FLOOD RESCUE. Personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Cauayan, Negros Occidental were among those who rescued residents from their flooded homes due to torrential rains brought by Typhoon Karding on Sunday (Sept. 25, 2022). At least 13 families have been evacuated while most of the cities and municipalities in the province have suspended classes due to inclement weather. (Photo courtesy of BFP-Region 6 Cauayan Fire Station) 

BACOLOD CITY – Several families have been evacuated since Sunday while classes were suspended in majority of local government units (LGUs) in Negros Occidental on Monday following torrential rains brought by Typhoon Karding.

Latest report showed that some 13 families in Cauayan town in the south have temporarily left their homes due to flooding.

Based on the directive of Governor Eugenio Lacson, all disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) centers in Negros Occidental have gone on red alert status for “close monitoring, consolidation of reports, and coordination with concerned agencies and stakeholders”.

“Though the province is not directly affected by Typhoon Karding, the public is advised to monitor and be alert, call 911 in case of emergency, and evacuate if necessary, and all DRRM councils to heighten your preparedness,” Provincial Disaster Management Program Division head Zeaphard Caelian said.

He said the DRRMCs have also been instructed to initiate proactive measures and take appropriate precautionary actions for possible flooding, flash floods or landslides, and conduct preemptive or mandatory evacuation if needed.

“Report any untoward incident or evacuation in your situational report to the Provincial Command Center,” he added.

Meanwhile, classes in both public and private schools in most of the 31 LGUs in Negros Occidental have already been suspended.

Majority of those that canceled classes are in the south, including the cities of Kabankalan, Sipalay, Himamaylan, La Carlota, and Bago, as well as the municipalities of Hinoba-an, Ilog, Candoni, Cauayan, Binalbagan, Hinigaran, Isabela, Moises Padilla, La Castellana, Pontevedra, Valladolid, and Pulupandan.

In the north, classes have also been canceled in the cities of Talisay, Silay, and Victorias, and also in the towns of Murcia, E.B. Magalona and Manapla.

The Carlos Hilado Memorial State University, whose main campus is in Talisay City, also suspended classes in its Fortune Towne and Alijis campuses in this capital city. (PNA)