BANAUE, Ifugao – The number of affected families due to a series of landslides triggered by continuous downpour last Thursday increased to 1,052.
Based on the data obtained from the Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), there were some 1,044 partially damaged houses and 3 totally damaged houses with an estimated cost of P5.3 million from the 9 affected barangays in this mystical town.
Further, there were also six injured persons who were immediately provided with first aid and medical treatment to ensure their safety.
The landslide-affected barangays include Amganad, Bocos, Gohang, Poblacion, Poitan, San Fernando, Uhaj, Tam-an and Viewpoint.
On the other hand, the CDRRMC also reported that there were some 45 establishments in barangays Amganad and Poblacion that were damaged by the landslides that transpired in the municipality.
Moreover, the damage to agricultural crops, livestock and fisheries also increased to P48.8 million.
The CDRRMC disclosed that there were also some 28 totally damaged and 7 partially damaged motorcycles, tricycles, and vehicles because of the said incident.
However, power in the municipality was already fully restored while all roads leading to the municipality are now open to vehicular traffic after road clearing operations were successfully completed by the public works department in close coordination with the local government, police and military.
Most of the affected families who earlier sought refuge in the houses of their relatives after the landslides were able to go back to clean and repair their damaged houses and resume their lives while awaiting help from government agencies and the local governments.
The Cordillera office of the Department on Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-CAR) provides financial assistance to some 731 affected families out of the inventoried affected families. Those with partially damaged houses were given an assistance amounting to P5,000 each while those with totally damaged houses received P10,000 each.
The DSWD-CAR delivered to the municipality some 401 sets of sleeping kits, 5 boxes hygiene kits, 5 boxes family kits and 5 boxes kitchen kits.
Earlier, l some 700 family food packs which were prepositioned in the municipality were also distributed to the affected families to ensure the timely distribution of assistance to the ones who were affected by the said landslide incident.
The unloading of the food and non-food items in the municipality was done with the assistance of the Ifugao Provincial Police office, Kiangan disaster and rescue volunteers.