Floods wreck roads, bridges in 2 northern Negros cities

Philippine News Agency
January 11, 2021

BRIDGE WASHED OUT. Residents of Barangay Hawaiian in Silay City, Negros Occidental make an improvised zip line to cross the other side of the river and bring relief goods after bridges in the area were destroyed by floods over the weekend. The floods brought by hours of downpour on Friday night (Jan. 8, 2021) left two persons dead and affected more than 13,500 families in eight localities in northern Negros. (Photo from Ryan Gamboa-Salandigan Facebook page)

BACOLOD CITY – At least nine roads and bridges in the cities of Silay and Talisay were either destroyed or damaged by the massive floods that submerged several localities in northern Negros Occidental over the weekend.

A list of the affected infrastructures was included in the situational report of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division as of Monday.

In Talisay, a riprap in Barangay Zone 3 and the Pala-Pala Road in Purok Sigay of the same village collapsed. The road was rendered impassable for vehicles.

The damage to portions of the roads was shown in photos posted by Talisay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office on Facebook.

On Monday noon, the damaged Bangga Dose Bridge going to neighboring Silay was closed to vehicles.

In Silay, Barangay Bagtic’s Hacienda Mariano Bridge was destroyed and became impassable while the Hacienda Bagacay Bridge was damaged as well.  

Barangay Guimbala-on’s Sangay Bridge was rendered partially impassable and its road barrier was damaged due to a landslide. Ripraps along Magikland to Sitio Cubay road were also destroyed.

The Sitio Marka Road was also left partially impassable due to a landslide.

In Barangay E. Lopez, the Hacienda Napilas 2 Bridge going to Hacienda Violeta was damaged and became impassable while the Hacienda Gaston hanging bridge was also washed out.

The Malisbog Bridge was damaged and passage is limited to light vehicles, while the Barangays Patag-Hawaiian Hanging Bridge 2 was also washed out.

In a Facebook post, Board Member Ryan Gamboa, president of the Philippine Councilors League-Negros Occidental, said residents of Malisbog-Sitio Pulo area had to make an improvised zip line to cross the other side of the river, and send food and other relief goods to the affected residents.

The floods brought by hours of downpour on Friday night also left two persons dead and affected over 13,500 families in eight localities in northern Negros.

The body of Marvito Lumandog, 43, was found on Saturday morning in Hacienda San German, Barangay Guimbala-on in Silay.

On Sunday afternoon, the remains of Ulyses Escamilla, 50, was recovered in a creek at Purok Santan, Barangay Zone 11 in Talisay.

The floods last weekend struck northern Negros only a week after flash floods hit the same area on New Year’s Day, leaving one dead and hundreds of houses damaged and destroyed, and displacing some 15,000 families. (PNA) 


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