City raises storm alert level PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 July 2015 13:56

by Sheila covarrubias


The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has raised its alert level as the city continues to experience unstable weather condition that could result to flash floods, landslides and other weather-related incidents.

CDRRMO head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said his office is on alert round the clock to respond to emergencies that may arise due to the stormy weather that the city has been experiencing since last week.

The CDRRMO in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development Office under Socorro Rojas has mobilized resources to respond and assist families affected by a landslide in Kapuk, Purok 10 in Flamingo, Upper Calarian Wednesday dawn. As of Thursday, a total of 32 families have been evacuated to the Flamingo Covered Court for safety, though 2 families were hardest hit as their houses were totally destroyed when rocks and soil rolled down from the hillside towards their houses. No casualties were reported.

The CSWDO also reported one house destroyed in the shoreline of Sinunuc due to strong winds and huge waves Wednesday morning.

Based on rounds made by CDRRMO personnel Thursday, water level in the Pasonanca, Tumaga and Tugbungan rivers rose due to the rains however it did not overflow.

Some low lying areas in the city became under water but not much damage has been reported. One house became underwater in Oro Drive in Putik due clogged drainage and some houses were also flooded in the Popcom area in Cabatangan.

Two buildings in the Divisoria National High School were also inundated, as the area is a flood-prone area,  the Division of City Schools reported.

Apolinario said his office will intensify its monitoring activities to ensure safety and protection of the residents.

He reiterated the call for barangay officials to exercise discretion when the situation calls for it and to act as ground commanders in times of emergencies. --Sheila Covarrubias