No casualty in Surigao del Norte due to ‘Samuel,’ says governor

At least 1,590 families, or some 5,770 individuals displaced by “Samuel” returned in their respective homes on Wednesday after the tropical cyclone warning signal for the whole region was lifted . PHOTO/ MICO SURIGAO

The province of Surigao del Norte has reported “zero casualty” despite being battered by Typhoon “Samuel” two days ago, its governor said on Thursday.

“Thank God that he listened to our prayers, with no casualty as typhoon Samuel passed in our province,” Governor Sol Matugas said.

According to Matugas, the provincial government would prefer being “too prepared” for natural calamities than not doing anything at all.

This sense of urgency stemmed from the province’s experience with previous typhoons, she said.

On Tuesday, “Samuel” passed Caraga region, particularly in the provinces of Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur on Tuesday with only a “slight” damage.

Suspension of classes in the five provinces and six cities in Caraga region was lifted on Wednesday while passengers and cargo operations in all seaports in various places in the region also went back to normal.

In its Update Report No. 7 on Thursday to Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, DSWD Caraga regional director Mita Chuchi Gupana-Lim said there are still remaining 120 families or 698 individuals in the 3 opened evacuation centers in the region.

She said the other 56 evacuation centers were already closed after the 1,590 families or 5,770 individuals already returned in their respective homes since Caraga region experienced a fine and sunny weather on Wednesday and the tropical cyclone warning signal for the whole region was already lifted.

“DSWD Field Office Caraga Region 13 thru the Disaster Response and Management Division is still closely coordinating and monitoring with the different concerned LGUs for their needs in order to provide our central office with more updates,” Lim said .

A total of P310,767.00 worth of assistance (family food packs) were already provided by the different local government units (LGUs) to the affected families

The food assistance were distributed to Surigao City, Surigao del Norte; Cagwait, Surigao del Sur; Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands (PDI); and capital town of San Jose, Lim said. By CLC

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