Heavy rains flood Zambo; flights cancelled-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The intertropical convergence zone affecting Mindanao badly hit Zamboanga City on Tuesday, making some roads impassable to vehicles and resulting in cancellation of flights.
The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) announced Tuesday that some major roads in Zamboanga City have become impassable to vehicles due to flooding brought about by heavy rains.
The OCD added that vehicles were stalled along thoroughfares, including in Pilar Street, due to the floods.
Radio reports said many families were evacuated from their homes in areas such as in Divisoria district.
The OCD stated that the Coast Guard and Philippine Navy are helping in the evacuation operations.
Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar ordered the suspension of classes and work in government non-frontline services due to the floods. The mayor also called off work in government offices that are not involved in frontline services.
She added rescue teams were deployed to the city's flooded areas as early as 3 a.m., with barangay officials told to use the five-percent calamity fund to assist residents.
The City Government also advised people along riverbanks and low-lying areas to "seek safer grounds while weather condition remains abnormal."
Meanwhile, some flights to and from Zamboanga were also cancelled due to bad weather.
Cancelled flights due to bad weather: 2P-993 MNL-Zamboanga and 2P-994 Zamboanga-MNL.
— DOTC (@DOTCPhilippines) October 7, 2013
Cancelled flights due to bad weather at Zamboanga: 5J-859 MNL-Zamboanga and 5J-860 Zamboanga-MNL.
— DOTC (@DOTCPhilippines) October 8, 2013
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) suspended flights to and from the Zamboanga International Airport due to flooding at the airport's runway.
Caap also issued a Notice to Airmen barring flights to and from the airport from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., radio reports said.
Caap was set to issue another Notice to Airmen on Wednesday to signal if it is clear to resume flights at Zamboanga City International Airport.
Zamboanga City has yet to recover fully from the effects of last month's fighting between government and MNLF forces. (JK/SFP/Sunnex)