Floodwaters welcome dredging project in North; 76K individuals displaced


Less than 12 hours after local officials held the ceremonial launching of the Maintenance Dredging Program of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Victorias City, floodwaters overflow in bridges and roads in cities of Talisay, Silay and Victorias forcing residents to evacuate and seek higher grounds. A total of 76,000 residents were evacuated and at least 500 houses were affected.

This came a week after residents in north welcome the new year with a flashflood.

Reports from Talisay City Social Welfare Office showed that at least 16,400 individuals were displaced due to flooding.

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Philippine Coast Guard joined the rescue operations in Talisay City and neighboring towns and cities. PCG photo

In Silay, close to 30,000 individuals were evacuated and were forced to seek shelter in various evacuation centers set-up by the city after floodwater hit the barangays within the city proper. Over 120 houses were destroyed.

Meanwhile, in EB Magalona town over 3,300 families left their homes past midnight as floodwater rose, that even affected the main road connecting the city of Silay and EB Magalona.

In Victorias, some 6,000 individuals were forced to evacuate, according to Mayor Francis Palanca.

government of Victorias sent an alert message as early as 8:26PM of Jan. 8 for possible flooding.

According to residents, the flood that affected them Friday evening were worst compared to the flooding during the new year. Citizens turned to Facebook to post their request for help as water reached up to 5ft high in some areas.