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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Rains trigger landslide


Heavy rains Monday triggered another highway landslide in Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, and measures are up to ensure the safety of motorists, Mayor Marxlen de la Cruz assured yesterday.

The landslide occurred in the Purok Kulasi, Barangay Kumaliskis, section of the highway where a similar landslip occurred early this month, he said.

The stone masonry slope protection and road shoulder gaveway this time on the other side of road, de la Cruz said.

People have been posted to man the one lane flow of traffic down the middle of the road, he said. Travelling near the sides of the road has been prohibited as a precaution, he said.

Meanwhile, about 11,500 persons were affected by floods, while 10 houses were destroyed and 23 were damaged in southern Negros Occidental Monday, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office reported yesterday.

In Pulupandan, strong winds caused part of the roof of its public market to be ripped off.

Floods in five Pulupandan barangays caused 63 families composed of 232 individuals to evacuate, and two houses were destroyed and five damaged, the town’s Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported yesterday.

Strong winds also destroyed four houses and damaged two others in Purok Balinghoy, Barangay Busay, Bago City, at about 10:12 a.m. Monday, the PSWDO reported.

In Binalbagan, 4,626 families or 11,262 individuals were affected by floods in 12 barangays, it added.

The PSWDO sent rice and sardines to Binalbagan to augment the food assistance provided by the LGU, the report. It is also sending assistance to other affected areas.

In Valladolid, floods affected 242 persons and destroyed six houses and damaged 19 others. Two houses were also damaged in Pontevedra town, and floods affected six families in Moises Padilla, the PSWDO said.*CPG


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