Strong monsoon waves batter Davao City’s coasts


 

Aftermath of monsoon waves which battered a coastal barangay in Agdao, Davao City (photo by Henry Palomata

DAVAO CITY, August 5 (PIA)– The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office has identified 98 houses wrecked by the monsoon waves that pounded the Davao City’s seaside areas since Saturday morning,   consequently affecting many of the coastal barangays.

Alfredo Baloran, chief of the CDRRMO said the monsoon waves are expected to last until September.

“We have noticed bigger and stronger waves nowadays because they occur simultaneous with the tropical depression, consequently destroying a total of 98 houses,” he said.

Baloran said the city government has provided initial help to the victims like foodstuff and temporary evacuation centers.

He said that even then, residents in the affected areas were forewarned of the impending strong waves that may occur during the season.

“Incidentally, despite the anticipation, many residents did not listen to the warning and failed to assess on the size of the waves that hit their respective areas.  They now find themselves in the evacuation centers,” Baloran said.

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He said the CDRRMO is implementing preventive evacuation on areas identified as danger zones, especially with the occurrence of both the high tide and strong waves which happen simultaneously.

Baloran cited the assistance of the coastal cameras mounted earlier, for the office to conduct preventive evacuation due to the devastation caused by the large waves.

He said many houses were destroyed since they were built on the water zones.

“Many houses were built like trains.  They were built and connected one to another.  They are easily destroyed when strong waves occur,” Baloran said.

He said nine barangays are totally affected namely Barangays 22, 21, 23, Aplaya, Duterte, Lapu-lapu, Bucana, Matina-Dumalag and Matina-Aplaya which are thickly populated. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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