As heavy rains raise water dam level: City activates BDRRMCs for response PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:01

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Heavy rains due to an intertropical convergence zone affecting Mindanao Tuesday afternoon increased water level at the Pasonanca diversion dam to above normal, swelling rivers and flooding streets downtown.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office cautioned people residing along river banks and low lying areas and advised them to seek higher grounds as the Pasonanca dam level hit 75.44 meters, over 1 meter more than the normal level of 74.20 as of 2pm Tuesday.

Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (BDRRMCs) in Pasonanca, Tumaga, Tugbungan, San Roque, San Jose Gusu, Guiwan and other barangays where rivers are located were activated to initiate measures to safeguard lives and properties amidst the weather disturbance.

CDRRMO head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario dispatched personnel to flood prone areas to monitor situation and for possible response. In Pasay, Masiay in San Roque the CDRRMO team responded due to a supposed distress call but the report turned out to be negative. There was sudden rise of flood water, though, after a nearby creek overflowed.

Flooded streets slowed down traffic and stranded motorists.

Meanwhile the CDRRMO continues to alert the public as Zamboanga City continues to experience light to moderate rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms due to an intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao.

Riverbank dwellers and those residing in low lying areas are advised to continuously take precautionary measures.

BDRRMCs are urged to sustain monitoring activities in their area of responsibility and to lead response in case of flooding or other rain-related incidents. In case of emergencies, call 062-117 or CDRRMO 926-1848/9559601 or 09177113536. Pls be guided accordingly. — Sheila Covarrubias