Province to local disaster offices: Brace for weather disturbance

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THE Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) has ordered all the disaster and rescue offices in the different municipalities to be ready for any weather disturbance.

This, as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in a weather advisory Tuesday dawn, August 9, 2022, that another low pressure area (LPA) was spotted 630 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

The provincial disaster office also reiterated its call on the residents to heed the warning of Pagasa and not take it lightly to avoid harm.

"Hangyo nako sa mga local communities nga maminaw ta sa atong mga LDRRMOs ug barangay. We will keep on monitoring sa mga LGUs (local government units) ug kun kusog gyud ang uwan mobuhat og preemptive evacuation labi na kadtong affected sa pagbaha," Wilson Ramos, interim officer of PDRRMO, said on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

(I asked the local communities to listen to their Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the barangay. We will keep on monitoring the LGUs and if there is a heavy rain there should be preemptive evacuation in flood-affected areas).

Ramos said consecutive days of continuous rainfall in Cebu last week have caused damage to public infrastructure.

On Tuesday, August 9, a road surface along the national highway in Barangay Malolos, Barili town, suffered cracks and eventually collapsed and is now being looked into by authorities.

A landslide was also recorded in Barangay Lower Kawasan, Alegria town Tuesday at 10:05 a.m.

There were also landslides recorded earlier in Camp 4, Talisay City, Lower Becerril, Boljoon town in southern Cebu and in San Fernando town.

The continuous rainfall last week also caused a hanging bridge in Barili town worth P1 million to collapse, and flooding in barangays Guadalupe and Valencia in Carcar City.

The incessant rains also flooded several homes, affecting 137 families in Barili, 129 in Mandaue City, 80 in Toledo City, 22 in Minglanilla town, 10 in Compostela town, 11 in Carmen and three in Dumanjug.

The PDRRMO, however, has no data yet about the damage to agricultgure.

"Gihangyo na na nato through sa coordination sa PNP (Philippine National Police) nga i-evacuate inkaso kon may hitabo," Ramos said.

(We already coordinated with the PNP on the evacuation process if something happens). (ANV, TPT)