KALIBO, Aklan–At least 6,325 individuals have been affected by massive flooding in some areas in the province of Aklan after several towns experienced heavy rains due to a low-pressure area (LPA) on Saturday and Sunday (March 13 and 14).
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO)-Aklan reported significant damage to agriculture and infrastructure and one casualty due to drowning in Tangalan, Aklan.
Two persons were also injured in the towns of Balete and New Washington, while 1,487 families in Batan, Malinao, Lezo, New Washington, Tangalan, Banga, and Altavas were displaced by the heavy downpour.
In the agriculture sector, the damage amounted to P8,610,147 while the PDDRMO reported P114.3 million in damage to infrastructure.
Parts of the roads in Cabugao, Batan, and Torralba, Banga were submerged in floodwater after hours of heavy rains.
Six persons were rescued and evacuated by Balete firefighters, auxiliary police, and the Balete quick response team in Sitio Suwaragan, Barangay Calizo on March 13.
A landslide was also reported along Aparicio-Monlaque road in Ibajay, Aklan, making that stretch of the road impassable to vehicles.
PDRRMO-Aklan executive officer Galo Ibardolaza reminded the residents, especially those in low-lying areas, to always be on high alert during prolonged rainfall.
“Maging handa tuwing may kalamidad sa probinsya (Always be prepared during calamities) to ensure the safety of our communities particularly in landslide and flood-prone areas,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, teachers in Feliciano, Balete are soliciting assistance to replace their damaged teaching peripherals, including printers, modules, and copy paper. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)