Bayawan City, Negros Oriental flooded; landslides reported-A A +A
Sunday, October 6, 2013
DUMAGUETE CITY (Updated, 2:15 p.m.) -- Two of the largest rivers in Bayawan City in Negros Oriental have overflowed due to more than 12-hour of uninterrupted heavy rains, causing landslides in several areas and residents from at least 13 barangays to evacuate.
Adrian Sedillo of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said heavy rains in Negros Oriental caused major rivers to rise at critical levels. The subjects of close monitoring are the Canaway and Siaton Rivers.
Local DRRMC teams have been dispatched to monitor the situation and the water levels of various rivers and also alerted residents at risk.
As of this posting Sunday, government and non-government agencies are conducting search and rescue operations in Bayawan City, where some areas are already flooded with knee-deep up to waist high water levels, said officer in charge Provincial Police Director Superintendent Alet Virtucio.
"So far, no casualty has been reported although an undetermined number of residents have already evacuated to the basketball court at the city hall," he said.
Landslides have been reported in the barangays of Villareal and Pagatban in Bayawan City.
Two other landslides in the adjacent town of Sta. Catalina, specifically in Baranga Alangilan, were also cleared by bulldozers and payloaders from the Department of Public Works and Highways and from local government after it rendered the national highway impassable Saturday evening.
Several people and vehicles were stranded for hours until the clearing operations started in the evening.
Initial reports said flooded areas in Bayawan are all poblacion barangays of Suba, Banga, Villareal, Pagatban, and Maninihon with knee-deep and in some areas even higher waters.
Virtucio said some residents were reported to be on the roofs or on the second floor of their homes. A lone rubber boat has been rescuing people in the areas.
Sedillo said Governor Roel Degamo has sent an engineering team on Sunday to help in the clearing operations at the landslide area along the national highway in Barangay Alangilan, Sta. Catalina.
In Barangay Nagbalaye, Sta. Catalina, vehicles were stranded because of fallen trees blocking the road. Loader and other equipment and pruning team of Bayawan went to the area for clearing.
The Philippine Army has also sent two trucks and two squads from the 79th Infantry Battalion to help in rescue operations in Bayawan City, said Brig. Gen. Francisco Patrimonio, commander of the 302nd Infantry Brigade.
Meanwhile, the spillways in Malaunay and Ticala in Valencia town were also rendered impassable after the Okoy River water rose due to continuous rains.
People along the river banks in Valencia and Dumaguete City have been alerted and local government units are on standby for possible preemptive evacuation.
Many parts of Negros Oriental have been inundated in the past three days following continuous and steady downpour. (PNA/Sunnex)