'Habagat' waves swamp houses in Misamis Oriental

Angelo Andrade, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 13 2018 12:01 AM

Huge waves hit several coastal areas in Misamis Oriental on Thursday morning, amid the rains brought by the southwest monsoon (habagat).

According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, some 20 houses were partially damaged by huge waves in Jasaan town while 24 houses were partially damaged, and a house was "totally damaged" in Initao town.

Around 22 families in Initao were evacuated to the Barangay Poblacion hall. 

A landslide also occured along the Upper Sta. Anna- Malitbog Road.

The whole province is now under code blue which means the command center is partially activated.

"Because of the weather condition we are preparing our responders," said Floy Francisco, local DRRM Officer 3 of Misamis Oriental.

PAGASA said the huge waves were not a "storm surge", as there is no typhoon inside Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

"Ang storm surge po ginagamit lang natin kung may bagyo at ngayon walang bagyo na nakaka-apekto sa Mindanao. Posibleng nataon lang sa high tide kaninang umaga at ang characteristic kasi ng habagat ay ang malakas na hangin dito sa western part kung saan bahagi ang Misamis Oriental," said Daizyree Baran, weather specialist of PAGASA El Salvador, Misamis Oriental.

PAGASA said the effects of habagat might last until Friday. 

The state weather bureau is also monitoring another low pressure area (LPA) outside PAR, which is expected to enter this weekend and will be named "Henry".