Monsoon rains, floods disrupt classes in 12 Antique towns

SAN JOSE, Antique – Monsoon rains enhanced by Tropical Storm “Jenny” triggered the suspension of classes yesterday from pre-school to senior high school in the province’s 12 municipalities.

In an interview, Broderick Train of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) identified the towns as Hamtic, San Jose de Buenavista, Bugasong, Valderrama, San Remigio, Patnongon, Laua-an, Sibalom, Belison, Barbaza, Anini-y, and Tobias Fornier.

“The local chief executives of the 12 towns have declared suspension of classes Tuesday morning because of the rain,” he said.

Train further said that there are already areas that are flooded as a result of the monsoon rains enhanced by ‘Ineng’ last week and ‘Jenny’ the past couple of days.

“We have to expect the enhanced monsoon rains until this Thursday when the weather improves,” he said.

He also reminded residents in flood and landslide-prone areas to be on alert for any incident that could happen.

“The PDRRMO is also right now on heightened alert and ready to respond in case there would be an incident,” Train said.

He said that the PDRRMO is closely monitoring the towns of Bugasong, Patnongon, and San Jose de Buenavista because of the flooding.

Train cautioned drivers as roads are slippery. He added though that all roads in the province are still passable, including the mountainous and landslide-prone area of Hamtic leading to Iloilo province.

“It is quite dangerous to travel long distance right now because of the slippery road,” he said. (With a report from PNA/PN)

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