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Gov to check flooded areas in Cebu North
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Thursday, December 3, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia directed careful assessment of the entire areas affected by the flooding in Northern Cebu as well as immediate assistance to affected citizens. (Photo from LGU Asturias)

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia committed to see for herself the situation in Northern Cebu flooded due to a downpour on Wednesday, December 2 which sent rivers overflowing.

She directed a careful assessment of the entire areas affected and the cause of the flooding as well as immediate assistance to the affected constituents in Tuburan, Balamban, Compostela, and Asturias as well as in Danao City.

“First line of defense is the LGU (local government unit), sila ang nasayod na og unsay angayang buhaton, evacuation and all other measures ilang i-implement to protect lives, first and foremost, and property,” Garcia said in Wednesday’s press conference.

“We have enough budget for the assistance of local government units. For 2020, ang atong gi-appropriate for infrastructure is over P4 billion for roads alone, and P1 billion for flood control,” she added.

“For 2021, the Provincial Board has approved on second reading en masse the P15-billion budget,” she further said.

The governor is set to check whether the flood is on the national highway or on interior roads.

According to a report, clocked at noontime, by Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Chief Neil Angelo Sanchez, 13 barangays in Tuburan are affected, around 10 barangays in Danao City, two in Balamban, two in Compostela, and five in Asturias.

“Tamiao River in Compostela, Sangi River in Asturias, and Caridad River in Tuburan overflowed,” the situationer read.

The affected barangays in Tuburan are Colonia, Fortaleza, Sangi, Jagbuaya, Mangga, Otso, Caridad, Marmol, Mag-atubang, Mag-alwa, Mag-antoy, Amatugan, and Languyon; Ogis, Guinacot, Poblacion, Taboc, Taytay, and Suba in Danao City; Nangka and Cantuod in Balamban; Estaca and Dapdap in Compostela; Owak, Santa Lucia, Labangon, Lunas, and Bago in Asturias.

No casualties were reported in Tuburan, Balamban, Compostela, and Asturias. 

However, a male adult was reported missing in Barangay Ogis in Danao City. The distress call was received at 9:20 a.m. A minor landslide was also reported in Barangay Bayabas which blocked the road.

Forced evacuation, in Danao City, took place at around 7 a.m. 

In Balamban, around 20 households near the river were evacuated and the Municipal Social Welfare Office provided hot meals immediately.

Families near Sangi River in Asturias were also evacuated.

Wednesday’s downpour experienced throughout the Province was due to the current weather system. 

Weather bulletin described the weather system as a trough of a low pressure area (LPA) in Borongan, Eastern Samar with the presence of the tail end of a frontal system.

The downpour began at 4:20 a.m. with a measured precipitation of 32.8 millimeters. (Eleanor Valeros)