Mandaue disaster office prepares for ‘Henry’-induced flooding

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THE Mandaue Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) has readied its team and equipment for possible emergency responses it might conduct due to possible flooding that Super Typhoon Henry (Hinnamnor) might bring to Mandaue City.

Super Typhoon Henry entered the country’s area of responsibility Wednesday afternoon, August 31, 2022, and although the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that it will not directly affect Cebu and other parts of the Visayas, it would bring torrential rains that may cause flooding and landslides.

Felix Suico Jr., operation head of MDRRMO, told reporters Thursday, September 1, 2022, that they have been preparing for possible rains that Henry may bring.

He said they have sent personnel to rove and placed some of their emergency equipment on standby along Mandaue's danger zones or flood-prone areas, which have been identified as Barangays Centro, Looc, Opao, Umapad, Cambaro, Subangdaku, and Paknaan.

Super Typhoon Henry entered the Philippine area of responsibility at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, September 1, the center of the super typhoon was spotted 430 kilometers east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes, packing maximum winds of 195 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center, gusts of up to 240 km/h, and central pressure of 920 hPa. It was moving south southwestward at 25 km/h.

Pagasa said strong to typhoon-force winds of Henry may extend outwards up to 360 kilometers from the super typhoon’s center. This means that the weather disturbance will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over some areas in the country, particularly in northern Luzon.

With this, Suico said successive rains might cause flooding in some areas in Mandaue City, considering that the city itself is a flood-prone area.

As part of their preparations, the MDRRMO also conducted screening Thursday, September 1, on at least 41 applicants to the emergency responder position.

Suico said they plan to hire 21 additional personnel, as they are currently understaffed, with only 130 workers.

He said they aim to have 50 MDRRMO personnel on duty in its three shifts (opening, middle, and graveyard) to ensure that they can better respond to any emergency situation.

Individuals hired after the screening will undergo a three-month training, which will start on September 16 and end in December.

The training will tackle first aid, basic life support, high angle rescue, Water Search and Rescue and firefighting, among others. (HIC)