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After deadly quake, Ormoc faces water shortage: mayor

ABS-CBN News Posted at Jul 10 2017 08:49 AM

MANILA - Residents of Ormoc, Leyte are struggling with shortage of potable water and power cuts after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake toppled buildings and left 2 people dead in the central islands last week, Mayor Richard Gomez said Monday.

Gomez said the earthquake caused siltation of rivers from which Ormoc draws its water supply.

"Natamaan din ang water system namin kasi nagrerely kami sa surface water. So iyung mga tubig sa ilog na ginagamit namin, na tini-take namin, naapektuhan din," he said.

"Yung tubig namin dito, mahina talaga. At saka yung lumalabas sa gripo, madumi pa rin, malapot."

(Out water system was also hit; we rely on surface water. So the river water we use was also affected. Our tap water here flow weakly. It is still murky.)

Residents, he said, have resorted to using emergency deep wells powered by generator sets as electricity was yet to be restored in the city.

The generators however can only power 16 deep wells, which are not enough to supply water to all of Ormoc, said Gomez.

"Pero dahil nga sa kakulangan ng generator, dahil wala pang kuryente, ang tumatakbo ang dito ay 16 na wells. Kaya kulang pa rin ang tubig namin dito," said Gomez.

(Because of the shortage of generators, only 16 wells are running so our water supply is still insufficient.)

Authorities are still repairing 3 major power facilities damaged by the temblor.

There is a "big possibility," he added, that the Ormoc government will declare a state of calamity.

Some Cabinet secretaries and members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council are expected to visit Ormoc and discuss the city's rehabilitation on Monday.



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