NegOcc, Bacolod City bear brunt of destructive ‘Dante’

PHOTO CAPTION: Residents in Brgy. Bulwangan, Hinobaan, trying to rescue a couple onboard their pickup, which was swept away by floodwaters Tuesday evening. Inset photo shows the battered heap of metal that used to be their vehicle. The owners were rescued separately./iNEWS (All photos from concerned citizens)

BACOLOD CITY–Torrential rains and flooding brought by Tropical Storm “Dante” caused significant damage to several areas in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Zeaphard Caelian, head of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD), said flooding was reported in the towns of Binalbagan, Isabela, and Hinoba-an in the south and Victorias City in the north.

In the towns of Binalbagan and Hinoba-an, 10 families composed of 86 individuals were evacuated to higher ground.

In Binalbagan/iNEWS

Hinoba-an town Councilor Jason Tupas, meanwhile, said a pickup truck carrying retired uniformed personnel and his wife originating from Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, was swept away by floodwaters.

The pick-up truck was later discovered at the town’s coastline, which was mangled almost beyond recognition.

The unidentified wife was rescued by a fishing boat. Her husband, identified as Master Sgt. Daky Dakoskos, was later rescued as well.

Bacolod City was neither spared from the floods as several residents in barangays Alijis and Tangub also fled their homes due to rising waters.

The overflow at Brgy. Vista Alegre/iNEWS

Meanwhile, an overflow at Brgy. Vista Alegre was destroyed by floodwaters.

Residents in the area are said to have alerted the authorities to the visible cracks on the overflow in the past but nothing was done to repair it.

On Wednesday morning, after the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) once more hoisted Storm Signal No.1 over the northern portion of the province, including Bacolod City, trips heading to Panay Island and Cebu were canceled again.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Negros Occidental reported 169 passengers and 101 rolling cargoes stranded at the Bredco port in Bacolod City, Feeder Port in Sagay City, Danao Port in Escalante City, and the Port of San Carlos City.

A total of 17 vessels and one motor banca heading either to Panay Island or Cebu were barred from leaving port.

Sea travel was resumed around 11:00 a.m. after PAGASA removed the storm signal warning for Negros Occidental and Iloilo province. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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