LPA-induced rains trigger suspension of classes in Malaybalay

MALAYBALAY CITY  (Bukidnon News/ 14 January)- Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri has ordered the suspension of classes from pre-school to high school Tuesday afternoon as heavy rains continue to pour in the city.

Zubiri issued Executive Order No. 02 s. 2014 around 1:30p.m. due to the heavy rains experienced in the city. The classes are suspended until the order is revoked.

It has been the fifth day of moderate rains in the city this week caused by a low pressure area. The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center reported that seven families were evacuated in Sitio Bongbongon, in Brgy. Sumpong as water from Kalawaig Creek overflowed.

The families were temporary housed at the Sumpong Elementary School, Jesusa Jazz Aquino, of the CDRRMC said via telephone.

No casualties have been reported so far.

The center reported overflowing water in at least two other areas in the city, in a canal in Brgy. 2 near Bukidnon State University and in a swampy area in Brgy. 9.

Citizens took to the social media their observations with some BSU faculty members posting photos on Facebook that students could not cross from the street to the university entrance with below-the-knee deep water in between.

DXBU broadcaster Ana Ninfa Bago Caballero posted on her FB account the message of Reynaldo Oton, principal of BSU-Secondary School Laboratory. Oton expressed thanks to the three university students who helped rescue two high school students carried by strong water current along Fortich Street.

The commotion caused traffic congestion early afternoon just as rains poured.

Alejandro Dano Jr,  of the Public Affairs, Information and Assistance office of the provincial government, also posted photos showing  the strong current in Kalawaig creek just behind the Capitol building at around mid-afternoon.

As of 4:50p.m., no reports of flooding incidents elsewhere in the province have been received so far, said  Ma. Leah Barquez, of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center.

Using the online Noah Project stream water level monitoring system of the Department of Science and Technology, water was at its highest around 1:50p.m. at 2.27 meters in Diversion Bridge, Brgy. Sumpong, Malaybalay City.

Barquez said staff monitored normal level to be below a meter at the bridge, which traverses the Sawaga River. (Walter I. Balane)