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Surigao Norte gov’t extends assistance to flood victims

The provincial government here has provided relief assistance to some 80,000 individuals affected by flashfloods on January 1-3, 2011 due to torrential rains.

Latest report from the Provincial Social Services Office (PSSO) revealed that five sacks of rice were given by the Congressional Office of District II to the 100 affected families or 500 affected individuals of the municipality of Alegria. While 200 food packs were given by the provincial government to 2,415 affected individuals or 695 families of Claver.

In Gigaquit, a total of 4,688 individuals were given food assistance from the provincial government and DSWD regional office aside from the P100,000 worth of rice and goods which were purchased by the local government.

“Food distributions are still going on in almost all barangays (of Gigaquit) because people’s lives were greatly disrupted due to flooding of rice fields and roads are not passable especially in LASICAM (Lahi, Sico-sico, Camam-onan) areas,” said Rosemarie Catelo, Provincial Social Welfare chief.

In Malimono, 300 food packs were initially given to some 2,000 affected families. As of press time, some of the barangays are still isolated because some of the road networks were damaged.
Also, 105 food packs, five sacks of rice and five boxes of noodles and sardines were given to some 400 affected families of Placer.

On the other hand, the local government of Tagana-an was able to purchase 500 sacks of rice, 101 boxes of sardines, 140 boxes of noodles for their relief operations to some 2,000 affected families. The DSWD regional office also augmented 700 food packs to the flood victims.

In Surigao City, about 60 families were given one sack of rice, one box of sardines and two boxes of noodles by the provincial government.

In Siargao Island, 10 sacks of rice were given to 276 affected families of Burgos. Five sacks of rice were initially given to some 300 affected families of Dapa. The municipality of Del Carmen was also initially provided with 10 sacks of rice to some 3,000 affected families. In San Benito, some 100 affected families were also given 5 sacks of rice. Another 5 sacks of rice were given to the 36 affected families of San Isidro.

In Sta. Monica, about 400 families were given 10 sacks of rice. A report also revealed that 18 houses in barangay Rizal and Libertad were partially damaged and 20 houses were underwater in barangay Mabini.

Finally, 19 affected families in the municipality of Socorro were also provided with seven sacks of rice from the provincial government. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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