Thursday, October 22, 2009

3,000 stuck in evacuation centers

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:33:00 10/22/2009

Filed Under: Lebanon evacuation, Ondoy

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna—Three weeks after the onslaught of Tropical Storm “Ondoy,” at least 3,000 people are still packed in evacuation centers and can’t return to their homes.

A report of the municipal office action center said six shelters are still filled with evacuees.

A total of 736 families are still displaced.

In Barangay Tadlac, 410 families are either in a private lot of a subdivision or at the old barangay hall, the report said.

The initial evacuation center, the Tadlac Elementary School, cannot serve its purpose, as it has been flooded since Laguna Lake swallowed some parts of the village.

Tents temporarily serve as the homes of the evacuees.

The report said 4,345 homes are still submerged in water, some of which are now abandoned.

Officers of the municipal office are still distributing relief goods.

The Laguna Lake Development Authority has earlier reported that the water would subside in three to five more months. Karen Lapitan, Inquirer Southern Luzon

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