NegOcc disatser councils urged to intensify efforts as heavy rains continue

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Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has urged all disaster risk reduction and management councils (DRRMCs) in the province to enhance their level of preparedness as torrential rains continue to pour across the province.

“All city and municipal DRRMCs are advised to heighten preparedness. Take precautionary measures for moderate to heavy rains that may bring floods and landslides,” said Lacson in an advisory.

Last Tuesday, the towns and cities of Murcia, Moises Padilla, Hinoba-an, San Enrique, Pontevedra, La Castellana, Valladolid, Candoni, Binalbagan, Ilog , E.B. Magalona, Cauayan, Isabela, Himamaylan, and Kabankalan suspended classes in all levels.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) said flooding was reported in seven barangays of San Enrique.

“In Pontevedra, nine families were evacuated due to rising water levels,” PDRRMO head Zeaphard Caelian added.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, light to moderate, with occasional heavy monsoon rains, will still prevail over Western Visayas today.