Mayor puts CDRRMO on alert; Student drowns in Caragasan PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:19

Mayor Beng Climaco has placed the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office on alert for possible emergencies that may arise due to continuous rains spawned by an intertropical convergence zone affecting Mindanao.

The CDRRMO is ready to coordinate efforts with the different agencies engaged in rescue operations in cases of rain-related incidents.

As this developed, a 19-year old engineering student was believed to have drowned at the Caragasan beach while on a picnic amidst the big waves yesterday.

Citing a report from Coast Guard-Zamboanga, CDRRMO in charge Elmeir Apolinario, Ph.D. said Casan Alin Limbon Jr., a student of the Western Mindanao State University and a resident of Catatagan, Upper Calarian,  was reported missing by his friends around 3 p.m.

Coast Guard rescuers and from other agencies immediately launched rescue operations in the area.

Mayor Climaco has advised people residing along river banks and low lying areas to continuously monitor water level and to heed advise of barangay officials in cases of evacuation or movement to safer grounds.

Barangay officials including police and military authorities are also tasked to closely monitor the situation in their respective areas of jurisdiction and to be prepared to assist the people in times of emergencies.

Apolinario and CDRRMO personnel have been monitoring the situation since the city experienced abnormal weather condition last week.

Yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, Apolinario said flooding was confined in some streets in the city proper like Pilar, Nuñez, San Jose Gusu-Suterville and part of Gov. Camins-Airport road.  “Though rains are heavy, no flash flood incidents occurred that necessitates evacuation in the barangays.”

Apolinario, who is the Assistant City Administrator said the City Police Office, Task Force Zamboanga and the Philippine Coast Guard have personnel and equipment on standby at the disposal of the CDRRMO for deployment.

The Coast Guard-Zamboanga station, as a preventive measure, cancelled voyage of all seacrafts bound for Basilan-Sulu and Tawi-tawi effective 3pm yesterday due to rough sea condition. No vessels were allowed to depart only to take shelter but no passengers were allowed onboard.

For emergency situations, the public is advised to contact PNP hotline numbers 117 or 166.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, two houses along river banks were washed away by rampaging waters in Sinunuc. No casualties were reported. The city government  through the CDRRMO and the City Social Welfare and Development Office have assisted the displaced families.

Meanwhile, Coast Guard yesterday afternoon suspended all voyages of passenger vessels making trips to Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi to prevent sea disasters amid rough seas and big waves. — Sheila Covarrubias