By NITZ ARANCON
BUGO barangay chairman Vic Talingting yesterday called on city hall to place his village under a state of calamity in the wake of the destruction and damages caused by floodwaters on Monday.
Talingting’s call came as the City Social Welfare and Development office’s list of flood victims rose to 139 families yesterday.
City administrator Teodoro Sabuga-a said the CSWD continued to collect data about the extent of the damages in Bugo where, initially, 85 houses were reported to have been swept away by rampaging floodwaters that came with a heavy downpour on Monday afternoon.
Sabuga-a said another resident reported that his house was washed out by floodwaters, and three more families found their houses damaged.
“Tungod sa kadako sa lugar sa Bugo nga na-igo sa maong baha, magpadayon pa ang pag-validate sa tanang flood victims,” he said.
Talingting urged the city council to help the flood victims by quickly declaring Bugo under a state of calamity to allow the government’s reserved resources to be used for relief aid.
Without such declaration, he said, the hands of Bugo’s barangay officials would remain tied.
“Sa pagka karon, dili namo magamit ang among gamay nga pundo sa calamity fund sa barangay kay wala may declaration,” he said.
Floodings were also reported in Bugo’s neighboring barangays like Puerto.
But no evacuation was documented in Puerto, said Michael Fabello, CSWD overseer.
The CSWD however documented a landslide in another barangay, Cugman, that damaged a rented house. The landslide resulted in an injury that sent one resident to the hospital.