Davao Region braces for flooding, landslides as 'Chedeng' approaches
March 18, 2019 - Monday 9:03 PM by Ayan Mellejor
DAVAO CITY — Residents of Davao Region have been advised to brace for possible flooding and landslide due to isolated to scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms brought by Tropical Depression Chedeng, which is expected to make landfall in Davao Oriental Tuesday.
On Monday, the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) ordered preemptive evacuation of families in the following landslide-prone areas
- Matina Crossing
- Purok Guadalupe
- Quiñones Compound
- Pluto Street (GSIS)
- Shrine Hills (Diversion Road)
- Milky Way and Virgo Street (GSIS)
- DDF village in Mandug
- Purok Damayan in Buhangin
- Juario Village
- Purok 9 (Shrine Hills)
- Dinaville Subdivison
- Inigues Village
- Awhag Subdivision in Barangay 19
- Matina Pangi
- Diversion Road
- old dumpsite
- Purok 16 in Tigatto
- Bypass Road in Talomo.
The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) on Monday raised a Blue Alert warning as Tropical Depression Chedeng rapidly accelerated, threatening Davao Region and the rest of Eastern Mindanao with maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of 65 kilometers per hour.
Placed under Signal No. 1 were Davao City, the southern part of Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, the eastern part of North Cotabato, and the eastern part of Sarangani.
OCD-11 information officer Leslie Lao Francisco said with Chedeng threatening the entire Davao Region, OCD conducted a two-day pre-disaster needs assessment and pre-disaster risk assessment on Sunday and Monday with government agencies and the city, municipal, and provincial disaster councils.
Francisco said under a Blue Alert status, all personnel and the different disaster council members like the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) are on call.
The PCG has already suspended sea travel from Davao City’s Sta Ana Wharf to Kaputian in the Island Garden City of Samal and back and Sta. Ana Wharf to Talicud and back.
PCG also cancelled the popular island-hopping activities due to rough seas.
The local governments of Davao City, Monkayo, Mawab, Maragusan, and Montevista have already suspended classes in all levels in both private and public schools. The Compostela Valley provincial government also suspended classes in all level in Nabunturan, New Bataan, Pantukan, Maco, and Mabini.
The Compostela Valley Province Risk Reduction Council has also activated its Operation Center as of 1 p.m on Monday.
Davao Oriental also suspended classes in all levels across the province and activated its Incident Command System on Monday.
Davao Oriental provincial information officer Karen Lou Deloso said the Provincial Risk Reduction Council is monitoring areas prone to landslides and flooding.
Deloso said the PCG has also temporarily cancelled the trips of all sea vessels.
She said in San Isidro, 22 families or 63 individuals living along the riverbanks in Barangays Dugmanon and Lapu-lapu were evacuated to the Dugmanon Barangay Hall.
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