Lavina orders NIA to monitor California dam disaster

MANILA-- The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is closely monitoring the potential disaster in California following the damage to the spillway in the Oroville dam, 120 kilometers north of the State capital Sacramento.

Administrator Peter Lavina said the NIA Engineering and Operations Department has been instructed to follow the news on the dam to learn lessons how California engineers address the problem.

High level of water caused by heavy rains has been blamed for the problem with the Oroville dam's spillway.

As much as 200,000 persons have been forced to evacuate in a state of emergency following the noticed hole in the spillway of the dam, unleashing a wall of water threatening communities downstream.

Lavina recalled that only last January 11, he ordered NIA to undertake a thorough inspection of its dams and other irrigation infrastructures to check on their structural integrity and safety following earthquakes and typhoons.

He said he called on the inspection nationwide to ensure the safety of the irrigation systems and communities near and around NIA facilities.

Lavina is in Cagayan de Oro to visit NIA projects in Region 10 including those in Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon, which recently suffered from heavy flooding.

He also called on NIA projects to be disaster-resilient to prevent the recurrent restoration, repair and rehabilitation of damages to irrigation facilities by natural disasters. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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