No flooding, landslide incidents in E. Visayas
TACLOBAN CITY- Despite of the strong rains spawned by typhoon “Lawin” across Eastern Visayas, no flooding or landslide incident occurred in any part of the region.
This was reported by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-8) for Eastern Visayas as Pagasa lifted all storm signals in Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar.
Though Biliran was not placed under storm signal, continuous rains were experienced in said province as monitored by the OCD.
“We’re happy that Lawin did not cause resulted to any flooding or landslide. What we have monitored were the passengers stranded in the different ferry terminals in the region,” Ben Linde, spokesperson of the OCD-8, said in a phone interview.
However, all the stranded passengers were allowed to leave by the Philippine Coast Guard with the improved weather.
The last stranded passengers of 1950 at the Balwarteco and Dapdap ports, both in Allen town, Northern Samar were allowed to depart by the Coast Guard at around 8 a.m. yesterday.
Linde said that while storm signals were already lifted in the region, they still ask all local government units to be on alert considering that rains continue to occur.
“What we have right now are an off and on kind of rain; not really enough to saturate the soil to cause landslide for example. Still as a precaution, we ask the local disaster councils to be on alert,” Linde said.(JOEY A. GABIETA)
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