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1 dead, thousands affected by floods in Eastern Samar



One person was reported dead and thousands more are affected amid floods and other incidents caused by inclement weather, in Eastern Samar, authorities said.

Four-year-old Yhans Morallos, of San Policarpo town, drowned when the boat she was riding capsized off an island in Oras last Saturday, according to the Eastern Samar Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

The girl and several other people were then traveling back to San Policarpo, from Dolores. Her companions managed to survive, but she got trapped under the boat, the PDRRMO said.

According to the agency, at least 17,889 people have evacuated in the towns of Maslog, Dolores, Can-avid, Taft, and Arteche because of floods. Most of them are from Dolores and Arteche.

Some 647 families were also reported to have evacuated because of floods in Jipapad, Sulat, Borongan City, and Maydolong, but authorities have yet to ascertain the number of individuals.

The Office of Civil Defense-Eastern Visayas said floods were also monitored in San Julian of Eastern Samar; Gandara of Samar; Catarman, Catubig, Allen, and Capul of Northern Samar; and Sta. Fe of Leyte.

At least 843 people were pre-emptively evacuated in Catubig and Catarman, while at least 24 families in Matuguinao, Samar, were also affected by floods.

Landslides were recorded in Jiabong, Paranas, and Sto. Nino towns of Samar, as well as in Sogod, Southern Leyte, the OCD-Eastern Visayas said.

Floods and landslides brought by heavy rains, as well as strong winds, were experienced in the region because of the tail-end of a frontal system (TEFS) and inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ), it said.

Meanwhile, the OCD-Western Visayas said the number of residents affected by floods spawned by the TEFS and ITCZ in Negros Occidental and Capiz has reached 45,668.

The number includes 28,491 people who evacuated, mostly in Negros Occidental.

Floods and landslides left one person dead, 476 houses damaged or destroyed, and at least P7.263 million worth of crops damaged in the two provinces, the OCD-Western Visayas said.