CDRRMC: Remain vigilant as LPA lingers

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

THE City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) of Cagayan de Oro on Wednesday advised residents to remain vigilant as the Low Pressure Area (LPA) that has been bringing flood, landslides resulting to evacuations lingers.

“Somehow the LPA is seemingly stationary. It cannot go out because of the breeze of the northeastern monsoon,” said CDRRMC Chief Mario Monsanto.

He added the CDRRMC sent a “double team” Tuesday night, ready for any situation that needed their aid.


Meanwhile, Cherryl Ladaga, Disaster Response Coordinator of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD-DRC) office, said people should always be on alert and seek for updates from the CDRRMC.

She added the CSWD is always ready and has 800 food packs prepared.

“Some of the relief goods are ready for packing,” said Ladaga.

With the current weather being experienced in the city, Ladaga said a meeting will be called to decide if they will continue packing and call for additional manpower.

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During the preemptive evacuation Tuesday night, the CSWD provided 214 food packs that were taken from the 800 food packs at bay.

“In Iponan, we have provided 165 food packs — 42 to the evacuees in Iponan covered court and 143 to the evacuees in Bulao Elementary School,” Lada said, adding that 49 food packs were served to the evacuees in Canitoan.

She said the food packs contain three kilograms of rice, two pieces of canned goods and noodles.

Monsanto added that CDRRMC assisted 165 families from Iponan settled in the evacuation centers.

“The people agreed to evacuate but some of them went back to their homes around 11 p.m. Tuesday night,” said Monsanto.

The rest of those who voluntarily went to the evacuation centers after the Iponan River swelled Tuesday had gone back home Wednesday morning as the rainfall turned light.

Alubijid hospital flooded

Misamis Oriental Provincial administrator Edmundo Pacamalan Jr. said the heavy downpour on Tuesday flooded sections of the government-owned Alubijid hospital’s ground floor, resulting to temporary suspension of the delivery and operating rooms.

Pacamalan, who conducted the inspection Wednesday, said that the water came from the medical facility’s leaking roof.

He said the dripping water not only flooded the hospital but also affected the electrical circuits.

Dr. William Bernardo, overseer of the province’s eight hospitals, said that during the flooding a pregnant woman due to give birth was denied admittance.

The hospital staff feared that electrical short circuit might occur and harm the mother and child.

However, Bernardo said that minor health concerns were accommodated through the hospital's emergency room.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 16, 2014.

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