Zambo folks alerted as rains batter city PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 August 2013 11:22

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRMMC) yesterday afternoon alerted the public particularly those residing along river banks and low lying areas to take the necessary precautions as intermittent rains lashed Zamboanga City

Mayor Beng Climaco personally checked on the situation at the Tumaga river, which swelled, as water level at the Pasonanca intake dam reached critical level yesterday afternoon. The same situation hit the Tugbungan river and the underlying barangays.

River bank dwellers were advised to seek higher grounds or safer areas in view of the abnormal weather condition. All CDRRMC member agencies have also been alerted for possible emergency operations.

Meanwhile, continuous rains in the forest Thursday afternoo overflowed rivers affecting a total of 11 families in sitio Mangga, Bolong and slightly submerged several houses in Lubigan and Bungiao in the east coast.

However, water subsided after a few hours allowing residents to resume normal lives Thursday night.

Agricultural products including fertilizers were said to have been washed away by gushing waters in Mangga, Bolong. Total damage was said to have reached P23,000.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office under OIC Chief Evelyn Las Marias recorded 11 families affected with damages on agricultural crops.

In Lubigan and Bunguiao, the respective barangay councils reported the swelling of rivers Thursday night but no major damages were recorded, according to Las Marias.

Possible assistance may be recommended by the City Agriculturist Office to cover up damages in agricultural products, she revealed.

Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and Councilor Mike Alavar proceeded to the site Thursday night to help in whatever way they can to alleviate the plight of the affected residents. — Sheila Covarrubias