Stay vigilant

‘Paeng’ to exit PHL but rains continue

While Typhoon “Paeng” is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility this afternoon, the almost nightly occurrence of heavy rains still prompted a warning from disaster and rescue agencies.

The Office of Civil Defense, in an advisory to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (CDRRMC) issued at about 6 p.m. Sunday, said that the typhoon caused moderate to occasional heavy rains that affected portions of the city, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, and Lanao del Sur.

It also affected portions of Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Comval, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, North and South Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General Santos and Sulu.

According to an advisory by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the rains would affect the said areas for about 2-3 hours.

Dante Donaire, operations officer of the CDRRMC, said they did not receive any calls for assistance, said that the public should stay vigilant and wait for further advice from them.

For now, river systems were stable and stayed at a “safe” code green, according to the CDRRMC.

“But now especially since the rains are regular every night, we are always keeping in touch with our barangay responders to be vigilant and monitor the river systems,” he said.

“We contacted the barangay captains in case there is a need to conduct preemptive evacuation, especially in coastal barangays and those near rivers,” added Donaire.

Meanwhile in the city, the CDRRMC did not receive any reports of untoward incidents brought on by rains, which they identified as moderate but dissipated quickly.

Among the barangays especially vulnerable to flooding include those in Jade Valley, Bacaca, Matina Crossing, and Talomo.

According to Pagasa, Typhoon “Paeng” is not going to make landfall in any part of the country and as of yesterday morning is expected to move toward the southern portion of Japan.

“Eastern Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms,” the weather bureau said. “Light to moderate winds coming from the northeast to north will prevail over the rest of Visayas and coming from the northwest to southwest over Mindanao with slight to moderate seas.”

On October 29, heavy rains flooded major streets of Davao City such as Quezon Boulevard, JP Laurel, Ramon Magsaysay Avenue, Suazo Street, Bangoy Street, and parts of Ecoland.

The downpour began around 6:20 p.m. and flooded the areas in just 15 minutes.