'Gorio' triggers flooding in Agusan rice fields

From a report by Charmane Awitan, ABS-CBN News Butuan

Posted at Jun 28 2013 09:01 PM | Updated as of Jun 29 2013 05:44 AM

BUTUAN – Heavy rains pounded Caraga region Friday, triggering floods.

Caraga comprises the cities of Butuan, Surigao, Bislig, Tandag, Cabadbaran, and Bayugan, and the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat Islands.

The floods in Butuan prompted the suspension of classes both in elementary and high school levels.

“We have declared suspension of classes in elementary and high school both public and private effective kanina mga 12 noon," said acting Butuan Mayor Lawrence Fortun.

In Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, rice fields were also submerged.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) is closely monitoring the weather and the water levels in different barangays.

CDRRMC officer Grace Espere said they have equipment and personnel on standby ready to respond even in far-flung areas.

Eighty-six barangays in Butuan also have a contingency plan in place in case the rains continue and the floodwaters rise further.

People living in low-lying areas have already been advised to be on alert.