'Auring' evacuees complain of diarrhea, fever

Greanne Mendoza, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 09 2017 01:57 PM

At least 263 families are seeking shelter in Agusan National High school because of 'Auring'. Greanne Mendoza, ABS-CBN News

BUTUAN CITY - Many evacuees rescued in various barangays amid weather disturbance 'Auring' now complain of fever, colds, and diarrhea. 

As of 10:00 a.m. today, a total of 909 families were in different evacuation centers in the city.

Agusan National High school houses most of the residents with 263 families sheltered here.

It's been four days since the water supply was cut off in Agusan National High School due to heavy flooding brought by tropical depression Auring, which has already weakened into a low-pressure area as of posting. 

Because there is no water provided in Agusan National High School, residents rely on collected rainwater and barrels of non-potable water provided by the Bureau of Fire. Greanne Mendoza, ABS-CBN News

Residents rely on collected rainwater and barrels of non-potable water provided by the Bureau of Fire. Some evacuees who cannot afford distilled water sometimes drink from these supplies.

The youngest child of Jonalyn Tañola, an evacuee at Agusan National High School, is suffering from diarrhea. Greanne Mendoza, ABS-CBN News

Jonalyn Tañola, a mother of four, said her youngest child already suffers from diarrhea.

More parents complain that young children suffer from recurring fever and colds.

According to Filipinas Torralba, City Health Office nurse, Carbocisteine is readily available to treat colds. They expect more medical supplies to arrive today. One doctor per day is also assigned to each evacuation center to check on the residents.

Paolo Gogo, Officer-in-Charge of the Public Information Office, said residents may already be allowed to return to their respective homes tomorrow as Auring continues to move North.