Tropical Depression "Feria" disrupts classes, strands passengers, but no damage thus far reported
By Bong Pedalino
Maasin City (June 24) -- Coastal areas in this city and the rest of Southern Leyte province got battered today as tropical depression "Feria” brought rains and winds that coincided with the high tide at 10:39 yesterday morning for two meters.
Luckily, the waves did not cause so much damage as this report was written, and the sea has ebbed, but Wednesday, the high tide would be 2.1 meter by 11:27 AM, coinciding with the traditional "San Juan" festivity where people usually flock to the sea to take baths.
A check with the Provincial Disaster Management Office (PDMO) this afternoon revealed no unusual incidents in the eight towns that the Office of the Civil Defense designated a Deputy Coordinator.
Among these municipalities are Saint Bernard, Liloan, Hinunangan, Macrohon, Malitbog, Anahawan, Tomas Oppus, and Pintuyan.
For Maasin City, Mayor Maloney Samaco disclosed in a radio program this morning that he has mobilized the city disaster coordinating council for any eventuality, even as he advised people living near rivers to be always vigilant.
City Schools Division Superintendent Fiel Almendra said he had declared suspension of classes for all schools near rivers, like in barangay San Jose and other similarly situated schools.
He said he left it to the discretion of school heads in elementary and high schools whether they would suspend classes or not considering that the storm level raised is signal number one.
For her part, Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Violeta Alocilja left it to the decision of the local officials in coordination with school principals whether or not to suspend classes, but so far she told PIA she did not receive any report on classes’ suspension from the field.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said they did not get any damage report from the field.
At the Liloan Ferry Terminal, Coast Guard Officer Magsano disclosed that ten vehicles are now stranded since the ferry boat canceled its trip.
Some 65 passengers are stranded in the ferry terminal, Officer Magsano also said. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]