Flash flood hits Silay; 133 families evacuated

BACOLOD City – Around 133 families were forced to evacuate after heavy rains inundated parts of Silay City, Negros Occidental over the weekend.

Six sitios in barangays Rizal, Lantad and Guinhalaran were flooded amid heavy rains that started 9 p.m. on Saturday and continued until 5 a.m. Sunday, said Alex Muñoz, head of the Silay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

The local disaster management office saw the high tide as a contributing factor.

The evacuees spent the night at the covered courts of their respective barangays.

The evacuees were later allowed to go home at 8 a.m. Sunday when floodwaters started to recede, said Silay City mayor Mark Golez.

There were no casualties recorded during the flooding, he added.

The six sitios were classified as “lowland,” most of them located near rivers and thus makes them flood-prone, said the local disaster management office.

Golez said the Silay City government provided the affected families with rice through their respective barangay officials.

He added that he will order the City Engineering Office to verify the cause of the flood and determine if there is a need to de-clog drainages./PN


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