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‘Falcon’ leaves no major damage, casualty in W. Visayas

TROPICAL STORM Falcon left no major damage and casualty in Western Visayas (Region 6), the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) reported on Thursday.

Aletha Nogra, chief of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Division of the OCD 6, said “Falcon” has left minor damage such as uprooted trees, pocket landslides, flooding, impassable roads, among others, in different areas in the region.

“Classes also resumed except Lauan Elementary School in Antique,” she said. She said the school still has to clean-up its school premises since it was submerged in mud.

Iloilo City and 17 towns in Iloilo province had suspended classes on various levels on Wednesday due to heavy rains brought about by the typhoon.

Flooding was reported in Batan, Kalibo, and Malay in Aklan; Roxas City and Sigma in Capiz; Alimodian in Iloilo; Valladolid, Candoni, and San Enrique in Negros Occidental; Mandurriao and Jaro districts in Iloilo City; and some streets in Bacolod City.

Sea trips were also suspended due to rough sea conditions in Caluya, Culasi, and Libertad in Antique.

“Sea trips have resumed on Thursday morning,” Nogra said.

As of 6 a.m. on Thursday, the OCD also released general flood advisory for people living near the mountains slopes and in the low-lying areas of Panay, Mambusao, Panay Malinao, Alingon and Balantian in Capiz; Aklan, Ibajay and Jalo in Allan; Iloilo, Pinantan, Barotac, Akalaygan, Jalaud, Jalano, Jagdong, Jalaur, Lamunan, Jaro-Aganan, Sibalom and Guimbal in Iloilo; Malogo, Sicaba, Grande, Himocaan, Danao, Upper Tyabanan, Sipalay and Lower Ilog on Negros Occidental; and Sibalom, Ipayo, Cagaranan, Palawan, Cairauan, Dalanas, and Tibiao in Antique.

Nogra said the “blue alert” status set on Tuesday will be lifted on Friday afternoon. “We are now finalizing the reports from the local disaster risk reduction and management councils,” she said.

Citing Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Nogra said “Falcon” is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday night.

Despite this, Nogra has reminded local disaster officers and the public to remain vigilant as a low-pressure area is monitored at 265 km west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur.

“We remind everyone to keep a tab of our weather situation,” she said.(By Gail Momblan)

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