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Thousands in Negros Occidental greet New Year with flash floods

Thousands of families in 4 localities across Negros Occidental saw the New Year begin with flash floods in the middle of the night. 

The first few hours of Friday, January 1, brought heavy rain at about 2 am forcing residents to take to their roofs as flood waters surged into their homes, while some evacuated to temporary shelters.

Based on an initial report, over 4,000 families were affected by floods in the cities of Talisay, Silay, and Victorias, and EB Magalona town. The areas are all located in the 3rd district of the province.

Provincial Disaster Management Program Division head Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian said the heavy downpour and the high tide had triggered the flooding in the localities.

According to the report, the flood has affected 3,467 families in Talisay, 413 families in Victorias, 133 families in Silay, and 307 households in EB Magalona. 

Toward the tail-end of 2020, several provinces suffered from severe flooding due to the onslaught of Super Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses which battered the Philippines just days apart. – Rappler.com