1 dead, 15,900 families affected by flooding in Negros Occidental

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 4, 2021   •   880

MANILA, Philippines — At least one person died and over 15,000 families were affected and after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in Negros Occidental last Friday (January 1).

According to the latest report of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division, 15,900 families from the cities of Victorias, Silay, Talisay, EB Magalona were affected after heavy rainfall.

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man was found dead in Barangay 6-A in Victorias City.

A total of 424 houses were damaged; 351 of which were totally damaged, while 73 were only partially damaged.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other various rescue groups immediately responded to the situation. The local government also provided relief goods to the families affected by the flood.

Meanwhile, all roads are now passable and water and power supply in the affected areas have been restored. AAC (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

Garbage still main cause of flooding in NCR — MMDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Garbage is still the main cause of flooding in the National Capital Region (NCR), according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. reported there are low areas in the NCR that are prone to flooding but other areas have clogged drainages due to wastes.

He also said that the MMDA is repairing and declogging the pumping stations for the flood water to go to Pasig River.

Sa ngayon ay ginagawa natin ang mga pumping station para i-pump out ang mga tubig na bumabaha. Pero paano mo ipa-pump out kung talagang heavy ang siltation, barado dahil sa basura” he said.

(Presently, we are repairing the pumping stations to pump out the floodwater. But how will you pump it out if there is heavy siltation and it’s clogged due to the garbage.)

In San Andres Pumping Station, around 8 to 10 cubic meters of garbage are collected per day during the rainy season.

The MMDA reminds the public to avoid throwing garbage on the streets. -AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.) 

PCG rescues stranded residents amid heavy flooding in Palawan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 16, 2021

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) assisted in the rescue of 50 residents in El Nido, Palawan amid flooding.

Barangay Manlag, El Nido, Palawan was submerged in floodwater, following torrential rainfall that started at around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday (July 15). The PCG rescued a total of 50 residents, including two infants.

PCG District Palawan Commander, Commodore Genito Basilio said he immediately deployed personnel and assets to assist the local government units of El Nido and other concerned government agencies in ensuring the safety of affected residents.

“Despite our pressing mandate and firm commitment to ensure maritime security and maritime safety in the West Philippine Sea and the Kalayaan Island Group, rest assured the PCG District Palawan and Coast Guard vessels under the Task Force Pagsasanay will always be there to render humanitarian assistance to the people of Palawan,” he said.

The PCG also dispatched personnel to assist rescue and evacuation efforts in Barangay Pasadeña, Barangay Barotuan, and Barangay Libertad. It also assisted a motorbanca who experienced engine trouble during the heavy rainfall.

As of July 16, majority of the rescued residents were able to return to their homes after floodwater subsided in El Nido. AAC

Halos 1,600 pamilya sa Zamboanga City, inilikas dahil sa baha

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2020

Aabot sa 1,597 pamilya ang inilikas sa Zamboanga City dahil sa baha sa ilang bahagi ng lungsod bunsod ng mga pag-ulan.

Mahigit 1,000 sa mga ito ay mula sa Barangay Vitali, mahigit 300 mula sa Barangay Talisaya, 45 mula sa Barangay Labuan habang 12 naman ang mula sa Barangay Mangusu.

Sa ulat ng City Social Welfare and Development Office, halos 30 bahay ang napinsala dahil naman sa lakas ng hangin.

Aabot naman sa 16 na ektarya ng palayan ang napinsala dahil sa masamang lagay ng panahon.

Ayon sa Zamboanga City government, patuloy na silang nagsasagawa ng relief operation at emergency response upang tulungan ang mga residenteng naapektuhan ng baha.

Naka-antabay na rin ang mga otoridad sa posible pang paglilikas ng ibang residente sa gitna ng mga pag-ulan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Val Villaflor)

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