3 dead, 5,000 affected as floods hit CDO, Misamis Oriental

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Three people died due to drowning while 5,000 individuals were affected by flooding in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan De Oro City, officials said Tuesday.

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Rescuers recovered the bodies of Rudy Boy Cabido, 14, in the village of Agusan, east of this city on Tuesday morning and Zian Angel Montesino, 10, of the village of Awang in the town of Opol, Misamis Oriental, Monday evening.

Rescuers also fished out the body of Franklin Ociosbello, 59, of the village of Balulang in Cagayan De Oro City River Tuesday morning.

City disaster officials also reported that about 1,060 persons from various flood prone villages in the city were moved to evacuation centers at the height of heavy rains Monday evening.

In Misamis Oriental, more than 4,000 individuals living near rivers and creeks were also evacuated to higher grounds amid an upsurge of flood water due to heavy rains brought by the low pressure area (LPA) on Monday.

Provincial governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano suspended classes in all levels of public schools Tuesday as the Provincial Disaster, Risk Reduction Management Office (PRDRRMO) continues to assess the damage brought about by the flooding.

The Cagayan De Oro City government has also declared the city under the “state of calamity” after the heavy rain Monday turned the city’s urban villages and downtown area into a complete mess.

Stranded and stuck up vehicles, mostly luxury cars, carried by the rampaging flood waters, piled up along and beside the city’s major thoroughfares apart from mud and debris, which depicted an otherwise abandoned metropolis.

Disaster officials in the city and the province of Misamis Oriental continue to monitor and assess the damage to properties as the aircraft of the Philippine Air Force conducted an aerial survey of the flood’s aftermath here.

Both the city and provincial disaster officials have yet to issue an estimated value of the damage to properties and agriculture in Cagayan De Oro City and Misamis Oreintal. PNA

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  1. To Effective Way to Deal with Floods
    The basic of the basics is low-lying areas should remain undeveloped. But that is not always possible as the need to develop low-lying areas.
    Thus, the next to the basic is to accordingly develop low-lying areas. Example, in the NLEX we have the Candaba viaduct—instead of filling (tambak) that portion of the NLEX, a long bridge was constructed so that in the yearly flooding of Candaba swamp—floodwaters just passes through without affecting NLEX. Another example is SM Marikina Building—low-lying portions were reserve for parking—usable only when there is no flood.
    Sometimes natures provide solution to floods. In the 2011 floods spawned by Typhoon Sendong, only the Mandulug River caused the severe flooding in Iligan City but not the Agus River, also located in Iligan City. Lake Lanao provides for the storage of the floodwaters emanating from the upper reaches of Agus River and then gradually release, so Agus River caused no flooding. The available storage capacity of Lake Lanao is then the solution.
    Based on the history of Hoover dam it was built due continuing clamor of residents to solve the yearly summer flooding downstream of the dam, in the Colorado River—when the snows melts. The designer of the dam raised the height of the dam such that a 2 years average water inflow from the Colorado River can be stored in the dam reservoir. So occurrence of floods from the Colorado in areas near and downstream side of the dam was effectively solved.
    Thus, the effective solution to deal with flood is to build reservoirs at the upstream portion of the rivers so floodwaters can temporarily be stored. This solution is in accord with the divine mandate given to us in Genesis 1:28 that we should subdue (or govern) the earth.