Cagayan de Oro under state of calamity due to floods

Forced evacuation being implemented as nonstop rains drench and inundate much of Visayas and Mindanao


Flood in Cagayan de Oro City. From DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo’s Facebook page | mb.com.ph

Cagayan de Oro City has been placed under a state of calamity as large parts of the city are inundated amid continuing rains over much of Visayas and Mindanao.

The city’s council made the declaration early Tuesday morning, January 17, upon recommendation of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Flood in Cagayan de Oro City.
From DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo’s Facebook page | mb.com.ph

The declaration will enable the city government to tap into its calamity fund to help affected residents.

The city government earlier placed Cagayan de Oro under Code Red after the Iponan River crested at critical level as an offshoot of the swelling of the Mandulog River in Iligan City, which has reached the critical level of 6 meters.

It has ordered residents in 10 disaster-prone barangays to mandatorily evacuate:

·         Tumpagon

·         Pigsag-an

·         Lumbia

·         Tuburan

·         Pagalungan

·         San Simon

·         Iponan

·         Bulua

·         Pagatpat

·         Canitoan

As of this posting, the city government said 1,131 families or 3,453 individuals have been affected by the bad weather.

Classes up to high school have been suspended for Tuesday, with the same for colleges left upon the discretion of school administrators. The Supreme Court has also cancelled work in the city’s courts.

Electricity, meanwhile, has been cut off by its power distributor, the Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Lights Company.

The nonstop rains since Monday had triggered flash floods and landslides, turning roads into rivers and stranding thousands of residents.

It is the same scenario in nearby areas such as Iligan City, and as far as Leyte and Samar provinces.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) earlier issued heavy rainfall warning alerts over much of the Visayas and Mindanao due to the low pressure area and the tail end of a cold front, with the red rainfall warning hoisted over northern Mindanao.

 

Via: Manila Bulletin

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