Floods, landslide hit Sipalay; 149 residents evacuated

HEAVY rains in Negros Occidental triggered by low pressure area have caused flooding and landslide in portions of Sipalay City Friday, September 22.

A three-foot high flood hit Cartagena Village, causing some 36 families to evacuate.

A total of 149 individuals were temporarily sheltered at the church and elementary school of the said village.

Severo Hablado, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), said the water started to rise at noon.

Hablado said the flood reached the highway, making it impassable for almost three hours.

Some vehicles, particularly buses, diverted to other routes like via Candoni going to Bacolod City.

"An ambulance going to Bacolod City was among the vehicles stranded due to the flood. The patient was instead brought back to the infirmary facility in Sipalay," he added.

A waist-deep flood and landslide also hit a portion of the road in Barangay 4 of the southern Negros city at about 2 p.m.

The road also became impassable for about three hours as some trees were toppled down.

A 40-year-old male resident reportedly sustained minor injuries after slipping while clearing his backyard.

Residents along with personnel of CDRRMO helped in the clearing operations.

Hablado said they are now conducting close monitoring especially among areas that are prone to floods and landslides.

Residents, especially those near the riverbanks and low-lying areas, were also advised to be vigilant.

"They are urged to be ready for possible evacuation the moment water starts to rise or movements on the ground are observed," Hablado added.
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