Floods submerge houses, kill animals, damage crops

The damaged Talacagay Bridge in Hinoba-an (left). Flooding about 150 meters from the Hinoba-an municipal hall Sunday. Contributed photos

Heavy rain brought on by Typhoon Quinta caused water from three rivers in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental to overflow, destroying crops, killing farm animals and submerging houses starting 2 p.m. Sunday, town mayor Ernesto Estrao said today, October 26.

He said they were still assessing the extent of the damage.

Killed were carabaos, cows, pigs and chickens, while destroyed were corn and rice crops, and banana trees, Estrao added.

A portion of the Talacagay bridge was also damaged and only one lane was passable yesterday, he said.

The heavily silted rivers of Talacagay, Bacuyangan and Bulwangan triggered the flooding, Estrao said.

The Provincial Disaster Management Program Division reported that 55 families in barangays Poblacion, Bulwangan and Talcagay in Hinoba-an evacuated.

Flooding in La Castellana also caused road obstructions and damage to crops, the report said.

Areas in Talisay City and Isabela town were also hit by floodwaters, the PDMP reported.

The Sipalay City Risk Reduction Management Office also reported that flooding caused some residents to evacuate and that a landslide occurred in Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Maricalum.*

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