Surigao residents warned of possible landslides, flash floods

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 December) — Residents living in high-risk areas were warned Monday by the city government to watch out for flood after the water level at Surigao River started to rise due to incessant downpour since Sunday night.

In an advisory Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) – Surigao said the water level at Surigao River continued to rise.

“In the last two hours before noon time today, the rainfall amount recorded at the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office reached 22.2 mm from 15 mm as verified by Engr. Frances Semorlan of PAG-ASA Surigao,” said Annette Villaces, city information officer

She said the water level recorded from 5-10 a.m. had risen to as high as 1.5 meters.

“Thus, Pagasa Surigao now advised for an alert level 1. All are alerted to take precautionary measures against flashfloods and landslides,” she said.

Villaces said villages in low-lying areas such as Sabang, San Juan, Luna, Rizal, Washington and Togbongon were already alerted.

She said the villages that are prone to landslides like Canlanipa, Rizal, Ipil, Washington were also warned. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews