TACLOBAN CITY – Incessant rains dumped over the weekend has caused landslide and flood incidents that rendered some roads impassable in Samar provinces until early morning Monday(December 19), the regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported.
In a situationer report sent to media, the DPWH has monitored 11 landslides, rockslides and roadslips in three Samar provinces that blocked the highways.
Floodings in 13 sections of national roads 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,” said DPWH Eastern Visayas Regional Director Edgar Tabacon.
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 with floodwater were reported along road sections in Taft-Borongan in Eastern Samar; Calbayog City in Samar; Catarman-Calbayog, Lope de Vega, Catarman, Bobon, Mondragon, Laoang-Catarman, Laoang-Catubig-Las Navas, Laoang-Catubig, Lapinig-Arteche, and Palapag-Mapanas-Gamay-Lapinig in Northern Samar.
On Monday, the state weather bureau Pagasa has raised flood warning for rivers in Oras, Dolores, Ulot, Taft, Borongan, Suribao, Llorento, Balangiga and Sulat, all in in Eastern Samar, due to northeast monsoon that will bring 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.