outbrain
Close  

Victims of supertyphoon Yolanda in Capiz suffer again from typhoon Ursula

By: - Correspondent / @nestorburgosINQ
/ 05:36 AM December 29, 2019

PANAY, CAPIZ—“We are back in our ‘condominium’ but we hope we will not stay here long,” Jasmin Bansale said. She was referring to a classroom at Felix Balgos National High School in Barangay Agbalo in Panay town, Capiz province, about 21 kilometers southeast of the capital city of Roxas.Bansale’s family has been staying at the school since Christmas Day after their house was destroyed by the strong winds and floods brought by Typhoon Ursula (international name: Phanfone).

At least 30 families were staying in the school’s classrooms and grandstand.

ADVERTISEMENT

It was also their temporary home when their house was destroyed by Supertyphoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) six years ago.

This time, the Ursula survivors are hoping that the relief assistance for housing materials will be released immediately unlike in the aftermath of Yolanda.

FEATURED STORIES

Delays in assistance

“We hope it will be fair and timely this time,” said Bansale, referring to the delays in the release of assistance that prompted repeated protests from Yolanda survivors.

Bansale and her family was excluded from the list of Yolanda beneficiaries who received P30,000 in assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. She blamed the failure of the previous barangay officials to include them.

Like Bansale, Ninfa Barroa, also of Barangay Agbalo, hoped that the national government would immediately address the needs of those left homeless.

Since Christmas Day, she and her four children have been sleeping in a jeepney owned by her brother-in-law parked along the national highway.

“We want to go back to our house but we need to rebuild it,” she said.

Agbalo village chief Roderick Gabasa said 32 houses were destroyed and 118 damaged in their barangay.About 70 percent of the village had been flooded and about half was still submerged on Friday.

“We need help from the national government especially in rebuilding and repairing houses,” Gabasa told the Inquirer.

ADVERTISEMENT

There were still 56,295 evacuees in Western Visayas as of Saturday morning, according to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.

Aside from the provinces of Aklan and Capiz, 10 towns in Iloilo, Aklan and Antique have been placed under a state of calamity.

Bansale appealed for urgent assistance from the national government for their immediate needs and for rebuilding their house.“We were supposed to harvest our palay crop soon but these are all gone because of the floods,” she said.

The evacuees have been subsisting on relief packs from the barangay, municipality and province consisting of rice, canned goods, noodles, coffee and sugar.

Bishop’s appeal

Bishop Patricio Buzon of the Diocese of Bacolod has called on the public to help the victims of Ursula.

“As brothers and sisters of the same Father, our helping those in need is what the Church is all about,” he said.

The bishop said there would be a second collection during the Sunday masses. The money collected would be donated to areas where assistance was most needed. —WITH A REPORT FROM CARLA P. GOMEZ

Click here for more weather related news.

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Calamity, supertyphoon, Typhoon, Typhoon Ursula , Ursula, victims, Yolanda
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.