Heavy rains flood parts of Bacolod

BACOLOD City – Several areas in Bacolod City were flooded due to non-stop rains caused by the enhanced southwest monsoon or habagat brought about by a typhoon outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Based on the weather bulletin issued by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), typhoon “Maymay” was last located at 1,340 kilometers east northeast of Basco, Batanes.

The storm is currently moving north northwest at 20 kilometers per hour (kph) towards the Honshu in Japan with winds at 180 kph and gusts at 220 kph.

City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) Officer-In-Charge Dondon Parandas, said that as of 11:45 a.m. yesterday, around seven areas in the city were flooded.

However, the reported floods range in height from “ankle level” to around 0.5 meters.

Rains have also been intermittent yesterday, although weather bulletins given to the CDRRMO show 3.4 to 4.4mm of rainfall forecasted for the city within approximately three hours.

Parandas added that since there is no typhoon signal, the cancellation of classes was left to the discretion of the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Bacolod.

DepEd-Bacolod Schools Superintendent Cynthia Demavivas, meanwhile, said they did not issue any class suspensions in the city, although the principals were told to only cancel classes in their area if the students are at risk from flooding.

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