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PDRRMO reports on Paeng aftermath in Southern Leyte

MAASIN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) -- The head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) in the province of Southern Leyte shared some updates on what was happening in the province as an aftermath of the passing Tropical Depression Paeng (International name: NALGAE).

There were 1,163 families seeking shelter in evacuation centers in different areas around the province, Danilo Atienza, PDRRM officer, reported during the online Kapihan sa PIA Eastern Visayas special edition Sunday, October 30, hosted by Sol Alarcon.

Distribution of food packs for these evacuees, especially in the towns of Sogod, Malitbog, Bontoc, Tomas Oppus, as well as in this city, were already undertaken, and more relief goods from the provincial government are out as soon as possible, Ateinza said.

Atienza said five houses in the town of Bontoc were totally damaged due to soil erosion, but luckily the occupants had evacuated before this happened.

A minor landslide in Barangay Sto. Rosario, Maasin City, and in Barangay Dinahugan, Padre Burgos, occurred, but these were already cleared, while a major rockslide in Barangay Esperanza, San Ricardo town was still being cleared by the provincial engineering office and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) field personnel, Atienza added.

In an upland barangay in Maasin City, in Barangay Lunas, big cracks in the road caused by non-stop pouring rain that loosened the soil have already posed danger to residents and motorists, Atienza informed, adding that he had coordinated with the city LGU for putting warning signs and suggesting  “maybe a temporary closure.”

Paeng surpassed the threshold of 51 millimeters of rain, reaching more than 100 mm, Atienza said.

The unusual volume of rain resulted flooding in some low-lying areas, and one person got drowned in San Francisco on October 28, Atienza also reported. 

The province was placed by PAG-ASA, the country’s weather bureau, under Tropical Cyclone Warning  Number 1 midday Friday, Oct. 28, and the storm signal was lifted early dawn of Sunday, October 30. (MMP/PIA-Southern Leyte)

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