November 25, 2009 – At least thirty seven (37) families living in flood prone areas in barangays Hubangon and San Roque were evacuated to municipal gym last night after heavy and continuous rains brought by Tropical Depression “Urduja” flooded communities in many parts of Camiguin and have rendered major roads impassable.
Before nightfall yesterday, Mayor Alex R. Jajalla convened the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council (MDCC) and ordered all Barangay Disaster Coordinating Councils (BDCCs) to be on heightened alert to monitor for possible flashfloods and landslides brought by the weather disturbance.
Rescue workers from the MDCC and Mahinog Response 143 have been dispatched since last night to see to it that threatened residents were evacuated to safe place.
The Tupsan Pequeno bridge was severely damaged after river water swelled and destroyed the bridge's approach rendering it impassable to four-wheel vehicles, the MDCC reported.
The detour bridge in barangay Hubangon was also wiped out by rampaging water prompting authorities to open the newly completed bridge on one lane for all types of vehicles.
Camiguin was placed under Public Storm Signal No. 1 yesterday as Urduja made landfall over Southern Leyte in the morning moving west northwest with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph but changed course in the afternoon towards the east at 40 kilometer east of Surigao City, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
12-hour rainfall amount reached 275.6 mm, according to the municipal rain gauge station.
By past 8:00 o'clock last night, residents heard "rumbling" sound of floodwater almost like that of Nanang that happened in November 6, 2001. Observers were to say later that the new river control had helped a lot in preventing the water from diverting to the populated area in barangay Hubangon.
Ferry trips from Camiguin to Balingoan and Bohol and vice versa yesterday were cancelled. Classes in all levels were also suspended.
This morning ferry trips went back to normal after Pag-asa lifted this morning storm signals in Camiguin. (Homer R. Jajalla – Mahinog Information Office)