PALO, Leyte- At least 14 towns in Leyte province were affected by flooding spawned by a tail end of a cold front which resulted in the displacement of families and death of a man.
This was disclosed by Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla quoting the report of Engr. Arvin Monge, chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).
The fatality was identified as Efren Narrido, 50, who was from Barangay Rubas, Jaro town due to drowning.
Petilla said that the worst-hit area was Palo with flood water reaching up to waist level.
He added that the flooded barangays included Arado, Cangumbang, San Antonio, Cogon Zone 2, Salvacion Zone 5, Tacuranga, San Miguel, Cabarasan Guti, Guindapunan, Luntad, Gacao and San Joaquin.
There were 35 families that were evacuated from the barangays of Gacao, Tacuranga, and Salvacion.
The report said that in Jaro town there were flooded villages of Bias and Zabala with 15 families evacuated.
In Palompon town, the flooded roads rendered Palompon-Isabel route impassable.
In Alangalang town, its villages of Buri, Langit, and Salvacion were hit by flooding.
The town of Tanauan, 10 of its barangays, namely, Santa Elena, Guidag-an, San Isidro, Mohon, Camire, Sacme, Pasil, Binongtoan, Linao, and Cabarasan Guti also experienced massive flooding due to the bad weather.
A national road in Babatngon town was submerged to flooding including the barangays of Naga-asan, and Malibago.
In San Miguel town, the barangays of Santol, Impo, and Bahay were flooded up to knee deep.
The villages of San Isidro, Dacay, and General Roxas, all in Dulag, were also flooded with evacuees composed of 27 individuals.
In Kananga town, the rice fields in Brgy. Tugbong were flooded.
In Barugo town, the flooded barangays were Minuswang, Guindaohan, San Isidro, Santarin, Pob.4, 5, 6, and Minuhang with evacuees composed of 52 households from Brgy Guindaohan.
In Carigara town, the barangays of Uyawas, Tinaguban, San Juan, Manloy, Tagak, Rizal, Sagkahan, Hilogtogan, Barayong, Caghalo, Libo, Canlapay, Lower Hiraan, Upper Hiraan were hit by flooding.
Classes in several towns in the province were also suspended due to the bad weather.