Mandaue starts monitoring flood-prone areas due to La Niña

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THE disaster office of the Mandaue City Government has started monitoring the city's flood-prone areas, as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) announced that La Niña or the rainy season is likely to continue until August.

Buddy Alain Ybañez, head of the Mandaue City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MCDRRMO), said they have already coordinated with other government agencies and barangays in formulating protective measures in the case of flashfloods in the city.

Ybañez said Mandaue is one of the flood-prone areas in Cebu, so they have been constantly preparing for any rain-related disaster.

Data from the Office of the City Engineer revealed that the flood-prone barangays in the city are Centro, Looc, Opao, Umapad, Cambaro, Subangdaku, and Paknaan.

Ybañez said one of their priorities is to clean the Butuanon River and other main rivers that often overflow during heavy rains, in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Aside from the rivers, Ybañez said they will also be monitoring the landslide-prone areas in the city.

They also coordinated with the different barangays in Mandaue to ensure that they collect and dispose of their garbage properly and they conduct drainage cleanup to prevent clogging.

"They (barangay citizens) must also rule out other causes of flashfloods, not just stressing it to garbage," he said.

Ybañez also said that the agency's emergency warning systems (EWS), which were earlier damaged due to Typhoon Odette (Rai), are now partially operational.

These EWS would help them monitor the city during calamities, he said.

The MCDRRMO was also tasked to cascade its emergency hotlines in low-lying areas so the residents there can immediately report the rise of water level in their area.

“We urged everyone's coordination in addressing these problems (flashfloods and landslides) because the city cannot do it alone. So, the people must help one another in cleaning the environment,” said Ybañez.

The emergency hotlines in cases of flashfloods and landslide incidents are 230-4500 local 1104 and mobile number 09384765461 for the Mandaue Command Center. (HIC)

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