‘Pablo’ leaves Zambo with slight damage PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 December 2012 14:26

Typhoon Pablo soaked Zamboanga City with intermittent rainshowers and slight winds Tuesday afternoon until late evening but fortunately did not cause much damage as expected.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, chairman of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC), expressed gratitude that ‘Pablo’ did not cause much damage to the city and thanked all those who helped in efforts to put damage to properties to below minimum.

Except for minor flooding in Vitali, no other incidences related to Pablo were reported in the city, according to Lobregat, who was up all night Tuesday monitoring situations on the field from City Hall.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) reported that least 123 families with 410 dependents from sitios Camino Nuevo, Bataan, Mialin, Tindalo and Tamion in Vitali were evacuated to higher grounds late Monday night when river water surged resulting to floods in low lying areas. No casualties were reported but classes at the Vitali National High School and Vitali Elementary School were suspended yesterday due to flooding in the campus.

Families were brought to the Vitali church but most of them returned to their homes when water subsided starting 2AM Tuesday. All were given relief assistance by the OCSWD under OIC Evelyn Las Marias, Lobregat said.     The Office of Civil Defense and the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) has advised local Risk Reduction Management Councils in areas include in the typhoon path to prepare contingencies as Pablo was expected to cause some destruction.

Lobregat Monday convened the CDRMMC to tackle measures in anticipation of typhoon Pablo. He alerted all rescue units and CDRRMC member-agencies to be on the lookout for possible flooding and storm surge during the onset of rains spawned by Pablo (with international code name Bopha).

On Monday afternoon, Lobregat, upon consultation with the Division of City Schools of the Department of Education and the PAG-ASA, ordered the cancellation of classes in the pre-school, elementary and secondary levels as Pablo was expected to hit the city with signal number 2.

Light drizzles started to pour around lunchtime Tuesday and continued on until 10pm with gusty winds.

Lobregat thanked the rescue units and other agencies that helped in the evacuation of the affected families as well as in the relief operations.

He said response to emergencies would not be successful without the support and cooperation of the different agencies as well as the victims.

Nevertheless, he called on all CDRRMC member-agencies and all other sectors and city residents in general to always stay on alert and be aware and conscious of disaster preparedness.

In other areas, Pablo wrought destruction causing lives and properties. — Sheila Covarrubias