14 villages in Northern Samar flooded as heavy rains hit Friday

Published January 9, 2021, 10:58 AM

by Marie Tonette Marticio

TACLOBAN CITY – At least 14 villages and 805 households were submerged in flood in Allen, Northern Samar, after rain fell non-stop for three hours on Friday, January 8, the Municipal Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) confirmed on Saturday, January 9.

Two houses were washed out to sea in the coastal village of Barangay Sabang ll. The village also serves as a catch basin since it is surrounded by rivers.

At least four landslides were reported in Barangay Cabacungan. But the area has remained accessible, and no casualty was recorded.

MDRRMO official Jerry Are said floodwater in some areas reached rooftops, affecting 66 families living in these low-lying areas.

Are narrated that the flood started to rise at around 11:20 a.m. Friday due to continuous heavy downpour. There was no report of any weather disturbance when the rains came.

“The volume of water was non-stop. The rain was non-stop for three hours that caused the flash flood,” he said.

He reported that over half of their newly replanted rice crops have been affected by the deluge.

Are disclosed that it was the first time such severe flooding hit Allen town, and it was fortunate that there was no casualty reported.

As of Friday evening, the water has already subsided while the displaced families remained at an evacuation center. They were provided with food packs prepared by the local government unit. 

Electricity has been restored around 5 p.m. Friday.