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Monday, 05 August 2013 11:41

City Hall has set up a disaster risk reduction and management center to receive all calamity-related reports as well as to direct and dispatch response teams to affected areas in the wake of the abnormal weather condition prevailing over Zamboanga since Friday.

Reports and other concerns can be phoned in through telephone numbers 9914525.

As this developed, the continuous rains and strong winds triggered floods in low lying barangays and landslides in other areas in the city. Sotto Drive in Divisoria reported a landslide incident around 3pm yesterday afternoon but no casualties were reported.

City Administrator Antonio Orendain, who heads the ZCDRRM center immediately dispatched response teams to Divisoria to help alleviate the plight of the affected community.

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday continued her visits to affected barangays to personally lead in the relief operations—Manicahan where 20 families from sitios Poso and Aplaya were evacuated due to rising waters and Tugbungan where flooding is on and off since Friday due to continuous rains spawned by monsoon rains and induced by the low pressure area over in Dumaguete.

As of 3pm yesterday, the City Social Welfare and Development Office through OIC chief Evelyn Las Marias recorded 9 barangays to be hard hit by floods and landslides. These include Limpapa where 131 individuals were affected by the landslide Saturday with 2 casualties; Labuan—2 families affected due to uprooted coconut tree and damaged pump boat; Maasin – footbridge destroyed due to huge waves; Tetuan- 100 families evacuated to barangay hall; Tugbungan- riprap collapsed at sitios Royal Lane and Placer where 64 families were evacuated; Manicahan- 20 families from sitios Poso and Aplaya  evacuated; Curuan- 5 families affected by landslide and Divisoria where a landslide occurred yesterday afternoon.

Barangays Tumaga, Guiwan, Sta. Maria and Pasonanca also experienced flooding but no evacuees reported.

Orendain said all ZCDRRMC member-agencies remain on alert for any eventuality while the weather condition remains abnormal.

He likewise stressed that each barangays have their own Barangay Risk Reduction management council (BRRMC) and should be the first responders in times of emergencies.

Meanwhile, Mayor Climaco thanked the agencies and individuals that responded to the rescue operations in Limpapa Saturday and these include the Police, Task Force Zamboanga, Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU), the Dimaano construction firm, Bureau of fire Protection (BFP-Labuan) and Limpapa Barangay Council and the City Engineer’s Office. — Sheila Covarrubias