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Regional directors, representatives of the government agencies, and some private stakeholders together with Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and other officials witness the inauguration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga’s new Science and Technology Center, as well as the groundbreaking of its Metrology Laboratory at the Caraga State University (CSU) Campus, Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City headed by Regional Director Lyndo Villacorta. (PIA-Caraga)

PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 07, 2012

RDRRMC-Caraga issues General Flood Advisory; alerts local DRMMC

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 7 (PIA) -– The Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has issued a general flood advisory for the region.

According to the advisory, for the past 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m. today, rainfall is measured in Hinatuan at 9.2 millimeters, Butuan City at 16.6 millimeters, and Surigao – 36.0 millimeters.

The advisory also stated that moderate to occasionally heavy rains will occur for the next 24 hours, affecting waterways like water and streams and its tributaries in Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Dinagat Islands.

With this, RDRRMC advised the people living near the mountain slopes and in the low-lying areas of the aforementioned river systems to be alert.

RDRRMC also advised the local risk reduction and management councils concerned to be alert for possible flashfloods and landslides.

The advisory also pointed out that emphasis should be on proactive action, which is evacuation rather than rescue.

As of 5:00 p.m., Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that Northeast Monsoon has affected the Luzon area while Tail-end of the Cold Front is affecting the Visayas and Mindanao islands.

Because of this, PAGASA said Visayas and Mindanao will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms, becoming cloudy with widespread rains over Eastern and Central Visayas and the Eastern section of Mindanao which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

Meanwhile, the Eastern section of Luzon will experience mostly cloudy skies with light rains while the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains.

Also, moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over Luzon and Western Visayas and coming from the Northeast and East over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough. (PIA-Caraga)

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