Heavy rains cause flooding, landslides in Cebu
MANILA, Philippines – Heavy rains brought by the combined effects of the monsoon and Tropical Storm Mario (Fung-Wong) caused flooding in several parts of Cebu on Thursday, September 18.
The Cebu unit of the state-run Philippine Information Agency (PIA) reported that as early as Thursday morning, flood waters in some barangays in Talisay City were already waist-deep.
Residents were immediately ordered to evacuate to safer areas, such as the Lagtang Public Market.
Talisay City Mayor Johnny delos Reyes has ordered a pre-emptive evacuation on residents who are living in high risk areas | via DYLA— PIA CEBU (@CebuInfocen) September 18, 2014
Lagtang Public Market was identified as an evacuation center in Talisay City, said PIO Vince Monterde— PIA CEBU (@CebuInfocen) September 18, 2014
Several areas in Mandaue City were also not passable due to waist-deep flood waters, PIA Cebu said. Affected families were evacuated to the Mandaue Sports Center.
Water level has risen in Guizo-Mantuyong area & residents now evacuated at Mandaue Sports Center |according to @PIOmandaue Roger Paller— PIA CEBU (@CebuInfocen) September 17, 2014
Netizens also reported being stranded as the flooded roads prevented vehicles from passing.
The provincial government deployed rescue teams to aid stranded individuals and ferry them to safer locations.
The Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Office (PDRRMO) advised drivers to be careful as the soil softening due to the heavy rain might cause rocks and trees to fall.
As of 1 pm, state weather bureau PAGASA placed Cebu under Yellow Warning. Under this warning, heavy rain is expected to last for no less than two hours and flooding is possible especially in low-lying areas. - Rappler.com