Typhoon "Ineng" enhanced the southwest monsoon, bringing on heavy rains that worsened the landslide-hit roads in Hinoba-an town, caused evacuations in Pontevedra, and the cancellation of sea travel out of Pulupandan and Victorias City in Negros Occidental yesterday.
Hinobaan Mayor Ernesto Estrao said the condition of the roads to Damutan Valley and Barangay Bacuyangan in his town that had been hit by landslides in four areas earlier, have worsened with the renewed downpour brought by “Ineng”.
The rains have also caused renewed landslides, he said.
In Pontevedra, Mayor Jose Maria Alonso ordered the evacuation of 30 families living in Barangay San Isidro as a precautionary measure because of heavy rains. Alonso said that, with heavy rains, a dam located above the area where the 30 families live could trigger flashfloods.
Meanwhile, sea travel out of Pulupandan was cancelled until 2 p.m. yesterday due to big waves, Lt. Cmdr. Ramil Palabrica, Coast Guard Station Bacolod chief, said.
He said owners of vessels plying the Victorias-Ajuy route also cancelled sea travel on their own as a precaution.
However, in the absence of a gale warning, fast crafts continued to ply the Bacolod-Iloilo route yesterday, he said.*CPG
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