Agency to LGUs: Evac risky areas

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


THE Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 7 yesterday recommended the preemptive evacuation of residents in areas that are prone to floods and landslides.

In Cebu, based on the geohazard map of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, there are 51 barangays in 21 local government units that are highly susceptible to landslides.

Towns with the most barangays at risk of landslides are Catmon (12), Argao (10) and Dalaguete (10).

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The geohazard maps also showed that 210 barangays in Cebu Province are prone to flooding. Of the total, 26 barangays are in Mandaue City; 19 in Talisay City; and 18 are in the City of Naga.

As of yesterday, Flor Gaviola of OCD 7 said there were no reports of floods and landslides anywhere in Central Visayas.

Vigilance

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa)-Mactan urged the public to be vigilant as light to moderate rains will continue to occur in Metro Cebu until next Thursday because of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

Once the ITCZ moves, Oscar Tabada of Pagasa Mactan said more rains will occur next week due to the southwest monsoon (habagat). He warned that the “habagat” is associated with strong winds and rough seas so the public must be more careful when traveling at sea.

Tabada, like the OCD 7, urged local disaster risk reduction and management councils to be vigilant.

The Pagasa’s weather forecast yesterday afternoon also revealed the presence of a low pressure area (LPA) within the Philippine area of responsibility.
As of 4 p.m yesterday, the LPA was estimated at 550 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora.

The LPA will not affect Metro Cebu.

Warning

Alvin Santillana of the Cebu City Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC) said barangays have been warned to be ready should landslides or floods occur.

“We are constantly monitoring all the barangays particularly those in the mountain and in coastal area,” he said.

During heavy rains last Wednesday, the creek that traverses Barangays Tejero and Tinago, Cebu City overflowed causing floods in A. Bonifacio and M.J Cuenco Sts.

Floods were also reported in downtown Cebu City.

Santillana said City Hall deployed four Kaoshiung buses to fetch stranded passengers and brought them to designated drop off points.

The OCD 7 said the levels of rivers and creeks must be closely monitored.

In Cebu, Gaviola cited Mahiga Creek (cities of Mandaue and Cebu) and Sapangdaku in Toledo City that are prone to overflowing.

Gaviola told Sun.Star Cebu that fishermen should be cautious when going out to sea in the present weather.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 04, 2014.

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