Heavy downpour closes roads in Samar provinces

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TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte: Incessant rains dumped over the weekend has caused landslide and flood that rendered some roads impassable in Samar provinces until early Monday morning, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported.

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In a situationer report sent to the media, the DPWH has monitored 11 landslides, rockslides and roadslips in three Samar provinces blocking the highway.

Floodings in 13 sections of the national road have been reported, thus preventing traffic flow in some busy streets.

“The DPWH has been doing everything to clear the highway from landslide and rockslide debris in order to curb further disruption of traffic flow,” DPWH Eastern Visayas Regional Director Edgar Tabacon said.

Landslides, rockslides and roadslips have been noted in road sections along Borongan to Guiuan, San Julian, Taft, Arteche to Taft in Eastern Samar; Calbayog-Allen, Calbayog-Catarman, Calbayog diversion road in Samar; Laoang-Catubig, Lapinig-Arteche; and Palapag-Mapanas-Gamay-Lapinig road in Northern Samar.

Highways submerged in floodwater were reported along road sections in Taft-Borongan in Eastern Samar; Calbayog City in Samar; Catarman-Calbayog, Lope de Vega, Catarman, Bobon, Mondragon, Laong-Catarman, Laoang-Catubig-Las Navas, Laong-Catubig and Lapinig-Arteche; and Palapag-Mapanas-Gamay-Lapinig in Northern Samar.

On Monday, the state weather bureau raised flood warning for rivers in Oras, Dolores, Ulot, Taft, Borongan, Suribao, Llorento, Balangiga and Sulat in Eastern Samar because of the northeast monsoon that brings light to moderate rains.

Other affected water courses are Catarman, Bugko, Pambujan, Catubig, Palapag and Gamay in Northern Samar; Sangputan, Palo, Salano, Daguitan, Marabong, Cadacan, Bongquirogon, Salug, Pagbanagaran, Pagsangahan and Binahaan in Leyte; Bisay, Himbangan and Pandan in Southern Leyte; and Basey, Silaga, Calbiga and Jibatan rivers in Samar.

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