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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Zambo City may experience that of Sendong-devastated areas - PAGASA

by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 10 (PIA) -– The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)IX issued the same warning on the possible flooding in the city similar to Sendong-ravaged Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City if there will be extreme rainfall.

According to PAGASA-Zamboanga Meteorological Officer Maribel Enriquez, the city falls under Type III climate where rainfall is at its peak during the months of August and October. Enriquez also pointed that the city’s topography can be a cause for flooding.

“It’s possible as the city landscape is mountainous, and we have months where rain is at its peak”, Enriquez said, also explaining that cyclone/typhoon path in October to December is in Northern Mindanao.

MGB IX Officer in Charge Vheina Marie Quintana supported Enriquez’s explanation.

“Zamboanga City is low-lying and on a deltaic environment drained by major river systems, thus flooding is likely to happen if there is an extreme rainfall like what occurred in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro”, Quintana said.

In 2010, MGB finished the Geohazard map of the region, identifying landslide and flood- prone areas in Western Mindanao.

The Bureau identified five landslide-prone areas in Zamboanga City namely Murok, Pasonanca, the mountainous areas of Capisan and Tulungatung, near Ayala River, Barangay Baluno, and high areas of Barangay Pamucutan. They also named 36 out of the 98 barangays in the city as flood-prone.

PAGASA and MGB are advising the residents living in these areas to always stay vigilant especially during rainy season. (JPA/MVC/PIA9-ZBST)

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