Matina Pangi sustained highest rainfall in city

BARANGAY Matina Pangi is among the areas in the region with the highest rainfall recorded since Wednesday, according to the Department of Science and Technology’s Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) program.

The Dream records water levels along thousands of river systems all over the country, as a part of the DOST’s Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system.

As of Thursday noon, Matina Pangi recorded 87.8 mm of rain for the past 24 hours, which was similar to the amount of rainfall that flooded various areas in Compostela Valley for the same period.

According to the DOST, the 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.

The highest rainfall recorded in the region was in Maragusan, with 91.2 mm of rain.

Other Compostela Valley areas that were heavily rained were in Malinawon, Mawab (89 mm), Poblacion, Montevista (88.5mm), San Roque, Maco (85mm), and Poblacion, Maragusan (71 mm).

In 2011, Matina Pangi was one of the most affected areas in the flashflood that killed 30 persons.

Early yesterday morning, President Rodrigo Duterte coursed a cancellation of classes in the primary and secondary levels through the Presidential Communications Operations Office.

Schools such as the San Pedro College and Ateneo de Davao University cancelled classes on all levels, including the tertiary, following the announcement.

Meanwhile, volunteers at the Davao City Public Information and Inquiry Facebook page reported floods in Bangkal, Barangay Talomo Proper; Barangay Sto. Nino in Tugbok, and the SIR-Matina side of Davao River, among others.

As early as 10:53 a.m., the Davao River was already rising along the SIR steps.

At the Toril riverbank, the Toril Police Precinct is monitoring the possible water levels in the area.

In Calinan, a Facebook user also posted a video showing a raging river, while another posted a video of the Davao River along the Bankerohan boat crossing with huge currents.

On the other hand, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said landslides were reported in the road sections of Nabunturan-Maragusan and Compostela-Cateel.

Only one lane was passable at the Barangay Katipunan, Nabunturan, Comval; while another lane was impassable at the Barangay Ngan section of the Compostela-Cateel road.

Thursday morning, the DPWH discouraged travel via the two roads due to hostile weather and slippery road conditions.

At 10 a.m., the DPWH added that the San Isidro Bridge, which was undergoing reconstruction, was impassable because of the overflowing of the San Isidro Creek.

The existing bridge, however, has been temporarily opened to accommodate light vehicles only, the agency said.

Drivers of trucks and heavy equipment were advised to take the Davao-Agusan Road until further notice.

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