687 persons evacuated in Negros Occidental due to ‘Quinta’

Published October 26, 2020, 1:28 PM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – About 687 individuals, or 96 families, in four areas in Negros Occidental were evacuated Sunday night due to flooding and landslide brought about by typhoon Quinta.

Flooding hit some villages in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental due to Typhoon “Quinta.” (Photo courtesy of Councilor Jason Tupas)

In Hinoba-an town, 15 families from Barangay 1 Poblacion, five others from Barangay Bulwangan, and 30 from Barangay Talacagay were temporarily sheltered in their respective barangay halls and covered courts.

The Municipal Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) reported that flooding occurred in these barangays, as well as in Barangay San Rafael.

In Isabela town, six families from Barangay Maytubig, 69 from Barangay Rumirang, and 43 from Barangay 5, or a total of 457 individuals, vacated their houses also due to flooding.

The evacuees were transferred to the social cultural center and their respective barangay covered courts.

Earlier that day, some residents were stranded for about three hours as floods hit the boundaries of Barangays Camp Clark and Amin in Isabela, following a heavy downpour.

In Moises Padilla town, 46 families were evacuated to the town’s auditorium after a flashflood hit the stockyard of Barangay 1 on Sunday night.

Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia-Yulo said damage assessment was still being conducted.

In Sipalay City, 230 persons from five barangays were also brought to their respective covered courts. 

According to Executive Assistant Dionilo Bogtae, head of the Public Safety and Sipalay Emergency Assistance and Rescue Services (SEARS), landslides were also reported in four villages.

No injuries were reported in these four areas.

The Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD) is continuously monitoring the local government units for possible untoward incidents.

Emergency responders were advised to immediately report flooding and landslides in their respective areas to make the necessary action.