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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Heavy rains displace families, suspend sea travel in NegOcc

THIRTY-FIVE families in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental were displaced due to heavy rains Monday.

Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, head of Provincial Disaster Management Program Division, said the families left their homes after the heavy downpour threatened the coastal area in Barangay Tiglawan.

He said the affected individuals took temporary shelter at Paniqui-on Elementary School.

Some families in Sagay City also evacuated due to heavy rains, Caelian said.

He said that local disaster offices were advised to closely monitor the weather condition and implement a preemptive evacuation if necessary.

A yellow heavy rainfall warning was issued for Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, and Negros provinces as of 8 p.m. Monday by state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomic Services Administration (Pagasa).

The warning means that low-lying areas are threatened by flooding and mountainous areas by landslides.

The low pressure area also brought light to moderate with occasional heavy rains in Iloilo, Guimaras, Antique and Negros Occidental.

Sea trips suspended

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Bacolod City has cancelled trips of all small vessels in Negros Occidental Monday due to the gale warning issued by Pagasa.

Lieutenant Senior Grade Jimmy Oliver Vingno, head of Coast Guard Station-Bacolod, said they have suspended trips for small vessels and motorbancas below 250 gross tonnage.

He added the suspension order was issued at 6 a.m.

Affected sea trips were fastcrafts bound for Iloilo City from Bacolod City and small vessels plying various ports in the province.

Palabrica said 40 passengers were stranded at San Carlos City due to cancellation of trips.

He said the suspension of sea travel will continue until the weather bureau lifts the gale warning.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts were also advised not to venture out to the sea.
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