Mindoro town seeks aid after Christmas storm wrecks homes, livelihood
Thousands of residents in the seaside town of Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro need construction materials to fix their homes and fishing boats, which were destroyed by typhoon Ursula last Christmas, the town mayor said Tuesday.
The storm damaged some 5,000 homes and destroyed 2,000 others, which mostly belonged to fishermen who also lost their boats to Ursula, said Bulalacao Mayor Ernilo Villas.
"Sira na iyong mga bahay, sira pa rin iyong mga bangka nila... pinagkakakitaan nila," he told radio DZMM.
(Their homes were destroyed; their boats, their source of income were also destroyed.)
Many students were also forced to hold classes in barangay halls and warehouses after Ursula sheared the roofs off a quarter of the town's public school buildings, Villas said.
All other Mindoro towns sent food packs to Bulalacao. However, its residents still need roof sheets, plywood and nails, he said.
"Medyo mahirap ang katayuan ng mga kababayan ko rito kaya ako ay humihingi ng tulong sa national government agencies at sa private sector," said the mayor.
(My constituents are in a difficult situation so I'm asking for help from national government agencies and the private sector.)
Ursula left 53 dead, sent some 55,000 people to evacuation centers and left around P3.5 billion worth of damage to infrastructure and agriculture in Luzon and Visayas, according to the national disaster agency.
About 20 major storms every year batter the Philippines, first major landmass facing the Pacific typhoon belt.
DZMM, Jan. 7, 2019