5 dead, 1 missing due to floods in Bicol

Floods spawned by the tail-end of a frontal system left five persons dead while another went missing in Bicol, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in the region said Tuesday.

The five fatalities were identified as Juan Caballero, Efren Del Castillo, and Edwin Ceciliano, all from Garchitorena town in Camarines Sur; and Jonel Monterde Medinilla, 28, of Sitio Dangray, Abucay, Pilar town in Sorsogon; and Justin A. Groyon, 13, from Bulan town in Sorsogon.

OCD spokesperson Gremil Alexis Naz said the Management of the Dead and Missing Persons Cluster of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has yet to verify the circumstances that resulted in the five deaths.

“Eduardo Claro, 58, of Barangay Baayin Labo town in Camarines Norte was still missing. Search and retrieval operations are still ongoing,” Naz said in an interview.

The tail-end of a frontal system, which brought heavy and torrential rains across Bicol, affected 47 families or 189 persons, who were brought to various evacuation centers.

As of 12 p.m. on January 4, there were 147 flooding incidents reported in 20 municipalities and three cities due to the weather disturbance.

Likewise, there were 29 landslide incidents reported in 17 municipalities and two cities.

Meanwhile, the Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office 5 reported seven national roads that were rendered one-lane passable while three national roads are deemed not passable.

Clearing and mobilization of assets are being conducted by DPWH-5 and local government units. All other national roads and bridges are passable.

Legazpi City also reported damage incurred along Estanza-Daraga Road (Sitio Tagbakan Section, Barangay Estanza, as inspected by the City Engineering Office, due to heavy rains.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of Camarines Sur also reported damages to the riprap of Zone 3, Barangay La Medalla, Iriga City, an eroded road (one side) at Zone 6, Barangay Sto. Niño, Bula, and collapsed riprap of Bulaong Bridge in Barangay Puro-Batia, Libmanan

Source: Philippines News agency

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