‘Agaton’ triggers evac in 7 NegOcc localities; PCG allows partial resumption of sea travel

April 12, 2022 by No Comments

THE flooding brought about by the onslaught of Tropical Depression Agaton since Monday, April 11, has triggered evacuation in seven cities and towns in Negros Occidental.The Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD) reported that these localities included E.B. Magalona with 261 affected families from five barangays; Talisay City with 218 affected families comprising of 1,170 individuals from nine barangays; and Victorias City with 841 affected individuals belonging to 233 families in 17 barangays.In Silay City, 159 families or 549 individuals from eight barangays were evacuated, while 603 individuals belonging to 258 families in eight barangays of Cadiz City also evacuated.Other localities are Manapla with 33 families or 127 individuals and Escalante City with 24 individuals belonging to nine families evacuated, it added.It can be recalled that aside from flooding, landslide incidents were also reported in cities of Talisay and Bacolod on Monday.Agaton also caused suspension of work and classes in many localities in the province.Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has allowed the partial resumption of sea trips in the northern part of Negros Occidental Tuesday morning, April 12, after almost two days of suspension due to the tropical cyclone.PCG-Northern Negros Occidental Station chief Commander Joe Luviz Mercurio said trips between San Carlos City, Negros Occidental and Toledo City, Cebu were allowed to resume after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) lifted the Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal 1 in some parts of northern Cebu.As of Tuesday afternoon, April 12, however, trips between Escalante City and Sagay City, Negros Occidental bound for the town of Tabuelan, Cebu remained suspended.Although the state weather bureau had also lifted the wind signal in Tabuelan, Mercurio said the northeastern part of Cebu is still under a storm signal, thus sea travel in the area remained cancelled.Sea condition in the said routes is also unsafe, he added.Mercurio said that as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, there were no stranded passengers in the ports of Escalante and Sagay.On Monday, April 11, 160 Cebu-bound travelers from Escalante and 33 from Sagay City were stranded after the PCG suspended sea trips last Sunday evening.