Rains, floods damage rice plantations, prompt evacuation in Negros Occidental

BACOLOD CITY — Floods caused by torrential rains brought a total of P4.063 million in damage to rice plantations in southern Negros Occidental, according to a report released by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist Tuesday afternoon.

Initial figures showed that 143.79 hectares of rice crops were partially damaged in Himamaylan City.

Affected were 326 farmers, the report added.

Meanwhile, at least 35 families in Cadiz City in northern Negros evacuated due to heavy rains.

Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, head of Provincial Disaster Management Program Division, said the families from Barangay Tiglawan fled their homes and sought refuge at Paniqui-on Elementary School.

In Sagay City, a number of families was also evacuated due to torrential rains, he added.

Caelian said that local disaster offices continue to closely monitor the weather condition.

Low-lying areas are being watched for possible threats of flooding, and mountainous areas of landslides.

The yellow heavy rainfall warning was already lifted in Negros provinces as of Tuesday afternoon as shown in the advisory of state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomic Services Administration (PAGASA).

The Philippine Coast Guard in Bacolod also cancelled trips of all small vessels in Negros Occidental due to the gale warning.

Lieutenant Senior Grade Jimmy Oliver Vingno, head of Coast Guard Station-Bacolod, said trips for small vessels, including fastcrafts, and motorbancas below 250 gross tonnage have been suspended, but will resume once the gale warning is lifted. PNA-northboundasia.com