Floods, landslides in Bicol caused by day-long rains force evacuation of 300 families | BICOL TODAY

Floods, landslides in Bicol caused by day-long rains force evacuation of 300 families

Photo courtesy of Lagonoy MPS CSPPO

By Juan Escandor, Jr, and Mar Serrano

NAGA CITY, 12Jan2018 — Heavy rains and thunderstorms spawned by the tail-end of a cold front prevailing since Thursday have caused flooding incidents and landslide, resulting in an evacuation of some 300 families and injuries to three persons in various parts of Bicol region, early Friday.

Naga City Mayor John Bongat said continuous heavy downpour since Thursday night has caused inundation in 70 percent of the city.

He said the most affected village is Calauag, where floodwaters reached waist-deep levels and the evacuation of elderly, children, pregnant women, and persons with disability have been undertaken by the city government.

Bongat said a total of 300 families were safely transferred to the city’s evacuation center.

The mayor also issued an advisory suspending class in all levels of public and private schools.

In the neighboring town of Magarao, floodwaters submerged several houses in the village of Sta. Lucia where a road-widening project is ongoing.

Magarao Mayor Philip Salvador Señar said they will send the Department of Public Works and Highways a formal letter of complaint from the residents on the obstruction of the flow of the floodwaters caused by materials used in the road-widening project.

He said so far, there were only three families who asked to be rescued from the floods.

Señar said 14 out of the 15 villages in his town are located in low-lying areas but as of Friday morning, only four villages reported flooding.

Rebecca Roces, DPWH district engineer of the second district of Camarines Sur, said she has already deployed personnel to inspect the situation of the road-widening project in Sta. Lucia.

She said she will order the contractor to remove obstructions in the waterways if there are any.

Meanwhile, three persons were hurt when a truck they were riding was hit by a landslide Friday morning at the Circumferential Road in Barangay Sagrada in Viga, Catanduanes, a report reaching the Philippine National Police (PNP) said today.

Senior Inspector Maria Luisa Calubaquib, PNP Bicol spokesperson, said a huge volume of soil and rocks cascaded down from a mountain slope near a Smart cell site, hitting an Elf truck cruising the highway in said village.

On board, the truck (RNJ 213) was driver Gerald Tabor, 39, and helpers Jesus Olat, 52 and Alvin Oboso, 39, all residents of Viga town.

Calubaquib said the landslide dragged the truck into the adjoining river, forcing the driver and his companions to swim toward the riverbank.

The three sustained multiple injuries and were rushed to the Viga District Hospital for treatment. (With report from Connie Destura/PNA)

Photo courtesy of Lagonoy MPS CSPPO

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