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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 4, 2018
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Agaton landslides
cut off road travel

Tropical Depression Agaton triggered numerous landslides, and the highway in Calatrava, Negros Occidental, that cracked was impassable until yesterday.

The body of one of two drowning victims was also recovered yesterday.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration early Tuesday morning raised Signal No. 1 over Negros Island as “Agaton” approached, causing the cancellation of sea travel. The warning was lifted Tuesday afternoon.

The body of Ronnie Severano, 31, who attempted to wash his feet in a canal and slipped causing him to fall into a sewer system in Sagay City on Tuesday was recovered at the Himogaan River at 11 a.m. yesterday, Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, Provincial Disaster Management Program Division chief, said.

Sagay Mayor Alfredo Marañon III said the death of Severano was not “Agaton” related.

Meanwhile, Eric Palabrica Villarito, 27, of Calatrava remained missing yesterday.

Villarito allegedly was washed away by strong current at the Winaswasan River in Calatrava on Jan.1 but the matter is still under investigation, Caelian added.

In Calatrava landslides were reported in Sitio Atubayan, Barangay Castellano, blocking one lane of the road, and Barangay Dolis where the shoulder of the road was damaged, he said.

A section of the concrete highway at the boundary between barangays Ani-e and Laga-an that cracked after a landslide was impassable as of yesterday, town Councilor Honey Boy Goc-ong, chairman of the Search, Rescue and Retrieval Task Unit, said.

Commuters have to travel via the San Carlos-Don Salvador Benedicto road to get to Bacolod, with the closure of the road for repairs, he said.

One cannot travel through the damaged section of the Calatrava highway to take the northern road to Bacolod, Goc-ong said.

There is a 55-meter crack down the road and a hole about 65 centimeters down believed to have been caused by liquefaction due to the continuous seeping of water from the mountains into the soil, he added.

In Silay City continuous rains brought on by Agaton triggered a landslide at the Patag-Lantawan Road morning but the debris was immediately cleared to allow vehicles to pass.*CPG




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