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PIA Press Release
2008/07/09

RDCC-10 conducts water search and rescue capability demo

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (9 July) -- The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council, region 10 (RDCC-10), will undertake a Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) Capability Demonstration at 9:00a.m., July 10, 2008, at the Port Area of Macabalan, this city.

Regional Director Carmelito A. Lupo of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), region 10, said the activity is in line with the observance of the July National Disaster Consciousness Month with the campaign "PagAlerto, Malayo sa Peligro."

"Particularly, it will show the response capacity of our local responder groups for WASAR operations and life-saving skills not only during a maritime emergency situation but also during floods and landslide incidents," he said.

He also said the WASAR demonstration will primarily focus on Basic Life Support/ Management of Water-Related Emergencies, such as, Life Saving Techniques to include surface diving and underwater swim, Rescue Boat Operations to include boat handling, safety, recovery and handling of victims and Rope Operations.

Meanwhile, he said WASAR activities are specially significant not only because of the recent typhoons but because of Northern Mindanao's geographical location and record of flood occurrences in its low-lying areas situated within the coastal sections, river deltas and floodplains.

Such occurrences have resulted in millions of pesos of damages to roads, bridges, residential homes, loss of agricultural crops and livestock, as well as, loss of productivity in industry, trade and commerce.

A natural hydrological phenomenon, flood is an abnormal progressive rise in the water level of a stream/river that may result in the overflowing of water from its normal confines and subsequent inundation of areas which are not submerged.

It is usually the aftermath of meteorological events that include intense and prolonged rainfall spells and usually high coastal and estuarine waters due to storm urges and seismic activities in coastal areas particularly susceptible to flooding due to tsunamis or seismic sea waves.

Accordingly, riverine flooding is probably the most common type of flood that has been affecting Northern Mindanao, based on the geomorphic characteristics of certain parts of the region. (PIA 10) [top]

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