A heightened alert has been raised over the Bacong River in Culasi town, Antique province due to its rising water level following days of heavy rainfall.
Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Broderick Train, in an interview on Tuesday, said he advised the municipal disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) officer of Culasi to raise the alert level to be able to make the necessary preparations in case the river overflows.
“With the alert level raised, the members of the municipal DRRM council are informed to be on standby and also the barangay chairpersons,” he said.
Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao earlier said a PHP200-million mega dike will soon be constructed at the Bacong River because the old dam already has a crack that frequently causes flooding in the town.
The Department of Public Works and Highways project will reinforce the 50-year-old dam.
Train said they have advised small fishermen to heed the advisory of the Philippine Coast Guard to refrain from going out to sea due to the bad weather.
“We are just appealing to the public to be extra cautious,” Train said. (PNA)
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