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Alert raised in landslide, flood-prone areas: exec

THE CITY Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has hoisted alert in landslide and flood-prone areas following the report that a weak La Niña is developing.

CDRRMO chief Alfredo Baloran said this weather development meant heavy or above-normal rainfall than usual and thunderstorms will directly affect flood-prone areas and landslide areas in the city.

“We are actively informing the barangays, areas in Davao City nga directly affected ani nga hazards. Labi na katong mga lugar nga flood-prone areas, and landslide areas (We are actively informing the barangays, areas in Davao City which are directly affected by hazards, especially those in flood-prone areas, and landslide areas),” he said.

The agency said that whenever possible, residents in danger zones are advised to slowly seek shelter in safe areas to avoid damages and loss of lives or be on their toes for pre-evacuation procedures.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has announced that current conditions and model forecasts show there is more than fifty percent chance that a weak La Niña will develop either late October or November 2020 until the first quarter of 2021.

Baloran added that the information dissemination in barangays has constantly been in motion even without the threat of La Niña, but prioritizes his team’s visit to the hazard-prone areas because of the weather advisory.

CDRRMO identified areas near the Lipadas, Talomo, Matina, Davao, Bunawan, Lasang Rivers as flood-prone areas, and those near the Panacan, Bago, and Mintal Creeks.

The office also identified landslide-prone areas in Brgy. Matina Crossing – Purok Guadalupe, Quinones Compound, Pluto St. GSIS, Shrine Hills (Diversion Rd), Broadcast Ave., Shrine Hills, and Milky Way and Virgo St. in GSIS Heights; DDF Village in Brgy. Mandug; Purok Damayan in Brgy. Buhangin; Brgy. Maa – Juario Village, Purok 9 and Nacilla Village in Shrine Hills, Dinaville Subdivision, and Yñiquez Village; Awhag Subdivision in Brgy. 19; Jimenez Compound, Old Dumpsite and Shrine Hills along Diversion Road in Brgy. Matina Pangi; Purok 26B in Panacan; Purok 16 in Brgy. Tigatto; Purok Acacia in Brgy. Tamugan; and, Purok 8 in Brgy. Lacson.

Baloran asked the barangay officials to advise the informal settlers in these areas to evacuate as early as now to avoid damages or loss of life in the future.

“Kaning mga nagapuyo sa mga hazard prone areas, kanunay gyud ang peligro sa ilang kunabuhi diha. Maong ginahangyo nato sila na kung pwede, makapangita sila og laing lugar nga kapuy an para dili pud madistorbo ang ilang pagpuyo sa kanunay nga nay mga weather disturbances,” he said, adding that the public should be vigilant particularly to city government-released advisories.

“Kanunay ta maminaw sa mga advisories, mga pahimangno ug mutuman ta kung naay ipahigayon nga evacuation,” he said.

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