Heavy rains awakened with a cold front brought flooding to a number of towns and cities in the provinces of Camarines Sur and Negros Occidental on Friday.
In Camarines Sur, up to flooding hit a large portion of Naga City and cities.
Rains began massaging on Thursday night, prompting officials to suspend courses in all levels in private and public colleges.
The state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration stated the rains were brought on by what it said were localized thunderstorms caused by the tail end of a cold front that also hit parts of Quezon province, the Bicol region and Negros Occidental.
In Catanduanes, police said two men were injured in a landslide in Viga city.
Senior Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson, said the landslide swept a vehicle into a river.
The Department of Public Works and Highway additionally reported two landslides in 2 villages–Caguisan and Patrocinio–in the town of Lagonoy in Camarines Sur.
Bridges, roads and spillways in town weren’t passable.
The Naga City government evacuated at least 300 households yesterday morning.
Naga Mayor John Bongat blamed the flood on road-widening jobs in some regions.
In Negros Occidental, flood hit three cities and a city in the third area, forcing the evacuation of residents in some regions.
A home was destroyed and a landslide briefly rendered a road in Silay City impassable.
Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, of Victorias City, stated 3,000 households were hit by the flood in his town.
Palanca ordered courses in all levels suspended.
In Talisay, 142 households were hit by flooding and a home was ruined.
In E.B. Magalona city, flooding swamped the homes of 50 households, Mayor Marvin Malacon stated. –JUAN ESCANDOR JR., MAR S. ARGUELLES, REY ANTHONY OSTRIA, STEPHANIE FLORIDA AND CARLA P. GOMEZ
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