Iligan City deals with overcrowding as more evacuees arrive from Marawi

Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 13 2017 03:52 PM

Iligan City deals with overcrowding as more evacuees arrive from Marawi 1
OVERCROWDING: More evacuees from Marawi City arrive in Iligan City

ILIGAN CITY – As more people arrive from war-torn Marawi City, authorities here try their best to meet the needs of evacuees. 

A total of 9,252 families or 43,159 individuals evacuated from Marawi City to Iligan City, prompting the local government to open the covered court in Barangay Buru-un as the newest evacuation center.

The court, which can only accommodate 50 families, however now shelters nearly 60 families.

“We’re crowded here but we also have to accommodate the newly arrived families,” said City Social Welfare and Development Camp Manager Paisal Usman.

Facilities such as toilets are also a problem. Evacuees have to share only one toilet from the office of the Bureau of Fire Protection.

“We cannot use the toilet at the barangay hall, so we’re using only one toilet,” Usman said.

The CSWD already requested two portalets from the health department.

Families staying at the evacuation center were also assigned to maintain the cleanliness of the area.

Thousands have fled Marawi City as clashes between government forces and Islamic State-linked Maute terrorists continue.

A total of 10,725 families or 48,852 individuals meanwhile have fled to Lanao del Norte while others are scattered in nearby cities.