City alerts riverbank dwellers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 July 2014 11:43

With the prevailing weather condition, City Hall alerts anew people residing along riverbanks, near the shorelines and low lying areas of possible flashfloods and other rain-related incidents.

This, as the Office of Civil Defense yesterday morning, citing weather forecast, advised that Zamboanga Peninsula including Zamboanga City will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. The eye of typhoon Henry was located 445 km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

Mayor Beng Climaco has urged barangay officials and volunteers including police and military forces to regularly monitor water level in rivers and the overall situation in their areas of jurisdiction.

She also advised river bank dwellers and people residing in low lying areas and shorelines to take the necessary precautions while the weather remains unstable.

People should remain united and cooperative and supportive of the authorities to prevent loss of lives and properties, she added.

The City Government through the recently-created City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ad-interim) is ready to respond and to coordinate efforts with concerned agencies to ensure public safety.

Pending a permanent structure, the CDRRMO ad-interim is also awaiting the arrival of additional rescue and heavy equipment as well as the turnover of the CDRRM building. In the meantime, the temporary office is harnessing the capabilities of its personnel.

For emergencies, the public can dial CDRRMO hotlines 926-58553 or through the PNP hotlines 166 or 117.

Last Friday, continuous rains in the forests caused the Sangali river to overflow displacing families residing in 5 puroks in the central part of the barangay. The city government through the CDRRMO, City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Health Office, City Environment and natural Resources Office, City Engineer’s Office in cooperation with the Philippine Coast Guard, Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and military forces and other agencies conducted rescue and relief operations.

Mayor Climaco herself proceeded to the area to lead in the relief operations and to coordinate efforts to help alleviate the plight of the affected individuals. — Sheila Covarrubias