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Flash flood can happen anywhere including Zamboanga City


With the unpredictable weather condition brought about by global warming and climate change, sudden violent floods are expected to happen in any part of the country after a longer period of heavy rain.

The incidents in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities of heavy floodings in the evening of December 16, 2011 that resulted to the casualties of more than 700 in Cagayan de Oro City and more than 300 in Iligan City were anticipated several years ago but due to complacency, it was ignored.

The cutting down of trees in the mountains caused the free flow of water down the river stream to lower areas without obstruction. Worse, floating logs and debris slamped houses to total destruction.

The lower areas along river banks in Pasonanca, Sta. Maria, Tumaga, Guiwan, Tetuan, Tugbungan, Boalan, Talon-talon, Mampang and Arena Blanco are disaster-prone areas in case of continuous heavy rain for several hours beyond normal situation, with similar situation in the East and West Coast areas.

Long term measure that could block strong current with floating logs is planting of trees in rows at river banks to neutralize the effects of flash floods and would benefit future generations.

There is no substitute to anticipatory measures to be undertaken as early as possible. Incumbent local officials should look into these anticipated problems.

By Rex Miravite

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