• Mudslide displaces families in Baguio, classes suspended in flooded provinces

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    About five families in Barangay Guisad Surong in Baguio City escaped death after a mudslide almost buried their houses on Monday evening, while classes in all levels were suspended on Tuesday in most provinces in Northern Luzon because of flashfloods as monsoon rains or habagat pummeled the country.

    Police Insp. Andues Alcantara, chief of Baguio City Police Station 2, said the affected families of about 30 members in Purok 3 were evacuated to the house of a barangay (village) councilman while others sought refuge in their relatives’ homes.

    Continuous rains were reported to have softened the soil, causing mud to slide down Guisad Surong.

    No casualties were reported.

    Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan advised residents living in landslide-prone areas to evacuate to safer ground and ordered the City Social Welfare and Development Office to monitor those affected by the monsoon rains.

    Meanwhile, classes in pre-school, elementary and high school were suspended in the towns of Buguias, Kapangan, Kibungan, Bakun and La Trinidad in Benguet.

    The Bataan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office on Tuesday reported that several villages in the towns of Hermosa and Dinalupihan remained flooded.

    In Hermosa, the village of Almacen and neighboring Daungan struggled with four-foot to two-foot deep floods that resulted from water that overflowed from a dike along Almacen River.

    In Dinalupihan town, the SCTEX tunnel passing through the villages of Pita, Sapang Balas and some portions of Santa Isabel were also flooded.

    About 20 families composed of 83 people in Barangay Bayan-Bayanan in Dinalupihan were evacuated to the barangay (village) hall and health center.

    Classes from pre-school to senior high school in the towns of Dinalupihan, Orani and Abucay, as well as the City of Balanga were suspended.

    Similarly, local chief executives in most parts of La Union province also ordered the suspension of classes in both public and private schools to protect schoolchildren from the bad weather on Tuesday.

    Public advisories issued by the La Union Police Provincial Office said the villages of Ilocano Bridge, Ipet and Sudipen were not passable for all types of vehicles because of strong currents flowing through irrigation canals.

    The villages of Rimos 3, 4 and 5 in Luna were also not passable for all types of vehicles, while most areas in the town of Bacnotan were also submerged in water.

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