One killed, 40 families rescued as flashflood hits NegOr town


A 70-year-old man died while 40 families were evacuated to a safer place July 8, after heavy rains triggered a flash flood in Barangay Cabugan in Bindoy, Negros Oriental.

Corporal Jusam Kadusale of the Bindoy Police Station said floodwaters carried Nildo Andalajao when he failed to get out of his house at about 7 p.m.

The river control wall broke due to the raging floodwaters, Kadusale added.

Negros Oriental Governor Chaco Sagarbarria (right) visited Bindoy town and gave assistance to victims of a flash flood in Barangay Cabugan. | Capitol PIO photos

Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office rescuers recovered Andalajao’s body at about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

A child was also reported to have been carried away by floodwaters but was rescued later by DRRMO personnel.

Meanwhile, the chief of the Bindoy Police, Maj. Elpidio Tagoan Jr., said in a Philippine News Agency report July 9 that the preemptive evacuation of residents of Barangay Cabugan began at past 3 p.m.

At least 40 families were evacuated to the gym, and social workers were on hand to distribute food packs and other relief items, the report said.

Negros Oriental Governor Chaco Sagarbarria, meanwhile, went to Bindoy July 9, met local officials led by Mayor Eniego Jabagat, and gave relief to the victims, the Capitol said. ||