The residents of Jipapad, Eastern Samar called out for help after tropical depression Samuel caused massive flooding on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.
According to the residents, it was the worst flooding they have experienced, as waters reached the second floor of their houses. Even the prepositioned food packs of the municipal government did not escape the flood waters.
The Provincial government has delivered food and other relief items to flood affected residents of Jipapad.
Ms. Evelyn Caliba of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Managament Office said that they transported the goods to the northernmost town of Eastern Samar yesterday, November 23, as an immediate response to the request for help.
Provincial Administrator George Erroba told Este News last Wednesday that it was Board Member Joji Montallana who called him to report on the situation.
The PDRRMO team brought rice, noodles and canned goods for 2,000 families, which should be enough for three days.
Hygiene kits, jerry cans and medicines were sent by the Provincial Health office, and the Department of Health also sent water, sanitation and health resources to the affected communities.
The disaster office is still consolidating data collected from the affected areas to determine the extent of damage caused by the floods. Initial reports said around 50 houses were totally damaged, and more sustained partial damage.
Incessant rains triggered by tropical storm Samuel also caused flooding in Oras, Arteche and other towns in the northern part of the province causing landslides, damaging houses, infrastructure and agriculture. (Eden Cidro/Este News)