VIRAC, Catanduanes — Rampaging flash floods and landslides hit Catanduanes island province during this week as continuous rains pounded the eastern part of the Bicol region.
Relief efforts are in place and one death has so far been reported.
A report from Catanduanes Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council said the continuous rains that triggered floods and landslides have affected 47,729 individuals or 9,505 families in Catanduanes.
Catanduanes Governor and PDCC chairman Joseph Cua in a report to Defense Secretary and NDCC chairman Gilbert Teodoro, Jr. said the calamities affected 315 barangays and totally destroyed 11 houses.
Cua reported to the NDCC that no evacuation has been taking place since the floods are now subsiding and the landslides waning.
Relief operations, however, started in Bato which was isolated by the floods. Some 665 families need help and assistance in the town.
The NDCC reported that goods from the Manila office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are being sent to Catanduanes.
Flooding and landslides occurred due to intermittent rains caused by the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) that enveloped the Bicol Peninsula since last week.
A report by the Office of Civil Defense said that in Catanduanes sporadic landslide and flooding were noted in the towns of Bagamanoc, Baras, Bato, Caramoran, Gigmoto, Pandan, Panganiban, San Andres, San Miguel Viga, and Virac the capital town of the province.
The Catanduanes Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) reported that of some 13,474 families or 69,607 people living in 139 villages of 11 towns were affected by flooding and landslide.
The report said one John Mark Tatad, 5, from Gigmoto town died due to drowning.
In Camarines Norte, flood waters swelled in low-lying areas along the Labo and Busigon rivers affecting 11 villages in the town of Labo, evacuating some 60 families to safer grounds.
Three detour bridges, the Namukanan in Barangay Daguit, Macogon in Barangay Macogon, and the Mataganki in Barangay Exciban all in Labo town are still not passable to all forms of vehicles.
OCD said two provincial roads in Camarines Norte, between Fundado and Bagacay and between Talobatib and Pagasa are still impassable to all kinds of vehicles.
OCD said Provincial Disaster Councils and Municipal Emergency Response Team in the affected areas were activated.(BicolMail)