By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The city government of Silay in Negros Occidental yesterday reported extensive damage to its infrastructures due to last week’s flooding.
Silay City Mayor Mark Golez said at least nine bridges in the city were damaged.
Among the bridges that are currently not passable to road traffic are the one in Hacienda Mariano in Barangay Bagtic and the bridge in Hacienda Bagatay in Barangay Guimbalaon because of the landslide in the area.
Data released by the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD) also showed that 136 houses in the city were destroyed, and 119 others were damaged.
Heavy rains in the area have also caused the ground to become soft, causing a house to collapse in the city’s Barangay Guimbalaon which claimed the life of one resident.
As of yesterday, PDMPD said a total of 9,015 families or 28,785 individuals were affected by last week’s flooding, of which 813 still remain in the evacuation centers.
Golez added that he will convene the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in order to further assess the damages in the city./DGB, WDJ