Beng alerts public vs super typhoon PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 August 2015 10:58

by Sheila Covarrubias

Mayor Beng Climaco has alerted the public against possible rain-induced hazards that may arise due to typhoon Hanna (international name Soudelor) which is expected to enhance monsoon rains beginning Thursday, August 6 bringing occasional rains in Zamboanga City.

Citing advisories from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Mayor Climaco said people residing in barangays identified as high flood susceptibility and moderate and high landslide susceptibility areas should take precautionary measures to ensure protection of lives and properties.

The high flood susceptibility areas include the barangays of Vitali, Sangali, Taguiti, Tumaga, Quiniput, Arena Blanco, Ayala, Baliwasan, Bolong, Cabaluay, Camino Nuevo, Cawit, Curuan, Guiwan, Manicahan, Recodo, San Jose Gusu, Sto. Niño, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Sta. Maria, Talabaan, Talisayan, Talon-talon, Taluksangay, Tugbungan, Tumitus, Upper Calarian, Victoria  and Zones I, II, III and IV.

Barangays identified as high landslide susceptibility areas are Baluno, Cabatangan, Dulian (Upper Pasonanca), Lumayang, Maasin, Malagutay while barangays identified as moderate landslide susceptibility areas are Cacao, Capisan, Dulian (Upper Bungiao), Lamisahan, Lansones and Tolosa.

Zamboanga City has been experiencing light to moderate rains since Monday this week. Prolonged rainfall may cause landslides and flood in previously identified landslide and flood susceptible areas.

Mayor Climaco likewise reiterated her call for barangay officials and the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (BDRRMCs) to continuously monitor situation in their areas and to be the first responders in cases of emergency.

She also tasked the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office headed by Dr. Elmeir Apolinario and other concerned agencies to be on standby 24/7 for possible emergencies.

Meanwhile, Apolinario has advised the Philippine Coast Guard-Zamboanga to temporarily cancel trips of small crafts in view of the Gale warning from the NDRRMC. He also urged the people to listen to radios and televisions for updates or announcements related to the weather disturbance.

Typhoon Soudeler has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Wednesday morning (Aug. 5). As of 10am its center was located 1,380 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan, according to PAG-ASA. The typhoon currently has maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour near the center, and gusts of up to 230 km/h. Within the typhoon’s 600 km diameter, rainfall will be moderate to heavy, PAG-ASA added. — Sheila Covarrubias