Monsoon rains batter city
BAGUIO CITY – Torrential rains triggered by typhoon "Gener" last week caused landslides and floods that sent 95 families to evacuation centers but no casualties.
The city remained on a red alert status as of last Friday as monsoon rains continued to pour intermittently.
The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) chaired by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and action officer city administrator Carlos Canilao said 65 families from City Camp Proper and Lower Quarry barangays and 25 families from Lourdes Proper Barangay were moved to evacuation centers at the height of the monsoon rains that caused risen waters at the flood-prone City Camp basin.
The CDRRMC recorded ten flooding incidents, eight landslides including those along Quirino Highway, Irisan and Camp 7; nine soil erosions or eroded riprap; 32 fallen trees; 12 electrical problems; one totally damaged house and two partially damaged others as of Friday morning.
A taxi driver identified as Bernardo Teano was reportedly injured when a fallen electric post pinned his driven taxi cab on August 1 along upper Session Road. He was treated at the Baguio General Hospital and medical Center (BGHMC) sustaining only slight injuries.
There was minimal power outage and the three main access roads, Kennon Road, Marcos Highway and Naguilian Road, remained passable.
No estimate of amount for damages was released as investigations of the damaged infrastructures are still being undertaken by the city engineer's office under Leo Bernardez and the city buildings and architecture office under Oscar Flores.
Mayor Domogan has ensured prompt daily announcements of suspension of classes since July 31. Classes in pre-school and elementary level remained suspended as of Friday.
The mayor reminded the public that requests for assistance during calamities may be coursed through the CDCC which maintains the following phone numbers: 442-1901 to 442-1905. – Paul Rillorta and Aileen Refuerzo