EDITORIAL| Orange alert in the city

IT HAS been raining the past two days causing floods in some parts of the city. Yesterday, classes in primary and secondary levels in both private and public schools have been suspended due to the inclement weather.

In Matina, one of the vulnerable areas of the city, an Orange alert was raised which necessitates preemptive evacuation due to rising floodwaters. Matina Pangi was reported to experience the highest rainfall by the the Department of Science and Technology’s Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) Program.

At Thursday noon, Matina Pangi recorded 87.8 mm of rain for the past 24 hours (see frontpage story).  Water levels along the Matina Pangi River reached 16.816 m high at 6:20 a.m. after intermittent but strong rains since Wednesday morning.

Steady rains affected the region including Compostela Valley, with the highest rainfall recorded in Maragusan, with 91.2 mm of rain.

PAGASA, as of 5pm yesterday, advised people living near the mountain slopes and in low lying areas of river systems to be alert for possible flashfloods and landslides. The Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils were also advised to  be on alert.

The weather bureau said that we are experiencing the tail-end of a cold front which is affecting Mindanao and Eastern Visayas. The 24 hour rainfall forecast is moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms and water courses will be affected in the region. This includes: Compostela Valley – Rivers and its tributaries particularly Matibo and Hijo; Davao Del Norte – Rivers and its tributaries particularly Tagum-Libuganon, Tuganay, Saug and Lasang;  Davao Oriental – Rivers and its tributaries particularly Catul, Dapras, Bangaga Mahaneb, Manurigao, Caraga, Casaunan, Quinonoan, Bugnan-Mayo, Bitanayan and Sumlog, and; Davao Del Sur – Rivers and its tributaries particularly Davao, Talomo, Lipadas, Tagulaya-Sibulan, Digos and Padada-Mainit.

With this weather situation, we should all be alert and mindful of disasters caused by flooding or landslides.

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