Hundreds evacuated in Metro Cebu amid heavy downpour and floods

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14) – Some 257 individuals living near the river in Barangay Pulangbato in Cebu City were evacuated as Metro Cebu experienced heavy downpour and floods on Tuesday night.

Cebu City Risk Reduction Management Office OIC Ramil Ayuman said they are collating data on the overwhelming number of reported floods in several areas in the city.

Ayuman added they are also checking reports of a missing 16-year-old believed to have been swept away by the flood waters near Mango Avenue. The Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office teams are searching for the victim.

Nonstop rains which started early Tuesday night submerged low lying areas mostly in Mandaue and Cebu cities

Major roads in Cebu City were rendered unpassable amid the heavy rains and floods that affected motorists and residents, as shown by photos of their submerged taxis and abandoned cars that circulated online.

The local PAG-ASA station in Cebu warned of moderate to heavy rains Tuesday afternoon that would affect Cebu City, Mandaue City, and the towns of Medellin and Daanbantayan in the northern portion of the island.

Floods were also reported in Barangay Lorega San Miguel and several sitios in Kamputhaw such as in Sitio Dignos. Residents said it was their first time to experience flooding in their neighborhood.

Most of the flood waters subsided past 10 p.m. Tuesday night. The heavy rains also stopped but light showers were experienced in Cebu City as of 11 p.m.

The heavy downpour comes as Tropical Depression Ofel traverses the nearby Samar Island. It made landfall in the vicinity of Can-avid town in Eastern Samar province on early Wednesday morning.

CNN Philippines' Cebu Correspondent Dale Israel contributed to this report.