BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Floodwaters submerged 14 barangays in Bacolod City Saturday night, affecting 774 individuals who had to flee their homes for safety.
Affected areas were barangays 3,4,6, Montevista, Pahanocoy, Vista Alegre, Banago, Taculing, Mansilingan, Bata, Mandalagan, Sum-ag, Tangub, and Alijis, executive assistant Joemarie Vargas, who is also the cluster head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said.
In Brgy. Sum-ag, Captain Rodney Carmona reported that 66 individuals, including 35 minors, were rescued and evacuated to the barangay covered court when floodwater rose in the area.
Vargas said a concrete wall in Brgy. Alijis collapsed on a house and left several individuals injured, while 18 residents living under a bridge in Brgy. Montevista and six residents of Florenceville in Brgy. Pahanocoy were rescued.
As of yesterday, most of the evacuated residents had returned to their homes, Vargas also said.
A stranded commuter told the DAILY STAR that vehicles were stalled at the flyover area in Brgy. Bata because of deep floodwaters.
A similar situation happened at the intersection of Araneta Highway and the Barangay Road in Pahanocoy where small and light vehicles failed to traverse the street due to knee-high floodwaters.
Stranded motorists decided to reroute at Bangga Cegasco but the water in the area, especially along the road going to Barangay Handumanan, was already at chest level.
The bad weather on Saturday was brought by a thunderstorm and the downpour was equivalent to two to three days of normal rainfall. The CDRRMO said it will re-assess its flood-control program and will meet with the Department of Public Works and Highways, considering that floods hit most of the national roads.*