Typhoon Pablo floods major highway, several villages

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012


CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) inundated a major highway and flooded several barangays here Tuesday afternoon.

Radio reports said C.M. Recto Avenue was already impassable while Barangays Tablon, Cugman, Balulang and Agusan have been flooded as the storm made its way through the city Tuesday noon.

Several old trees near the Rotunda were also reportedly uprooted due to strong winds.

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City Hall officials are also monitoring the rise of water level at the Cagayan and Iponan rivers as the Bubunawan River in Baungon, Bukidnon was reportedly starting to overflow.

In Barangay Cugman, the Bigaan Bridge has also overflowed and flooded some establishments in the area, radio reports said.

Mayor Vicente Emano said Ysalina (Carmen) Bridge has also been temporarily closed due to the rising waters of the Cagayan River.

Emano said the bridge is “too old” and might collapse if vehicles are still allowed to pass through once the water level continues to rise.

The power supply was also cut off after a tower of the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco) was toppled down by strong winds.

Water supply in some areas in the city was also cut off.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) reported that at least 24,389 residents are now staying in 43 identified evacuation centers.

SM City has also opened its mall and provided food, water, and other basic needs to at least 1,000 evacuees.

Ivy Guantero, SM City press relations manager, said the mall is still open to those who want to leave their houses.

In Misamis Oriental, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) reported at least 4,678 families affected by the storm as of 2:45 p.m. who are now staying in evacuation centers.

In the nearby Bukidnon province, a 30-meter bridge connecting Talakag town and Cagayan de Oro collapsed, according to Andrew Bascon, chief of staff of Representative Benjo Benaldo (1st district, Misamis Oriental).

Bascon, who said to have witnessed the incident, said only the bridge’s approach was left.

In Valencia City, a six-year-old boy died Tuesday morning after he was hit by a fallen coconut tree when Typhoon Pablo battered Bukidnon province.

The boy’s name has not yet been released as of press time. (Nicole Managbanag/Abigail Malalis/Annabelle Ricalde/Terry Betonio)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 05, 2012.

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