Philippines – Deadly Flash Floods in Cebu

At least 9 people have been killed in flash floods in the central Philippines after heavy rain brought by Tropical Depression 02W, known locally as “Crising”.

Typhoon Crising was downgraded to a Low Pressure Area after it made landfall in Samar on Saturday 15 April.  Heavy rain continued in Cebu Province throughout Sunday 16 April.

Eight of the nine fatalities occurred in the city of Carmen, Cebu, where a river overflowed on Sunday 16 April. Another fatality was reported in Danao City. As many as 10 people are thought to have been injured during the floods.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said 73 houses in Carmen were either destroyed or damaged.

The Cebu Provincial Government said that Tropical Depression Crising affected Barangays Dawis Sur, Dawis Norte, Puente, Ipil, Cantumog and Cogon west in Carmen, northern Cebu.

Response

The Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office has distributed tents to help house more than 200 families displaced by the floods. The families were temporarily housed in the town’s crisis center immediately after the floods struck.

The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office is also distributing bags of rice and casualty assistance to the victims in coordination with the Carmen’s social welfare office.