Floods displace over 200 families in NegOcc

RESCUE. Rescuers assist residents of Sitio Aslum, Barangay Marina in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental after the area was flooded due to heavy rains on Monday (Oct. 26, 2020). The operation took three hours until 1:30 p.m. amid a strong current. (Photo courtesy of Binalbagan DRRMO)

BACOLOD CITY – More than 200 families have been displaced by floods in various parts of Negros Occidental following torrential rains brought by Typhoon Quinta on Sunday and Monday.


A situationer report of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD) showed the flooding mostly occurred in the southern part of the province.


In Isabela town, some 118 families, including 457 individuals, in Barangays 5, Maytubig, and Rumirang were evacuated as rain waters rose on Sunday.


On Monday, disaster personnel in neighboring Binalbagan town rescued 56 persons, including a three-week-old baby, in the flooded Sitio Aslum, Barangay Marina. 


The operation took three hours until 1:30 p.m. as strong current prevented the speedboat from entering the area, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said.


In nearby Moises Padilla, 46 families from Barangay 1 Población sought shelter in the municipal auditorium while a one-year-and-three-month old baby drowned in a creek in Sitio Barrio Daan, Barangay Guinpana-an on Sunday.


Still down south, 50 families in three villages of Hinoba-an town were evacuated to their respective barangay halls and covered court. 


Affected were 30 families in Talacagay, 15 in I Poblacion, and five in Bulwangan.


Flash floods also damaged three bridges in Hinobaan and neighboring Sipalay City, while a landslide was reported in Barangay San Jose, Sipalay.


In Talisay City, north of here, flooding also occurred in some low-lying barangays on Saturday. (PNA)