City Hall alerts police, brgys amid downpour PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 16:32

City Administrator Antonio Ordendain Jr. has alerted the police and the barangay officials to monitor the situation in the riverbanks and low-lying areas of the city following the continuous heavy downpour yesterday morning.

“On our part, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council members has coordinated with the Zamboanga City Water District to monitor the water lever at its filtration plant in Pasonanca,” Orendain said, after presiding a meeting at City Hall conference room yesterday afternoon.

This, after a heavy downpour spawned by the tail-end of a cold front inundated the city yesterday morning, prompting City Hall officials to alert concerned citizens, especially those living on the riverbanks and low-lying areas against possible flashfloods.

As of press time, the water at the filtration plant was normal.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the weather condition (tail-end of a cold front) was affecting Visayas and Mindanao as of 5 a.m. yesterday until 5 a.m. today (Wednesday). It warned the weather condition may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

It may be recalled years back, most of the city’s low-lying communities and riverbank dwellers had been affected by flashfloods following heavy downpour.
Last Dec. 17, tropical storm Sendong unleashed flashfloods in Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City and some parts of Visayas that resulted in the death of more than 1,000 people and damage to properties amounting to millions of pesos.

The city government was among the first to send financial assistance of P1 million each for Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in addition to the Zamboangueños’ outpouring of sympathies and relief assistance to the victims of Sending, dubbed the one of the most devastating storms to hit Mindanao in the year that was. — Vic Larato