Badian tourism office halts canyoneering activities in Matutinao River

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THE canyoneering activity in Badian town, southwest Cebu has been temporarily suspended by the municipality’s disaster group starting Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, due to the rising water level that could pose risk to visitors and tourists.

“Badian Canyoneering is temporarily closed today due to rising of water level declared by the Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO),” the Badian Municipal Tourism said on its Facebook page on Monday.

The MDRRMO, however, said it could not determine yet when the suspension would be lifted.

“Indefinite ang suspension tungod kay obserbahon namo ang dagan sa tubig. Most likely, ayha ra makabalik (og canyoneering) kung ang level sa tubig mubalik sa normal,” it stated.

(The suspension is indefinite because we are still observing the flow of water. Most likely, the canyoneering activity will return once the water level goes back to normal).

“Bisag way uwan sa downstream pero ang kuyaw ang tubig gikan sa upstream basin mukalit ra ug bul-og,” it added.

(Even if it’s not raining downstream, the floodwater from upstream poses a risk because it might suddenly gush).

In line with this, the disaster and rescue unit of the municipality was sent to the area to monitor the movement of water in Matutinao River and Kawasan Falls.

The rise in water level has been caused by continuous rainfall since last week due to the low pressure area.