By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
A total of 318 individuals from 12 barangays in Negros Occidental were evacuated following torrential rains experienced in the province last Tuesday brought by Tropical Storm “Jolina.”
Isagani Republic, resident weather forecaster for the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD), said the evacuated individuals consisted of 71 families who were brought to different evacuation centers.
Seventeen of the families are from Barangay Robles in the town of La Castellana, while others came from different barangays from the towns of Pontevedra, Isabela and Don Salvador Benedicto.
Damage assessment of the flooding that took place in the town of La Castellana revealed two homes destroyed and 16 partially damaged.
A river wall in the town was also reported to have been damaged.
Another report also came in from the town of Hinigaran revealing two narra trees fell down and at least one house was damaged.
Meanwhile, as of yesterday morning, there were no more stranded passengers in the cities of Sagay and Escalante bound for the towns of Tabuelan and Tuburan in Cebu after the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) was lifted during the 8:00 p.m. weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday.
Captain Ludovico Librilla, station commander of the Philippine Coast Guard in Negros Occidental and deputy commander of the Coast Guard District in Western Visayas, issued the lifting of the travel suspension around 4:00 a.m. yesterday.
Overall, prior to the lifting of the travel suspension, at least 136 passengers and 92 rolling cargoes were stranded at the Feeder Port of Sagay City and the Danao and Barcelona ports in Escalante City.
The PDMPD is currently still collating the total damages to the province’s infrastructure and agriculture caused by the storm’s torrential rains./DGB, WDJ