‘Ulysses’ triggers massive flooding, landslides in Bicol

Published November 11, 2020, 5:47 PM

by Niño Luces

LEGAZPI CITY – Typhoon Ulysses caused massive flooding and landslide in different part of Bicol region on Wednesday, November 11.

In Camarines Sur province, several towns were submerged in waist-deep floodwaters as heavy rains struck the area anew, or less than a week after super typhoon Rolly left a swathe of deluge and destruction.

Iriga City and the towns of San Jose, Garchitorena, Nabua, Bula, and Goa were the worst hit by Ulysses’ wrath.

In Catanduanes province, the villages of Sapang Palay, Batong Paloway, Divino Rostro, Agojo, Asgad and Codon in San Andres town were reported to already be submerged in floodwater.

Several houses in Barangay Hinipaan in Bagamanoc town were also overcome by both floodwaters that overflowed from a nearby river.

The main road at the boundary of Virac and Bato towns was also rendered impassable to landslides.

In Albay province, several villages in Libon town were also submerged in floodwater due to the continuous rains.

Authorities are on a tight watch of Barangays Maninila and Tandarora in Guionbatan town as heavy rains may trigger lahar flow.

In Sto. Domingo town, the main road connecting the barangays of Salvacion, Buhatan and Alimsiog was closed for motorist due to a landslide in Barangay Calayucay.

Meanwhile, Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Bicol Spokesperson Gremil Naz told The Manila Bulletin thatm as of press time, no flooding incident was still reported at the region’s disaster management council.

“Naghihintay pa po kami ng official reports ng mga provinces. May mga naipadala na po sa amin na mga info pero hinihintay pa po namin yung official situation report nila,” Naz said. 

Based on OCD Bicol record, there were at least 3,525 families or 12,812 individuals which have been taken to different evacuation centers in the region.