Baler MDRRMO on alert status due to floods

BALER, Aurora--The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) is on alert status as continuous rains on Wednesday flooded some parts of this town.

Classes from pre-elementary to high school in both private and public schools in this capital town of Aurora were also suspended to ensure the safety of the students as well as the residents.

"I suspended classes today (Wednesday) as heavy rains continue and accelerate. We have to protect the citizenry and we are all responsible for them in case the floods continue to rise. I wanted zero casualties in this town. The safety of the people here in Baler is very important that is the reason why I suspended classes from elementary to high school," Mayor Nelianto Bihasa said in a telephone interview.

Based on the latest report from MDDRO, some portions of barangays Suklayin, Buhangin, Obligacion, Pingit, Zabali, Sabang and Reserva were flooded up to knee deep.

The worst affected by floods is the Gloria Street in Barangay Suklayin where there are some business establishments located, the MDRRMO said.

With this, the mayor personally went to different barangays to ensure that disaster preparedness efforts are in place.

"I directed the personnel of MDRRMO to continuously monitor the affected barangays in the low-lying areas," Bihasa said.

The mayor said that he also directed the MDRRMO to activate the barangay disaster risk reduction and management offices for an early warning measures and monitoring of flood prone and landslide prone areas

Bihasa said he also ordered the monitoring of the levels of river water and settlements in low-lying areas or near river banks which have experienced recent and repeated flooding and for possible riverbank erosion and shift of river flow direction.

"I also advised fishermen not to go on fishing. I told the tourists not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels should be alerted against big waves," Bihasa added. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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