32 families in Cebu City evacuated due to possible flooding, landslide

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THIRTY-TWO families living in two mountain barangays were evacuated by the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CCDRRMO) due to the risk of landslide and flash flood on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022.

CDRRMO head Raquel Arce told SunStar Cebu that 22 families were moved out from their houses in Barangay Budlaan after signs of soil erosion that might lead to landslides were seen by the residents.

Arce added that 10 families in Barangay Buhisan were also evacuated as a preemptive measure against possible flash flood since they were situated along the riverbanks.

All families were brought to evacuation centers in Budlaan and Buhisan. They received assistance from the city’s Department of Social Welfare and Services.

“In the meantime when our weather condition has yet to stabilize, we temporarily brought them to safer ground,” Arce said in a mixture of Cebuano and English.

Soil erosion

According to Arce, the incessant rains that poured onto the city in the past few days have caused the soil to become oversaturated.

Residents in the area took the initiative to report to the CCDRRMO the cracks they have seen in their houses and on the ground, she added.

The CCDRRMO has also identified areas in Barangay Budlaan as disaster-prone.

Arce said they will install markings in the affected areas to make the residents aware of the possible hazards.

However, Arce mentioned that their team will confirm if the area where the residents live is part of the danger zone.

Blue alert

Arce assured that the residents can return to their houses once the weather improves and after the CCDRRMO will give the order that the ground is stable and safe.

She added that the CCDRRMO remains under Blue Alert status to monitor all possible disasters brought about by the inclement weather.