Surigao del Norte Provincial Government extends aid to wife of missing farmer, calamity victims

by Ben Serrano

      January 29, 2011

       BUTUAN CITY (PNA) - Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Folcadilla Matugas personally visited flash flood and landslide affected communities in the province this morning and together with concerned government agencies extended assistance by distributing relief goods, medicines, blankets and other useful materials to evacuees and calamity affected victims.

      Matugas also personally met and console the wife of missing farmer Amado Basadre who was reportedly swept away by strong current while crossing a river in Barangay Honrado, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte Thursday at the height of continuous downpour of rain.

     As of press time Basadre was still nowhere to be found.

    The lady governor personally handed cash assistance to the worried Basadre widow, official report forwarded to this writer from Surigao del Norte media bureau and the Philippine Information Agency provincial and regional offices claimed.

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional office official report claimed Governor Matugas personally accompanied relief goods distributions by different concerned government agencies to the municipalities Tagana-an, Claver, Gigaquit, Placer ,Mainit  Bacuag and San Francisco.

 Hundreds if not already thousands of pieces of canned goods and some 400 sacks of rice were already distributed to the affected families in said towns and their villages.

  Surigao del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that as of 5 a.m. today, a total of 9,186 families or 44, 404 individuals or persons from 129 barangays in the province were affected by the recent flash floods brought about by Northeast Monsoon and Wind Convergence Affecting Mindanao.

   In Siargao Island, the Municipality of Del Carmen-Barangay Mahayahay Road was reportedly damaged rendering it not passable as of press time.

 In Surigao City, the Sitio Cayutan in Purok 3 wooden bridge collapsed after it was hit by a tornado.

 The regional office of the Department of Health especially their field offices is now monitoring health situation among evacuees who have evacuated their homes since Thursday especially on symptomatic diseases that may usually affect evacuees, flood victims, the report said

Surigao City, Surigao del Norte's capital is 140 kilometers away from here Butuan City.(PNA/Ben Serrano)

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