THE City Government of Bacolod will allocate P3.5 million to assist local government units (LGUs) in Negros Occidental affected by heavy rains recently.
This was stressed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia after flash floods earlier hit the Third District and other northern Negros areas.
Leonardia said the Cities of Talisay, Silay and Victorias will get P1 million each while the municipality of E.B Magalona will get P500,000.
“I commend the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, in a meeting presided over by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and Executive Assistant Joemarie Vargas, for the quick response and approval of my request for assistance to our neighbors who recently experienced heavy flooding,” he said.
The documents will be forwarded to the City Council for the ratification of the mayor’s request.
On January 8 and 9, a second wave of flash floods hit the Third District and other northern Negros areas that resulted in two casualties.
The flash floods triggered by hours of moderate to heavy rains brought by the tail end of a frontal system forced thousands of residents in the Cities of Talisay, Silay, Victorias, and the town of E.B. Magalona to return to evacuation centers as floodwaters reached neck-high in some barangays in the district.
Talisay City reported 2,964 families, comprising 13,588 persons from 16 barangays, were affected by the massive flooding. It also totally damaged 13 houses while partially damaged 50 others, a report from the city government showed.
In Silay City, 2,402 persons (600 families) were affected by the floods, of which 1,941 (591 families) were evacuated. The floods also destroyed six houses and passageways and damaged 14 other houses in 19 barangays affected, while the Matigay and Matigoy rivers overflowed.
In Victorias City, 1,197 families with 5,985 members had evacuated as the Malogo River overflowed, hitting the relocation site. At least three villages in E.B. Magalona were flooded and several residents were also brought to the town's evacuation centers.