Bad weather caused cancelation of Cebu Pacific, PAL flights in Butuan City

by Ben Serrano

January 31, 2011


            BUTUAN CITY (PNA) - As early as 7:15 a.m. January 31, 2011 morning, the Butuan Airport Control Tower of the Air Transportation Office (ATO) here has suspended its Visual Flight Operations due inclement weather, report from Office of the Civil Defense here said.


            Thus, two major airlines plying Butuan-Cebu-Manila air routes cancelled their flights from Butuan to Manila and Butuan to Cebu.


            Butuan Airport is operating three flights to and from Manila each day. Cebu Pacific has two flights while Philippine Airlines has one.


            Aside from Butuan City, air passengers also come from nearby provinces and cities like Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental which is near to Butuan and Surigao and Bislig Cities in Caraga region.


            Sea travels to Siargao island and Dinagat Islands in Surigao City were also suspended by authorities saying it is too risky due to presence of Low Pressure Area.


            Classes at all levels in Butuan City were also suspended as moderate to heavy downpour of rain continue since evening of January 30 to present as of this writing prompting local government of Butuan to raise alert level after water level of mighty Agusan River continue to rise at alarming level.


            Residents living near Agusan River banks expressed deep concern because of the presence of thousands of floating logs whose origins or where it come from were not yet established.


            They feared the floating logs as it will roll down the river if not properly tied up and attended to will destroy lives, houses and properties as it will be carried away uncontrolled by rampaging floodwaters.


            They asked where are the government agencies concerned ?


            In Agusan del Norte, flooding is reported in Sitio Kasilak, Barangay Tala-ao and Barangay 7 in the Municipality of Buenavista, the Office of the Civil Defense here reported


            As usual, Barangay Colorado in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte is already inundated by floodwaters. The long perennial woes of heavy river siltation of Colorado river already cost lives, crops and properties for decades now yet no action from concerned government agencies for nearly two decades now.


            In Surigao City, the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC) suspended classes in the elementary and high school levels in both public and private schools.


            In Surigao del Norte, PDRRMC raised Alert Level 3.  Classes in all levels are automatically suspended effective 2:00 PM today.  Forced evacuation to families living along flood prone and landslide areas have been implemented. 


Medical Teams and the Five Clusters were deployed to their respective areas of concern. 


            In Dinagat Islands, Alert Level 3 was raised.  Classes in all levels are suspended.  Forced evacuation is now going in Barangays. Jacquez, Wilson, Don Ruben, and Matingbe


            In Surigao del Sur, water level at Tago River is rising but not alarming as of this report.  Residents nearby the riverbanks were advised to take necessary precautions for possible flash flood.

            In Agusan del Sur, PDRRMC observed alarming rise of waters in major river systems of the province. The Province‚Äôs Search and Rescue Team (SARAS) is activated immediately and on stand by mode ready to response whatever on emergencies. (PNA/Ben Serrano)

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