PAGASA raises “Code Red” over Northern Mindanao

Weather officials raised the “Code Red” in Northern Mindanao, including the province of Misamis Oriental and the city of Cagayan De Oro Saturday afternoon as heavy rains continuous to batter the region.

Luz Mercado of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAG-ASA) based in Misamis Oriental, said that “Code Red” means that force evacuation could be employed among residents along the river channels due to rising flood water.

Supt. Surki Serenas, spokesperson of the police regional command, said that about 1,000 police personnel from the police regional headquarters here were deployed Saturday afternoon to augment the disaster officials.

He said that the police contingent and four six by six trucks were deployed in Misamis Oriental and the city to assist in the evacuation of flood victims and stranded residents.

In Misamis Oriental, more than 600 families in the town of Medina and the component city of Gingoog had been evacuated to safer grounds, provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano said.

He said that the provincial social welfare and development had also prepared food packs and relief goods for the flood-stricken residents in Misamis Oriental.

In Cagayan De Oro City, the military has also deployed army personnel to assist the city’s disaster officials in the evacuation of residents and in the distribution of relief goods to flood victims.

So far, the disaster officials in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan De Oro City reported no casualties here.