A teenager died of drowning in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, yesterday as heavy rains caused some river waters to swell and floods the many parts of the province, due to the southwest monsoon and typhoon Glenda.
The victim was identified as Rubie Amadera, 17, of Barangay Amio in Sta. Catalina town, Adrian Sedillo, of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said.
A report to the governor’s office said Amadera went swimming at the river in Amio yesterday morning when she, fell, and hit her head on a rock. Her body was found at around 9:15 a.m., he said.
The PDRRMC, meanwhile, inspected and monitored rivers and waterways, and checked on reports of flooding in some areas in the south as heavy rains continued without let-up.
Sedillo said a creek in Bonawon, Siaton town, had overflowed and subsided three times, and rendered impassable the temporary spillway there. The spillway is a detour due to an ongoing road project and construction of a bridge in Bonawon, after the old bridge was destroyed.
An initial check in the area revealed that overflowing of the spillway would have due to the size of the culverts used by the contractor, who told officials of PDRRMC they were just following the design of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Gov. Roel Degamo will meet with Angel Beltran, chief of the DPWH 3rd Engineering District Office, to discuss the problem. Phil South, the contractor of the Bonawon project, assured manpower and heavy equipment to assist in case of another overflow or flooding, and has coordinated already with municipal and barangay officials.
The PDRRMC monitoring also showed that the Siaton and Canaway rivers, both in the town, and waterways in Zamboanguita, have risen due to heavy rains, although no flooding had occurred.
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard has cancelled the departure of a 2GO ferry from the Dumaguete port to Manila due to “Glenda”.
Smaller crafts plying the Dumaguete route to Cebu, Siquijor and southern areas were still allowed to travel as of press time, while those plying the Guihulngan, Negros Oriental to Toledo, Cebu province have been cancelled.*JFP
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