CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, January 16, 2017 — Residents living near the Cagayan de Oro River have been advised to evacuate immediately and proceed to the evacuation centers or to elevated areas.
The announcement, which was made by the Cagaydan de Oro City Information Office, was shared by Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo on her Facebook page.
Disaster officials in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City had scrambled today as thousands of commuters, including students, were stranded in chest-deep floodwaters in low-lying areas.
The city’s disaster officials advised students, particularly in flooded areas, to move to the school building’s second level and wait for the arrival of rescue personnel.
The local weather bureau in Misamis Oriental had issued a rainfall warning Monday afternoon and cautioned people in Northern Mindanao that heavy rains would last four to five hours.
Mario Goya, PAG-ASA weather specialist based in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, said the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was spotted in the Zamboanga Peninsula, but the heavy rain was concentrated in Northern Mindanao.
Aside from the stranded commuters, hundreds of vehicles were also stuck in many flooded streets in the city causing a massive traffic jam.
As nightfall set in, some houses in the village of Gusa were uprooted and destroyed by the raging floodwaters and rushing debris.
Vergel Lago, the city disaster official here, said the city’s rescue team has been dispatched to various areas in the city were flooding has been reported.
A landslide has also been reported in the city’ west district while a whole family in the city’s east district was rescued from rising flood waters.
Marilyn Chavez, the communication officer of the city’s power and light company, said half of the city has no electricity as the power firm has intentionally cut the power distribution in flooded areas as a safety measure.
Chaves said only the power plant engineers would know when electricity would return. (With reports from PNA)