Continuous rains triggered flooding in EB Magalona town in Negros Occidental yesterday affecting 4,714 families or about 18,856 individuals in nine barangays, Mayor David Albert Lacson said.
Lacson said the EB Magalona municipal government and the Office of Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) were providing food and evacuation assistance to those affected.
The barangays hit by flooding were Tabigue – 900, Damgo – 605, San Jose – 568, Poblacion 2 – 566, Sto. Niño – 500, Poblacion 3 – 528, Pasil – 700, Latasan – 127 and Barangay 1 – 220.
Twelve families consisting of 30 persons from Tabigue, where water was waist high, evacuated to the municipal gym last night. Water also overflowed on to the highway in the barangay prompting the municipal government to limit traffic flow to only one lane.
The disaster team of the town and police were on alert for evacuation and rescue operations, he added.
The flooding was caused by continued rains from 6 a.m. to noon, and intermittent rains in the afternoon. The mayor attributed the flooding to continuous timber poaching in the hinterlands, adding that reforestation efforts are being undertaken in the town.
He said 13,000 tree seedlings were recently planted in Sitio Ronel, Barangay San Isidro in EB Magalona as part of his town’s contribution to the national greening program of the president.*CPG