(UPDATED) SENIANG WATCH: Over 300 flee as rivers swell in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/29 December) About 325 persons fled on pre-emptive evacuation measures in at least six villages in Bukidnon as water levels rise in streams mostly along Pulangi River as tropical storm Seniang approaches northern Mindanao, according to data from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), as of 1p.m. Monday.

Ma. Leah Barquez, focal person at the Bukidnon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, cited a total of 275 or 34 families of the initial number of evacuees are from Valencia City.

The PDRRMC reported 150 individuals from Brgy. Batangan; 20 families or estimated 100 persons from Brgy. Catumbalon; 12 families or estimated 60 persons from Sitio Hinauan, Purok 5 Brgy. Poblacion; and two families or 10 persons from Brgy. Sugod. All of these villages are along the Pulangi River.

In Cabanglasan town, the MDRRC reported the rising of water level of Mandahican river possibly affecting the villages in Brgy. Iba. They have scheduled preemptive evacuation of at least 196 families in a cluster of villages around 3p.m. today.

In Malitbog, the Muncipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) also reported a landslide a little past 8a.m. Sunday that partially destroyed a house in Brgy. Sumalsag Monday morning. The incident prompted pre-emptive evacuation of a total of 21 families in Brgy. Sumalsag and nearby Brgy. Patpat, also in Malitbog.

In Sumilao town, the LDRRMC also reported a landslide early morning in Damay, Brgy. San Vicente, along the Sayre Highway. But Barquez pointed out that the highway has been made passable as of 9:45a.m.

In various points, the water levels have increased by double as monitored by stream gauges under Project Noah of the Department of Science and Technology.

As of 10:40, am. today, water level rose from 1.22 meters of the same time yesterday to 2.35 meters today in Lumbayao Bridge over Pulangi River in Valencia City’s boundary with San Fernando town.

In downtown Valencia City, water rose from 10.33 meters to 13.11 meters in the same time frame as monitored from Valencia City Bridge near Brgy. Batangan.

In Malaybalay City, water level also increased from 0.83 meters at 10:50a.m. Sunday to 1.207 meters by 10:40a.m. Monday.
In Libona town, Bubunawan River, which flows into Cagayan de Oro, the water level increased from 4.7 meters to 6.2 meters in the same time frame.

In Baungon town, water level also increased in Kabula Bridge, also over Bubunawan River, from 45.75 meters to 47 meters as of 11a.m. Monday.

As of 1p.m. the PDRRMC is yet to receive reports from the other local DRRMCs from Malaybalay City and Bukidnon’s other towns.

The PDRRMC noted that they are on 24/7 alert status in the midst of tropical storm Seniang’s wrath in Mindanao. (Walter I. Balane/BukidnonNews.Net)