Cebu disaster office to public: Stay alert for possible flooding

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THE Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) reminded the public to stay alert for possible flooding in their area.

This, after two coastal barangays in Badian town, southwest Cebu were hit by floods due to heavy rains on Wednesday evening, August 31, 2022.

In Barangay Matutinao, big stones were carried by rainwater, covering a portion of the national highway around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

In Barangay Banhigan, several houses had been flooded after the river nearby overflowed after hours of excessive rainfall.

Nobody, however, was reported injured during the incident, according to Police Corporal Norman Apare of Badian Police Station.

As of Thursday afternoon, the affected roads were already passable after being cleared of rocks.

"Maminaw ta pirmi sa Pagasa kay inig pagawas sa weather advisories parehas sa localized thunderstorms kay di man ta makatag-an sa panahon. Especially kaning sa lowland, labi na sa mga kasapaan nga mosaka gyud na dihang dapita," said PDRRMO information officer Wilson Ramos, in an interview with SunStar Cebu on Thursday, September 1, 2022.

(Let us always listen to the weather advisory of Pagasa such as localized thunderstorms because we cannot predict the weather. Especially in the lowland areas, in the rivers where rainwater from above would rush through during heavy downpour).

The PDRRMO official, however, clarified that the floods that occurred in barangays Matutinao and Banhigan were an ordinary one and not flash floods as earlier reported.

He added that the stones and muds found in the area were carried by rainwater and not by the flash floods.

"Actually, dili man ma consider nga flash flood kay kusog ang tubig gikan sa bukid ba... kato hitaboa naay thunderstorm advisory sa south ilabi na sa Badian, unya naay nag construction ba. Pag kusog sa uwan, nabanlas ang mga bato ang mga yuta sa taas," Ramos said.

(Actually, it cannot be considered a flash flood but it was because of the rush of water from the mountain... it happened when thunderstorm advisory was raised over the south especially in Badian, then somebody was doing construction works in the area where stones and soil were washed away during the heavy rains).

Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its weather advisory that Super Typhoon Hinnamnor already entered the Philippine area of responsibility at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

"Hinnamnor" was given the local name Henry and was expected to hit northern Luzon.

Prior to the incident, Corporal Aparre said they conducted a roving patrol at 6 p.m., together with the municipal disaster risk personnel to inform the residents to prepare for any untoward incident even if Cebu has not been included in the typhoon's path.

Apare added that the stones in Matutinao might have come from the mountain where there is an ongoing road repair. (ANV, GPL, TPT)