No classes in Cebu tomorrow, January 17

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CLOGGED CATCH BASIN. Members of the Argao Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office clear a tree trunk that clogged a catch basin, causing water to overflow and flood the national highway. (Photo from Argao MDRRMO Facebook page)

The Cebu Provincial Government has declared no classes tomorrow, January 17, in both elementary and high school in the entire Cebu province. The suspension is in anticipation of heavy rainfall. Capitol asked private schools to make “precautionary announcement.”

Mayor Luigi Quisumbing also announced suspension of classes in elementary and high school in both public and private schools in Mandaue. In Lapu-Lapu, Mayor Paz Radaza ordered the suspension of classes in all public elementary and high schools and left it to administrators to decide on class suspensions for private schools. There is no word yet whether Cebu City will also suspend classes.

Heavy rains in Cebu caused widespread flooding in many parts of Metro Cebu and the rest of the province earlier today.

In Naga City in southern Cebu, a 4-year-old girl drowned when she was swept along with her mother by floodwaters. The girl was identified as Aileen Rose Paquit. She was sleeping with her mother when their shanty was swept away by flashflood. Her mother survived.

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