NEWS FROM DANISH RED CROSS 14/10-09:
MOSQUITO NETS TO TYPHOON VICTIMS
After two severe typhoons hit the Philippines last month, the Danish Red Cross now sends emergency aid for the equivalent of 750,000 Danish kroner.
Responsible for page: Julie Lorenzen. Edited on 14 October 2009
It corresponded to a whole month's rain, when the typhoon "Ketsana" hit the Philippines on 26th September and laid much of the capital Manila under water. Following "Ketsana", the typhoon "Parma" ravaged in the northern part of the country and resulted in severe flooding and landslides.
Over six million people are affected by both natural disasters, at least 530 have died while more than 400 are wounded.
Emergency aid for the equivalent of 750,000 Danish kroner
The situation is now so serious that the Danish Red Cross sends emergency aid for the equivalent of 750,000 Danish kroner - the money will go to buy 11,000 mosquito nets, 3,050 water cans, 1,500 hygiene kits and 383 kitchen sets to the many victims. The money comes from the Foreign Ministry's trade allocation.
Appeals recently issued
The goods, Danish Red Cross sends to the Philippines, is a contribution to the appeal of just 34 million Danish kroner that the International Red Cross has just issued. Money from the appeal will go to help 200,000 people for one year with, among other, relief, clean water and medical care.
Diarrhea and skin diseases ravaging
The two typhoons have resulted in almost 20,000 families having lost their homes, while more than 46,000 houses have been destroyed. Many are still forced to live in their partially flooded homes.
The number of cases of diarrhea and skin diseases increases with the recession of the water masses.
Volunteers work around the clock
Thousands of volunteers from the Filipino Red Cross has since 26 September worked around the clock to help the many affected and traumatized people with i.a. first aid and psychological support.
Downstream, no time to escape a dam's deluge
ANDREO CALONZO and SOPHIA DEDACE, GMANews.TV10/14/2009 | 09:28 PM
Before the flood came the siren.
In the midst of Typhoon Pepeng’s powerful downpour, Gerald Lomibao, 23, a resident of Binmaley, a town four hours drive from San Roque Dam, heard the siren. Then barangay tanods rushed by to remind him that the siren meant that the dam was about to release water and Gerald and his family had three hours to evacuate to higher ground.
But in 15 minutes the flood had arrived, creeping steadily higher until the Lomibao family had to flee to an upper floor.
As the worst floods in the history of Pangasinan
slowly subside, and residents ponder their ruined homes and property, the inadequacy of warning given by both the dam operators and local governments is only one issue that is spurring outrage from residents, senators, and activists,
Pangasinan’s provincial government and Senator Chiz Escudero have threatened to file law suits against the San Roque Power Corporation, which operates the dam along the Agno River. Senate hearings began Wednesday morning on the role the dam’s water release played in the flood.
The region received a record amount of rainfall starting October 8, compelling the dam operators to release enormous flows of water that eventually found its way into the homes of the Lomibaos and ten of thousands of Pangasinan residents. A dam that fills up and overflows is in danger of collapsing.
“With or without the dam, standard operating procedure," said Romualdo Beltran, the director for Dam, Reservoirs and Waterways Division the National Power Corporation (Napocor), which owns the San Roque Dam. Beltran spoke at a forum on the flood at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus on Tuesday.
Engineering professors at the forum questioned the timing of the water release. "Why did they have to wait for the water to almost overflow before opening the gates?" Guillermo Tabios III of the National Hydraulic Research Center asked. "They should have released water as early as October 4, when the water already exceeded 280 meters."
Beltran said no one knew that Pepeng would bring a 100 year rain, meaning rainfall that occurs only once every century. The heaviness of the downpour filled up the reservoir so quickly that all six gates of the dam had to be opened.
Pangasinan provincial administrator Rafael Baraan, in the midst of relief operations in his still-flooded province, lamented the rate of release.
They told us they will release water by Thursday afternoon. They said they would release 2,500 cubic meters per second. But by 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. Friday, they were already releasing 5,072 cubic meters of water.
“Why would they release so much water in so little time?"
It’s that same water that Gerald Lomibao and his family had no time to escape. At the time of this posting Wednesday evening, the Lomibaos and four other families were huddled on the second floor of the Lomibao home, with waist-deep water barely moving on the ground floor. – GMANews.TV