Flood warning raised in N. Mindanao cities, provinces

MISAMIS ORIENTAL-- Local officials have raised flood warnings in various areas in northern and northeastern Mindanao amid the heavy rains that continued to drench the region Saturday morning.

Local weather officials have raised the "orange alert" in the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, and Dinagat Islands due to heavy rains spawned by a low-pressure area (LPA) Saturday morning.

The "yellow alert" was also raised in the provinces of Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte.

An "orange alert" advises residents along river channels to move to safer grounds in anticipation of a rise in floodwaters while a "yellow alert" advises residents to be on alert for possible flooding.

The weather officials also warned of floods in low-lying areas and those near river channels, and landslides in mountainous areas in the region.

Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano has issued a province-wide alert and ordered the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) to mobilize the rescue teams to respond to any eventuality.

He said residents of Medina, a coastal town east of Misamis Oriental, had been evacuated to safer grounds due to flooding.

Emano further said that two houses in Villanueva, also a coastal town east of Misamis Oriental, were destroyed when a tree fell on them, but nobody was reported hurt.

The governor also advised all public school officials to exercise prudence in dismissing classes, putting into consideration the safety of students.

In Cagayan de Oro City, traffic officials have ordered the closure of some portions of the Claro M. Recto Ave., where hundreds of vehicles were stuck during the flooding last January 16.

Other major streets in the city were also closed, particularly OsmeAa St., the Lapasan highway, Serena St. in Carmen, and the JR Borja Ext. in Camaman-an village.

Last Jan. 16, more than 5,000 residents in Misamis Oriental and another 5,000 residents in Cagayan de Oro City were evacuated due to flood spawned by an LPA.

Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City are still reeling from the Jan. 16 flood and has remained under a state of calamity. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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