Massive flooding affects more than 3,000 families in Eastern Samar

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Tacloban City (CNN Philippines, January 12) — The Eastern Samar Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Office reported massive flooding in the province’s five towns due to incessant rains on Monday, affecting over 3,000 families.

Close to 100 villages in the towns of Can-avid, Taft, Sulat, Maslog, Arteche, Dolores, and Jipapad were flooded. Most of these areas are located near river banks and flood prone areas.

The Eastern Samar PDRRMO said most of the evacuated families are from the upstream villages in Dolores (2,500 families), Taft (674), Maslog (141), and Sulat (97). It has yet to receive reports on how many evacuees are from Jipapad town.

The provincial government of Eastern Samar prepared relief assistance and food packs for evacuees.

Can-avid Mayor Gil Norman Germino said that aside from affected residents, more than 1,000 hectares of rice fields in their municipality were submerged.

He also said that the entire village located along the national highway of the Buray-Taft road was affected by the flooding. Authorities had to evacuate some of the affected 235 families to safer facilities like the church, health center, barangay hall, and day care center.

Meanwhile, a 70-year-old male resident in the village of Hindang in Borongan City was buried when a landslide happened at the back of his house on Monday afternoon, according to the report received by the Regional Public Information Office of the Police Regional Office 8.

The victim, identified as Remegio Alea, was digging a canal at the back of their house when the landslide occured and buried half of his body. Witnesses immediately asked assistance from barangay officials to rescue the victim.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office advised his family to vacate their house for safety.

Tacloban-based correspondent Wil Mark Amazona contributed to this report.