Oro in ‘orange alert’ as river water rises

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Saturday, January 18, 2014


AS THE water in Cagayan de Oro River neared critical level which is 4.5-meters, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Council (CDRRMC) declared the preemptive evacuation for residents living near the river, shore and other high risk areas.

Earlier, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction (PDRRMO) of Misamis Oriental started theirs since Thursday as the province has been experiencing flooding and landslides due to the torrential rains brought by the low pressure area that hovered in Mindanao for a week.

The city disaster office declares ‘orange alert’ directing people to evacuate the vulnerable population—lactating women, senior citizens and the children among others, as Tropical Depression Agaton heads to the city early Monday.

The villages ordered to hold preemptive evacuation were Balulang, Carmen, Bayabas, Bonbon, Kauswagan, Puntod, Consolacion, Macabalan, Macasandig, Iponan, Canitoan, Pagatpat, Baikingon, San Simon and the urban barangays 7, 10, 13, 15, 17.

Based on the monitoring by the CDRRMC, the water levels in Cagayan de Oro River rose to 4.348-meters near the critical level of 4.5-meters as of 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Kabula River based on its monitoring also reached 47.06-meters and was just 1.5-meters off its level during Typhoon Pablo that made its way in the city in December 2012.

Maricel Rivera of city information office said: “The water current in the rivers is also rapid and the water level in Bubunawan is also increasing.”

She said the high tide and the increase of the level of water in the river could cause expansion of the rivers that can endanger the residents living on the riverside.

According to the weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), Agaton will be in the vicinity of Cagayan de Oro City by Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the PDRRMO started its preemptive evacuation last Thursday, especially on the east side of Misamis Oriental like Gingoog City and the municipality of Magsaysay.

In a text message sent by the Provincial Information Office, in Gingoog City 85 families have already evacuated while in the municipality of Magsaysay 136 families are already in the evacuation centers.

“Around Gingoog bay areas that are flood-prone, we have already declared preemptive evacuations,” said Josefino Bascug, weather analyst of the PDRRMO.

He added that a PDRRMO command center was put up in Gingoog City to focus on the east side of the province while the main command center is at the Provincial Capitol office in the city.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 19, 2014.

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