Green group bats for a streamlined flood warning system

AS LARGE areas of Metro Manila and parts of Luzon go under water due to the steady rains brought about by the low pressure area (LPA) over Batangas, Kalikasan Partylist highlights the need for typhoon and flood drills to be immediately done to ensure that the public is ready for these hazards.

“The haphazard suspension of classes this morning is just one symptom that warning systems are not fully operational when high-volume rainfall occurs despite the absence of typhoons”, said Frances Quimpo, Secretary-General of Kalikasan Partylist.

“We still have no rainfall alert nor flooding alert levels similar to typhoon signals that the public understands,” Quimpo pointed out.

“The national and city governments should also have a clear centralized source for official information in case of suspension of classes and work. Right now, parents and students have to scan multiple sources of radio stations, TV and the internet to verifyclass suspension in their areas,” lamented Quimpo.

“The release of water in dams should also be carefully done. Preparation of communities along the river downstream from the dam should be ready when dam managers release excess water from heavy rains”, Quimpo added.

“What we need is a flooding drill to be done before the heavy rains and typhoon comes to prevent the loss of lives and property. We only have to remember what happened during Ondoy and Pepeng to realize that preparing for floods are essential in a country like ours”, said Quimpo.

Kalikasan Partylist earlier urged the public to remember three major steps to prepare for the coming rains.

First, be aware of the risks and hazards in your local area. Second, inform your communities of these risks. These can take the form of discussions or a public map of the vulnerable areas in your vicinity.

Lastly, we call on the public to take to action to reduce flood risk that will involve your local barangays, businesses, homeowners and most especially the youth such as proper waste management and disposal.

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