TACLOBAN CITY- Tropical depression “Crising” spawned flooding incidents in Leyte as it dumped heavy rains on Black Saturday(April 15).
However, reports from disaster risk reduction management offices in Eastern and Northern Samar provinces disclosed of no flooding or landslide incidents brought by Crising.
In Hernani, Eastern Samar where Crising made its landfall Saturday night, its municipal disaster risk reduction management officer Lito Ogania said that no flooding incident occurred in the town.
“There was no incident of a flooding incident in our town. What we experienced was slight to moderate rain,” Ogania said in a phone interview.
Josefina Titong, provincial disaster risk reduction management officer of Eastern Samar, in a separate interview, said that her office has not received any report of either flooding or landslide incident in any part of the province.
“But we are on alert for any incident relative to the tropical depression,” Titong said.
In Tacloban City, flooding incidents were reported in several areas, to include its downtown area due to heavy rains brought by Crising.
But Lutgarda Raagas, head of the Tacloban City Rescue Unit, said that the flooding incident subsided after the heavy rains stopped.
Several villages of Palo and Tanauan, both in Leyte, were flooded, said Roel Montesa of the provincial disaster risk reduction management office.
About six villages of Palo experienced flooding while 15 low-lying villages of Tanauan were flooded, he added.
In Allen, Northern Samar, the Coast Guard allowed the more than 3,400 passengers stranded at the ports to depart on Good Friday at past 9 pm after the storm signal was lifted by PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration). (JOEY A. GABIETA)