Saturday, November 5, 2016

OCD-Bicol: Flood, landslide in Sorsogon prompt suspension of classes

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 4 (PNA) -- Floods and landslide that hit Sorsogon due to moderate to heavy rains pelting the province since Thursday has prompted disaster authorities to be on alert status and suspend classes in all levels in the entire province, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol said on Friday.

Jssar Adornado, OCD-Bicol operations chief, said Sorsogon Governor Sally Lee has issued an order suspending classes for two days, on Thursday and Friday, in all levels in the entire province, to keep students away from hazards brought by floods and landslides.

The state run Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration has warned Friday morning that Tropical Storm Meari would bring moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorm which may trigger flooding and landslides in Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon.

Adornado said a low pressure area, which is embedded in the Intertropical Convergence Zone approaching Northern Samar region, has brought moderate to heavy rains on Thursday in Sorsogon, affecting low lying towns of the province.

He said the continuous heavy downpour has triggered river channels to swell and flood waters to spill over rice fields in the towns of Pilar and Castilla in Sorsogon.

Adornado said as a disaster mitigating measure, the governor reactivated various disaster risk reduction councils in the province’s 14 towns and city.

Lee warned villagers in towns surrounding Mount Bulusan, which is on alert level one status or in restive state, to be vigilant against flashfloods and lahar flows that might cascade down from the volcano’s slopes.

Adornado said landslide hit the Sta. Fe-Sapa road and the old Pilar-Donsol Road in Pilar town.

No evacuation was reported, he said.(PNA) JMC/MSA/EDS