Scarce drinking water for evacuees; supply from fire department not fit for drinking

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Mothers and kids evacuees face health personnel for check up. Photo taken at Camalig North Evacuation School, Camalig. Albay. PHOTO BY ELMER JAMES BANDOL/BICOLTODAY.COM
Mothers and kids evacuees face health personnel for check up. Photo taken at Camalig North Evacuation School, Camalig. Albay. PHOTO BY ELMER JAMES BANDOL/BICOLTODAY.COM

By Elmer James Bandol

LEGAZPI CITY, 30Sept2014(BicolToday.com) — Drinking water is getting scarce for more than 10,000 families living in temporary shelters in the towns of Camalig, Daraga, Malinao, & Sto Domingo and in the cities of Tabaco and Ligao.

“Only for bath, laundry and cleaning purposes our water supply could be utilized by evacuees” said Provincial Fire Chief Col. Arturo Alaba who said that most of the towns have no fire hydrants which could be served by their water districts’ facilities.

Alaba, however, expressed willingness to call for help in other provinces in case the water situation worsens.

It is estimated that evacuees need at least 480,000 liters everyday and fire trucks could provide enough supply of water from running streams and rivers, however, the old conditions of the trucks contributes to disallow evacuees to drink from it. “Baka pag simulant ng sakit” (might start the outbreak of diseases) Alaba said.

 Children outnumber adults housed at evacuation center in Camalig, Albay where 2,393 families were displaced when forced evacuation was implemented. PHOTO BY ELMER JAMES BANDOL/BICOLTODAY.COM

Children outnumber adults housed at evacuation center in Camalig, Albay where 2,393 families were displaced when forced evacuation was implemented. PHOTO BY ELMER JAMES BANDOL/BICOLTODAY.COM

He advised government units to provide water containers in every evacuation center so that fire trucks could return back to get for the next water supply for other towns in need.

Legazpi City has not moved yet for evacuation until 8-kilometer suggested danger zone would be imposed in case Mayon Volcano situation worsens.

Now on its 9th day period following the raising of its alert level from two to three, Mayor Noel Rosal said “we are ready to move any time”. [BicolToday.com]

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