‘24-HOUR ALERT STATUS’ CDRRMO wary over ‘Urduja’ aftereffects

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BACOLOD City – The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has been on “full alert” since Thursday in anticipation of the possible effects of the onslaught of tropical depression “Urduja.”

CDRRMO head Joemarie Vargas said proper instructions were already given to all his personnel, including members of barangay-based rescue groups.

Vargas stressed that they are on a “24-hour alert status.”

As of yesterday, the CDRRMO received reports about fallen trees on several streets in the city.

A stoplight along Lacson-BS Aquino Drive also fell on the road, which caused inconvenience to motorists.

CDRRMO personnel already removed the trees and the stoplight from the roads, Vargas said.

Few areas in the city were flooded after the storm’s heavy downpour.

Floods in some areas already subsided, though. Residents in the areas needed not evacuate, Vargas stressed.

However, Vargas aired his concern over the early morning high tide today. He said this might cause the rising of flood water level on major streets in the city.

Vargas advised all residents living in flood-prone areas – especially those whose houses were swamped a few months ago – to be ready to evacuate any time.

Vargas said CDRRMO already coordinated with other private rescue groups in the city.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) estimated the agricultural damage that “Urduja” left in Negros Occidental at P3.2 million as of Thursday.

The estimated loss is based from the reports that local farmers submitted to OPA.

There were 185 storm-affected farmers in five barangays in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. Their production losses are pegged at P2.85 million.

In Cadiz City, 19 farmers in seven barangays reported a P320,000 production loss.

OPA chief Japhet Masculino said the agricultural plants in storm-hit farms in San Carlos City were already in their ripening stage, which explains the huge production loss, while those in Cadiz City were in there vegetative stage, which means the losses can still be recovered.

The amount of losses may still increase, though. Field assessment and validation are ongoing, Vargas stressed. (With report from PNA/PN)



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