'Sendong' victims in CDO suffering from water shortage

Posted at 12/19/11 8:46 PM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines - After Sendong's devastation comes this -- a massive water shortage in Cagayan De Oro City.

Long lines snaked through wherever water was available, Yolanda Almonte didn't mind.

"Kahit wala nang kuryente dahil makakabili naman ng kandila, baterya at gasolina pero mahirap ang walang tubig," she said.

Deksie Joy Corpuz's baby, meanwhile, is sick with fever.

The bottled water that was to be used for drinking was used instead to dampen the cloth rubbed on the child.

"Mahirap walang tubig, nagkakasakit na kami," Corpuz said.

Even funeral parlors and hospitals, where those who died and survived Sendong were brought, have ran out of water.

Supplies in stores were also depleted.

"Kulang talaga ang tubig kahit panlinis sa mga instrumento," said Rolando Rabarra Jr., a nurse at a city hospital.

The Cagayan de Oro Water District said pipelines connecting water sources to households were busted.

"Ang main production wells are in Macasandig, which was completely submerged during the flood. Fifty percent na sa water supply na ito. Ang bulk supplier, which provides the other 30 percent, naputol ang tubo mismo," said Ladele Sagrado, information officer of the Cagayan de Oro Water District.

To make up for the lack of water, fire hydrants have been opened and residents are being given free water.

However, woes of Cagayan De Oro residents are not over yet.

Over 60,000 houses in the city are still without power. - report from Primy Cane, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao; ANC