30 families in Tacloban City evacuate due to floods

By Melanie L. Bingco, ABS-CBN Tacloban

Posted at Jan 19 2010 10:57 PM | Updated as of Jan 20 2010 06:57 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Floods caused by several days of incessant rains have caused families in Barangay Apitong in Tacloban City to leave their houses and temporarily take shelter in a nearby school.

According to City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, 30 families have evacuated to the Don Vicente Quintero Memorial School.

"We used some of our trucks to take the people out of their flooded homes. We are also sending them relief goods," he said.

Among the evacuees is 65-year-old Ciriaca Martinez. She brought with her to the evacuation center some of her cassava and camote she had managed to harvest from her garden a day before the flooding.

"I'm glad I saved something to eat. But my plants are gone now. The floods will surely destroy them," she said.

Streets in the barangay were flooded with knee-high waters while some residents said the water reache up to their waist in some areas.