Heavy rains brought floods to two barangays in Sagay City, Negros Occidental yesterday and caused several residents to flee from their homes, Mayor Rafael Leo Cueva said.
Cueva, however, said that they were still counting the affected families in barangays Paraiso and Fabrica.
He said some of the affected residents are temporarily staying at the Eusebio Lopez Integrated School and E. Lopez Elementary school, while others opted to stay at the residences of their relatives that were not affected by the floods.
Some evacuees are temporarily staying at the Holy Family Parish in Barangay Paraiso.
ABS-CBN reported that there were about 12 sitios in Brgy. Paraiso and another in Barangay Fabrica affected by the flooding and that most of the residents affected were living by the riverbanks.
Reports added that some residents were stranded in their houses and could not get out because the flood water was already deep. This caused the Lopez Sugar Central to dispatch motorboats to rescue them.
Cueva told the DAILY STAR that, as of press time yesterday, flood water in some areas of Barangay Fabrica has already subsided but they advised the affected residents not to go back to their homes yet until today as it is still not safe.
In December last year, thousands of residents of Sagay City also evacuated when flashfloods hit Barangays Paraiso, Fabrica, Poblacion, Rafaela Barrera, Tadlong and Malubon when the Himogaan river overflowed.
Negros Occidental and Bacolod City will continue to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunder storms while moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will also prevail in the province, a report from the Provincial Disaster Management Program showed.*APN