SOUTHERN LEYTE – The province has experienced continuous rains since the start of year 2023.
Constant notification from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (NDRRMO) were disseminated through mobile phones on information about rainfall warnings that range from orange to red in Eastern Visayas; with further note on possible heavy rainfall, flood and landslides.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the rainy weather is due to the low pressure area (LPA) and the northeast monsoon, locally known as “amihan.” As early as late last year, PAGASA officer in Southern Leyte, Aldrin Kaindoy, reported about the forecast in Eastern Visayas to experience La Niña weather from December 2022 to May 2023. Another projection is that the rains will lessen in February.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) reported that there is minimal flooding in low-lying areas in Hinundayan, and at the provincial road of barangay San Roque, Liloan, Sogod, Silago and some parts of Tomas Oppus town. There were affected families at barangay Lanao, Bontoc; barangay Bahay; Tinago and District II, Hinundayan; and barangay Imelda, Silago.
Major and minor landslides also occurred in the provincial road of barangay Camansi, Tomas Oppus, provincial road in Pinut-an, San Ricardo, area near the municipal water system at barangay Biasong, and Tomas Oppus, municipal road in Lanao, Bontoc.
Landslide also covered half of the provincial road at barangay Anilao, Liloan, and soil erosion in Punta Princesa, Bagtican, Maasin City.
The Department of Public Works and Highways said that there are cracks on the national road along barangay Agay-ay, San Juan. There were also reports of no internet signals in some parts of the province like San Juan, Liloan and Hinundayan.
Classes have also been suspended due to bad weather. There were several occasions, however, when it was voluntary for high school students in some schools to attend classes during NDRRMC notification of orange rainfall.
Meanwhile, PAGASA announced gale warnings over several seacoasts, particularly the Eastern coast of Southern Leyte, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Dinagat Islands, Eastern coast of Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucan Grande Islands, the Eastern coast of Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Northern Quezon including northern and eastern coasts of Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, Northern coast of Camarines Sur, Northern and Eastern coast of Catanduanes, Eastern coast of Albay, and Eastern coast of Sorsogon.
(Photo by PDRRMO SLeyte)