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Biliran Province in Dire Condition

Deadly combination. Landslides and flooded streets now cover some areas of Biliran. © IOM 2014

By Giano Libot
International Organization for Migration

Biliran Province, Philippines – Super Typhoon Hagupit tore through the landscape of Biliran, with winds recorded to as much 185 kph, it blew through houses, buildings, and agriculture, damaging property and affecting thousands of lives.

In a report by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), the initial estimates of the damage have it at around 100 million pesos; most of this is with houses, roads, agriculture and other means of livelihood to the island province.

Landslides have been affected the municipalities of Colaba, Caibiran, and Cabucgayan, some of these landslides have not only affected the major access road but have also been reported to have covered and damaged a number of houses.

There are a total of 4,406 houses partially damaged and 413 totally damaged because of the super typhoon, Maripipi an island municipality continues to be without communication because of the rough seas and the lack of cell signal in the area.

IOM, which had previously provided humanitarian assistance to the municipality of Biliran for Haiyan response, deployed its team to help out the provincial government; to this date the team notes that Biliran continues to have no electricity, and although telecommunications have been restored, it has still remained unstable.

“We need assistance, we need help, we really need help” says PDRRM Officer Sofronio Dacillo of Biliran Province.