CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines – Several villages in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) were flooded after strong rains on Monday night, forcing its residents to flee their homes.
The heavy rains were reportedly due to the approaching tropical storm “Chedeng,” which entered the Philippines’ area of responsibility on Monday.
Barangay Isla Delta, Kala-kala and Isla de Oro were swamped with flood water.
Barangay 15 in Cagayan de Oro was also submerged in waist-deep water, forcing several families to evacuate their homes and take camp at the Barangay Hall.
Barangay 15 chief guard Rodolfo Alota said the water has since subsided but precautionary measures are still being taken in preparation for Chedeng.
Villages in Cagayan de Oro are preparing life jackets, ropes, and flotation devices in anticipation of more floods in the next few days.
The state weather bureau has raised public storm warning signal No. 1 over Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar on Tuesday, as Chedeng intensifies as it moved westward.
Chedeng packs maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical, and Services Administration (PAGASA) said. -- Report from PJ dela Pena, ABS-CBN Cagayan