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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 20, 2012

 

CDO, Iligan tragedies might happen in Lucena, says expert

by Lito M. Giron

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Jan. 20 (PIA) -- City medical officer of Department of Education (DepEd) Dr. Dante Diamante revealed in a radio interview at DWLC-Radyo ng Bayan that the flash flood occurred in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan might also happened here because of the city’s same topography.

Dr. Diamante said the city is surrounded by two big rivers, Iyam and Dumacaa, both connected to Tayabas Bay, thus this may cause flash floods if high tide and typhoon happen in one time.

Diamante mentioned that on November 3, 2005 when typhoon Rosing struck this city, high flood waters coming from the two rivers overflowed the entire city, as it may happen again in the much disastrous form.

‘I presented this scenario to the members of city disaster risk reduction management council (CDRRMC) during its regular meeting’, Diamante added.

He recommended that the local government must have disaster preparedness plan, review the ‘geo-hazard’ map, enact ordinances, and strengthen people’s involvement before, during and after calamity. (PIA-Quezon)

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