By Niño Luces
MATNOG, Sorsogon – Residents of Brgy. Banuang Daan here have to walk at least 5 kilometers and pay P20 per container just to have a clean drinking water.
Barangay Captain Celema Morata So told Manila Bulletin residents of her village have to pass at least 7 other villages to get drinking water after typhoon “Tisoy” destroyed the water facilities of the town’s water district.
She said they have to go to Brgy. Sinibaran where a water fall is located.
“Maliban sa kuryente, kailangan na kailangan po namin ng tubig. Ang mga kabarangay ko po ay kailangan pang pumunta doon sa falls sa Brgy. Sinibaran para umigib ng tubig. Sana po matulungan kami, mabigyan ng tubig (Aside from power, we need water. The residents of my village have to go to the falls just to get water. I hope you can help),” she appealed.
Brgy. Banuang Daan is among the 20 villages located in the coastal area of Matnog which was battered by storm surge and flooding during the typhoon.
“Hindi namin expected na ganun talaga kalakas yung bagyo. Hindi rin namin expected na babaha sa lugar namin kasi first time ito nangyari. Kasi yung balita, hindi naman kami yung sentro ng bagyo (We did not expect that the typhoon would be that strong. We did not also expect that our area would be flooded because this is the first time that this happened. In the news, we were not at the center of the storm),” So added.
The typhoon totally destroyed at least 70 of 170 houses in the village. But So is thankful that no one died in the flood.
On Saturday, Ako Bicol Partylist led by Rep. Pido Garbin distributed relief goods to victims of the typhoon in So’s village and other coastal areas of Matnog.
So said this is the first time that relief goods arrived in their area since the typhoon and appealed for more food aide.
Residents of Banuang Daan live on fishing and tourism. But the fishermen cannot set sail because the storm destroyed their fishing boats. The calamity fund of the barangay, So explained was used to buy rice.
The torrential rains in the northern part of Ilocos Norte, Cagayan and Apayao have caused landslides and floods in low-lying areas.
Mayors Rafael Ralph Benemerito of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and Esterlina Aguinaldo of Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan have advised motorists and commuters going to and from the Ilocos region to postpone their trips for their safety.
“The roads are still not passable. Cagayan-bound vehicles are currently stopped at Barangay Baduang in Pagudpud,” said in a road advisory posted on the official Facebook page of the Pagudpud government on Saturday.
As of posting, the maintenance crew of the Department of Public Works and Highways based in Ilocos Norte and Cagayan have been clearing the Manila North Road in Barangay San Juan, Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan and in Barangay Union, Claveria, Cagayan of debris and landslides.
“The road cut in Claveria is passable to light vehicles only while the San Juan road is still closed,” said Henry delos Santos, Engineer II of DPWH Cagayan on Saturday.
The Sanchez Mira Bridge on the Manila North Road is also closed to heavy trucks due to washed out middle pier and scoured embank protection. Warning signs have been put up and motorists have to take the alternate Sanchez Mira by-pass road.
Both lanes of K0537+700 of the Cagayan-Apayao Road are also closed to traffic due to landslide. A heavy downpour for the past few days triggered landslides and flash floods in parts of Ilocos Norte and nearby provinces of Cagayan and Apayao.
Homestay owners in Adams, Ilocos Norte said even if the road is passable in the area, visitors are not yet encouraged to go to Adams due to non-stop rain and extremely cold weather. (with a report from PNA)