The head of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office in Bacolod City is encouraging residents living in danger zones to organize themselves so they will be prepared in case of disasters or calamities.
Aaron Bais said yesterday that despite the heavy downpour Thursday night and early Friday morning, there were no evacuations reported in the city.
He encouraged those living in danger zones to create their own flood markers and put up an alarm system to warn the residents in time of emergency.
Bais said an Acacia tree fell on two classrooms in the Rizal Elementary yesterday and their Emergency Response Team was there to clear the area.
He noted that although there was flooding in some areas in the city it was very minimal because the rain rate was light to moderate.
On Thursday night, the rains were not heavy or torrential, but this was enhanced by Typhoon Butchoy. As the typhoon headed towards Taiwan its influence on the southwest monsoon weakened, he added.
Bais said the areas usually flooded are Araneta-Magsaysay streets in Brgy. Singcang, Gatuslao Street in Barangay 4, the Reclamation Area, as well as Bangga Cory in Libertad Extension, that need engineering intervention.
During an inspection he conducted at about 3 a.m. yesterday, he said he saw many plastic materials scattered in the Libertad and Central Markets. The size of the drainage is also one of the causes of flooding he said.
The flooding problem could be addressed once they convene the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, but this endeavor will need the cooperation of everyone, he added.*CGS
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