Wednesday, January 7, 2015

TS “Seniang” claims millions of infra in Agusan del Sur

By David M. Suyao

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Jan. 7 (PIA) - Perceived as one of the most disastrous typhoons that hit Agusan del Sur, Tropical Storm “Seniang” left tremendous damage in infrastructure as declared by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in a report to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council, as of January 4, 2015.

Although no estimated amount yet that was presented, cost of damages will cost millions of pesos, said a report. For the National Primary Roads from Agusan – to Davao alone, six major parts of the road were flooded with .30 - .40 meters while others incurred major damages like the Mahayahay, Afga and Tabon-tabon boundary sections that caused the non-flow to traffic of all kinds of vehicles plying from Davao to Butuan City for two days, and can be used by light vehicles only until now using one lane. At the height of the typhoon, Wawa River in Sibagat town was also underwater making it impassable to all types of vehicles.

On the Western side of the province, for three days since the height of the typhoon, national road junction (NRJ) particularly the Salvacion-Batohon section and the Hawilian section of the National Secondary road in Esperanza town were covered with flood water eroding some portion of the road making it impassable. On the Eastern side, the NRJ Awa-Azpetia-Lianga road, Maug bridge overflowed about 50 meters from bridge deck. The Maug-Ago section of the road were also flooded with around 1.5 meters deep but was passable after two days.

The NRJ Bayugan-Calaitan-Tandag road that also incurred major damages, mostly landslides and cracks is still not passable while the Mapaga, La Suerte sections of NRJ Bah-bah – Talacogon were also flooded with .60 meters deep but are passable, as of January 4.

Flood prone municipalities like Talacogon, Loreto, Veruela, Bunawan and Prosperidad were also flooded but flood waters subsided immediately after the rain stopped.

Presently, the road from Bayugan –Esperanza – Las Nieves- Butuan City is not passable because of the new occurrence of rainfall. The Mahayahay section of the national highway from Davao to Butuan is open to light vehicles only, utilizing one lane but vehicles from both ends of the damaged road have to wait for hours before given the go signal to pass. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


PDRRMO advises public in SurSur to take precautions due to possible floods, landslides

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 7 (PIA) – The general public in Surigao del Sur has been advised since yesterday to take the necessary precautions for possible floods and landslides that the adverse weather might bring in.

Abel De Guzman, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) chief, said that tail-end of cold front has continued to prevail over the province; hence these scenarios are possible to take place.

People living in low-lying areas and by hillsides are prone to these kinds of risks, he pointed out.

The province is still reeling from the damage caused by Typhoon Seniang; also, frequent rainfall has continued to be the “order of the day,” the PDRRMO chief remarked.

However, De Guzman expressed confidence that his counterparts at the local DRRMOs province-wide are already familiar on how to respond to this kind of situation. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)