‘Falcon’ rains flood Boracay

Published July 17, 2019, 10:22 AM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Tara Yap 

ILOILO CITY — Intermittent rainfall from tropical storm Falcon has flooded anew world-famous Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province.

Rain water is seen to flood the road along a popular market at world-famous Boracay Island.  (Rhinna Palmer photo/MANILA BULLETIN)
Rain water is seen to flood the road along a popular market at world-famous Boracay Island. (Rhinna Palmer photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

Boracay business owners and residents posted pictures and videos on social media sites to express frustration over the recurring problem.

Rhinna Palmer posted a 10-minute video of her traversing flooded waters Tuesday along the main road of the resort island. She said she left her motorcycle and decided to walk. She passed by a truck that was stuck along the road with three-feet of flooded water.

“I forgot to bring my jetski and kayak,” Palmer said in jest.

Flooding is nothing new to Boracay. It occurs annually even when there is no rain. Authorities later attributed this problem to illegal connections of some resorts and hotels of its sewage waste to the drainage system, which is only supposed to hold rainwater.

The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), an attached agency of Department of Tourism (DOT), earlier assured to finish the second phase of the Boracay Drainage Project during the third quarter of the year. TIEZA also wants to fast track the P1.1-billion project from seven years to three years.

 
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