A total of 300 families in barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City received basic goods from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on 20 January 2017, as assistance after hit by the biggest urban flooding in the city on 16 January 2017.
The rise of the water was caused by the combined two weather systems particularly Low Pressure Area (LPA) and Tail End of the Cold Front which brought heavy rains in Cagayan de Oro city.
Not only have homes soaked in the flood water but has damaged properties including cars and electronic equipment. Further, it has caused havoc since numerous students and employees were trapped for hours in their schools and work spaces because of the flood.
According to NGCP representative Mae Lopez Curiano, they have selected barangay Carmen since this is their host community. This is where the NGCP Mindanao Control Center is located currently. She said however, they were not spared of the flooding since they were also trapped that afternoon until late in the evening when the water rose.
Meanwhile, Rosemarie F. Bermoy, an employee of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), was among those 300 families that were affected by the flood and received goods from NGCP. She recounted that water rose so fast that they could not have prevented their things to get soaked. She said flood in the main road were up to waist high. It would have been impossible to get out or save their things.
The content of the bucket of goods that NGCP provided included first aid kit, t-shirt, flashlight, slippers, toothpaste, spoon and fork, disposable cups, shampoo, canned goods, rice, sanitary pad, blanket, water, toothbrush, underwear and power energy drink.
Meanwhile, the incident has moved the city council of Cagayan de Oro to declare the city under state of calamity. (JMOR/PIA10)