Jun 062013
With heavy rain now affecting more parts of the country, the Philippine Coast Guard has mobilized its rescue units to respond quickly to flash floods and other emergencies.

Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo said rescue units are on alert particularly in Davao, eastern Visayas and Bicol, radio dzBB’s Carlo Mateo reported Thursday.

Balilo also said Coast Guard commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena will check the readiness of rescue teams’ equipment and personnel in the coming weeks.

Isorena’s order for rescue units came as state weather forecasters said the rainy season may start soon, especially with a potential cyclone approaching the Philippines. PAGASA had said the LPA may trigger the rainy season.

On Wednesday night, Balilo said the coast guard’s unit in Davao responded to the flash floods brought by heavy rain in Davao City.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Wednesday night’s floods caused heavy traffic in Davao City and rendered some roads impassable.

It added many families were preemptively evacuated from their homes due to the threat of floods. — DVM, GMA News

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