Pacquiao town to be placed under state of calamity

Posted at 06/13/2012 9:58 AM | Updated as of 06/13/2012 5:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A town in Sarangani province, the congressional district of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, is set to declare a state of calamity today after giant waves and floods brought widespread devastation. 

An ABS-CBN report said Glan, Sarangani Mayor Victor James Yap is set to declare a state of calamity today after heavy flooding affected nearly 600 families in 5 barangays. Weather forecasters earlier said the inclement weather is brought by monsoon rains.

Disaster officials said floods killed 2 people and destroyed 162 houses in Glan, Sarangani.

Fisherman Dante San Juan said Rolando Mata, 40, was killed after failing to abandon a fishing boat that was smashed to bits by huge waves.

Meanwhile, farmer Segapo Cabigding, 63; was killed after being swept away by floods.

The ABS-CBN report said floods mixed with seawater in Barangay Big Margus while scores of residents left their homes to seek higher ground.

One resident, Marcosa Curay, wept openly as she recounted how she nearly lost her grandchild during the height of the floods.

Officials said two bridges, the Small Margus and Pangyan bridges, were partially damaged. Electricity has yet to be restored in the town.

Pacquiao, who was elected congressman of Sarangani in 2010, has yet to return to the country after his recent megabout in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight title belt to undefeated boxer Timothy Bradley last Sunday.