Heavy rains also affected other areas in EV
TACLOBAN CITY- A low pressure area (LPA) has spawned heavy rains in different parts of the region over the weekend and on Monday(March 7), resulting in flooding and cancellation of works and classes.
Here in Tacloban City, Mayor Alfred Romualdez issued an executive order suspending all classes and work, both in public and private entities, due to the heavy rains.
Romualdez, however, said that offices under the city government like those involved in the peace and order maintenance, risk reduction management, health, sanitation, and traffic management are not included in the work suspension order.
Affected by the executive order of the city mayor were the vaccination campaign and the reopening of face-to-face classes in 46 elementary and secondary schools in Tacloban.
Earlier, the city schools division announced on the readiness for the resumption of in-person classes, more than two years after the face-to-face classes were suspended due to the pandemic caused by coronavirus disease(COVID-19).
Private banks based in the city remained open while the two branches of the government-owned Land Bank of the Philippines-Tacloban branch were closed.
The mayors of the nearby towns of Palo, Tanauan, and Alangalang, all in Leyte, and in Caibiran, Biliran province also suspended works and classes in their respective municipalities due to the heavy rains.
In Northern Samar, flooding incidents were reported to have hit the towns of Lope de Vega, Catubig, San Roque, and the provincial capital of Catarman.
Flooding incidents were also reported in Calbayog City, Samar.
The Catarman (Northern Samar)-Calbayog (Samar) Road was rendered not passable due to the flooding.
Rise of flood water was also reported along the Arteche-Jipapad (Eastern Samar)-Las Navas-Rawis (Northern Samar) Road. (with report Lizbeth Ann A. Abella)