LPA affects 300 families in Oro

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Sunday, August 31, 2014


CAGAYAN DE ORO (Updated) – The heavy downpour brought by a low pressure area (LPA) caused flooding in some villages and the inundation caused traffic compelling taxi drivers to stop plying their routes on Sunday.

Several villages like Carmen, Kauswagan, Bulua and Calaanan have been flooded on Sunday. The City Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has reported over 300 families were temporarily sheltered in evacuation centers due to flash floods.

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The CDRRMO has been receiving calls for help. It has been also asking for volunteers to assist in addressing the urban flooding that stranded commuters and motorists for hours.

The CDRRMO bulletin has assured the water levels of tributaries and rivers are normal as of Sunday evening despite the flooding, yet the residents, especially in hazard-prone areas, have been warned to remain alert.

The awareness and alertness of various village disaster risk reduction and management councils in flash flood prone areas averted the possible loss of lives during the heavy and incessant rains since Saturday.

There were 303 families composed of around 1,050 individuals from Cugman and Gusa villages who took shelter in different evacuation centers after knee-to-head-high water flooded portions of the city’s eastern area past 7 p.m. Saturday.

Gusa chairman Marlon Tabak said that Bigaan River overflowed due to incessant downpour, which compelled 270 families in his barangay to evacuate to three different centers.

Of the 270 houses, 15 were destroyed while 25 were damaged. Fifteen families have been staying in temporary shelters while others have returned to their homes.

Tabak said that because this has always been the case whenever rains poured, the barangay decided to create a policy that these 15 families will not be allowed to return to the riverside.

Relocation

He added that they have been in constant coordination with the City Government and the State Management Division for the relocation of the victims.

"When floods recede, most likely these families will go back to the riverside and have their homes renovated or create new ones. So this time, we will not allow them to do that because this had happened several times over," Tabak said on Sunday.
Houses affected were usually made of light materials. The cost of the damages, however, couldn’t be determined yet, he added.

Teddy Sabuga-a, chief of City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), said relief goods had been given to all victims of the flash flooding since their evacuation.

Along with the CSWD, Sabuga-a ordered the risk reduction teams at barangay levels to monitor weather conditions to prevent further or lessen damages.

As of Sunday, water level of the Cagayan de Oro River and Bigaan River stayed normal.

Two LPAs

The state weather bureau is monitoring two low pressure areas (LPAs) on Sunday.

The first LPA is inside the Philippines are of responsibility (PAR) while the other is still outside the country.

In an interview, weather forecaster Meno Mendoza said that as of 4 a.m., the LPA inside PAR was spotted at 500 kilometers (km) west of Ambulong, Batangas.

The LPA that entered the country last week is expected to exit on Sunday. However, its trough or clouds extending on its edges will still bring cloudy skies and light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms over Palawan and the Western Visayas, Mendoza added.

Meanwhile, the LPA outside PAR was spotted some 1,550 km east of Mindanao as of 4 a.m. Sunday.

‘Kanor’

Mendoza said that due to the trough or extended cloudiness of the LPA, the regions of Caraga, Davao, Northern Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.

He said the LPA in east of Mindanao has a high chance of developing into a tropical depression because it is in the sea. Once it intensifies, it will be locally named "Kanor."

The weather bureau reported that it expects three to four cyclones to visit the country for the month of September.

For the weekly outlook, Mendoza said except in some parts of Mindanao, the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening until September 5. (Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro/PNA/Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 01, 2014.

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