Monday, January 9, 2017

Albay WATSAN continues water rationing in Nina-affected towns
By Mike Dela Rama

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 5 (PNA)--The Albay Water Sanitation is working 24/7 to ration water in the municipalities of Libon, Polangui, Tiwi and Malinao, the areas in Albay that were badly hit by typhoon Nina.

Albay Provincial Health Officer Dr. Nathaniel Rempillo said the water filtration machine has started providing drinking water on December 27, while chlorine and aqua tablets were also given to various rural health units by the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

He said water sources in the four towns were totally destroyed by floods during the onslaught of the typhoon.

“To prevent a possible outbreak of diarrhea and water-borne diseases we deployed the filtration machine and provided the chlorine and aqua tablets,” Rempillo said.

He said there are 145 barangays in the four municipalities with 70 percent of the 101 barangays still having a shortage of drinking water supply.

Rempillo said the barangays with limited sources of water were given jerry cans, chlorine and aqua tablets.

“The concentration of filtration machine is in the most affected areas such as Libon and Polangui,” he said.

Rempillo said PHO’s water and sanitation personnel are closely monitoring and coordinating with the local government units so they can respond to the impact of typhoon Nina.

“So far, there was no reported communicable diseases after the devastation wrought by the typhoon while we keep on monitoring to prevent any health problem that might occur,” he said. (PNA) FPV/GVR/MDR/CBD/EDS