• 428 houses in southern Negros coastal town damaged by ‘Queenie’

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    BACOLOD CITY: Strong winds brought by Tropical Depression Queenie damaged 428 houses in the coastal town of Cauayan in southern Negros Occidental on Thursday.

    Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 was raised in southern Negros Occidental on Wednesday and Thursday, but it has already been lowered Thursday night.

    Of the 428 houses affected, 101 were totally damaged while 327 were partially damaged.

    Cauayan Mayor John Rey Tabujara said in a radio interview Thursday night that 420 families from 11 shoreline barangays were affected.

    The houses were of light materials, the mayor said.

    Tabujara said he is thankful that “Queenie” brought only strong winds.

    There would have been more damage if there were heavy rains and floods, he added.

    The mayor said the stormy weather also cut the signal of a telecommunications company in Cauayan Thursday.

    Affected barangays in Cauayan were Magbugsay with seven totally damaged and 74 partially damaged houses; Guiljungan, 16 totally damaged and 52 partially damaged houses; Tiling, six totally damaged and 44 partially damaged houses; Poblacion, 15 totally damaged and 60 partially damaged houses; Man-uling, nine totally damaged and 50 partially damaged houses; Isio, all 13 totally damaged houses;

    Tuyom, two totally damaged and one partially damaged houses; Masaling, 14 totally damaged and 30 partially damaged houses; Caliling, four totally damaged and 11 partially damaged houses; Linaon, nine totally damaged and 52 partially damaged houses; and Inayawan, six totally damaged and seven partially damaged houses.

    The villages of Bulata and Elihan that are adjacent to Sipalay City were spared.

    Tabujara said that later on Thursday morning, the affected families returned to their homes while some of those whose houses were destroyed are staying in barangay halls.

    Earlier, it was reported that a fishermen in southern Negros was injured when his boat capsized due to strong winds.

    Charlie Verayo,36, was brought to Bago City Hospital after he was rescued in Barangay Zone 3 in Pulupandan town.

    Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said that the rains triggered by “Queenie” were a blessing because there had been minimal rainfall these past weeks in the southern Negros area.

    “The rains were a big help to small farmers especially those whose farms are not irrigated,” he added. PNA

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