Hundreds displaced by ‘Auring’ in Negros Occidental

Published February 22, 2021, 12:56 PM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – Hundreds of individuals in the northern part of Negros Occidental were affected by heavy rains from tropical depression “Auring” since Sunday night.

Residents of Barangay Zone 14B in Talisay City, Negros Occidental evacuated Monday morning, Feb 22 due to flooding brought by Tropical Depression “Auring.” (Photo courtesy of Princess Beverly via CDRRMO Talisay)

In Talisay City, residents of Barangays Zone 2, Zone 10, Zone 12A, Zone 14A, and Zone 14B experienced minor flooding. Evacuation was reported in Barangays Zone 12 and Zone 14B Monday morning. Food assistance has  been provided to the affected residents.

In Sagay City, 183 families composed of 639 individuals in Barangays Himoga-an Baybay, Old Sagay, and Taba-ao evacuated Sunday night.

Relief assistance has been provided to the evacuees seeking temporary shelter in barangay halls and elementary schools in the city.

Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD) head Zeaphard Caelian said that most local government units (LGUs) in the northern part of Negros Occidental conducted pre-emptive evacuation.  He said they are still awaiting the official list of the total number of affected individuals in various LGUs.

Meanwhile, the city government of Victorias suspended classes in primary and secondary levels in public and private schools Monday due to Auring.
Mayor Francis Fredrick Palanca said in an executive order that it is a precautionary proactive measure in anticipation of any untoward incident as recommended by the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Mayor Marvin Malacon of E.B. Magalona also suspended  classes on all levels in public and private schools  and work in local government offices Monday.