Cadiz City in Negros Occidental is also one of the drastically destroyed places when Super Typhoon Yolanda brought strong winds and rains in the Visayas on November 2013
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental – More than 50 houses and about 100 motor bancas were destroyed by strong winds and waves that hit 12 barangays in Cadiz City in northern Negros Occidental over the weekend.
According to Cadiz City Mayor Patrick Escalante, about two meters high waves slammed their shores because of high tide which hit the city concurrently with strong winds brought about by the Northeast monsoon or the Hangin Amihan.
The Cadiz City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) said that according to available data, the wind speed was around 45 to 49 kilometers per hour and the tide was around two meters high.
The destroyed and damaged houses and motor bancas were mostly made of light materials which made them susceptible to wreck when hit by strong winds.
About 250 individuals were affected but the local authorities, alongside with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), are still conducting assessment and inventory of the affected families and individuals.
No casualties and injuries were recorded because of the said incident.
The DSWD assured that they shall distribute relief goods to the affected residents as soon as the assessment is completed or as soon as possible.
The affected families and individuals are now housed in schools which serve as evacuation centers.
According to Mayor Escalante, they are now hastening the transfer of the victims to the permanent housing facility, which was built by the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.
The Sanggunang Panlungsod of Cadiz City is set to declare a state of calamity on December 20, Tuesday, so that they can utilize the calamity fund of the local government.
Meanwhile, in Cadiz City’s neighboring town, E.B. Magalona, 48 houses were also damaged while two were destroyed in Barangay Batea.
There are also 26 pump boats which were destroyed in three other coastal barangays of the municipality due to the rough weather.
The local government will be distributing financial aid and construction materials to the affected fisher folk.
Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the entire city under signal number 4 in the morning of November 8, 2013. Strong winds and storm surge resulted to severe damages to vital infrastructures, houses and properties, and crops in 22 barangays.
Yolanda, the historically strongest typhoon to ever hit the Philippines, affected 22, 708 families with 5,069 houses totally destroyed and 17, 639 were damaged with an estimated value of P109,343,000.