May 24, 2024
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BY TERESA D. ELLERA

The flooding that occurred in Negros Occidental on August 28, caused by heavy rainfall, forced thousands of people to leave their homes.

The Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diz II reported that a partial report, received by Capitol at 11:20 AM on Monday, showed that a total 3,838 Negrenses – or 1,135 family members from 16 villages – were affected as of that time by the flooding which began late Sunday, August 27, 2008.

Initial reports indicate that the affected LGUs include Pontevedra and Don Salvador Bernedicto. They also include Bago City, San Enrique. Pulupandan. Valladolid.

Diaz announced that the government of the province has prepared food packages and hygiene kits to be given out to the evacuees.

Chiqui Gonzales said 800 food kits will be distributed by the province’s social welfare officer to the affected families in evacuation centers.

All public offices, local and national will suspend on Tuesday August 29.

Irene Belle Plotena is the focal point of Provincial Disaster Management Division. She said that heavy rainfall caused a landslide at Barangay Bunga in Don Salvador Benedicto. However, the road was already passable by Monday afternoon.

According to her, Sitio Evangelista (Barangay Aranda) and Sitio tala tala were also impassable at the time of publication due to flooding.

DERAILED

Some local officials have declared a suspension of classes for Tuesday, August 29, due to the heavy rains that delayed the opening day in many public schools and elementary and high school grades in certain areas.

Ian Arnold Arnaez said, as the Public Information Officer of DeEd’s Division of Negros Occidental (Negros), that certain public schools have been used to evacuate people.

Arnaez says that there are students in some areas who must travel far to get to their schools, particularly in the hinterland. The rainy weather can be hazardous for these students and especially those crossing rivers.

Arnaez explained that the DepEd has guidelines which allow school leaders to suspend classes, even when local authorities do not. This is because they may see students in danger from the rain.

The Division Office should be notified, he said.

Arnaez added that teachers could switch from face-toface to modular classes since the first class is only a few days old.

All LGUs have suspended all classes at public and private schools as of Monday evening, 6pm.

Bacolod City: All levels of government (public and private) offices.

Bago City is all about public offices and government.

All levels of Pulupandan, both public and private. *

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