Heavy rains trigger floods, landslide

HEAVY downpour since Thursday night triggered floods and landslide in some localities in northern Negros Occidental.

More than 3,000 families were affected in Victorias City and about 80 in Talisay City.

A landslide was reported in Silay City.

In Victorias, Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca ordered the suspension of classes in all levels as waters rose in 17 of the city’s 26 villages.

Palanca convened the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and various stakeholders to prepare the residents for evacuation.

The mayor also directed residents in low-lying areas and danger zones to evacuate.

City Disaster Risk Reduction Officer Rodolfo Reiterado said the heavy rains caused neck-deep floods in some villages, which prompted more than 1,400 families to evacuate.

The affected families took a respite in the village halls and schools, he added.

He said about 3,000 families, or 18,000 individuals, were affected by the floods. It also destroyed three houses.

Some of the families returned to their homes as the flood waters subsided.

He said the City Government extended assistance to the affected families while assessment of the damage is ongoing.

In Talisay, 78 families were affected by the floods early Friday. It also damaged a house in Barangay Zone 12.

Water level went up in Matab-ang Bridge and Minulu-an Bridge which caused flooding.

The heavy downpour also caused a landslide in Hacienda Hilado in Barangay Guimbala-on, Silay City.

Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, head of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division, said the affected area in Silay was rendered impassable early Friday.

Citing the report of the local disaster office, he said “the length of the eroded soil covered approximately two dump trucks long with levels reaching from the knees up to the chest area in height. The eroded soil is composed of fine volcanic and sticky mud along with small trees and vegetation.”

He added that the eroded soil was already cleared in the afternoon.

Caelian said the heavy downpour was caused by the northeast monsoon affecting northern and central Luzon and tail end of cold front affecting eastern section of southern Luzon.

He said his office continues to monitor the situation.
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