4 areas flooded; 1 killed in storm

By Claudine C. Dumalag

MORE than 5,000 families were evacuated and one person died Friday due to a heavy downpour, inundating critical areas of two cities and other towns in southern Negros Occidental.

The local government of Sipalay had to be declared under a state of calamity due to flooding brought about by tropical storm "Ursula", which as of presstime, weakened into a low pressure.

In Sipalay, about 176 hectares of farmland were destroyed including 66.8 hectares of rice plantation. Estimated damage as of Friday was more than P600,000.

Affected villages in Sipalay are Barangays 1, 2, 3, 5, Gil Montilla, Nauhang, Mamboroto, and Cabadiangan. More than 11,000 individuals had to leave their homes.

In Ilog, nine barangays were affected by flooding. These are barangays 1, 2, Andulawan, Manalad, Delecioso, Dancalan, Calubang, Consuelo and Vista Alegre. More than 3,489 families or 20,934 persons were evacuated.

Moreover, reports from the Provincial Disaster Management Team (PDMT) disclosed that as of presstime, three houses were destroyed while one person was confirmed dead.

In Kabankalan City, the six flood-affected villages are Barangays Hilamunan, 6, 1, 9, 8 and Talubangi.

More than 200 families or 1,133 persons were evacuated to the Esteban R. Abada Memorial School.

Last Friday, Gov. Joseph Maraņon conducted an ocular inspection in five towns and cities affected by flashfloods and landslides in southern Negros.

Maraņon ordered all rescue units in the province to be on 24-hour alert, as heavy rains will continue to affect the southern part of the province.

Maraņon, along with Vice Gov. Isidro Zayco, distributed food and relief goods to the evacuees in Kabankalan, Sipalay, Candoni, Cauayan and Ilog.

Moreover, the PDMT said that the overflow located in Barangays Banga and Agboy in Cauayan are impassable since the Thursday night.

On the other hand, Joel Legaspi, executive assistant and head of the Bacolod Rescue Unit, said all areas in Bacolod City are still passable and were not affected by major flooding.

26/10/2003

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