• Rains trigger landslides in Catanduanes

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    LEGAZPI CITY: Tropical Depression Carina triggered sporadic landslides in the island province of Catanduanes because of torrential rains on Saturday, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Bicol reported here.

    Barnardo Rafaelito “Raffy” Alejandro, OCD Bicol director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairman, said landslides were reported in the villages of Lubas, Cabungahan, Manambrag and Lictin all in San Andres town.

    He said only one lane of the road was passable for motorists in the villages of Lubas, Cabungahan and Lictin. The initial damage reported by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reached about P3 million.

    “Landslides and rockslides reported in the province of Catanduanes particularly in San Andres town but the fallen debris have been removed early this morning,” Alejandro said.

    The DPWH has prohibited heavy vehicles to pass through the affected road network going to Virac-San Andres as a safety measure. Meanwhile, the DPWH district office in Catanduanes has advised motorists to take the Palawig-Palta route heading to Virac-San Andres town and vice-versa.

    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has estimated rainfall amount to be from moderate to heavy within the 300-kilometer diameter of the tropical depression.

    However, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Bicol lifted the no sailing order to all sea crafts. Stranded passengers in various major seaports of Bicol were also allowed to go home on Sunday.

    PAGASA raised storm signal No. 1 over Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Sorsogon on Saturday that caused about 3,000 passengers to be stranded in various seaports.

    PCG-Bicol also grounded ferries and bancas as well as rolling cargoes such as trucks, buses and light vehicles heading to the Visayas, and island provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate.

    Alejandro said majority of the stranded passengers were bound for Samar, Leyte, Catanduanes and Masbate.

    RHAYDZ B. BARCIA

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