
to a hospital in Baguio. Dave Leprozo
Baguio woes to ease as three major roads partially reopen
Baguio City’s isolation caused by landslides and lowland flo
ods is expected to ease with the partial reopening Tuesday of two more major roads
leading there, allowing the delivery of limited supplies of food, fuel, and relief goods.
Last weekend was the first time all roads to the tourist resort city were closed since the 1990 earthquake.
» Fake branded clothes to be donated to cyclone victims
» Relief goods for flood victims continue to pour in from abroad
» Pepeng damage in Benguet almost P700M
» Senate panel OKs P12B supplemental budget for Ondoy victims
» Operasyon ng dam, budget sa kalamidad ipinasusuri sa Senado
Rain-loosened mountain soil endangers Ifugao hospital
LAGAWE, Ifugao – Typhoon Pepeng’s onslaught in northern Luzon has loosened the mountain soil in this capital town, which now threatens to bury the provincial hospital together with some 50 families who live within the hospital’s perimeter.
Citing reports from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), provincial officials said a nearby mountain slope is in precarious condition, and continuous rainfall of at least four days may induce a landslide that could cover the whole hospital structure.
Albert Indunan, Ifugao Governor Teodoro Baguilat’s executive assistant, told reporters that the ground itself on which the hospital building sits has also weakened due to the torrential rains brought by “Pepeng
“MGB cautioned us that mountain soil and debris could totally engulf the entire hospital even for a few days of nonstop rainfall," Indunan said.
Ifugao’s 50-bed provincial hospital, located in Natuolan village along mountain slopes, was built in the 1980s. Indunan said the soil where the 30-year old provincial hospital building was constructed has become precarious.
“As among the ten areas in the country that are landslide prone, we who live in the Cordilleras know for a fact that the condition of the soil here is unstable," he added.
The recent typhoon that dumped record high rainfall in Northern Luzon
has killed 238 in the Cordilleras alone
as of last count.
The provincial government allayed fears of hospital patients and nearby residents, saying that preparations have already been made for the expected arrival of more rains in October and November.
At the same time, a new hospital building is expected to rise soon away from danger zone.
According to Indunan, the national government through the Department of Health has already committed 50 percent of the P100 million total cost for the construction of a new 75-bed medical facility in the capital town
. - Floro Taguinod, GMANews.TV
OTHER REGIONS STORIES
Food shortage in islands off Cagayan feared
- 10/13/2009 | 07:55 PM
Food and medical supplies in the islands dotting the Babuyan Chanel off the coast of Cagayan province are dwindling fast.
Pepeng damage in Benguet almost P700M
- 10/13/2009 | 07:22 PM
Aside from recording the biggest number of deaths caused by typhoon “Pepeng
has also suffered millions of pesos in damage to infrastructure, agriculture, and private property
High tide aggravates flooding in 3 Bulacan towns
- 10/13/2009 | 10:38 AM
The high tide in Manila Bay on Monday worsened the flooding in three towns in Bulacan province on Tuesday, according to the head of the Central Luzon’s Office of Civil Defense.
ALPA near Mindanao threatens to become cyclone
- 10/13/2009 | 07:48 AM
A weather disturbance near Mindanao that has intensified into an active low-pressure area (ALPA) is threatening to intensify into another tropical cyclone
Arroyo orders relocation of residents in Benguet, Mt. Province - 10/13/2009 | 12:39 AM
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has ordered the immediate relocation of residents in landslide-prone areas in Benguet, Baguio City and Mountain Province.
Low pressure area spotted off Mindanao
- 10/13/2009 | 12:24 AM
The country has yet to recover from the devastation wrought by "Ondoy" and "Pepeng" but state weather forecasters on Monday said it is monitoring another low pressure area (LPA) that is poised to enter the country.
In its 5 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 2 p.m. Monday, the LPA was spotted 790 kilometers east of northern Mindanao.
Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. Luzon will have partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms," Pagasa said.
Light to moderate winds blowing from the Northeast would prevail over Luzon and Visayas coming from the Northeast and North over Mindanao, it added.
The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate except during thunderstorms. - Aie Balagtas See, GMANews.TV
BAD NEWS: THE ALPA = ACTIVE LOW-PRESSURE AREA NEAR MINDANAO THREATENS TO BECOME CYCLONE