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SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews / January 11) – The head of the local water company urged relevant government agencies to allow homeless victims of Typhoon “Odette” in Surigao del Norte, on the island of Siargao and in the province of the Dinagat Islands to use timber from felled coconuts and other trees as building materials to rebuild their homes.

The felled coconut palms in the Dinagat Islands where the rescue team from the San Francisco Aquatic District in Agusan del Sur visited. Photo from SFWD Facebook page

“We urge all relevant government authorities and the private sector to acquire and use felled trees and felled coconut palms for a shelter and rehabilitation project, by providing cutting equipment / permits, and ensuring safety equipment. and proper training for workers as early as possible, ”said Elmer Luzon, general manager of the San Francisco Water District (SFWD).

He added that by using what is already available in the typhoon-stricken areas, people will be able to obtain lumber materials and only have to focus on acquiring other repair materials. required.

Luzon also called on relevant government agencies to help typhoon victims with their urgent need for clean water and building materials.

In a social media post on the SFWD’s Facebook page, Luzon called for immediate intervention to address these needs as thousands of victims, many of them children, remain homeless and suffer from dehydration and diarrhea.

Luzon noted that SFWD responders who helped repair damaged water pipes saw the massive destruction caused by Typhoon “Odette” to homes, offices, school buildings, shopping malls, substations, communications facilities and others. establishments that once made cities rich and vibrant. .

Speakers visited areas hit by the typhoon in the mainland towns of Placer, Bacuag, Claver, Surigao de Norte and Surigao City. They also brought relief to the island of Siargao (in the municipalities of Dapa, Del Carmen, Sta. Monica, San Isidro and General Luna) and in the province of the Dinagat Islands in the towns of San José, Dinagat and Basilisa,

“We heard their cry to drink water as others suffered from dehydration and diarrhea,” Luzon said.

The 12 cubic meter water tanker from the San Francisco Water District that delivered potable water to victims of Typhoon “Odette”. Photo from SFWD Facebook page

As first responders in the aftermath of the disaster, he said the SFWD immediately loaned 12 cubic meter tankers to the hardest hit typhoon victims in both provinces. He acknowledged that these are not enough even though they have been delivering water since December 21, as only a few water service providers have met this need.

Luzon urged water service providers in government and private companies serving the affected areas to speed up efforts to rehabilitate and repair their water supply system as soon as possible. (Chris V. Panganiban / MindaNews)