On the 3rd of January 2009, Cagayan de Oro's New Year was met with tragedy as tropical depression "Auring" devastated the city with flash floods. This has shocked thousands of Kagay-anons as this has never happened in our beloved city before.
The areas of Macasandig and Carmen have our neighbors evacuated. They need all the help they can get - their homes are either filled with waist-to-head level of water or are totally destroyed. Food may be scarce since nobody was prepared for this. PLEASE HELP IN ANY WAY.
On January 11, 2009, another flood has ravaged CDO. This time, the areas of NHA, RER, Kauswagan, Iponan, Bulua, Canitoan, Lapasan, Macasandig, and neighboring towns Alubijid, Opol and cities of El Salvador, Iligan, Gingoog are affected. The floods caused structural damages on bridges and roads and houses; landslides; and lives.
Joan Jamisolamin of KKP-SIO/ RSO wrote:
On the rains, floods and assistance to flood victims
The calamities that Cagayan de Oro suffered from two floods that hit the city within a week from last January 3 to January 11, 2009 are far from over. On the night of Jan. 13, Tuesday, more rain poured in the city and in neighboring towns in Bukidnon, causing theCDO and Iponan rivers to overflow and flood waters to rise again. As of January 14, 2009, in Cagayan de Oro, the number of barangays hit rose to 44, with about 15,000 affected families.
Other areas, affected are 13 barangays in Gingoog City; 4 barangays in Oroquieta City; and one barangay in Iligan City, and 15 municipalities of Misamis Oriental. Landslides also occurred in the upland barangays of Taglimao, Pigsag-an, Tuburan and Tumpagon, in San Simon, Iponan, Lapasan, Gusa, Balubal, Camaman-an and in Macanhan, Carmen, in the city of CDO.
Xavier University, through the Kristohanong Katilingban sa Pagpakabana—Social Involvement Office (KKP-SIO), is responding with relief operations. Cash and goods donations are most welcome. Displaced families are in need of food items, rice, beddings and blankets, clothes and slippers for toddlers and adults, baby diapers, male and female underwear both for children and adult, bath and bar soaps, can opener, utensils for cooking.
Those who would like to help can send donations to the KKP-SIO, 1/f Aggie Building, Xavier University. Telephone number: (088) 858-3116 local 3210 and 3215. Deposit to: Xavier University, Account Number 933-101-3363, BPI. Please inform KKP-SIO of any deposit made, to enable monitoring.
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