Old aca­cia fell, but Cebu City oth­er­wise spared

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De­spite last Tues­day’s bad weather, there were no re­ports of ca­su­al­ties, land­slides or floods in Cebu City, an of­fi­cial said.

Nagiel Baña­cia, chief of the City Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment Of­fice, said that ex­cept for a cen­tury-old aca­cia tree that was up­rooted by strong winds brought about by trop­i­cal de­pres­sion Basyang, there were no re­ports of dam­age in the city. The tree was lo­cated out­side the Sa­cred Heart Cen­ter on D. Jakos­alem St.

“We have zero in­ci­dent and we have no prob­lem so far,” he told re­porters.

In the moun­tain barangays, Baña­cia said, there was no re­port of swollen rivers or land­slides as well.

Mean­while, Mayor To­mas Os­meña de­fended his ini­tial de­ci­sion to push through with classes last Tues­day de­spite the bad weather. “I have been very re­luc­tant to even call a pub­lic hol­i­day even with the typhoon sig­nal be­cause to me, a typhoon is not a threat. It’s only a threat when the winds are go­ing over 100 kilo­me­ters per hour,” he said.

The mayor, though, clar­i­fied that what prompted him to even­tu­ally sus­pend classes in all lev­els last Tues­day af­ter­noon was the warn­ing of a pos­si­ble heavy down­pour.

How­ever, some pri­vate schools re­port­edly con­tin­ued hold­ing classes de­spite Os­meña’s dec­la­ra­tion.

“Will I do some­thing against them (schools)? No, I will not. But, if there had been a loss of lives dur­ing heavy rain, they would have been crim­i­nally li­able be­cause I gave a warn­ing. Maayo na lang (It’s a good thing) noth­ing hap­pened,” he said. /

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