By Raquel Atok
First Posted 11:30 AM January 05, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran – Tropical Storm Urduja, with international name Kai-Tak, inundated about two months’ worth of rain, triggering floods and landslides in Biliran, killing 42 people and counting.
Four days of torrential rain prior to the day of Urduja’s landfall last December 16, caused Biliran’s soil to loosen, causing major landslides in the different municipalities of the province: Brgy. Lucso-on, Naval; Sitio. Barubuhan, Brgy. Iyusan, Almeria; and Brgy. Burabod and Sanggalang, Biliran.
Raging water from the mountains impelled a destructive avalanche of huge rocks, trees and soil soil covering homes and killing people.
The following table shows the number of casualties from the affected areas:
|Brgy. Lucso-on, Naval|
||47 y.o||Dead||Dec. 17, 2017|
|2. Batister, Mary Jane||45 y.o||Dead||Dec. 18, 2017|
|3. Batister, Kimberly||14 y.o||Dead||Dec. 18, 2017|
|4. Batister, Kathleen||11 y.o||Dead||Dec. 17, 2017|
|5. Batister, Kevin||9 y.o||Dead||Dec. 17, 2017|
|6. Batister, Ralph||11 y.o||Dead||Dec. 18, 2017|
|7. Batister, Rhea||14 y.o||Dead||Dec. 18, 2017|
|8. Dacup, Renier||10 y.o||Dead||Dec. 18, 2017|
|9. Cadion, Napoleon||37 y.o||Dead||Dec. 17, 2017|
|10. Caliao, Joey||27 y.o||Missing|
|11. Caliao, Mary Christine||11 y.o||Dead||Dec. 19, 2017|
|12. Caliao, Alyna Kristine||2 y.o||Dead||Dec. 16, 2017|
|13. Caliao, Chiquito||55 y.o||Missing|
|14. Caliao, Ivy||20 y.o||Dead||Dec. 18, 2017|
|15. Novillo, Jannes||37 y.o||Dead||Dec. 18, 2017|
|16. Novillo, Jadine||2 y.o||Dead||Dec. 18, 2017|
|17. Poyales, Antonio||56 y.o||Dead||Dec. 18, 2017|
|18. Poyales, Annie||51 y.o||Dead||Dec. 18, 2017|
|19. Poyales, Haide||30 y.o||Missing|
|20. Poyales, Andy||27 y.o||Missing|
|21. Poyales, Annabel||23 y.o||Missing|
|22. Poyales, Anthony||11 y.o||Missing|
|23. Caliao, Jhay R||24 y.o||Missing|
|24. Caliao, Anita||56 y.o||Dead||Dec. 16, 2017|
|25. Mabalo, Je-Ann||23 y.o||Missing|
|26. Superio, Jhon Carlo||12 y.o||Dead||Dec. 16, 2017|
|27. Superio, Aleesha Mae||2 y.o||Dead|
|Sitio Barubuhan, Brgy. Iyusan, Almeria|
|28. Garbo, Wilma||12 y.o||Dead||Dec. 16, 2017|
|29. Garbo, Maribeth||50 y.o||Dead|
|30. Garbo, Winnie||50 y.o||Dead|
|31. Jorge, Jimmy||2 y.o||Dead|
|32. Rodriguez, Abraham||Dead|
|Brgy. Burabod and Sanggalang, Biliran|
|33. Gullon, Angelica||Dead||Dec. 16, 2017|
|34. Palconit, Dioscorro||Dead||Dec. 19, 2017|
|Sitio Macalpe, Brgy. Cabibihan, Caibiran|
|35. Abrigo, Gerald||Missing|
|36. Abrigo, Nanjian||Dead|
|37. Bendisyon, Mylene||33 y.o||Dead|
|38. Español, Ronald||27 y.o||Dead|
|39. Español, James Ron||4 y.o||Dead|
|40. Español, Judy Ann||2 y.o||Dead|
|41. Estadillo, Letecia||41 y.o||Missing|
|42. Estadillo, Erwin|
|43. Estadillo, Diday|
|44. Estadillo, Maria Louisa|
|45. Lacampara, Annie||50 y.o|
|46. Lambonao, Manuel III||5 y.o|
|47. Lambonao, Sherelyn||10 y.o|
|48. Lambonao, Aldrin||15 y.o|
|49. Mandaue, Jessebel||25 y.o|
|50. Sangcap, Merlan||37 y.o||Source: BFP|
Retrieval operation in Brgy. Lucso-on for the missing victims are still ongoing, as this was mandated by President Duterte during his visit to the province last December 18. So that the bereaved families can give their loved ones proper burial.
But it looks as though that this won’t be easy for the team to recover all the bodies.
“Mahihirapan. Ok lang sana kung hindi malalaking mga bato. Ang epekto sa malalaking bato ‘pag madaanan ang mga bahay o anumang bagay kakayurin talaga. Parang babayuhin. Ma fa-flatten-out. Kaya mahihirapan ang nag-ooperate ng retrieval operation,” expressed by the Acting Provincial Fire Marshal Gil Abella.
Moreover, flashfloods broke out due to overwhelming rain. The rushing water made new paths, destroying rice fields and rupturing the pieces of land connected to bridges. Thus, making the vital bridges of Naval inaccessible to the people: Caray-caray, Catmon, and the two bridges of Larrazabal.
Rehabilitation of the bridges are being carried out immediately. Foot bridges are already installed in Larrazabal and Caray-caray. Meanwhile, Catmon Bridge has been brimmed and is now available to commuters.
Vehicles especially four-wheeled or more are resorted to travel around Biliran due to Caray-caray Bridge’s unavailability, doubling the time for travel. However, motorcycles can cross to the shallow parts of Caray-caray river and Dapdap road is available for commuters going to Larrazabal.
“Be vigilant,” Abella emphasized. “This natural calamity will be our guide, our lesson to be learned. Kaya kung sasabihin na mag-evacuate tayo, mag-evacuate tayo. Hindi lang natin babaliwalain.”
Abella further reminded Biliranons to listen only to the concerned government agencies and not to hearsays in terms of calamities—storms: PAG-ASA; earthquakes: PHIVOLCS; Fire: BFP and so on.
“Hindi natin ito inaasahan na ganito ang mangyayari. Nandiyan na ‘yan. Sa susunod, mag ingat na tayo palagi,” Abella admonished. He also extended his condolences for the victims of the calamity. – BiliranIsland.com