Heavy rain halts classes in metro

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo

Classes in elementary and high school levels, both public and private, in Iloilo City were suspended by Mayor Jerry Treñas on Monday.

Treñas declared the suspension because of the heavy rainfall and flood experienced in some parts of the city.

“Given the available data sets from local Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and other related sites, we are             expecting moderate to heavy rainfall because of the cloud cluster from the south of Antique which may cause flooding. Given this, I am convinced that our pre-school children and elementary pupils, considered exposed and vulnerable population, should be protected from the possible effects of strong winds and heavy rainfall,” he said.

“The cancellation of classes seeks to ensure the safety of our children from possible flooding and from any sickness, injuries or accidents as a result thereof. Their general welfare is the topmost concern of the city government,” he added.

Meanwhile, he assured that the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office is continuously monitoring the weather conditions in the city.

He added that the response clusters are also on standby for any emergencies.

According to weather bureau PAG-ASA, cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will prevail over Visayas due to the Southwest Monsoon which was enhanced by Tropical Depression ‘Egay’.

At 2:00 p.m. on Monday, TD ‘Egay’ weakened into a Low Pressure Area (LPA).

PAG-ASA added that the weather disturbance may dissipate in the next 24 to 48 hours. (Photo Source: floodcontrol.asia)