SENDONG AFTERMATH: Bukidnon death toll, 20; missing: 102

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/17 December 2011) Twenty persons were confirmed dead and 102 others remained missing in Baungon and Libona
towns, both in Bukidnon, upstream of the Cagayan de Oro River,
Bukidnon News sources said.

Lezette Treseno, secretary of Baungon Mayor Pedro Alvarez said via
telephone as of 5p.m. Sunday, 15 persons were confirmed dead in the
town. She said the fatalities were swept by flashfloods. The bodies
were recovered in areas in Baungon villages and in Cagayan de Oro.

In Libona town, five persons were confirmed dead, according to Gov.
Alex Calingasan as of 6p.m. They were reported to be swept by flood
waters.

Treseno said most of the 102 missing were from the villages of
Lingating, Nicdao, Langawon, Pualas, and Liboran, all in Baungon.

The town has remained isolated, said Treseno, who called on behalf of
the mayor.

She cited that all approaches leading to the town have been cut
because the bridges were either partially or totally destroyed by
rampaging waters.

Treseno cited that three-fourths of Cabula Bridge in Brgy. Nicdao was
washed out. The
bridge connects the Baungon-Cagayan de Oro road over Cagayan River,
half the length of which is in Baungon.

Another bridge, over Tumalaong River, was totally damaged.

Inside the town, Treseno added, seven villages have been isolated
including Lingating, the worst hit in terms of number of victims.

She said the 33 missing persons earlier cited by the Provincial Disaster Risk
Reduction and Management Council referred to those missing from Brgy.
Lingating only.

Arsenio Alagenio, executive officer of the Provincial Disaster Risk
Reduction and Management Council cited in his initial report that
heavy rainfall and landslide in the villages resulted to flooding of
Liboran and Maluhog creeks, which are contributory to Tumanaong,
Bubunawan, and Cagayan rivers.

Alagenio told this reporter Sunday afternoon most of the missing came
from Baungon town, which has remained isolated due to the destruction
of three bridges connecting the town to Cagayan de Oro and other towns
in Bukidnon.

According to the PDRRMC’s initial report as of December 18, there were
a total of 48 families directly affected by the flashfloods in Baungon.

Alagenio reported that the municipal government distributed food,
including 30 sacks of rice, via helicopter to villagers in isolated
areas in Baungon.

Gov. Alex Calingasan reported that flood waters washed away a total of
61 houses and left about 29 other houses “partially damaged” in Libona
town, where his son, Leonardo Genesis, is mayor.

Bukidnon News is yet to obtain a copy of the list of fatalities and
missing persons from Bukidnon.

Also in Valencia City, the CDRRMC reported about 600 families affected
by the overflow of Pulangui River. But Capt. Alejandro Larosa, CDRRMC
executive officer, clarified that they were only slightly affected and
were able to return to their homes by Saturday as water level subsided
late in the morning.

The council reported three houses were washed out in the river’s bank
near the city’s poblacion area. (Walter I. Balane)

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