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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Baguio rainfall exceeds threshold

RAINFALL for the Summer Capital has exceeded its threshold over the past days recording 395 millimeters (mm) of rain since August 11.

Office of the Civil Defense – Cordillera regional director Alex Uy said the maximum threshold is set at 150 mm and exceeding the limit will trigger possible landslides and flash floods thus preemptive evacuation has been advised to prone areas.

In Baguio City, Uy said amount of rainfall was heaviest on August 14, 15 and 16 which was recorded to be 104 – 108 and 102.3 mm respectively.

Uy said DOST sensors has been installed in the region to gauge ground movement and alert for evacuation.

The OCD chief said the support and coordination of local government units are needed in these times for them to take the lead in evacuating and informing residents in critical areas to leave.

Evacuation was reported in Guisad Surong on Monday after a landslide occurred damaging two homes affecting a family of five.

In Mountain Province , seven families were affected in barangay Alab when soil erosion occurred near their houses and were evacuated in the nearest elementary school on Tuesday.

In Tinoc, Ifugao, a landslide almost buried an Asian Utility Vehicle(AUV) owned by Simeon Dionisio Lacabao covered with soil and rocks while on their way to Abatan, Buguias,.

Residents rescued the victims and brought them to the Abatan Lutheran Hospital, lone passenger, Elvie Olo-an was declared dead on arrival while Lacabao died when he was transferred to the Luis Hora District Hospital for further treatment of injuries.

In Abra, 10 families comprising 63 individuals at barangay Immuli were evacuated due to soil movement.

A total of 22 families comprising 111 persons have been evacuated in the region with a lone totally damaged home and four partially damaged reported to the OCD.

Water from the Binga dam has released water Wednesday with levels reaching 571.97 close to the critical level of 575asl.

The Gurel – Bokod – Kabayan – Buguias – Abatan Road is closed to traffic along with the Acop – Kapangan – Kibungan – Bakun road, the Sinipsip- Ampusungan and the Blili –Suyo road.

In Mountain Province, the road going to Ilocos via Tue has been closed while 90.3 hectares of high value crops valued at P1,184,819.95 and 109 livestock valued at P60,140 were affected by the rains.

To date, there have been no reports of small scale miners trapped in the underground indicating they have heeded the warning of Benguet Province as well as the OCD not to venture into tunnels.

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