'Pedring' floods 3 villages

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

TYPHOON Pedring poured heavy and continuous rains in Bacolod City that triggered flooding in Barangay 3, 4, 6 and Reclamation Area Tuesday afternoon.

Jomarie Vargas, head of the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and Patrol 117, said three barangays were flooded with a one-foot rise in water level but no evacuation has been done yet.

The barangays were placed on alert 2, which means they will be monitored 24/7.


Vargas urged those living in danger zones and coastal areas to be vigilant and be ready to evacuate in case of rise in water level.

BACOLOD. Despite the flood, children play and have fun, living up to the wordings of the welcome signage at Barangay 3, Bacolod City: "Barangay 3 celebrates life." (Carla N. Cañet)

The Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD) is also monitoring the situation and preparing for food assistance.

The Reclamation Area, particularly at the back of SM City and Pope John Paul II Tower, was also flooded.

"Pedring" also left three families in southern Negros homeless.

Based on the report of the Provincial Disaster Management Program (PDMP), a house was totally damaged in Purok Unity, Barangay San Juan Pontevedra.

Two other houses were partially damaged in Purok Checherika, also in Barangay San Juan Pontevedra, and another in Barangay 3, Himamaylan City, on Tuesday.

Benjie Ballesteros of PDMP said the house in Himamaylan was damaged after a mango tree and a coconut tree fell on the roof of the house of the Nombre family.

Ballesteros, however, said inclement weather may today.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Airlines suspended Manila-Bacolod flights from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. But classes still continue in all public and private schools in the city.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 28, 2011.

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