CDRRMO continues storm monitoring 24/7 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 August 2015 11:46

by sheila covarrubias

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) continues monitoring of the situation in the city in the light of the frequent rains spawned by monsoon rains that may trigger rain-induced hazards.

This developed, as Mayor Beng Climaco renews her call for people, particularly those residing in identified high flood susceptibility areas and moderate and high landslide susceptibility areas due to typhoon Hanna which was expected to enhance monsoon rains beginning Thursday, August 6.

CDRRMO head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said his office personnel are on alert 24 hours a day to check on the condition of the hazard-prone areas. Aside from physically monitoring, the CDRRMO is also in close coordination with the NDRRMC and PAG-ASA for weather updates and advisories.

On Thursday morning,  the Zamboanga City Water District reported a sudden rise in the water elevation at the Pasonanca diversion dam that required people residing along river banks and low lying areas to take necessary precautionary measures.

The scattered rains in the city also caused flooding and hazards in some barangays in the city Thursday, according to Apolinario. In this case, he said, school officials in coordination with the barangay officials and the barangay affairs office under the Office of the City Mayor, should exercise discretion on class/work suspension at the barangay level.

Apolinario said people should remain vigilant and to be involved in disaster preparedness given the constantly weather changing conditions.

In cases of emergencies, people may call 062-117 or 926-9273 to 73 or 09177113536. —Sheila Covarrubias