226 families evacuate in Baguio floods, landslides


Posted at Oct 08 2009 06:51 PM | Updated as of Oct 09 2009 04:28 AM

MANILA - Over 200 families have evacuated their homes after landslides and floods threatened certain areas in Baguio City amid the onslaught of Tropical Depression 'Pepeng' (international code name Parma).

According to partial data by a civic communications group based in the area, about 226 families from Barangay Fairview, Dominican Hill, City Camp Proper, City Camp Central, and Irisan Barangay were brought to evacuation centers.

The Radio Emergency Association Communications Team (REACT) - Cañao reported that the families were brought to the following evacuation centers:

Evacuation Center  No. of Families Place of Origin
 Lourdes Grotto, Mirador Hill area  49  Dominican Hill
 Aguinaldo Elementary School  80  unspecified
 St. Vincent Gym, Brower Road  18  Barangay Fairview
 Irisan Barangay Hall  11  Irisan Barangay
 City Camp Youth Center  68  City Camp Proper and City Camp Central


A representative from REACT-Cañao said there have been constant rains in Baguio City since 7 p.m. on Wednesday, causing soil in certain areas to soften.

REACT team volunteers said they immediately pulled out families before dark from Pinsao Proper, where there were reported soil erosions and landslides.

They also pulled out families from City Camp Proper and City Camp Central, which were flooded due to swelling of the City Camp Lagoon.

There have been no reported casualties or injuries in the disaster. Major highways were also closed off from all vehicles.

Kennon Road was closed since Wednesday, while Marcos Highway was closed at 11 a.m. on Thursday. Naguilian Road, meanwhile, is still open for vehicles. Report from Arlene Burgos, BMPM Desk.