Rescue workers on alert as rains batter Pangasinan

DAGUPAN CITY — The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) of Dagupan has been on standby since 10 a.m. Saturday as moderate to heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Odette continue to batter the city and Pangasinan province.

Dagupan Mayor Belen T. Fernandez ordered the CDRRMC to strictly monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate residents whose lives might be put at risk because of the storm.

A number of villages, especially those located near rivers, were placed briefly under water when tidal waters rose by 1.4 meter at 4:21 a.m. Saturday.

A rescue boat, dump trucks and equipment have been readied by the CDRRMC in case evacuation of affected residents is necessary.

Despite the rains, however, market vendors continued to peddle their wares at the Malimgas Public Market and other public and private markets in the city.

Meanwhile, the CDRRMC advised owners of fishing boats and small crafts not to venture yet into the Lingayen Gulf as strong to gale force winds prevail due to “Odette”.

The advisory, issued at 10 a.m. Saturday, stated that the sea is still rough to very rough with waves as high as 3.4 meters to 4.5 meters, which would be very dangerous for fishing boats and small crafts. PNA-northboundasia.com