Continuous rains cause landslide, flood in parts of Albay

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 29 2010 05:56 PM | Updated as of Dec 31 2010 12:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A heavy downpour in Bicol since Tuesday has triggered landslides and flashfloods in several parts of the province on Wednesday.

Residents in the village of Malobago in Manito town have already fled to safer areas when mud-like waters started flowing from the mountains.

The evacuees fear that the landslide was coming anytime soon.

Benita Llevares, who was helped out of her house by neighbors, could not help being scared after seeing the waters.

“Takot na ako kasi putik na iyon, hindi na malinis,” she said.

The ABS-CBN crew also witnessed the water-logged soil collapsing near the road sides of Manito.

In the village of Tinapian, the roads were rendered impassable for motorcycles and other small vehicles after the spillway overflowed.

An ABS-CBN crew cab also encountered two landslides while covering the incident in Manito. The vehicle eventually made it through after the crew, with the help of several town residents, hastily removed the obstacles on the road brought by the landslides.

In the town of Sto. Domingo, officials of the Municipal Planning and Development Office made their rounds to warn residents of Barangay Buhatan, Alimsog, Salvacion and Calucay of possible flooding and landslides.

Several villages in Legazpi City were already submerged in flood waters.

In Sitio Capantaran, Imalnod, the river has overflowed. It flooded rice fields with neck high waters.

Flash floods also hit downtown Legazpi, where several houses were reportedly submerged.

In Albay, 2,719 people from landslide-prone areas were brought to evacuation centers.

Authorities said the downpour could still last up to 2 days, prompting Albay officials to prepare relief assistance.

The excessive rainfall was reportedly caused by wind convergence near the province. – With reports from Jose Carretero, Thea Omelan and Lynbee Niebla, ABS-CBN Bicol