BACOLOD City – Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca of Victorias City, Negros Occ. ordered a forced evacuation of residents in some areas hit by flooding due to incessant rains.
Palanca called for an emergency meeting with the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office on Jan 12, 2018 following reports that water continues to rise in various barangays since Thursday night.
Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, head of the Negros Occidental Provincial Disaster Management Program Division, confirmed to the Daily Guardian that flood water in some areas of Victorias City reached to waist and chest levels.
Caelian said an initial report from the CDRRMO of Victorias City indicated that nine villages affected by the flood – barangays 1, 2, 3,4, 6, 7, 9, 13, and 20 as well as Canetown Subdivision and Bacayan North and South all located in the compound of Victorias Milling Company.
As of this writing, six families in North Bacayan and 40 families in South Bacayan were already evacuated.