Many areas in the province of Negros Occidental have been flooded due to the incessant heavy rains since Friday.
“May mga cities and municipalities po tayo kaninang affected na ng flooding because of torrential rains and light to moderate to heavy to sometimes severe rains dito sa ating area sa province ng Negros Occidental,” said Zeaphard Caelian, head od Disaster Management Program Division of the province.
(We have cities and municipalities already affected by the flooding because of torrential rains and light to moderate to heavy to sometimes severe rains here in our area in the province of Negros Occidental.)
In an interview with TeleRadyo Saturday morning, Caelian said the areas affected by the floods were Talisay, Silay, EB Magalona, Victorias, Cadiz, Sagay and Escalante.
“Mostly sa Northern Negros ‘yung ating flooding incident,” he said.
(The flooding incident is mostly in Northern Negros.)
Thousands of people were also evacuated to evacuation centers.
“’Yung continuous rains talaga ang isang factor, plus marami rin kaming nakitang obstruction sa ating mga river system like mga garbage, siltation ng river banks and river system nakapag-contribute sa taas ng tubig sa ating area,” he explained.
Negros Occidental flooded due to non-stop rains
(Continuous rains are really a factor, plus we also saw a lot of obstruction in our river systems like garbage, siltation of river banks, and river system. They have contributed to the high water level in our area.)
According to a partial report from Victorias, 1,089 families were evacuated due to the floods.
In Talisay, more than 200 families were in evacuation centers, while 295 families from 19 barangays were also evacuated in Silay City.
Caelian added that some families have returned to their homes after the floods subsided.
“Majority nag-recede na baha pero meron pang ibang areas na lagpas tao pa rin ang baha, may operations pa rin,” he said.
Philippine Coast Guard personnel also assisted in rescue operations for residents trapped in the floods in Talisay.
Local governments said they would be supporting their residents affected by the floods.