By PAT SAMONTE
BUTUAN CITY – Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. had left for Tacloban Ciy Sunday with a team of doctors, paramedics, employees from the City Engineers Office, and some members of the local police aboard a dump truck and rescue vehicles to assist in the cleaning and clearing operations in the Eastern Visayas city which a top US military official said was “devastated” by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” last Friday.
Dianah Generalao, Amante’s spokesperson who was with the team, said the city mayor’s convoy left Sunday at 7 am via Surigao City for Tacloban and other Eastern and Central Visayas cities which bore the brunt of the tropical cyclone’s path. Amante was also to deliver fund donations for the victims, she added.
Amante appealed to Butuanons here and abroad to help the typhoon victims in any way they could to ease their sufferings:
“We would like to appeal to all Butuanons to share part of yourselves for the victims in Eastern and Central Visayas by donating funds, usable clothes, rice and canned goods. God has been so good to us for sparing the Butuanons from the disastrous storm. But we cannot just rest and do nothing for the victims of the strongest storm that ever hit us. God bless us and thank you so much.”
Meanwhile, PAGASA said TD “Zoraida” has made landfall over Davao Oriental yesterday (November 12). At 10 am, the typhoon’s center was located at 52 kilometers South of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour, moving Northwest at 30 kph. Signal No. 1 was in effect over Agusan del Norte and Butuan City, the weather bureau said.