Typhoon-prone Daanbantayan to build permanent evacuation center

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FOR the first time, the typhoon-prone town of Daanbantayan in northern Cebu will have a permanent evacuation center.

This is after local officials led by Mayor Sun Shimura inaugurated the construction of the 38 million peso Daanbantayan evacuation center in Barangay Pajo on Friday, September 24, 2021.

Construction of the 3,000-square-meter evacuation center was made possible through the efforts of Ako Bisaya party representative Sonny Lagon, the municipal government said on its Facebook page.

The city is on the way to typhoons, and the common practice has been to bring potential risk residents to identified school buildings for temporary evacuation.

The new facility would allow the local government to provide safe and suitable shelter for people in need of evacuation in disasters and other emergencies, the local government said.

Lagon attended the inauguration with municipal and barangay officials as well as deputy regional director of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 Mario Montejo and DPWH district engineer Susan Ornopia.

No timetable has been given for the completion of the evacuation center.

Located at the northern end of mainland Cebu, Daanbantayan, a prime municipality, has 20 barangays, 15 of which are located on the coastline.

When Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) hit the city in November 2013, a storm surge destroyed homes in coastal barangays while the rest of the typhoon’s fury damaged its market, gas stations, its church and town hall.

In December 2017, Tropical Storm Urduja caused the preventive evacuation of more than 4,000 families, of which more than 3,000 were hosted by families with stronger homes while around 400 families were taken to gymnasiums, barangays and schools.

At the end of December 2019, nearly 9,000 families were evacuated from the town before the arrival of Typhoon Ursula, whose strong winds and rains then damaged the pier, the temporary evacuation centers, the town hall, more than 11,000 houses, 60 pump boats and seaweed. plantations.

Daanbantayan also had to prepare for the onslaught of Typhoon Ruby in December 2014, which tore the roof of its cultural center; Typhoon Nona in December 2015; Typhoon Tisoy in early December 2019; and Super Typhoon Rolly in November 2020. (CTL)

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