Basyang relief and clearing ops in Surigao del Sur continue

February 21,2018

Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) continues to work closely with the local government units of Carrascal and Cantilan, Surigao del Sur in providing relief goods to victims of Typhoon Basyang in these two towns even as the company’s efforts to clear the roads of debris from landslides and heavy flooding are ongoing.

MMDC has distributed a total of nearly 6,600 relief packs and over 560 sacks of rice to 6,000 families. MMDC employees also prepared meals for two nights to over 1,000 evacuees temporarily sheltered in the Carrascal gymnasium. 

Apart from the rice, coffee, sardines, and noodles contained in the relief packs, MMDC also distributed powdered milk boxes, hygiene kits, clothes, pillows, blankets, and mats.

For its employees affected by Basyang, MMDC has extended financial assistance to support their recovery from the calamity.

Meanwhile, MMDC and its heavy equipment contractors have kept pay loaders, backhoes, and dump trucks working to clear roads and construct temporary bridges that were washed away by swelling rivers at the height of Basyang’s onslaught.

The amount of rainwater brought overnight by Basyang to Carrascal and Cantilan averaged 200 millimeter – equivalent to the average typical rainfall for a whole month during the onset of the rainy season (October) in the area.  Those who perished in barangays Gamuton and Babuyan had resided in areas identified in the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Geohazard Maps as susceptible to landslides.