With heavy rains here, Emong victims need help for shelter

June 28, 2009 at 2:49 am Leave a comment

By Yolanda Z. Sotelo

ALAMINOS CITY — It’s a race against time for the reconstruction and repair of houses in the towns devastated by typhoon Emong last May 7, especially with the rains here.

In this city, at least 2,408 households lost their houses to the typhoons, while 5,745 houses were either slightly or heavily damaged.

Mayor Hernani Braganza said the city government gives financial assistance to those who lost their houses while those whose houses were damaged were given galvanized iron sheets and other construction materials.

It was actually a double whammy for this city who was also hard hit by typhoon Cosme on May 17, 2008.

The city government has not completed constructing or rehabilitating the houses destroyed by typhoon Cosme when typhoon Emong struck, Braganza said.

The Metro Manila Development Authority sent teams which brought construction materials and help in the reconstruction of houses in this city and the towns of Agno, Anda and Bani.

Canvasses donated by private groups and individuals are being distributed by the city government to the affected residents of Alaminos.

In Anda, Mayor Nestor Pulido said the municipal government likewise bought several rolls of canvasses and gave these to the typhoon victims, “as a temporary roofing material.”

“With the rains here, they could have at least temporary shelter,” he said.

The Rotary Club Hundred Islands delivered 20 shelter boxes to Dewey Island in Bolinao, 20 boxes in Tore-tore village in Anda and 10 in Olanen village in Bani. Eight families from this city received shelter boxes.

The shelter boxes were donated by ShelterBox Trust through the Rotary Club.

The box — a tough, green plastic box containing a tent designed for wide range of conditions, and items like insulated groundsheets, thermal blankets, a multi-fuel stove, cooking and dining equipment, tools, mosquito nets, water containers and water purifying tablets. The shelter box is designed for ten persons.

The typhoon victims are just so many and there are just not enough shelter boxes, Chan said. This is why the tents are just shared by extended families and the contents are distributed to the residents, said William Chan, assistant governor of Rotary Club 3790.

The Rotary Club plans to establish a “tent city” in Olanen where about 100 houses were washed into the sea by Emong’s killer winds.

The villagers there are living with their relatives and the municipal government led by Mayor Marcelo Navarro plans to establish a housing project for them, in cooperation with the Gawad Kalinga.

While the housing project is undertaken, the residents will stay in the tents, Chan said.

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