BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has ordered the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) – Response Team of Bacolod City to be on standby and be ready to be deployed anytime as Signal No. 1 has been hoisted over Negros Island due to weather disturbance triggered by Tropical Depression “Lannie.”
Leonardia said TD “Lannie” is expected to make landfall in Southern Leyte yesterday afternoon, en route to Cebu and was expected to cross over Negros Occidental last night.
The mayor is urging Bacolod residents living in mountainous, coastal, and low-lying areas to take precautionary measures against floods and landslides that may arise after heavy downpours.
Meanwhile, Jose Maria Vargas, DRRMO head, said their team automatically monitored the weather condition and conducted patrol Sunday evening when it rained. So far, they have not monitored any problem in Bacolod City.
Vargas said the water in Barangay 12 was only gutter-level when the rain poured since they were able to clear the canal behind SM City-Bacolod.
They have also continued to monitor the Magsungay River and Lupit River, which are the two major rivers in the city, but the situation Sunday was normal, Vargas added.*