Sunday, December 1, 2013

Flooding hits Legazpi City, Daraga town
By Mar S. Arguelles & Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 30 (PNA) -- Moderate to heavy rains since Friday afternoon up to whole day Saturday caused flooding in several low-lying barangays (villages) in this city and neighboring Daraga town, the Albay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said.

The PDRRMC said rains triggered by the Inter tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) brought knee-deep to waist-deep flood waters in Legazpi Cit port area where the city commercial centers are located.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal said in an interview that the CDRRMC is on alert for possible preemptive evacuation of villagers living in low-lying and lahar flow-prone barangays in the city. Rosal quoted a report from Pecos Intia, CDRRMO chief, that the flooded villages include Maoyod, Tula-Tula, Cabangan, Rizal, Oro Site, Penaranda, EM’s Barrio, Imperial Court and Dapdap.

Roads along Barangay Oro Site here were not passable to all types of vehicles, while some areas in downtown Legazpi were passable to medium to heavy vehicles, Senior Inspector Arthur Gomez, Albay police spokesperson, said.

Gomez said in his situation report to the PDRRMC that as of 4:00 p.m. Saturday, major roads and bridges from Libon town and the rest of the towns in Albay's Third District were passable, including roads in the town to Tiwi and to Sto. Domingo in the First District.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda suspended Saturday classes in all levels in the entire province due to heavy rains.

Salceda advised the public to suspend their extracurricular activities like visiting malls, movie houses, and other entertainment or activity centers and requested Albayanos just to stay home.

He also advised all MDRRMCs of flood-prone areas to be on full alert and prepare their rescue teams for response and evacuation.

The governor put military trucks, rubber boats, ambulances and medical teams on standby.

Cedric Daep, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office chief, said the PDRRMC has dispatched three military trucks to the Third District of Albay where four towns and a city -- Libon, Polangui, Oas, Guinobatan and Ligao City -- are prone to flooding.

Some flights in this city were cancelled due to the rains. (PNA) CTB/FGS/MSA/CBD/RSM