‘Auring’ rain floods Zambo City streets PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 January 2013 14:24

Five hours of rains brought about by Typhoon Auring flooded several  city streets and triggering monstrous traffic yesterday.

Floodwater from rains that started pouring at 4 a.m. and subsided only at past 9 a.m. made several motor vehicles stuck on streets and others tried to divert routes evading flooded areas like Nuñez, Veterans Avenue, Pilar Street, Gov.Lim Avenue, Tomas Claudio Extension, and other nearby streets.

Personnel of the City Engineer Office and the General Services Office were alerted and dispatched to clean-up major drainages which were clogged with garbages during the flooding.

The Zamboanga City Coast Guard Station suspended sea travels of fishing boats and other small seacraft. The latter were advised not to risk going out into the sea while larger vessels were alerted against big waves. The travel ban was lifted yesterday afternoon when PAGASA issued an advisory saying that typhoon Auring has left the country.

Flashfloods and landslides continue to threaten the city which placed the City Disaster Coordinating Council on alert since Mindanao and Visayas were identified as the route of “Auring” when it entered the Philippine area of responsibility early Friday morning.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), said that yesterday the LPA movement was quick and directional although with a wider range of diameter distance from the center of the gustiness of the storm which has caused major flooding in the nearby provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.

This weather disturbance brought moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms in the entire Mindanao and the provinces of Samar and Leyte which have triggered flashfloods and landslides in some areas. Residents were earlier cautioned and advised by PAGASA to take all the necessary precautionary measures.

Tropical storm Auring made a landfall in Davao Oriental around 12 midnight on Thursday and passing through the Visayas and Mindanao and has left the Philippine area of responsibility yesterday after hitting Palawan towards China sea and gearing the direction to Vietnam in the afternoon.

Pagasa also issued a gale warning as strong to gale force wind is expected to affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas and Eastern Mindanao. – Bhong Simbajon