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Davao City Flashflood: Death Toll Rises to 26, 5 Still Missing

30 June 2011

By Jessie L Casalda?

P11 Million ?estimated damage - several bridges destroyed - list of fatalities and missing

Davao City human tragedy: Rescuers find a dead child at the aftermath of the flashflood. (PIA-XI/Photo by Joemar Lamata)

DAVAO CITY - The death toll in the city's flashflood rises to 26 after a body of a 16-year-old girl was found along the beach line in Punta Dumalag at around 10:00 in the evening on Wednesday.

The latest victim was identified as Kizel Ta?o, 16, a resident of Pag-asa, Matina Aplaya.? She was positively identified by his father who also said that his 9-year-old son Kent Angelo Ta?o is still missing.

Kizel and his younger brother were carried away by rampaging floodwaters at around 11:00 in the evening on June 28.

Based on the report of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) the height of the floodwaters had reached as high as 10 feet which forced residents of five barangays to evacuate while others had stayed at the rooftops of their houses.

The city government of Davao had already placed under state of calamity the five villages -- Barangay Talomo, Barangay 74-A, Matina Aplaya, Matina Pangi, and Ma-a, affected by the flashflood caused by the overflowing of Pangi River due to heavy continuous rain that lasted at least three hours.

With the declaration of the state of calamity, the city had set aside an amount of P51.5 million for the rehabilitation of the affected barangays and assistance of the affected residents which as of 9:00 a.m. of June 30 already reached to 12,714 families in 44 areas.

The NDRRMC report further indicated that the evacuees had temporarily sheltered at GSIS Covered Court and Central Park Subdivision Covered Court but on June 30, many of them had already returned to their homes except of 50 families whose houses were totally damaged.

Based on the NDRRMDC report the following names area listed as dead:

1. Rowena Valderoza Female 7 yrs. old

2. Catherine Valderoza Female 4 yrs. old

3. Lydia Valderoza Female

4. John Carlo Alvarez Male 3 yrs. old

5. Jason Saturos Male 3 yrs. old

6. Chzareha Saturos Female 33 yrs. old

7. John Michael Alvarez Male 7 yrs. old

8. John Cris Alvarez Male 8 months

9. Kenneth Ian Ayag Male 4 yrs. old

10. Angelita E. Paches Female 65 yrs. old

11. Melchin Sore?o Female 2 yrs. old

12. Alexis Baricuatro Male 4 yrs. old

13. Alexandria Baricuatro, Female. 8 yrs. old

14. Adora Baricuatro Female 26 yrs. old

15. Tito Servedad Male 53 yrs. old

16. Beth Amatos Female 7 yrs. old

17. Carl Andre Oliveros Male 9 months

18. Dominic Onde Male 30 yrs. old

19. Cassandra Supa Female 2 yrs. old

20. Jaime Bawo Male 41 yrs. old

21. Conchita Bawo Female 43 yrs. old

22. Rachel Ayag Female 5 yrs. old

23. Jovito Munsad Male 60 yrs. old

24. Vicente Ladaga Female 58 yrs. old

25. Antonio Inciso Male 77 yrs. old Talomo

26. Keizle Ta?o Female 16 yrs. old Matina Aplaya


Five are still missing and subjects for search and rescue operations namely:


1. Cherry Saturos Female 4 yrs. old

2. Mark Louie Falomar Male 3 months

3. Zaldy Supa Male 34 yrs. old

4. Kent Angelo Ta?o Male 9 yrs. old Matina Aplaya

5. Rogelio Balderosa III Male 2 yrs. old San Isidro Cmpd.,Matina Crossing

As of presstime, the damaged of the flashflood was already pegged at P11 million with 50 houses totally damaged and 214 partially damaged; Matina Bridges 1 and 2 are also partially damaged but not passable.?

Balusong Bridge in Matina Crossing connecting the downtown area and Southernmost part of the city was also partially damaged but already passable as of this time.

Bamboo and Hanging bridges in Matina Pangi were totally damaged.

Alongside with the aid from the city government, the Department of Health XI had already provided P31,000 worth of medicines as health personnel also conducted health assessments and monitoring on evacuation centers.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XI had also provided P250,000 worth of food packs to affected residents.

DSWD XI further requested for additional funds of? P5.3 million be augmented on its emergency assistance to the affected areas.

NDRRMC Executive director Benito Ramos had also visited Davao City to assess the situation.? Jessie L. Casalda

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