Rains batter Benguet anew-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Governor Nestor Fongwan suspended classes in all levels on Wednesday due to the heavy monsoon rains and strong winds triggered by tropical storm Nando.
The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Office of Civil Defense have reported the province has been experiencing moderate to heavy rainfall.
With the rains brought by the new tropical storm, some roads in the province have been closed to traffic due to landslides and clearing operations.
For La Trinidad, the Little Kibungan area is under monitoring by the officials of barangay Puguis for possible evacuation of families living in low lying areas as a guard against possible landslides.
In Tublay town, monitoring is also being done at the Ambassador area where residents are prone to landslides.
In the past, residents from both Little Kibungan and Ambassador were evacuated in local schools and churches.
The Guisset Section of the road in the province is in a "close –open" situation due to recurring landslides and motorists are advised to take extra precaution when traversing the area.
The Shilan-Beckel road meanwhile is closed to traffic also due to recurring landslides and ongoing road clearings. The Taba-ao section in Kapangan town is also closed to traffic for same reason.
The DRRMC in the province was on blue Alert status on Wednesday with rescue teams ready for deployment. It has disseminated weather advisories to the general public and advised all LDRRMC's to be on alert.
Meanwhile, as early as 5 a.m., Wednesday, Mayor Mauricio Domogan also suspended classes in all levels in Baguio City.
Office of Civil Defense-CAR Director Andrew Alex Uy said they expect the weather to improve on Thursday, as Nando leaves the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
Despite proactive measures implemented by the local government, the OCD monitored a landslide in Barangay Camp 8, which partially damaged one house in the area while no injured persons were reported.
The Baguio City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council immediately sent clearing teams to clean out debris in the affected area. (with JM Agreda)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 29, 2013.