6 Catanduanes villages hit by landslides, floods due to heavy rains

February 21, 2012 11:43 am 

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 21 — At least six villages in Catanduanes were hit by floods and landslides over the weekend spawned by heavy rains brought about by the tail-end of the cold front (TECF), an official of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol said Tuesday.

Affected by landslides were the villages of Marambong in Pandan town, Kanlanga in Viga town, and the national road in Barangay San Miguel, Panganiban town, all in Catanduanes, according to Raffy Alejandro, OCD Regional chairperson, who is also the head of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC).

Floodwaters from swollen river channels affected the villages of Sininbahan and Bokbok in Viga town, while the Paturok spillway in San Andres town overflowed.

Reports from the Catanduanes PDRRMC said landslides and flooding incidents occurred due to heavy raindfall that pelted the northeastern part of the province Sunday evening.

Alejandro said at least four families or 34 people in Marambong, Pandan town were affected by landslides and moved to safer grounds.

The other road network hit by landslides were cleared of debris by government engineers and are now passable to all types of vehicles.

Landslide buried a box culvert in Barangay Soboc and a van parked at Barangay Kanlanga, all in Viga town.

The affected villages of the towns of Pandan, Viga and Panganiban are located at the northeastern part of the island province of Catanduanes with a distance ranging from 52 to 96 kilometers from the capital town of Virac. (PNA)



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