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Twister victims fall ill

A DAY after the island of Lipayran off Bantayan Island was struck by a tornado, residents have started to complain of fever.

In a report over radio dyAB, social worker Magdalena Derecho said that at least four children and some adults developed fever after they were soaked in rain when they evacuated to safer grounds to avoid the tornado which ruined their seaside shanties.

“We are now short of medicines and doctors because doctors who come to the island are based in mainland Bantayan Island,” she said.

Lipayran is an island located off the mainland of Bantayan Island and is mostly occupied by families who depend on fishing for their livelihood.

Arcie Lopez, an island resident, said they started to feel strong winds blowing at about 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

“Nag dahunog gyud murag barko ang tingog (The wind was very strong, it sounded like an approaching ship),” she said.

Lopez said the strong winds were accompanied by heavy rains and thunderstorms.

“Nangapalid gud mi pag gawas namo (We were blown by the wind when we went out of our house (to transfer to a safer place),” she said.

They had to rescue her elderly mother who was buried in the ruins of their wrecked shanty.

Derecho said the tornado which hit Lipayran Island on Thursday destroyed 15 shanties and partially damaged at least 7 more shanties.

As of yesterday, affected families were taking temporary shelter inside a chapel in the island. Some are staying in tents set up in the evacuation site.

Derecho said she was worried because some of the evacuees especially the children have started to complain of fever.

They are also beginning to run out of medicines. Doctors from Bantayan town are expected to arrive in the island on Monday yet.

Derecho said already informed Bantayan Mayor Ian Christopher Escario of the residents’ needs.

The Cebu provincial government will extend financial assistance to affected families in the towns of Santander, Argao, and Bantayan.

Cebu. Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, however, urged mayors to be prepared for calamities instead of always waiting for the Capitol's assistance.

“Please imbibe the sense of responsibility to their (mayors) constituents. They are usually the first to respond but we will continue to assist them,” said Gov. Garcia in a press conference inside her office yesterday.

She asked the mayors to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the National Food Authority (NFA) so affected residents could immediately avail of rice supply during calamities.

Garcia said some mayors had already entered into an agreement with NFA./ADOR VINCENT S. MAYOL


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